“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Happy Thursday! As I am writing, Hurricane Michael has made landfall in the panhandle of Florida and is moving on into Georgia and then the Carolinas. My prayers are for all of those who are in harm’s way.
We returned last week from a wonderful trip to Wyoming where we stayed in Jackson, which is a small town that borders The Grand Teton National Park. Butch and I, as young newlyweds in 1975, took a road trip that took in the states of South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. Butch returned to Jackson Hole on a business/skiing trip several years ago, so his memory of this gorgeous part of our country was more vivid than mine. But it was impossible for me to forget the view of those majestic mountains with peaks that rise as high as 7,000 feet off the valley floor You might want to grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable for armchair travel to Autumn in The Grand Teton National Park!
Jackson is a small town in the Jackson Hole Valley. Just north are the peaks of Grand Teton National Park, as well as vast Yellowstone National Park. The four antler arches are the gates to Jackson Town Square. About 7,500 elk winter on the National Elk Refuge. The bulls shed their antlers each spring and are picked up by local Boy Scouts and are sold by public auction in the square. Butch and I would love to see the thousands of elk that spend the winter in the refuge just outside of Jackson!
Our home for six days was the Rusty Parrot Lodge, a family-run 32-room lodge that’s one of the top small luxury hotels in the world. It caters to the traveler—not the tourist. They made us feel like family as they took care of everything. The on site restaurant, The Wild Sage, has an intimate 32-seat gathering room, with a rugged river rock fireplace, and a full view of the exhibition-style kitchen. I found it fascinating as I watched the preparation and plating of their locally sourced food. In the small dining room, it wasn’t hard to notice that Reba McEntire was also having dinner. The Body Sage Spa was fabulous and Butch and I agree it was the best massage that we have ever had.
When this scene came into view, I was speechless. Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park is the most photographed place in the entire park. The image of the Snake River with Mount Moran’s reflection is iconic and is probably the most recognized image of the park. The water was perfectly still which allows for this gorgeous reflection. The aspens were in full autumn color and it was perfect for every photographer, even this amateur!
Standing on Signal Mountain gave us another perspective of the vastness of Jackson Lake and the prominence of Mount Moran at 12,610 feet! Jackson Lake is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the United States, at an elevation of 6,772 feet above sea level. The lake is up to 15 miles long, 7 miles wide and 438 feet deep. The water of the lake averages below 60 degrees, even during the summer. That is a little too cold for me!
Jenny Lake is a must see and a major focal point in The Grand Teton National Park. Unfortunately, we had cloudy skies and lots of wind, we were unable to get the perfect photograph. The lake is estimated to be 423 feet deep and encompasses 1,191 acres.
Arriving early, the sun turned into cloudy skies which gave us this beautiful scene. The abundance of fresh water from the Snake River and the flat land grasses makes this a perfect spot for wildlife viewing!
Structures from six homesteads remain. The area is also known as Antelope Flats, situated between the towns of Moose and Kelly. It is a popular destination for tourists and photographers on account of the historic buildings, the herds of bison, and the spectacular Teton Range rising in the background.
Antelope Flats is a 640 acre stretch of land established to preserve critical habitats and migration routes for a variety of species including the pronghorn antelope. We saw quite a few in the distance, but this buck came very close to the gravel road we were traveling. It is hard to get a photo when they are running. They just happen to be the fastest North American mammal reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour!
This is my Renaissance Man’s favorite kind of vacation, enjoying God’s glorious creation, observing wildlife, and just being out in nature. Be sure to come back next Thursday as we will take you to Yellowstone.
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