|The Grand Teton Adventure Begins|
|Signal Mountain Campground|
As we were putting the tent up, I managed to fall off the tent pad and broke a finger, but Nurse Joan pulled it into place where, a month later, it is almost healed. That wasn't our only adventure at the campground that day. As we were finishing setting up camp, the staff came by making lots of noise, stopping long enough to explain that there was a bear - probably a cinnamon colored black bear - that they were trying to drive away from the campground. We were told that she was the "friendly" bear, but that we should be really cautious with the black black bear, since she had two cubs. Welcome to bear country - we quickly learned to put everything back in the car, leaving a naked campground whenever we weren't there.
Once we'd set up the campsite, we started exploring. Signal Mountain was a good start - we could have taken the three-mile (one way) trail from the campground to the summit, gaing about 1000' in elevation. Or, we could take the road up. Being lazy, and not quite acclimatized to the 6500' altitude, we drove.
|Jim and Joan on Signal Mountain|
On the west side of the park is the 40 mile long Teton Range, of which Grand Teton Mountain is the highest peak at 13,770'.
|Looking Southeast from Signal Mountain|
|Snake River from Signal Mountain|
Sunday, we found the Chapel of the Resurrection, where we joined an overflow crowd that could look at Grand Teton if the preacher bored them.
|Chapel of the Transfiguration, built in 1925|
|View from the First Pew inside the Chapel|
Sunday afternoon and Monday we wandered along Teton Parkway, oohing and ahing over the views.
|Grand Teton in the Morning|
|Looking across Lake Jackson in Late Afternoon|