Elkhorn Arch

Elkhorn Arch

When we exited Interstate 15 with its extensive road work projects, we traveled on lesser used roads, but some that had recently been tarred.  The most interesting site along the way was the elk horn arch in Afton, Wyoming.  After checking into our motel room with a fireplace and Jacuzzi in Jackson Wyoming, we visited the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center near the Park Headquarters in Moose, Wyoming where we saw a 24- minute orientation film.  We learned that the “Hole” in “Jackson Hole” refers to the valley between the mountains.  The National Elk Refuge had some 15 grazing elk.  We took a scenic drive, stopping at the Jenny Lake Lodge and additional short stops at various turnouts to view the Tetons from various perspectives.  After dinner at Signal Mountain Lodge, we walked  along the shore of Jackson Lake.  On driving back to Jackson, we saw one pronghorn near the road.

Tetons

Tetons

When we drove into Grand Teton National Park on Friday, we could see a herd of bison in the distance.  We took the boat from South Jenny Lake and hiked to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point, and into the Cascade Canyon.  After enjoying the view of the Tetons from Signal Mountain and eating our picnic lunch, we saw a mule deer. The Colter Bay Visitor Center has an interesting and well presented display of Indian artifacts. The Lakeshore Trail was flat and gave us another perspective on the Tetons.  As we exited the Park a bull moose could be seen in the distance near the Snake River overpass by the Park Headquarters in Moose.  We did not join the throng of gawkers parking at odd angles on the roadway and seeking to approach this creature.  Dinner at the Gun Barrel with its many animal artifacts completed another great day..

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