Arizona to Jackson, WY travel blog

Entrance to Grand Teton NP

Snow up at String Lake, 7000'

Jenny Lake

Still lots of Snow


Date: May 4, 2017

Weather: brilliant sunshine

Temperature: start 35º

High 70º

Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Elk, Bison, Bighorn Sheep, Moose

Year List: 313

Birds:

It was a lovely relaxed morning till around 9am. THEN we got to work! We washed the RV windows and the front cap, although the cap was already too warm in the morning sun – just too high of an angle. Pulled in the slides, and after installing the wifi antenna, fished the wire into the RV. Also set up the outdoor carpet. While the slides were in, we got the tire covers installed, then set up the jacks on the dining slide. By lunchtime, we were beat!

Had a ham sandwich and beets, and John suggested that we take a ride through Grand Teton NP. Not all the roads there are open, and most campgrounds won’t open for at least a week. Down here in the “Hole”, Jackson Hole, that is, we enjoyed 70°. However, when we got up to String and Jenny Lake, which is around 7000’, the ground was still covered with a thick blanket of snow – probably averaged at least 10” – just on the flat ground! We were surprised to find that the lakes showed some water – thought they would be all iced in. While up at the Jenny Lake overlook with the quiet of snowpack, we heard the roar of several avalanches high up in the mountains. We have never heard THAT before! Though we looked with our binoculars, we couldn’t find any of them, although we could see where many had rumbled down the mountains. What an experience.

Sitting in the sunshine was delightful when we returned home. Dinner was meatloaf, baked potatoes and green salad with beets. Sitting outdoors after dinner was delightful.

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