Skip to content

Clothes on, Clothes off!

June 18, 2014

Today we had an early start and a long drive to Grand Teton National Park. On the way, we saw waterfalls, American Dippers, Osprey, and a beaver dam. When we arrived in the Tetons, we were worried because of the snow, rain, and sleet, but we lucked out and the Tetons started to poke out of the clouds. The Grand Tetons are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. We began with our 7-mile hike on the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve that was absolutely breathtaking all the way from the trails to the fancy pit-toilets. After the first part of the hike, we were stripping down layers, only to put them back on immediately because of an approaching rainstorm. This happened multiple times. We hiked around Phelps Lake and saw a beautiful moose that was playing in the water in the distance. Our hike was long, but easy going and a very rewarding experience that left us all feeling accomplished, but very hungry! When we arrived back at the trailhead, we went into the Rockefeller Visitor’s Center where they had an awesome display containing nature videos and collages. They also had a room that we nicknamed the “shrine” of nature – the room was round with awesome surround sound playing nature sounds that could be heard all around Grand Teton. We also attended a sweet presentation on pikas and marmots done by a park ranger. After this we were famished and drove straight to a pizza place where they had excellent coloring sheets (and pizza). We then exited Grand Teton National Park and headed back to Old Faithful, listening to JC Yellowstone song picks all the way (lots of Bob Marley and oldies). Finally, here is a poem for your enjoyment by the renowned poet, Alasdair Johnson:

Big Sky

Exalting at the expansive sky I sit—
the raging silence surrounds me
devouring all but—
the purr of the distant waterfall
and the peaceful lapping of the mountain lake

I wonder what is human.

To see a place like this and think more of profit and power
than revel in its majestic beauty
These scenic vistas fill my stomach more than a four course meal
My pockets become weighed down with memories

Humanity is an infant playing with a toy—
it does not understand—
Mother Earth.

by: Alasdair Johnson

Party on, dudes!

20140618-195816-71896442.jpg

20140618-200702-72422646.jpg

20140618-201223-72743697.jpg

Advertisements
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mickey Jo permalink
    June 19, 2014 9:34 am

    Love the poem. And I’m so loving this trip. It’s sweltering back here in NC. Your snow helps me cool off.

  2. megan permalink
    June 20, 2014 2:52 pm

    big sky…big hearts, mindful and observant future stewards of the natural world… so glad that you guys have had this opportunity!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: