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When we left our campsite at Canyon Village on Wednesday morning, we had several animal sightings one right after the other. Another herd of bison in the road, a trumpeter swan, and then a momma grizzly bear with her cub! We didn’t see bears (that my dad or I could remember) last time we were in Yellowstone in 2002, and we were really set on seeing them this time. It was awesome to be so close, and to see a baby.

Once we got in to Grand Teton National Park, we stopped at Colter Bay Village and went in to the gift shop, visitor center, and marina. We drove a bit further and stopped at Jenny Lake to walk around the lake and go into the (temporary) visitor center and the store. While we were walking, we saw a marten run across the path! It was so cute! It looked like this.

Next, we drove through Jackson to South Park, where I had found some trails where we could walk Cody. (Entering Jackson, we saw a fox running alongside the road with a long-tailed rodent in its mouth.) We did the South Park Loop, which was honestly one of the most beautiful spots of the entire trip. We saw a Barrow’s goldeneye duck on the water with nine or ten babies 😍 Traveling back north, we stopped in Jackson to eat at Hand Fire Pizza and I walked around to look at the antler arches. (Thought about this the entire time.) On the way to our last campground at Grant Village, we stopped for a view of the Tetons with the sun setting behind. I’m not much of a “mountains” person, but the Tetons are incredible. They are so huge and feel so close and so crisp? Perhaps that last part is the photographer in me.