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Those majestic mountains

You wouldn’t believe how many pictures we took of these mountains.  We couldn’t help it.  They dominate the landscape as they thrust straight up out of the valley and somehow we kept trying to capture their magnificence, trying to get a handle on the grandeur.  Our viewpoint changed as we hiked into the canyons and around the lakes but they were always there.  Sometimes the peaks would disappear altogether only to surprise us as we rounded a curve in the trail.  It was hard to narrow down the views I wanted to post and there are still too many here, but hopefully you will get a sense of the mountains’ ever-presence and their magnitude.

At Schwabacher’s Landing on the Snake River, a lovely spot for viewing wildlife, especially birds

At Jenny Lake there was still a significant amount of snow at the base of the mountains.

View from Mormon Row

Another view from Mormon Row – remnants of the Mormon settlements in the valley

Sunrise from Mormon Row

Reflections in Jackson Lake

Shrouded peaks from Mormon Row – Can you tell this was one of our favorite places to view and photograph the mountains?

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2


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Where I’ve been

I still can’t show you what I’ve been working on.  And the deadline still looms.  But soon, faithful readers, I’ll show you what it is.  In the meantime, I’ve been out of town.

I don’t know about you, but when my grown child invites me to one-on-one time, I’m inclined to say yes.  And this is how I ended up on a cross-country drive and 2 week camping trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks with son #1.  The original plan was to book it out there, do some backpacking, mostly backpacking and book it back.  We really didn’t have an agenda other than to enjoy being there.  And why May, you ask?  The plan was to be there while there was still some snow on the ground.

We left on May 10, after a slight detour to the dentist for a quick root canal (not me this time!).  Our drive took us through CT, NY, PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, NE, and finally into Wyoming.  At about Nebraska we were starting to wonder if there would ever be mountains – everything was SO FLAT.  And then, all of a sudden, there was snow.  Here in flat Nebraska?  What could we expect once we took some elevation and found the mountains?  It’s too late to turn back now so we’ll check it out and see what it’s like when we get there.  We had, after all packed lots of layers and warm clothes as well as shorts – we were ready for almost anything.

Snow continued to come and go, depending on where the squalls had been.  The good thing was that the roads were clear or just wet.  For the record, we were prepared with a snow shovel and ice scraper but thankfully never needed either.

Lots of snow,

then no snow, but look, mountains!

We crossed the continental divide at least 6 times on our trip.  This was the first or second time as we headed around the Great Divide Basin.  There wasn’t always a sign and sometimes I wasn’t paying attention; there was so much to take in.  Here we were headed up through Dubois and through the Togwotee Pass (elev 9,658 ft).

The higher up we got, the more interesting the terrain,

not to mention the snow conditions.

And at the pass, some pretty impressive snow on the ground.

And finally, our first glimpse of those majestic mountains.  It took our breath away.

Working….

For all you faithful readers,  I’ve been busy.  I know I haven’t posted much lately but I’ve been working the late hours on a project.  I can’t show you because it is a surprise and the reason I’ve been working so hard is because there is a deadline and I’ve got lots of things on my plate coming up.  Be patient.  I’ll be back to blogging soon.


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