Benfield's 2013 Travels travel blog

Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend

This is where we saw Grizzley #399 and her 3 cubs

Jackson Lake

Herd of Elk

Mountain Views


Elk Rumps

Finally a head appears



More Mountain Views

The clouds look like snow on the mountains


Another herd of elk farther down the road

Pretty clouds






The Bull keeping an eye on his women

The Bull Elk - what a rack he has!

Sun is setting

The mountains look like they are on fire

He's a BIG one!

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A group of grazing elk cows

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A bull challenger is run off by the dominant bull (listen closely...

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The victor struts around among the cows

We headed out this afternoon to see if we could find some elk as they are supposed to be bugling right now. We drove from the campground all the way to Oxbow Bend without seeing an animal.

However, once we started back things changed. We saw Grizzly No. 399 and her triplets when we crossed the dam on Jackson Lake. They were really moving though. By the time we parked the truck and got out to see her, they were in the trees. I didn't know bears could swim that fast!! Then as we traveled on a fox crossed the road right in front of us! I might have been able to take a picture of the fox but our windshield was bug splotched so it would never have turned out anyway.

Then we got to the area where we saw a herd of elk in the distance, however, they were all female. They kept their heads down and it was hard to get anything but their rears in the air but we did manage a couple of good pictures. Farther down the road though, we hit pay dirt. A couple of bull elk were bugling back and forth and finally the huge one chased the second one off. We sat watching all the action for probably 45 minutes.

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