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Grand Tetons National Park offers challenging hiking

Grand Teton National Park is only 10 miles south of Yellowstone; the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range as well as the northern portions of the valley known as Jackson Hole

Grand Teton National Park is only 10 miles south of Yellowstone; the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range as well as the northern portions of the valley known as Jackson Hole

Finally saw a black bear!!!; this was the best photo I was able to take since the bear stayed in the bushes and behind a tree most of the time

Finally saw a black bear!!!; this was the best photo I was able to take since the bear stayed in the bushes and behind a tree most of the time

Bradley Lake was scenic but I saw no animals around; driving to the park from Teton Village we saw moose, elk and mule deer

Bradley Lake was scenic but I saw no animals around; driving to the park from Teton Village we saw moose, elk and mule deer

The best hikes in Grand Teton National Park tend to be long and steep; Lee managed them with no problem while I opted for easier treks

The best hikes in Grand Teton National Park tend to be long and steep; Lee managed them with no problem while I opted for easier treks

The squirrels were tiny so I think there was some interbreeding with chipmunks; we stayed at the cheapest place in Teton Village and the same place I stayed when I visited in 1993

The squirrels were tiny so I think there was some interbreeding with chipmunks; we stayed at the cheapest place in Teton Village and the same place I stayed when I visited in 1993

The A.W. Moulton Barn is supposedly the most photographed barn in the state due to the beautiful Tetons in the distance; nearby fires in Idaho were obscuring the view when we visited

The A.W. Moulton Barn is supposedly the most photographed barn in the state due to the beautiful Tetons in the distance; nearby fires in Idaho were obscuring the view when we visited

There is a boat service across Jenny Lake to cut 2 miles each way off of some hikes but the boat only runs from 10-4; with most of the hikes very long these hours don't help

There is a boat service across Jenny Lake to cut 2 miles each way off of some hikes but the boat only runs from 10-4; with most of the hikes very long these hours don't help

Broken Falls descends 300 ft over seven drops on the eastern side of the Grand Tetons before entering Moose Pond; there was still plenty of snow on the mountains in mid-September

Broken Falls descends 300 ft over seven drops on the eastern side of the Grand Tetons before entering Moose Pond; there was still plenty of snow on the mountains in mid-September

There was actually a moose in Moose Pond!; we watched him for a long time and were told that this was a juvenile moose and that the mom had left shortly before we arrived

There was actually a moose in Moose Pond!; we watched him for a long time and were told that this was a juvenile moose and that the mom had left shortly before we arrived

The Snake RIver begins in Yellowstone and meanders through the Grand Tetons National Park on its 1078 mile journey to join the Columbia River before entering the Pacific Ocean

The Snake RIver begins in Yellowstone and meanders through the Grand Tetons National Park on its 1078 mile journey to join the Columbia River before entering the Pacific Ocean

With most of the stores in the park closed, the few that were open had long lines to get in; they would only let a few people in and this was the only place around to get something to eat or drink

With most of the stores in the park closed, the few that were open had long lines to get in; they would only let a few people in and this was the only place around to get something to eat or drink

American red squirrel; these small squirrels were very similar to chipmunks excepted they lacked the distinctive chipmunk stripes

American red squirrel; these small squirrels were very similar to chipmunks excepted they lacked the distinctive chipmunk stripes

Many people hiking were wearing masks since the trails were pretty narrow; parking was the biggest problem since the crowds greatly exceeded what the park handles normally

Many people hiking were wearing masks since the trails were pretty narrow; parking was the biggest problem since the crowds greatly exceeded what the park handles normally

Grand Tetons surprisingly didn't have as many good waterfalls as Yellowstone; the aspens have already turned a brilliant yellow to accent the deep green forests

Grand Tetons surprisingly didn't have as many good waterfalls as Yellowstone; the aspens have already turned a brilliant yellow to accent the deep green forests

This was the first large bird nest I've seen here; we saw a few moose, pronghorns and a black bear but other big mammals were largely absent

This was the first large bird nest I've seen here; we saw a few moose, pronghorns and a black bear but other big mammals were largely absent

Oxbow Bend is supposed to have beavers and otters but we saw neither; movement on the Teton Fault 10 million years ago caused the mountains to rise and the valley to drop

Oxbow Bend is supposed to have beavers and otters but we saw neither; movement on the Teton Fault 10 million years ago caused the mountains to rise and the valley to drop

Taggart Lake is a popular hiking destination because it's only a 2 1/2 mile round-trip hike from the parking lot; the re-establishment of gray wolves has ensured that every indigenous mammal species now exists in the park

Taggart Lake is a popular hiking destination because it's only a 2 1/2 mile round-trip hike from the parking lot; the re-establishment of gray wolves has ensured that every indigenous mammal species now exists in the park

The Teton Glacier lies sheltered on the NE flank of Grand Teton (13775 ft); the glacier has significantly retreated since 1929

The Teton Glacier lies sheltered on the NE flank of Grand Teton (13775 ft); the glacier has significantly retreated since 1929

Bradley Lake; the Grand Tetons have been called many things but the name that stuck was given by French fur trappers, who referred to the mountains as les Trois Tetons (the Three Breasts)

Bradley Lake; the Grand Tetons have been called many things but the name that stuck was given by French fur trappers, who referred to the mountains as les Trois Tetons (the Three Breasts)

Grand Teton towers more than 7000 ft above the valley floor; Grand Teton National Park is one of the ten most visited national parks in the U.S (3.5  million each year)

Grand Teton towers more than 7000 ft above the valley floor; Grand Teton National Park is one of the ten most visited national parks in the U.S (3.5+ million each year)

In Maud Noble's 1917 cabin a meeting was held in 1923 that launched what would become Grand Tetons National Park; her cabin is part of the Menor's Ferry Historic District

In Maud Noble's 1917 cabin a meeting was held in 1923 that launched what would become Grand Tetons National Park; her cabin is part of the Menor's Ferry Historic District

There are lots of famous photos of old houses and barns with the massive Tetons in the background; unfortunately, the Tetons were lost in a smoky haze due to the many Western wildfires

There are lots of famous photos of old houses and barns with the massive Tetons in the background; unfortunately, the Tetons were lost in a smoky haze due to the many Western wildfires

Friendly black-billed magpie; the trail signs here have been awful - either non-existent, too infrequent or just wrong; so many hikers were complaining!

Friendly black-billed magpie; the trail signs here have been awful - either non-existent, too infrequent or just wrong; so many hikers were complaining!

This is a replica of the pontoon ferry used to cross the Snake River by early Mormon settlers; we could have stayed at the Four Seasons in Teton Village but our 4 nights would have cost $14,600!

This is a replica of the pontoon ferry used to cross the Snake River by early Mormon settlers; we could have stayed at the Four Seasons in Teton Village but our 4 nights would have cost $14,600!

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