27 June 2013

A Break in the Tetons

Cabin at Colter Bay #459
This past week, my daughter and I took advantage of a large gap in my schedule and took a trip to Grand Teton National Park!  It was a welcome respite from the stresses I've been feeling lately.  This cozy cabin at Colter Bay was our home for 5 nights!  It was cozy and spacious, tucked in the woods and when it rained at night, the sound of raindrops on the roof were a wonderful lullaby.  

Painted Hills in Wyoming
We started off across Wyoming, through Cheyenne to Rawlins to Lander and up into the mountains past these lovely painted hills.  Then it was up through Dubois, where my parents once stayed, back in 1964!  

First view of the Tetons
Over the Wind River Mountains, which are beautiful in their own right, you suddenly come around a corner and find this view before you, which makes all the other beautiful sights you've seen that day pale by comparison.  This photo does not show the sudden awe of the towering mountains that seem to loom over the landscape.  It was truly breathtaking to see.  

Comparing views 1961 vs 2013
One of the things that I wanted to do on this trip was revisit many of the places that my parents had visited on their trips here.  They learned to climb in the Tetons and returned several times.  I recently scanned slides from their 1961 and 1964 trips and compiled them into a Blurb book, which we brought with us  Here we are standing on Signal Mountain, very close to the same spot my parents stood when taking these photos.  The trees have grown and changed with the years and obscured the view a bit, but it is still gorgeous!  

Alpen Glow on Mt. Moran
On our first morning here, I woke well before the sun and made my way down to the shore of Colter Bay on Jackson Lake to watch the alpen glow on the mountains.  The big peak in the photo is Mount Moran.  It was a splendid morning with nearly still water ~ but quite chilly!  I was very glad to have my heavy winter coat and gloves on!  For the longest time, I was the only one out.  So beautiful and peaceful!  

Tetons on a Cloudy Day
As we meandered through the park, the sky clouded over making for some very moody photos!  

Hiking near Jenny Lake
We had a short walk at Jenny Lake to talk to the Exum Mountain Guides.  We think that they were the climbing school that my folks took their classes from!  The normal quick walk over a bridge was closed due to bridge rebuilding, so we got to take the back way in, which took us over lovely mountain meadows.  

String Lake
We also stopped at String Lake to eat our dinner at the picnic area.  By now, the sky had cleared and the day warmed up considerably.  There were lots of canoes and kayaks out on the lake.  I'm putting an afternoon of canoeing on the to-do list for my next visit! 

Watercolor view from String Lake 
This is the watercolor sketch I did from String Lake of the peaks above.  I believe that the large peak is Symmetry Spire, with a bit of Teewinot in the background.

Shuttle Boat on Jenny Lake
Our second day in the park, we woke to clear blue skies!  A perfect day for a hike!  To get to the trailhead, we took the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake.

Hidden Falls
From the trailhead, we hiked up to Hidden Falls, another spot that my parents had been to.  Beautiful!

Watercolor view from near Inspiration Point ~ Jenny Lake
After the falls, we continued up towards Inspiration Point.  We didn't quite make it, but spent a lovely lunch hour just below it with a beautiful view of Jenny Lake down below.  In the distance you could see the Gros Ventre (pronounced Grow-vaunt) slide, where a portion of the mountain slid down decades ago.  I did a little watercolor sketch of the view.

Tetons on a Clear Sunny Day
What an amazing view!  And those deep blue skies!  What a blessing to be able to visit this majestic place!

Moose at Blacktail Ponds
On our return to the cabin, we stopped off at the Blacktail Ponds Overlook where we were able to watch this moose for quite a while!  We saw two more moose crossing a creek on the way back to the cabin!

Watercolor view from our Cabin at Colter Bay
On our return to the cabin, I sat on the front step and painted this little sketch of the view.  It was such a lovely spot to come home to at the end of each day!  

3 comments:

Bonnie said...

Sent this to my sister who was there a couple of weeks ago!

Anonymous said...

C'est splendide, merveilleux;
Wonderfull

Elisabeth

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Que lindo, lindo, lindo!!!!
Que bom você ter aproveitado tudo isto!
Um abraço!
Egléa

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