It’s cold and raining this morning so hot tea and muffins for breakfast.  One last look at the lake provides us with a view of  the Absaroka Range shrouded in clouds.  The lake is at an elevation of 7733 feet.  The highest peak in Absaroka seems to be Mount  Schurtz 11139 feet so I’m thinking the cloud cover is pretty low.  It’s basically water, water, everywhere.  A little mountain bluebird brightens the day and  we head down the middle of Yellowstone with the lake on our left.   We’ve noticed that the bark on all the trees is like rubbed off…is it buffalo scratching their backs or elk rubbing their antlers…perhaps something else.   Lots of water: creeks, ponds, lakes  and rivers, prime spaces for wildlife.  A stops for a better view of the water fowl and we turn around; right behind us a big elk enjoying his breakfast.

     

   Right after Lewis Falls we reenter Grand Teton NP.  The weather has improved and the sun is shining.  We stop at Jackson Lake Dam and take in the Grand Tetons from across the lake.  Amazingly A spots Jackson Lake Lodge with her binoculars, the lake is 7 miles wide and the lodge is 2 miles from the lake( my est. not actual) but that means we are nearly 9 miles from the lodge.    I ask, ” Are you sure?”  She replies, “Yes can’t you see Snakehill?”  Sure enough I really like this shot, a bit hazy but  the lodge is still very impressive and you can easily see Snakehill to the left.  

Our next favorite spot was Signal Mountain, a 5 mile road brings you to an observation area with a sweeping view; to me it looks like the entire GTNP: the Tetons, the Snake River, Jackson Hole, the buffalo herd near the big yellow field.  A view that makes you feel on top of the world.  A short hike and you reach the summit of  7720 feet, not even as high as Lake Yellowstone,  but it does lift the spirit.  The last adventure of the day is the raft float down the Snake River.  I’ll save that story for tomorrow. 

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