|Today we are going on an all day trip to see Jackson, Wyoming & the Grand Tetons! We are very excited as we have been wanting to go there for the last month! Unfortunately, it is a little overcast today with a few showers predicted so I am not sure how our photos will come out today, but we will try. This has long been one of my Mom & Dad's favorite places, so this is a special day for us.
We left early this morning & drove past miles & miles & miles of wheat & potatoes! Rolling hills forever it seemed. And then we rounded the corner and there was the forest & lots of color. We just couldn't resist pulling over by the side of the road & taking a pic of each other!
We passed that cute sign & an awesome view & arrived in Jackson. Check out the antlers! Four locals contributed to deed a piece of land, and it's been known as "The Square" ever since. The four antler arches on each corner are there from elk antlers shed every year, with many fed into the arches from 1953-1969. Every year, on the Saturday before Memorial Day, the east side of the Square is the site of an annual elk antler auction. Last year, 7,319 pounds went for an average of $10.42 a pound.
We roamed around Jackson for awhile & then headed for Teton Village. The first thing you notice is the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram. Rising 4,139 feet in 12 minutes you arrive at the 10,450-foot summit of Rendezvous Mountain. It was pretty cool. The Teton's were pretty overcast & the smoke from Montana was still in the air so our pics aren't great but we still enjoyed it. After 40 years and over 9 million riders, the tram is on it's last few weeks of service. It is going to be retired & a new one will open in 2007. So, we are headed further into the Tetons now for some closer, better shots we hope!
Grand Teton (13,770 feet) and Mount Moran (12,605 feet) are spectacular. The whole mountain region is just beyond beautiful. We just drove beside it in quiet wonder! We arrived at Jackson Lake & the dam & they were releasing water out & the fly fishermen were all down that river! They were fun to watch. And then we caught this beautiful Elk grazing on one side of the bridge & his cow & calf grazing on the other side. So cute to watch! What a wonderful day again today! And I am still taking my hormones, so all is well!!