Karen on September 17th, 2014

Our last day in the Tetons finally arrived, we had taken a hike the day before and were a little sore from the up hills so decided no hiking but to drive around to the north end of the park and take a few side roads that we hadn’t been on and in general just have a nice slow day and have lunch out at one of the lodges.

The night before we had taken a walk along the river by the campground in search of moose but didn’t see any.  I got some photos of the sunset though instead.

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We had had some rain earlier but the sky started to clear out at night.

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Some pretty flowers by the river bed.

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A pretty pelican on the lake and a duck close by

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Fall very much in evidence now – the leaves changed in the week we were there.

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A view from the top of Signal Mountain – a curvy narrow road goes to the top of it.

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In the evening I made a pot of Dutch Oven Chili – make your recipe the same as always and put the liner in the Dutch oven and cook!  I used a skillet to cook the hamburger and onions first then put it all in the pan.   I used 8 coals in a ring on the bottom under the oven and 20 coals on the top.  Turn the top and bottom of the pan in opposite directions every 15 minutes and it cooks evenly – done in 45 minutes.

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Seeing as I still had some coals left and the oven was hot enough I decided to bake the last of the chocolate chip cookies that I had prepared at home before we left – I had forgotten about them and they were under some things in the freezer.  I take the chili out of the oven and then place parchment paper in it, put 3 cookies at a time to bake – put the lid back on and bake for 15 minutes – I turn the top and bottom of the pan in opposite directions every 5 minutes so things brown evenly.

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It takes awhile doing only 3 cookies at a time but for two people and it is just a snack it works out ok.

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Karen on September 16th, 2014

So many photos to choose from, this is such a pretty place!  We leave inspiration point and continue on a mile were we turn back after the rock slide area – one could hike totally across the mountain of course but I have never been in good enough shape for that!   A 4 mile round trip hiking trail in the mountains at high altitude is good enough for me.

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the mountains are beautiful – at times you feel like you are on the set of “A Sound of Music” Smile

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The rock slide area – the trail just goes right on through it.

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Ferns growing between rocks.

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Raspberry shoots too – there were raspberries growing along the trail but none of them were ripe!

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On the way back to catch the boat – last boat leaves at 4 – we always make sure to be back before 3!!  otherwise you have to walk around the lake adding 2.5 more miles to it.

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And wow- get on the boat and look at the skies! glad we got back when we did – it was so sunny in the mountains – we didn’t see this until you come back down and look in back of you.  We got back to the campground before the rain started – the wind came up and it seemed like fall – leaves falling off the aspen trees!

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Karen on September 15th, 2014

Good thing we planned to leave on Wednesday morning the 10th as snow is predicted for the 11th!  Even as it is we will probably end up with some snow in Casper WY on the 11th unless the weather changes but that is ok because we will not be in the remote mountains off on a remote side road campground someplace but in a town campground instead – thought it was better to play it safe – so we leave first thing in the morning and heading east.

For our last hike in the Tetons we took a favorite trail that we have done at least 3 times before and I’m proud to say we made it just as far as we always do – we did about 4 miles round trip and a lot of it was uphill.  It took about 4 hours to do.

We begin by taking the boat across Jenny Lake to the trailhead.  This is the area the boat pulls into and the hike goes into the low area between the mountains and then up into the mountain on the right.

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the size of the boat – it is only a 5-10 minute ride.  Calm lake.

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The area we hike into looks like this for part of the way – it is a very busy trail all the way to Inspiration Point then a lot of people go back but we continue on for about another miles past the rock slide area that happened years ago.  The first time we took this trail the girls were teenagers.

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The first of the rocky areas.

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One of the last of the rocky areas – just go slow watch your step and you are fine.

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I will need to do this one in two post!  too many photos to choose from.

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Karen on September 15th, 2014

Over the years of visiting this area we have ridden this tram 2 times so we thought we would do it again – mistake on my part this time – I have motion sickness that mainly just bothers me when I am on the water (cruise ships two times) and amusement park rides.  I can sew and ride while being a passenger in a vehicle and it doesn’t bother me in the least – it has never bother me on tram rides, ski lift rides ect. It did this time!

Possibly the problem was that we first ate lunch at this place and then got on the tram – I didn’t let my food settle.

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Up to the top of the mountain we are going.

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And we are on our way.

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One is coming back while another is making its way up

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almost to the top – every now and then the tram does this little bounce as it rises higher.

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As you get to this area it seems to do a bigger bounce to go higher – you also feel like you are going to slam into the side of this mountain! (my opinion)

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And here we are getting to the top – luckily having done this trip 2 other times previously I knew exactly where the bathroom was and made a made dash and got sick – I won’t go into details Smile other than to say I hung close to the building and made use of it a second time while Mike enjoyed himself taking photos  — of the scenery  — thankfully I felt well enough a short time later to do the ride all over again going down instead – it didn’t bother me as much thankfully – never eat and then get on one of these almost immediately!! LOL

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I was taking photos from near the building

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We had a small rain shower while up there and even some sleet!

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The tram coming up that will take us down – now I hope it doesn’t happen tomorrow we plan on taking a small boat ride out to a trail head tomorrow – need to boat across Jenny Lake to do it!  Done that before too and small boats usually do not bother me – short ride and usually calm.

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Karen on September 14th, 2014

Before Grand Teton was a park it was just places where people lived.  Inside the park is an old cabin that you can wander though and they have displays telling of the park history. (so neat a woman did this)

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This is the only room that is furnished in old time furniture.

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Beautiful river rock fireplace

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Weather was looking a little nasty but it only dripped a little bit.

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A short way away is a 3 room general store – you can buy things here – and sometimes when you go in they are making homemade cookies on an old wood stove. (we missed it though we were too early and the oven was still heating up)

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old time children’s toys

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children’s play dishes – these baskets are small and the dishes tiny.

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The big wood stove that works!

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A wonderful place to browse!

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Karen on September 14th, 2014

Finally!!  We saw a moose today in the campground – around 8 AM Mike happened to realize a lot of people were wandering around camera’s – knew something was happening – grabbed the camera and got outside – luckily I was out of my p.j.’s and in jeans (although I saw a few wanderers in sleep attire).

This big old guy just came wandering through the campground two sites down from ours – he actually brushed under an awning on a camper.  Walks right past that chair, people snapping photos and much to close in my opinion – I was hanging close to my camper and ready to dash inside if needed.

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We are in the campground close to a rive and so he is making his way to the river.

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Almost there

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And he is gone into the willow brush and just about there.  Now some people were following him and trying to keep snapping photos – I on the other hand thought I had enough photos and went back to eat my breakfast!

Shortly after clouds moved in and looked like rain was coming.  We ventured out though and only got some drops

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