Trip Pictures

Meadow

Aspen

Moose

Moose

Moose

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Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Moose

Meadow

Meadow

String Lake

String Lake

Leigh Lake

Leigh Lake

Aspen @ Leigh Lake

Leigh Lake

Leigh Lake

Leigh Lake

Tracy @ Leigh Lake

Elk @ Leigh Lake

Elk @ Leigh Lake

Elk @ Leigh Lake

Elk @ Leigh Lake

Teton

Teton

Jenny Lake

Tetons

Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall

Teton

Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake

Tetons

Tetons

Tetons

Cascade Canyon

Tetons

Tetons

Aspen

Aspen

Waterfall

Tetons

Tetons

Cascade Canyon

Moose

Grand Teton National Park

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The weekend of 26 Sep 08, Tracy and I headed to the Tetons for our annual trip to hear elk

bugling.  We heard elk, but this year we had more interesting experiences with moose.  On

Saturday we drove around outside the park to look for fall colors.  We stopped and hiked

around at one trail, and then sat on the side of a meadow to read and relax.  While sitting

there with my eyes closed, I suddenly had a feeling of being watched.  I opened my eyes and

looked to my left, and there was a cow and calf moose standing in the meadow watching us

from about 40 yards away.  Good times!  They weren't that bothered by us, and they

eventually walked up into the trees beside us.  And then a bull moose showed up.  He watched

them in the trees, and then the calf came down to him.  Then the cow started making some

really weird noises, and eventually came down to the bull and calf.  The cow and bull touched

faces a little, and then the cow took off running across the meadow.  The bull chased her, and

the calf kind of ran around like he didn't know what was going on.  They all three went up into

the woods on the opposite side of the field and seemed to just disappear.  We didn't hear or

see them again.  We figure this was a mating thing, but it was really cool to watch.

We headed back to the park and heard some elk, but it wasn't as good as the year before.

The next day we hiked up Cascade Canyon (Google Map) in the Tetons.  We got an early start

and managed to have the trail all to ourselves going in.  We weren't so lucky coming out.  We

didn't see a soul until we reached our turn-around point.  After turning around, I would

estimate we saw over 70 people on our way back out.  There's a boat that brings people

across Jenny Lake, and there were just a ton of people.  But I was at least glad we had it to

ourselves for the first half of the day.  And the hike was really nice.  We also got snuck up on

by another moose.  At our turn-around point we sat on a gravel bar by the creek and relaxed

for awhile.  Then we got up to leave and a lady was coming down the trail towards us.  She

stopped and was looking towards the creek.  I looked in the direction she was looking, and a

big moose was eating just 30 yards from where we were sitting.  The moose wasn't there 10

minutes earlier, and we never heard it come up.  Good times!  This was a good trip, but we'll

probably never brave those crowds again.