I felt like I was floating away from the mothership last week as I packed the van and headed out of the North Yellowstone Lodge and Hostel gate for the last time. It has been a wonderful, golden summer and I was sad to see it end.
I used to bemoan the fact that there was never enough time to hike/camp/visit friends/relax and explore as much as I wanted to. This summer was different – and better than I could have imagined!
I made lots of new friends!
And saw lots of cool places!
On my way back to Colorado I realized I could take as much time as I wanted to travel from one eye-popping natural wonder to the next. (So this is what retirement is all about ?) Before I left Yellowstone National Park, I spent a couple days sightseeing in various parts of the Park that I had missed during the summer.
Then headed south through the spectacular Grand Teton National Park where it was much quieter and less crowded.
The first day was cool and cloudy…
but the next day was stellar!
I took advantage of the nice weather and explored Jenny Lake and Taggart Lake. At the end of the day I drove to the south end of the park to one of the only campgrounds open this time of year – Gros Ventre. I overheard a ranger in YNP say that moose frequent this area, so I figured if I got to see one it would be a bonus. Sure enough, around dusk I noticed a dark “blob” in the distance.
I had to use binoculars to verify it, but here is a cow moose (dark spot at photo center) eating dinner along the Gros Ventre river. I was thrilled to see her – but the best was yet to come.
In the morning, soon after my jaunt to the outhouse, I looked out my window and saw a big bull moose right beside the van! It was too dark to capture him with my camera, but this is what he looked like – I swear!
He grazed around the van for five or ten minutes then moseyed (mooseyed?) toward the river where he joined his lady friend and they merrily clomped off into the darkness. What a great way to start the day!
My journey south of Jackson found me seeking more eye-candy like a strung-out sugar junkie. But alas, I had run out of moose, bear, wolves, sky-high peaks and crystal clear lakes and rivers. I did see lots of sagebrush, rabbitbrush and pronghorns, however it wasn’t enough to keep me in Wyoming any longer.
After a long dry drive I arrived back in red rock territory – Moab, UT!
Stay tuned while I explore more of this unique environment, get reconnected with friends and family in Colorado and contemplate what the Universe has in store for me (so many choices!).
I love your comments and hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I do putting them together! Until next time – try to do something fun everyday. 🙂