Friday we drove back over Teton Pass to the park. There is still a bit of snow up there.
Coulter Bay on Jackson Lake was gorgeous. Above is Lynn looking for rocks. Imagine that!
On the way back there was a traffic jam which usually means an animal sighting. This time it was down an embankment, a mom grizzly and two cubs! Lynn stopped the car and I jumped out to join the crowd. I caught a glimpse of them through the trees. If you look closely you can barely see the dark fur.
We stopped in Jackson for a bite to eat at the Merry Piglets, then back for a fire and wait for it to get dark to see the stars. By the way it doesn’t get really dark until 10:00.
We left Gardiner and took a leisurely drive to Victor,ID. We have a great house there. Below is the view from our back yard. Those peaks in the distance are the Grand Tetons.
We took off to Jackson and Grand Teton Park where a floating raft ride was waiting. There was snow on the mountains and it was beautiful. Unfortunately photos I made were on the Canon so I can’t wifi upload, sorry. It was a cloudy day but still the mountains were breath taking.
We took a 10 mile raft float down the Snake River. Quite an
experience. It was a first for me. Weather was a little chilly but we were prepared. We saw, elk, a moose, a bald eagle and various beavers. Lynn is becoming quite the videographer. You will see her work later.
In these photos you can see the bald eagle, the elk and the moose hiding in the grass. I now know it’s not easy to make photos from a moving raft!
It’s another gorgeous day in Victor and we are off the Tetons again. It’s 54 degrees at the house, perfect for hiking in the mountains. Ansel Adams and her crew are off again.
The sun rises around 5:30 and we were up and drinking coffee. We packed and headed to Yellowstone bound for Old Faithful hoping to beat the crowds. 51 miles is not that far……really? How many times can we stop? As many as we want.
Beauty is everywhere.
Bison are free to roam. Of course we stopped, along with all the other cars. These guys were just hanging out.
Geysers are everywhere! It’s unreal how many there are. It’s amazing to think about how unstable our Mother Earth really is. These are just a few along the way. The smell was not the most pleasant. Let’s just say rotten eggs….maybe. These are all in the Norris Basin. We did finally make it to Old Faithful. It was incredible to watch so this story to be continued tomorrow. I’m off to bed, tomorrow is another day in the park, and a horseback ride and cowboy dinner. Yippee ki yay!
My husband and I went to visit my mother in law today for Mothers Day. She has a bluebird house and I went to check it out. I saw this little face cautiously looking out the hole. I had never seen a baby bluebird. Gotta love the iPhone 7, what a great camera! After lunch we came back out to the patio. Someone looked over and there right beside the concrete, peering at us in the grass was the little bird! He must’ve made his first flight! I think he was looking for me! Smile!
We talked to him and watched him and after a few minutes he took off! Very wobbly, not very experienced yet. He went around the house and landed again on the ground. We watched for an hour or so while his mom flew near and answered his calls. The dad, a brilliant blue, was helping as well. They stayed near, coaxing, and keeping him safe. Unfortunately we had to leave before he flew away for his new life.
My mom loved bluebirds. She got so excited when they would find their way to her house. I was missing her today. She passed away 6 years ago a few days before Mothers Day. When I saw these birds I knew, like the momma bluebird, my mom is always close. I can’t see her but I can feel her! I know she loves me and watches over me still. Coincidence? I don’t think so! Thank you all the moms for all you do!
I was sitting on my deck recently watching the hummingbirds fighting for a spot at the feeder when I noticed this beautiful Swallowtail feasting on my zinnias. I got my camera and patiently waited for the butterfly to land. After several blurred photos I finally got one. Looking at the image I appreciate the beauty of nature even more. Man cannot create this delicate wonder. As summer comes to an end and flowers begin to fade, take a moment to enjoy the colors, sounds and smells of nature as she transitions into the warm colors of fall.
Last night it stormed, we watched the lightening on the horizon. What a show. Clouds this morning kept us from seeing the sun. Around 10 the sun broke through and gave way to a beautiful day.
April through October is nesting time for sea turtles. 90 % of sea turtles nest on Florida shores. A turtle will come to the beach, lay her eggs and leave. They never know if the hatchlings make it to the sea. You can see people combing the beach with stakes and neon tape to mark off the nesting sites. They are all over the beaches. After the turtles hatch the eggs are scattered over the beach. Defenders of Wildlife website says that about 1 in 1000 turtles make it to adulthood.
Today was a sleep late day. We have decided that what we do is not a vacation. The word vacation seems to imply rest and we do not. Adventure is more our speed. So we drove in to Salt Lake to give ourselves a day to recuperate before flying home. That being said, we drove out to Great Salt Lake and to Antelope Island State Park. Well worth the trip, except…. Lynn read online that the gnats were hatching. So what did this mean to us who are not familiar with gnat hatching? The park ranger told us as we entered that they hadn’t really come out yet. Yeah right. We parked and got out of the car to walk down the rocks to the lake. Suddenly my head was itching. I didn’t see any gnats. Then I saw lynn scratching her head. Still didn’t see any of the blood sucking things. Well they were there, everywhere! The visitors center even sold the netting hats. Did we buy one, of course not. But we trudged on. It was well worth the trip out. There is a working ranch and bison that roam the island freely.
Back at the hotel now trying to figure out how to get all the goodies that we accumulated home. We’ve already mailed four boxes of rocks home! We will have some dinner and in the morning plan to see the Mormon Tabernacle before going to the airport.
Antelope Island and the Salt Lake
Bison roam the park freely. Beware, they do not look both ways before crossing the road.
The ranch area was an outdoor museum. This old truck caught my eye along with some other farm equipment.