Grand Teton National Park trip 2011
Peter and Ethan and Mila and Kanishka and Phung and Christina and Rajiv and Kelly and Quang and Pablo and Maria and Alan and Mary’s excellent adventure.
a storm and a clearing storm:
Going kayaking at sunrise requires getting up while it is still dark to hook up the kayak trailer for towing:
and at the same location a little later in the morning:
And on another morning we got up before sunrise to look for animals and for the first hour or so saw only one elk in the distance. As we were stopped at a usual place to sight moose, another early riser driving by told us where we could see two bull moose a little down the road. We watched them munching bitterbrush and getting along even though it was mating season and they were quite probably rivals:
Then over a nearby rise came a third bull moose. (Oh, by the way, they are seven feet tall, nine feet long and often have 5 feet wide antlers.) In the second picture below as he walks into a parking lot, you can see the first two moose in the distance. (The Outdoor Club has lots of pairs of binoculars to lend out on trips like these.)
and in this picture you can see a photographer (not one of us, we were in our cars) running for cover to the front porch of a store. (The moose was not chasing the photographer, he just got too close.)
On another morning:
and another, sometimes you can watch animals for awhile but not get a photo due to the bushes:
The all day hike to Lake Solitude can be hot, but the 9,039 feet elevation lake is quite cold. Yes that is snow from the previous winter melting into the lake in September:
One evening part of the group toured art galleries in town and others took advantage of a free lesson at the local climbing gym:
When you have a bunch of people who want to go white water rafting, you can all share one raft without strangers:
For our wilderness overnight some of us backpacked in and some paddled kayaks and a canoe.
a deer wandered through the campsite:
Thunder and lightning postponed swimming, so part of the group took a hike around the lake to look at a section of forest regrowing after a fire two summers previously:
and finally, swimming after the thunder and lightning had been over for a half hour:
The water is shallow a long ways out into the lake.
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