Monday, July 20, 2015 – Not far from our campground is the beginning of a beautiful 44 mile scenic route around the Grand Teton. All of the turnouts and stop off spots are nicely done and easy to get to. The pictures below are in the order of the scenic route. The drive today was 4 hours long and every stop was breathtakingly beautiful! When I can remember I’ll point out where we were!
On both side of the resevoir there were Life Rings. Nothing prevents you from going right down to the water so I imagine they might be used often. We packed a picnic lunch and at by the other end of Jackson Lake which was beautiful.
Fairly close up pictures of parts of the Grand Teton Leigh Lake – this was the most congested of our entire drive. Hard to find a parking space and lots of people around and in the lake having a wonderful time. There are more wildflowers in this park than I’ve ever seen (along with too much sage bush). At the visitors center I purchased some wildflower seeds from this area to plant at our house in Amite when we return. One of the flowers I bought is the one in the picture below.
Jenny Lake – Jenny lake and Leigh lake were named after a woman and her husband who were among the first settlers (we learned this from the Forest Ranger on Sunday). She was a Shoshone Indian who had six children with her husband. They took in a young woman and child who happened to have small pox. It spread and killed Jenny and all six children. Her husband married again and had three more children but they didn’t name anything after them. We are plenty tired from all this beauty!! Tomorrow we head out to Yellowstone. We have no place to stay there and could not get reservations anywhere. Hopefully we will find a good boondocking place just outside the Yellowstone park area. We did a lot of research and found 12 campgrounds outside of the park where we might be able to boondock if they are not full when we get there. We’re getting up bright and early Tuesday to get out of here and cover the 113 miles between our campground here and the ones near the north entrance of Yellowstone. Gonna be a fun time!!
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