On September 23, we drove from West Yellowstone, where we had been staying, down through the South Entrance and, from there, to Grand Teton National Park. Before leaving Yellowstone, though, we stopped to see Kepler Cascades.
Kepler Cascades - Yellowstone
Then we continued on to Grand Teton National Park, known for its majestic mountain scenery. Unfortunately, the smoke from numerous wildfires almost completely obscured those mountain views.
Grand Tetons hidden by smoke
Another view of the smoke-covered mountains with some fall color in the foreground
By mid-afternoon, the thick smoke had lifted, leaving the mountains in a smoky haze.
Since the mountain views were disappointing, we went looking for wildlife. The park newspaper suggested that the road between the towns of Moose and Wilson offered good opportunities for bear sightings, so that's where we headed.
We hadn't gone far before seeing this moose grazing in a small pond.
A little further down the road was this big bull moose.
And this is the crowd gathered to photograph yonder moose.
After getting our photos of the bull moose, we returned to our vehicle and were preparing to continue on down the road. Before we could work our way out of the jumble of cars parked haphazardly by those hurrying to photograph the moose, we looked across the road and saw a bear in the woods. (Sorry, no picture...again) Sitting on a log not 20 feet from the bear was a man.
My first thought was that he had seen the bear and had foolishly gone over there to get a photo. The bear was just passing through, gorging on berries as it went. When it was gone, the man came across the road to where several of us had been watching. He looked a little shaken. It seems he had just gone over there to sit on that log while waiting for his wife or friend to shoot some pictures of the moose. The bear came through the woods, surprising him. So he just sat very still and waited for the bear to leave. I suppose he felt reasonably safe, with all of us standing across the road watching the whole drama unfold.
Following are a few more photos from this visit to the Tetons.
The T. A. Moulton Barn on Mormon Row
The John Moulton Barn, also on Mormon Row
A last look at the Tetons in the late-afternoon light