On Sunday, August 14, since the chariot races for that day had been canceled, Doug and I decided to drive over to Grand Teton National Park, about an hour's drive from Dubois. The drive itself is beautiful, and we wound up spending about half a day making that hour's drive.
The area surrounding Dubois had been the scene of a major wildfire, the Lava Mountain Fire, in the weeks before we arrived. It was still burning, although largely contained, by the time we were there; and the firefighters no longer outnumbered the residents.
The route to the Tetons took us past some of the fire's path of destruction.
|The Lava Mountain Fire came very close to the Triangle C Ranch.|
We took a side trip down Brooks Lake Road, to get a closer view of these mountains:
|Brooks Lake Road (Photo by Doug with camcorder)|
|Brooks Lake, where we ate our picnic lunch|
|After a few hours of driving and sightseeing, this restroom was a welcome sight.|
|The restroom's "library" made me laugh.|
The next picture may have you cocking your head sideways. I had to lean over a fence and wanted to get as much of the waterfall in the photo as I could, as well as the mountains in the background. My apologies if the picture makes you a little dizzy or gives you a stiff neck.
|Brooks Lake Creek Falls|
|Another view of the falls not requiring a head tilt|
|Some hikers on the trail beyond the falls, with smoke visible in the distant forest.|
|Doug took this photo on the camcorder, from the start of the trail to the falls.|
When we finally reached the Tetons, we found the mountains partially hidden by smoke haze, but I had to include at least one photo of these majestic mountains.
After having supper in Jackson, we drove to the top of Signal Mountain. These birds were everywhere up there.
|Grouse on Signal Mountain|
The main reason for going to the top of Signal Mountain was to get a picture of ourselves there, standing in the same general area where we'd had another picture taken in 1988. Let me just say...the trees weren't the only things that had grown in the intervening 28 years.
|Doug and me in 2016|
|Doug and me in 1988|