We arrived at the Taggart Lake Trailhead and make the 4 mile loop to Taggart Lake. There was a lot of people across from the parking lot looking at something below the road near the river. We went over to see what it was and saw that there was a moose and her calf in the brush. Moose are one of my favorite animals to see and watch, but definitely from a distance.
We found a nice set of flat rocks and set our lunch out. You can see the Grand Teton between my son and my wife. What a spectacular view for a lunch.
After lunch, I set up the tripod in a tree and snapped a good picture of the family. Unfortunately, the Grand got hidden by the tree. I only wish I'd brought the fly rod.
The rest of the trail was fairly uneventful and not much to see. There is a nice meadow and you get some good views of the city from above, but overall, I thought the North side of the loop was much nicer. We did however see some sort of snake along the trail. I wasn't aware there were snakes in the Tetons. I'm sure it was a garter snake or something like that.
We were hoping to see some bears, but were not fortunate enough to see any. But, there's always Yellowstone, which is next up on the trip.
Driving out of the Tetons, I took one last snapshot of probably my favorite mountain range. They are truly special.
Yellowstone National Park is just a short 30-45 minute drive up the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Parkway. There were huge snow banks from the snow plow on the side of the road the entire way. When we got inside the park, Lewis Lake was frozen over.
|Lewis Lake Frozen Over|
The house we rented was called the Bear Tracks Inn. Like I mentioned earlier, I found this on Vacation Rentals by Owner, which is a great site for finding houses pretty much anywhere in the world. The rate for the house was very reasonable and it was very clean. It was a 3 bedroom house (perfect for the family of 6) and had a big kitchen which was great for making breakfast and dinner saving us a few dollars. Dining in West Yellowstone is not cheap and the food is not that good.
The property managers run the Golden West Motel in West Yellowstone. They are extremely nice folks and if you ever need a place to stay, check out their motel. The owner of the home lives across the street and works in town at the local hardware store. She came over and greeted us and told us how to get in touch with her if we needed.
The house is conveniently located in West Yellowstone and is less than 5 minutes to the West entrance of the park. The one downside to the house was that it was located on one of the busiest streets in West Yellowstone, but I think I have more traffic sometimes on my street at home so it wasn't bad and it was very quiet at night. It's within walking distance of a grocery store and several restaurants, but I didn't find any restaurant in town that I'd recommend.
We got settled in and made our plans for tomorrow, head to Old Faithful and the Geyser Basin.