"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Friday, July 15, 2016

July Snow - Grand Teton National Park

On Monday, July 11, we decided to leave the park and seek adventure on the National Forest lands.  Cheryl had been wanting to see Brooks Lake so we headed for the Togwotee Pass and the beginning of our adventure.
After visiting Brooks Lake we decided to take the Brooks Lake Road that appeared to be a short cut to the top of  the pass.  Ignoring the warning signs about the road condition and especially the part about "high ground clearance recommended" we set off.
The road soon turned into a muddy quagmire that had us slipping and sliding from one side to the other.  Through it all Cheryl masterfully kept the Honda CR-V on the road and moving forward.  Her driving was so good that a Jeep on the road ahead of us pulled over to yield the lead.
To make a log story short, at some point on the muddy mountain road the CR-V bottomed out and broke an axle.  We will be using a rental car for at least a week while we wait for a new axle to arrive.

At the end of the muddy road I spotted this young robin fluffed up and hunkered down...



The next two images may help you to understand why the robin looks so cold.  At 9'650 feet above sea level we were having white out conditions...





Luckily, the Honda got us off the mountain and back to the campground safely.
On another day we found this young marmot on Pilgrim Creek Rd...







I was concerned that the marmot would be trapped if a predator should come along.  I should have known that it had an escape route...



A mule deer doe splashed across Pacific Creek...



While two young bucks tried to trick us into seeing only one...







Jackson Hole is excellent hawk habitat...



This young red-tail hawk had more ground squirrel than it could eat...









This cinnamon black bear had a lot of folks thing it was a grizzly...



The most excitement of the week was finding the nest of a golden eagle...



While one adult watched the chicks the other one soared overhead...



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