Saturday, September 7, 2013

Jackson Hole -- July 2013

continued from yesterday...

We love Jackson Hole in the summer, and the drive to Jackson and Grand Teton National Park is one of the most scenic drives in the country.  It is safe to assume that arriving in Jackson by air is just as amazing as by car.

*(Because of the breathtaking beauty, prepare yourself for an abundance of photos.)

We were looking forward to the relatively short flight from Eagle, Colorado, to Jackson, which included great views of the mountains.

As we all know, the weather plays a huge role in air travel, and a thunderstorm over Jackson messed up our plans for landing there. My wise husband/pilot determined that the black ominous clouds hovering just above the steep mountain tops were nothing to mess around with. I didn't get a picture of the scary view, because I was too busy gnawing off all of my fingernails. (I tend to be a nervous flier and those black clouds did not help my mental state.)  I breathed a big sigh of relief when he turned the plane around and headed for a small airport that was approximately a two hour drive from Jackson.

We spent a couple of hours at the airport hanging around and obsessively checking the weather to see if we could go ahead and fly into the Jackson airport. We finally determined that we should jump in a rental car and drive to Jackson rather than waste anymore daylight. As usual, the drive did not disappoint.

Sunset from the deck of Jackson Lake Lodge...

We only had a couple of days in Jackson Hole, so we tried to enjoy the area as much as possible.
We took a day hike around this beautiful lake. 
Byron and Ellyn split-off from Meg and I, and they ended up seeing a black bear along the trail. 
The bear reared up to see them and then went back to eating berries--a pretty thrilling sight when you're from Iowa.

My second shot of a grizzly bear!
(You can read about the first one from our trip in 2011 by clicking HERE.)

The famous Moulton barn at sunset. The most photographed barn in America turned 100 this summer.

The Moulton barn in the morning sun...

We had a super trip and hope to enjoy the Grand Tetons for many more years!

1 comment:

  1. Have you ever stayed at Moulton Ranch? It's pricey but waking up with the Tetons literally outside your window is worth it for a night!