We spent almost 2 weeks in this amazing area. When we first arrived we spent the first full day just riding through the park. We ate lunch by a Two Oceans Lake, then travelled north almost to Yellowstone Park. These are some of the pics we took that day.
The Cathedral Group
The Tetons are not very high or large as far as mountain ranges go, but in terms of beauty and drama they rival any other. The highest peak, Grand Teton is 13,770 feet compared to Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in The Sierra Nevada which is 14,505, and Denali in Alaska at 20,322. The entire range is 40 miles long and 15 miles wide compared to the Rocky Mountains which are 3,000 miles long and 200 miles wide. The Tetons are a young mountain range as well, being about 9 million years old, compared to the senior The Rocky Mountains which began 50 million years ago.
It is believed that The Tetons were created by a process called “Faulting and Uplift”. This is when tension produced by plate tectonics causes shifting in land mass, up and down or sideways. (Information from Grand Teton – The Story Behind the Scenery, by Hugh Crandall.) Constant erosion by snow and ice which causes chunks and blocks to fall from the mountains create the peaks and valleys which make the mountains so jagged in appearance.
The glaciers of the Grand Tetons have shrunk 25 percent in the past 40 years. Glaciers are an indicator of climate change.
Some Late Blooming Wildflowers
Area around Two Oceans Lake
Two Oceans Lake
Oxbow Bend Turnout
Heading Back to our Campsite
We were glad we took an overview of the park on this day, the next day was smoky from fires in California and Idaho. Its been a long, dry summer in the west. We hope for lots of snow and rain. We need an El Nino winter!