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After Labor Day, we drove up to the Grand Tetons, on the way to Yellowstone. We were traveling with our friend Beverly Gholson. We arose at sunrise at the cabin near Boulder, Colorado. We drove up through Wyoming past the Wind River Range before arriving at the Totons. Our home for the visit was an historic log cabin at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park. These cabins were relocated here from earlier lodges that have been removed from the park.

Our first day in the park, we rose early, and were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. We drove down to Jenny Lake and hiked up to Hidden Falls. We took a side trail to find the Moose Ponds, but made a wrong turn. Beverly suggested we follow the game trails and try to find the ponds. We came upon the trail, and found a mother moose with her young, feeding at the pond. 

From there, we decided to follow game trails and find our way back to the Jenny Lake Trail. After climbing a steep draw, we came across the Horse Trail, which ended up near Hidden Falls, but took the high route. We found ourselves 500-700 feet above the lake.

We happened upon a Pine Marten hunting in a rock field along the Horse Trail. We got to the falls and were rewarded with a beautiful spot. We took the main trail back to the car. As we returned, clouds set in and the Tetons had a different beauty. We had another beautiful sunset at the Jackson Lake Lodge. The next morning, we took off for Yellowstone. Take a look at the video here, and the photos below:

Grand Teton National Park from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

Sunrise over Gold Lake

Sunrise at Eagle Peak

Gold Lake at Dawn

Alpen Glow on Audobon and Sawtooth

Dawn's Ealy Light on Longs Peak

Twin Sisters at Dawn

Smokey

Notch Rock

Fire in the Wind Rivers

Fire in the Wind Rivers

There are still hundreds of fires burning, we hope the parks aren't full of smoke.

Wind River

Wind River

Approaching the Grand Tetons

Grand Teton National Park

Teton Panorama at Dusk

Teton Panorama at Dusk

You can see the impact of the smoke in the air.

Mt Moran from the Marina

End of the Day

End of the Day

We arrive at our Colter Bay Cabin on Jackson Lake just before sunset.

Grand Teton in the mists

Teton Sunset

Mt Moran at first light

Reflecting in the Calm Waters

Grand Teton Reflections

First Clouds on the Peaks

Grand Teton Reflection

Smoke blowing in

Smoke blowing in

After a beautiful sunrise, smoke moved in from the south as the morning progressed.

Early Clouds

Oxbow Bend

White Pelicans at Oxbow Bend

Jenny Lake Reflections

Genie & Beverly on Jenny Lake Trail

Clouds Gather

Clouds Gather

As we head into the mountains, clouds gathered.

Jenny Lake

Mountain Reflection

Driftwood

Fall Colors

Heading to Moose Ponds

Heading to Moose Ponds

We took a fork in the trail, thinking it was the path to the Moose Ponds. Made a wrong turn, and we kept on going. Beverly suggested we take off on a game trail and try to find our way.

Moose Pond

Moose Pond

Indeed the game trails led to the Moose Pond, and we found a mother with a yearling.

Moose in the Pond

Moose Kiss

Pine Marten Hunting

Pine Marten Hunting

After scrambling up a draw, hiking through the woods on the faintest of trails, we finally crossed a Horse Trail that ran parallel to the Jenny Lake Trail, but on high ground. By now, we were 500 feet above the lake, and stunbled upon a Pine Marten hinting in a rock field.

Pine Marten Closeup

Pine Marten Closeup

He stopped to give us a look, before scrambling after whatever squirrel he was chasing. I managed to grab the camera and get a few quick shots. My third sighting, and first photos of a Pine Marten.

Pine Marten exploring

Pine Marten exploring

You can see his brown body, copper patch under his neck, and puffy brown tail.

Pine Marten on a Log

Pine Marten on a Log

Martens move like a cat, but are in the same family as weasels, minks and other mustelids.

Beverly on the Trail

Genie hikes high above Jenny Lake

Gregg & Genie at Jenny Lake

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls

The Horse Trail came back to the main trail just below Hidden Falls. We were thankful for our cross country route, because we only saw three other hikers, and still found our waterfall.

Osprey Hunting

Osprey Hunting

We saw many Osprey hunting the Wind River and in the Grand Tetons

Jenny Lake Trail

Jenny Lake Trail

We descended and returned by the lake on the main Jenny Lake Trail.

Rain Clouds on the Tetons

Rain Clouds on the Tetons

As we hiked out, the clouds stacked up and started raining.

Tetons in the Rain

Clouds and Rain

Clouds and Rain

We could hardly see the galcier shown on the sign where we stopped.

Remnant Glaciers

Remnant Glaciers

All the Teton Glaciers are in retreat

Grand Tetons Visitor Center

Grand Tetons Visitor Center

We went in the new Visitor Center at the Moose Entrance, and were quite impressed.

Tetons from Above

Tetons from Above

Great perspective in the diorama of the Tetons erupting out of the plains.

Osprey

Tracking Mountain Lions & Bobcats

Tracking Mountain Lions & Bobcats

We see both these tracks in the snow around our cabin in winter.

Visitor Center at Moose

Angry Skies

Snake River and the Grand Tetons

Tetons in the Clouds

Snake River

Clouds & Smoke make a good sunset

Mt Moran enjoys the last rays

Golden Sunset

Stray Clouds Glow

Last Rays of Color

Breaks in the Clouds

Sunset Clouds

Jackson Lake Lodge

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