2013—The Grand Tetons – Day 1-They Didn’t Have a Clue

Moose and Kevin met me and Fausto at the Jackson Hole airport this afternoon, the last two to arrive. It was about 3PM when we piled into the van and took off on a scouting mission to find what access we might have to places in Grand Teton National Park that Moose and Kevin had planned for photo shoots until the government impasse closed all the national parks (and everything else federal, except the TSA agents at the airport). Road after road was barricaded. The road to Jackson Lake (and any glimpse of Jackson Lake Lodge where I spent the two best summers of my life) was blocked and patrolled. Even turn outs off the highway were blocked. We did find a few places to pull over that were either overlooked or will be blocked soon. We encountered a lovely couple at one of the lookouts and Moose generously volunteered to photograph them with the Tetons in the background. They had no clue who had just snapped their picture.

The four of us spent about an hour driving around looking for places that might be accessible. We found none. Tomorrow, we meet at the van at 6:20AM. Obviously Moose’s Plans B and C are going into effect. We had a great dinner at the Gun Barrel Steak and Game House in Jackson and the group seems like a compatible bunch. None of the participants were from the Grand Canyon trip and only one other person besides me had been on a trip with Moose and Kevin. Once again, I am the only girl.

I took a few shots of the Tetons and the heavy cloud cover so the Grand Teton and Mount Moran are unrecognizable but they are still awe inspiring. The scenery is a breathtakingly beautiful as I remembered it. I can’t wait to get out and see more. What I am having trouble with is processing. I am going to need lots of help from Moose and Kevin on processing my shots.

More tomorrow.

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