Day 11 Photo Safari, Grand Tetons

My brother Eric, my father David, and I all have the shutter bug. Eric and I decided ahead of time to treat our father to an official guided Photo Safari from our hotel early the following morning.   The three of us met our guide Doug Hilborn in the lobby at 5:45 AM, and our group of about 12 set out in an awesome 1930’s Model 706 Tour bus. Doug knew where to go to find the animals and had great tips about how to photograph them. He has been working in the park for many years and had lots of great stories to tell. During the 5-hour tour we saw two bald eagles, elk, bison, grizzly beers and many others. The tour was more than worth our time and money.

The rest of the group slept in, did some laundry and packed up for the next leg. After lunch in the Lake Deli, we set out for The Grand Tetons.   We first drove the to the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake where we did the short 1 mile Lake Overlook trail to stretch our legs.

We exited Yellowstone to the south and drove directly to our next hotel – the Jackson Lake Lodge Cottages. We checked in, grabbed a casual dinner at the Pioneer Grill inside the lodge and then went out back to admire the views of the Tetons and watch for wildlife.

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