Today we drove from Yellowstone to Salt Lake City. On the way, we saw the Grand Tetons, some of the most beautiful mountains in the U.S. Grand Teton National Park is only 10 miles from Yellowstone National Park. The ancient rocky mountains rise straight from the ground without foothills. The road is through a valley that runs along the side of the mountain range. The views are truly spectacular.
There were numerous pull offs for picture taking, with each one offering a slightly different view. The tops of the mountains were covered with snow, even in summer. The Snake River winds through the park and Jenny Lake reflects the mountains. Many people were there to enjoy the various recreational opportunities such a place offers: bicycling, hiking, camping, boating and, of course, photography. Several Visitors’ Centers were more like museums than Vistors’ Centers.
The National Park is actually a combination of two parks. At first only the mountains and lakes were protected. Later the valley lands providing the spectacular views became a National Monument. Finally. In 1950, the two were combined.
Mo went crazy making pictures. I knew he would like the view. Unfortunately, it was a hazy day, but the pictures actually came out better than I expected. It is one of those places where it is impossible to make a bad picture unless you forget to take the lens cover off. We didn’t spend nearly enough time to do it justice, but were late arriving at our destination due to the amount of time we did spend.
It the kind of place that you can never get enough of and always want to return to see more.