Grand Teton – Yellowstone National Park Road Trip Day 3 – Summer 2013

Ava with her glass of hot cocoa topped with a towering spiral of whipped cream.

Ava with her glass of hot cocoa topped with a towering spiral of whipped cream.

We kicked off our first full day in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with a breakfast date at Bubba’s BBQ. We visited Bubba’s twice during our June 2012 trip and knew that a big old-fashioned breakfast would be the perfect start to the day. Of course, the kids had to revisit the huge cup of hot cocoa with a towering display of whipped cream on top.

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.

wildflowers

The wildflowers were in bloom everywhere.

Red Mountain Gros Ventre Wilderness

This red-hued mountain stood out from the rest of the tree-covered hillsides of the Gros Ventre Wilderness.

Kids Creekside

The kids enjoyed this quiet creek deep in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Kids Riverside with Teton Range

The kids posting riverside deep in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The beautiful Grand Teton is visible in the background. We were the only people in this area and it was magical.

Toyota 4Runner

Our trusty Toyota 4Runner on a random road in the Bridger-Teton National Forest – lovely blue skies ruled the day.

Best Sign Ever

Best Sign Ever! Someone put a cowboy decal on the back of the deer on this sign warning travelers of crossing wildlife.

Rainbow - Tetons

After seeing our third Moose of the day and fifth of the trip, we were treated to this bright rainbow.

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.

Bikes and Cows

While riding our bikes on Moose-Wilson Road in the Teton Village area, these cows caught our attention.

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.

Bike Ride Teton Village

A bike ride in front of the beautiful Teton Range was the perfect end to the Grand Teton part of our 2013 Yellowstone Road Trip.

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.

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