Monday, February 23, 2009

Grand Tetons

The Grand Tetons are a mountain range in southern Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone. They are, however, still part of the Rockies. The Grand Tetons are heaven for any backpacker. The scenery is gorgeous and the wildlife is prevalent.

So what makes the Tetons better than any other set of mountains? What is missing from the pictures that you normally see with mountains? The answer: foothills. Because of the way that the Tetons were formed, they don't have any foothills to block the views. This makes for some of the prettiest views. The land is flat until all of a sudden there are mountains 5,000 to 7,000 feet above the base.

So once you get past the initial perfect view and hike in, there is even more to awe about. If you go in the summer or fall, the lakes and the sunsets should be more than enough to get you there. The water is so clean and pure that, as you can see, there is a nearly perfect reflection. And because of the lack of foothills, the sun hits directly on the mountains pointing out every perfect detail. In the picture you can see just how perfect the scenery can be.

The wildlife in the Tetons is also fascinating. There are tons of deer, moose, birds, and fish. I am not into hunting, so thats not why I like it. But you get to see the animals raoming around without a care in the world. They don't always notice you or know that you are "bad" so many times they won't run away. I feel like there is know way I can explain this to give it any justice. This is a MUST SEE for anybody who might consider themselves as an outdoors person.

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