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Plan, Think, And Don’t Be Stupid In A National Park

Hats On The Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail

Looking at something other than the geysers in Yellowstone National Park

When we visit a national park, we know we will see some incredible beauty for which that particular park is famous.  However, we often see other things, like litter, driving faster than the posted speed limit, and poor planning regarding footwear on the trail.

I recently wrote an essay, which the National Parks Traveler published this morning, on just that sort of thing.  I hope that it’s a reminder for us all to treat our national parks better while we are guests there.

To read the story, click on the photo.

 

 

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Jenny Lake Scenery

Jenny Lake Scenery

There’s a reason Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, is so popular. That area possesses some stunning forest and mountain scenery, which I photographed while taking a short walk along the popular trail encompassing Jenny Lake.

Speaking of Grand Teton, the season for berries is now, and humans are allowed to pick berries in this park. Of course, there are regulations as well as harvesting devices which are prohibited, not to mention the fact that the bears are out after those berries, as well.

If you want to know more, click on this link to the article in the National Parks Traveler: https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/…/grand-teton-park-vi…

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

 

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Grand Geyser Erupting

Grand Geyser Eruption

Grand Geyser Eruption, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 
It’s hard not to cheer whenever a geyser erupts. You sit or stand and wait, based upon when the schedule says the geyser *might* erupt. And then, when it does, there is this powerful gush of hot, steaming water reaching high up into the sky, or covering a large swath of area around the opening. It’s evidence reminding us of the geologic forces just beneath our feet. Geysers erupting are truly amazing sights and I felt lucky enough to have witnessed three different geysers erupt on the day I visited the Upper Geyser Basin.
And, here’s a little word of advice for you:  if you are nuts enough to visit an extremely crowded place like Yellowstone National Park in the summer, then the best time for light and few crowds is the early morning, between 6am – 7:30am.  I know, not much of a window there, right?  And, you should only pick one spot at which you want to be that morning.  Because if you have in mind to concentrate on more than one spot, then you are going to have problems trying to find parking, I kid you not.
Another word of advice:  if you want to tour the visitor center in relative peace while you are at Upper Geyser Basin, then do it while the hordes are awaiting the eruption of Old Faithful.  If you wait until after the eruption, you will be elbow-to-elbow with all the crowds merging into the visitor center.
I already knew I wanted to experience all that I could around Old Faithful, so I spent the entire day at Upper Geyser Basin (where Old Faithful is located), and had a wonderful day, despite the crowds (and there were thousands of people there).
 
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A Chilly Morning At The Upper Geyser Basin
A quiet, pre-sunrise morning overlooking Old Faithful

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Morning At Schwabacher Landing

Morning At Schwabacher Landing

A serene morning at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I’m all done with my national park portion of my road trip move from Texas to Washington State.  I’ve visited 5 national parks on this trip and have come away with some stunning photos (imo).  I’m in Bozeman, Montana, visiting friends and will leave tomorrow to continue on to central Washington.  It’s been an awesome trip, so far, but I’m ready to see the end of the road (literally).

Here is an image I captured one early morning at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park.  No visit is complete without a stop in this area.  Be warned, though.  Except for a very short portion of paved road, the rest of the route is a gravelly, bumpy, potholey drive to the parking area.  And it’s best to arrive in the morning, not only for lovely lighting but to beat the crowds (if you visit in the summer).  Do walk along the trail as far as you can, because there are many views with still water and mountain reflections all along the way.

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A Full Moon and The Beginning Of Sunrise Over The Teton Mountains

Full Moon And The Beginning Of Sunrise Over The Tetons

A full moon and the beginning of sunrise over the Grand Teton Mountains, Wyoming.

I was so very tired the day before from all the driving and hiking of the previous days, that I didn’t think I could get up early enough to do any sunrise photography. Besides, I had not really scouted out anyplace per se. So I figured I’d just sleep a little later that morning. Then, at about 4am, I had a HUGE cramp in my left calf. This was the same leg in which I’d pulled the calf muscle while on the North Rim. The pain was so bad that it woke me immediately and I didn’t get back to sleep. So, I figured what the heck, might as well get up and get going. I checked out of the hotel in Jackson and drove to an overlook I’d passed by a day earlier on my way to the park. Turned out to be a nice spot. And it was cold! Lucky for me I had my wool cowboy hat with me and I was wearing long sleeves. As I stood there getting pre-dawn and sunrise photos, I had to grin to myself that I was no longer in heat and humidity and the air was sweet with the fragrance of sage.

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons Scenery

An afternoon view of the Grand Tetons

From Bryce Canyon National Park to Park City, Utah, to Jackson, Wyoming, to Grand Teton National Park.  I arrived a couple of days ago, was able to check in early to my Jackson hotel, then did a little exploration of a small portion of the park before finally pooping out from the driving and previous hiking.  The 12 days I’ve been on the road have been full, full, full, either with driving or hiking and photographing.  As I’ve found out the hard way, if you keep pushing yourself too much without an occasional nap, then it’s hard to carry on.  Don’t worry, I’ve managed.

Anyway, I spent all day yesterday in the park and will do the same today before heading out tomorrow for Yellowstone National Park.

FYI, mornings all the way up to around noon are the best time for photos out here, before the sun and the haze from the forest fires set in to cover up the incredible scenery out here.  Mornings are also the time to get your photos prior to all the crowds coming in, and trust me, there are crowds out here in Grand Teton National Park.  And this is just a precursor for Yellowstone, I know.

Becky In Grand Teton National Park

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Where Will The Rainbow Lead You?

The Perfect Ending To A Great Day In Bryce Canyon

A perfect end to a perfect day in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Where, indeed, will that rainbow’s end find you?  I’m hoping for more photographic adventure (ok, and maybe gainful employment, too, once I get to central Washington).

I’ve been staying in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, for the past couple of days.  Every afternoon, sometimes starting as early as 12 noon, the monsoon rains would drift through, either where I was, or far off into the distance.  For this photo, the rain had just left the Bryce Canyon Lodge area and I knew there would be some great stormclouds in the distant scenery.  So, I hotfooted it to the Rim Trail in the Sunset Point area and sure enough, there was a combination of sun and stormclouds and, to my delight, a beautlful rainbow, as well.

Heading out of Bryce Canyon today and on to Park City, UT, where I will finally get to meet face-to-face, the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the National Parks Traveler, Kurt Repanshek.  I’ve been contributing articles and photos to the Traveler since 2012, but we’ve only ever communicated via email (mainly) and telephone (sporadically).

After spending the day in Park City, it’s on to Jackson WY and then to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, where I will spend time wandering and photographing before arriving at the end point in central Washington.

See you up the road!

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Note:  This was written yesterday but it turns out the spotty internet at Bryce Canyon Lodge was just not strong enough to upload everything.  So, a day late with this post.

 

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