A hearty breakfast of huckleberry pancakes, fruit, and cowboy coffee has us raring to go.  Maps and guides, water and snacks, camera and binoculars at the ready we head south to Jackson.  We are meeting a friend for a walk  on the  Cashe Creek Trail. Just on the trail for 2 minutes and we spot our first treasure…a western tanager. 

I believe I have a better photo, but this is the one for day 2.  He stayed right in the area and we caught him on our return trip too. 

 

Here we are with the Grand Tetons for a back drop.  The trail is used mostly by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.  It follows the creek and we enjoyed the sun and sights for a few hours, then off to 43N and enjoyed a scrumpcious lunch and the spectacular setting  of Snow King Mountain.  Thank you Jill.

I am now looking to purchase a cowboy hat and boots so we hit Main Street in Jackson.  The town square has four giant antler arches at each corner, so cool!  The shops and stores around the square have everything you want or need and I found just the hat and a great pair of wellie like boots.  I was thrilled.  

A has the pictures of me in the cowboy hat in the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, beer in hand beating her at pool.  I’ll have to add that one later. 

Now we head back up through the Grand Teton NP where herds of buffalo cause and elk roam freely.  The road into Jackson Lake Lodge had several buffalo jams per day and it is very easy to get a great shot of these massive beasts.  They have quickly become my favorite animal in the park for several reasons: they are everywhere, easy to photograph, and pose no threat to me.  Keep in mind, signs throughout the park warning that buffalo can run @ 30  mph  and most people can’t do 2mph.  I am not interested in that race. 

Along the road are a number of signs poems that  read: 

ENJOY

THE ANIMALS

FROM AFAR

PLEASE

DON’T HIT THEM

WITH YOUR CAR!

We each composed our own poem.  Me…Slow down don’t move too fast….you’ve got to let the animals past.   Amy….Keep you foot near the stoppa, that there bull is someone’s poppa…she may need to correct me on that.

Lots of animal sightings and photos throughout the day.  We enjoyed a slide show at the lodge given by the knowledgable Ranger Sue.  A Walk on the Wild Side provided lots of info on park history,animal populations and they had moose cookies and coffee.  With 8:00 dinner reservations,  we decide to take a quick walk up this trail by the restaurant.

After being startled by a rather big snake it will forever be known as Snakehill.

Our dinner in the Mural Room at the lodge couldn’t have been better and after a busy day we  retire for the night.

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