Or is that ON YOUR FEET?
Wildlife in and around Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming aren’t bashful. In fact, they seem to know they own the place. Boisterous chipmunks like to rub it in your face, or rub their face into you, as the case may be.
In the Tetons, humans can’t vie for secondary nor even tertiary position in the food chain.
Moose ignore you while munching on a veggie breakfast . . .
Even mamma and her baby don’t seem too concerned.
Hell, bison routinely overtake the roadways as if the asphalt were designed for hooves instead of cars. An adult bison weighs about a ton. Needless to say, few autos challenge their collective decision.
This mule deer stepped right up to our campsite at Gros Ventre Campground (the same campground–just south of Grand Teton–where we had all of our moose sightings) and asked for a cup of salt.
We redirected him and his eight-point rack that-a-way while we attempted to discreetly shove our 80-pound dog this-a-way into our car to avoid a confrontation.
As if this all weren’t enough, I had a run-in with this grizzly. As you can see, I was more frightened of him than he of me . . .
From the safety of a fort we found at the edge of Colter Bay, Mark tried to track the bear after it ran away . . .
I found an anti-social elk who seemed kinda stiff . . .
and imagined how many fell to create an archway as grand as this . . .
We had some close-up moments with the wildlife at Grand Teton. It was amazing but is always dangerous. So, make sure you give wildlife respect by giving them space (Yellowstone Bison vs. Humans: You Can’t Fix Stupid), especially when they seem to want to get in YOUR face.
No matter where we drove in Grand Teton, her white-capped, rugged peaks stole the show and crowded the camera lens. Just like the wildlife, the mountains themselves reminded us that we share this planet with more powerful and beautiful things.
As with Yellowstone (3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Wild, Wicked Yellowstone National Park), we only spent what added up to a day-and-a-half at Grand Teton. A few days is not enough to explore any national park, and Grand Teton is no different. It’s a hiker’s, climber’s, explorer’s paradise . . .
And oh so easy on the eyes. Just to prove a point, Mark said there’s no such thing as a bad picture in the Tetons and proved it by willy nilly snapping a picture out the car window without looking. And he was right . . .
We know we’ll be back some day. But a three-week road trip, in the end amounting to 4,400 miles, requires a tight schedule. Utah and five of its best national parks is the next stop. Onward and outward!
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To see our original trip route map, click on the first post of this mini-series:
Teardrop Trailer Summer Road Trip: 9 NW States, 8 Nat’l Parks
Or any of our stops so far on the way . . .
Day 1, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Travel Log: Willits, CA, KOA Campground
Early Day 2, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Toilet Bowls, Vintage New Yorkers, and the Eclectic
Later Day 2, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Drive-Thru Redwoods, Giants, and Castles
Day 3, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Gigantic Marshmallows of Oregon
Day 4, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Captivating Washington Coastline
Day 5, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Olympiad Deer, Bald Eagles, and Chica Birds
Early Day 6, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Port Townsend, WA, See It All and Sea Otters Too!
Later Day 6, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Day 7, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Goodbye Olympic Peninsula; Hello Seattle!
Day 8, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Hay, Washington! Spuds! Spokane!
Day 9, 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: It’s a Dog’s Life for Me
Midway on 3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Just Stop; You’re Missing It!
3-Week Teardrop Trailer Trip: Wild, Wicked Yellowstone National Park
Great writing, great pics, great times! Love all the critter shots but my favorite was Susan rock climbing. If you did queue me in to the visitor center location, I would be convinced you’re the next Wonder Woman! Aww, what they hell, you are anyway!
Lol. Yes, in my dreams!
Thanks, Barbara. I’m touched you’re enjoying my accounts of the trip. There’s so much to tell, so many ways to tell it. It’s an interesting challenge to lock into one particular ‘story.’ (TALL stories included!) 🙂