We couldn't drive to Jackson via Yellowstone due to the closure, plus the road was snowed in anyways, so we took the Mesa Falls scenic loop on our way south from West Yellowstone.
A beautiful sunrise on the way out of town.
At the top of the Upper Mesa Falls: a nice rainbow in the mist
Upper Mesa Falls
Looking down the river from Upper Mesa Falls
David photographing Upper Mesa Falls
It was really cold! I'm bundled up in some Omniheat with my snazzy Switch shades to keep the cold wind and sun out of my eyes.
Lower Mesa Falls
Driving down highway 33 towards Driggs on our way to Jackson, we get a nice sunrise over the Tetons
Wind River range from Teton Pass (I think)
Once we popped over Teton Pass we headed north through Grand Teton National Park. Luckily half of it is a through road so we still got to see a lot of the gorgeous scenery!
We turned down Gros Ventre road to look for wildlife and I don't think we got 100 feet before spotting some antelope.
Also known as: pronghorn, speed goats
Antelope and the Grand Teton
Next up: bison!
Bison herd in the distance
Zoomer on the bison herd
Bison herd and the tetons
We continued out Gros Ventre road into National Forest and found some beautiful fall scenery near Slide Lake
Gros Ventre River below Slide Lake
At the slide (another earthquake spot)
Slide Lake and fall colors
Bear scat! Super fresh, but didn't see the beast.
Looking back on the tetons from a viewpoint near Slide Lake
Back on the flats, we headed north up Antelope Flats road and enjoyed some more teton views.
We decided to do a drive over Shadow Mountain on NF land just east of the Grand Teton boundary.
It got us up a bit higher for views of the peaks.
Around 8000 ft we ran into the melting remnants of the recent snow storm and the 2 track dirt road turned to mud.
Muddy on the top of Shadow Mountain!
We're still washing this stuff out from under the truck.
Back down on the flats, we stopped (ooooh) at the Snake River view point in the park. Close to a famous Ansel Adams shot location.
And what is that in the distance? An elk herd!