Grand Teton National Park presented a beautiful lake and a jagged adventure inspiring mountain range as we drove south from Yellowstone National Park. The flat open plains along with the rivers and streams offer a prime environment for moose and after spotting none in Yellowstone we were primarily looking for moose while in the Grand Tetons. Luck abided and along with a crowd of other motorists we spotted a mother moose and her calf on the other side of a river close to the road.
They appear to be sleepy docile creatures and our moose really didn’t do much while we watched eagerly for any picture perfect moments.
The Teton mountain range is impressive, even on the less than impressive day we had in the park.
Our final event of interest in Grand Teton National Park was spotting a herd of elk in a paddock acting odd. They were bunched together in an open field of long grass; bunched isn’t the right word, they formed a circle all facing out as if they sensed a predator nearby. It was an interesting display of herd movements, a brave elk would venture out of the circle cautiously and then either return or the rest of the herd would gain confidence and move to follow. This continued for roughly half an hour before most of the herd had disappeared into taller thicket. A few elk still lingered in the open, unsure of whether to disappear into the thicket after the herd or not – we eventually grew bored and moved on. We assumed there was a predator of sorts that was causing the bizarre behaviour but we saw nothing and had to assume it was further away and not actually a threat to us or the herd. We stayed one night at Signal Mountain Campground.