Grand Teton National Park

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Oct 14, 2010


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I went to Grand Teton National Park today.  My first stop was the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitors Center toward the south end of the park.  I watched a movie about the park, looked at the displays on the history of the park and talked to a ranger about possible hikes.  When I went back outside the weather had deteriorated. 

I understand it's morel season around here so I walked over to the Snake River and looked around for a while but I didn't find anything.  I read that they grow along the river, which is a totally different habitat from where we find them in the east so I didn't really know where to look.

I went back to the car and started driving around the park.  I stopped at a lot of the overlooks and took a few short hikes.  The weather was threatening all day.  There were sometimes thunderstorms visible in the distance and the mountains sometimes disappeared into clouds.  It wasn't a good day for enjoying the scenery, which is a shame since the scenery is so spectacular.  It didn't do so well spotting wildlife either although I did see a couple elk.

Late in the afternoon I stopped at the Colter Bay Visitor Center toward the northern end of the park.  I hiked a three or four mile loop to Heron Pond and Swan Lake.  I didn't see any herons or swans but I did see some ducks and geese.  As I was walking back to the car it started to drizzle a little.  Soon after getting in the car and heading south I drove into a thunderstorm.  The rain continued all the way back to Jackson so I didn't make any more stops.

I leave Jackson tomorrow and head north to Helena, Montana.  I'll spend a little more time in the park as I pass through on my way north.
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