Our first full day in Wyoming was bright, sunny and beautiful.
First thing we headed back around Slide Lake so we could see the sunrise reflecting on the Tetons.
Chris was invited to go fishing this day but we had a couple of hours until he left for fishing so we decided to drive past the cabin turnoff and go further into the Bridget-Teton National Forest.
Heading away from the cabins and back to the Gros Ventre (gro vant) road we got the best view of the landslide.
Everything here is the result of the landslide and there are rocks everywhere.
Click on this for a larger image and you can read about the details of the 1925 slide.
This is the river feeding into Lower Slide Lake. This was the first time that I realized that I might have some height issues on this vacation. There are lots of cliffs and deep valleys. It makes for spectacular views and a bit of queasiness.
Oh the views! We expected (for no logical reason) that this road would go on for about 10 miles. We could not have been more wrong. It goes on seemingly forever. If you are into tent camping there are tons of places to camp in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
We eventually turned around to get back in time for Chris to go fishing.
Oh the colors! New color palettes are everywhere.
Out pet marmot, which is really nothing but a huge squirrel. they are still cute.
After Chris left I decided to head to Jackson to see the town and visit the National Wildlife Art Museum.
This little Western Bluebird greeted me. This area isn’t really a birders paradise. We actually saw very few song birds during the week. I saw one other bluebird, some ravens, some sparrows, swallows and that’s about it. Mostly what you will see here are some eagles and hawks. Now I know why people get so excited to see Goldfinches and Cardinals when they visit us in the East!
The National Museum of Wildlife Art is a beautiful building housing a spectacular collection of wildlife paintings and sculpture. There’s an outside sculpture garden to walk through. It overlooks the Elk Refuge and that must be a spectacular view in the winter when the elk are in the refuge area.
There is a wide variety of art in the museum and they do allow you to take photo. This raven is my favorite piece in the collection....mostly because I love ravens and crows.
Another favorite is this painting of a goose.
My third favorite, and the centerpiece of the collection, is this bison. It’s HUGE and as you walk to it you are eye to eye with the bison.
I did read the cards but looked at so many pieces of art that I didn’t realize until I was in the gift shop that all 3 of my favorite paintings are by the same artist, Robert Bateman.
If you are planning a trip to this area I highly recommend a stop at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. I spent the afternoon walking around the cute town of Jackson. It's quite touristy but a very cute town with lots of interesting shops and a town square with arches made of antlers.
On the way back to the cabin I spotted my first bison and became a part of my first wildlife traffic jam. I couldn’t wait to get back to tell Chris that I spotted the first bison.
I might have been in too much of a hurry because I also got stopped for speeding. The very nice deputy let me go. I don’t know why but I was grateful!
Chris had actually gone fishing about 20 miles beyond our cabin on Soda Lake. He said he saw lots of trout but none were biting for them.
We had dinner at the cabin and enjoyed the evening on the porch watching the beaver, marmots and osprey on the lake.