Scenics From Grand Teton National Park
Spending two weeks here in the spring, one has the opportunity to fully appreciate just how beautiful this region is. Though half my days were gloomy, overcast, and rainy, the other half were, at times, just incredibly, drop dead gorgeous.
Fog lifting from the valley reflected in the calm waters of beautiful Jackson Lake.
The scene as I exited Gros Ventre Campground in the morning revealed the promise of another great day.
In the evening, returning to the Gros Ventre Campground along Kelly Road, I was sometimes accompanied by small groups of Pronghorns and always by wonderful views of Grand Teton.
Lupines were starting to bloom in numbers in select areas of the park this last week.
The arrow leaf balsam root were approaching peak bloom.
Sure wouldn’t want to take a spill from the paddle board since the lake water temps are only in the low 40’s.
Springtime snow melt produces a wonderful waterfall, not to be seen during fall visits.
Mormon Row landscapes taken at 6 AM or before in order to avoid the crowds of photographers that would otherwise be included in any of these panoramic shots.
There were promising mornings when I arrived too late, as in 6:30 AM or so, and already there would be a couple of vans or buses unloading folks here.
Painted red hills east of the town of Kelly, just a few miles from Gros Ventre Campground. There is a National Forest campground up there but the road to access it is in just horrible shape, one I would not want to subject my motorhome to.
Reflections from Schwabacher Landing
Of course, any scenics from Grand Teton National Park would have to include shots taken from Schwabacher Landing and the reflections of Grand Teton in the beaver ponds along the backwaters of the Snake River.
What a great way to spend a day here in Grand Teton National Park, a trail ride out along the Snake River.
After these folks crossed the road I proceeded south down the highway and came across a young woman trotting her horse north towards this group. She was riding just twenty feet or so from the highway. After slowly passing her, in my rearview mirror I saw her flying through the air and landing in the grass off the side of the road and I could see her horse bucking like a rodeo bronco out in the center of the highway. Fortunately there were no cars coming when the horse was bucking, riderless, out in the road. I was moving very slowly when I passed her and she seemed like a very confident rider and was a fair distance off the shoulder of the highway as we passed, but I worry that perhaps I somehow spooked her horse and was the cause of this mishap. As they disappeared from view in my mirror, I did see her rise up from the grass and walk out into the road towards her bucking horse, so at least I know she survived the mishap.
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