After we all had our fill we drove the Moose-Wilson Road. For those not familiar with the area, this road runs from Teton Village to Moose and is often wildlife rich. On this morning we saw a beautiful female moose and her very young, very small moose calf. Momma and baby were trotting up the shore of the willow-rich wildlife habitat on the Moose end of the road. We’ve seen moose there before, in fact we saw a mom and baby moose last June, but they’ve always been resting in the willows. These two were out for all to see and I loved it! No pictures, though.
Next stop was the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Gros Ventre Wilderness. This was our first visit to this region but we wanted to get away from the crowds and we succeeded. I think we passed a total of 10 other vehicles during our six+ hour adventure. These are some of my favorite pictures from the afternoon drive.
At this point we were all starting to get hungry again because we never took a lunch break. Mountain High Pizza Pie was our dinner destination; after enjoying great pizza there last year we knew we wanted to return and try something different. Ava’s favorite was the pizza with pesto sauce, grilled chicken and tomatoes.
What better way to celebrate a stomach full of pizza than to go on a bike ride, right? After heading back to the hotel we geared up for a little pedal-powered adventure. The weather wasn’t on our side, though. It was cold and windy and when I say cold, I mean cold. The wind chill was in the 30s and darkness wasn’t far away.
At some point my brakes decided to cause a few problems so I stopped while Dave and the kids continued the last ¾ mile to the turnaround point. While waiting I watched the cattle grazing across the road and evidently they watched me. When Dave and the kids peddled off, there were just a few dozen cows in front of me. When they returned, it seemed like half of the herd had decided staring at me was entertaining. We all had a good laugh at the cow show.
While the cow gazing was fun, bike riding in front of the beautiful Teton Range was the highlight of the day. Sure it was cold and my bike had mechanical issues but that view made up for everything.
Back at the hotel everyone took turns taking hot showers and hitting the sack because the next day we were off to Yellowstone National Park.
Read all of my YNP Summer 2013 Road Trip Recaps:
- Day 1 – PHX to SLC – Yellowstone National Park Road Trip – Summer 2013
- Day 2 – SLC to JAC – Yellowstone National Park Road Trip – Summer 2013
- Day 3 – Grand Teton – Yellowstone National Park Road Trip – Summer 2013
- Day 4 – 1st Day in Yellowstone – YNP Road Trip – Summer 2013
- Day 5 – Norris Geyser Basin, Bears and Wolves – YNP Road Trip – Summer 2013
- Day 6 – Off Trail Adventures, Beartooth Highway & A June Snow Storm
- Days 7 & 8 – Yellowstone to SLC to PHX – Final 2 Days of Our YNP Road Trip