Last Day at Grand Teton Natl. Park

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Trumpeter Swans

These gorgeous Trumpeter Swans visit the marshland that runs along Hwy. 191 in The National Elk Refuge right outside Jackson, Wyoming almost every evening at sundown.  The trumpeter swans are the largest water fowl in North America with a wing span averaging 10 feet.  They were almost extinct but reintroductions to their native areas have increased their numbers to close to 50,000 birds.

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Pronghorn Deer

The Pronghorn Deer are plentiful in the park but stay in the meadows away from humans, unlike the deer in Olympic National Park that don’t seem to have enough fear of people or cars.

Colter Bay Nature Trail

On our last day in Grand Teton we headed north to take an easy 1-1/2 mile hike.  The campgrounds this far north had been closed, as had the ones in Yellowstone (just a bit further north) and we thought we could avoid the crowds.  Our friends decided to take a horseback ride that day so Bruce and I were on our own.

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Almost empty marina at Colter Bay
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Changing colors at Colter Bay
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An easy, flat trail. We were the only ones taking the trail.

Grizzly Bear are in the northern part of the park, as they are in Yellowstone.  This sign was posted at the beginning of the trail.  We did hear what we were almost certain was a bear grunting in the woods along the trail.  At that point we took the bear spray out of the backpack, but it didn’t show itself.

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There’s a earthen dam between Colter Bay and Jackson Lake that the trail goes across.

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Many animals leave their footprints here when they come to drink on the Colter Bay side of the dam
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Close up of footprints
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Jackson Lake side of the dam.

 

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At this point the trail follows Jackson Lake.
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The lake can be seen at times through the trees.
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At times the trees block the view of the lake and it feels like a walk in the woods

 

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A hot, dry patch through a meadow.
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Lodgepole pines and aspen trees
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Moss growing on the trees.
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Coming out of the woods you reach the shore of Jackson Lake
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What a view!
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Hills across the lake in Autumn color
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An old tree on the beach
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The trail circles back to Colter Bay

Signal Mountain

Returning to the campground we drove to the top of Signal Mountain.  This was a nice way to end our visit to Grand Teton National Park.

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A birds eye view of the park
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Meadows and lakes
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The Snake River