Well, here we are again. Coming to you thanks to the wonders of mobile internet - this time from Grand Teton NP, just outside of Jackson, WY. Here's the obligatory family photo:
The weather out here has been less than lovely. Lots of grey skies, steady drizzle, and cold temps - in fact there is still a lot of snow in the upper elevations of the Rockies. Average temperature has only been around 55F for a high, but we've had a few peeks of sunshine to inspire us!
No wonder they call it "big sky country" out here! It seems like the horizon just melts into the mountains. Even Big Earl looks little! Here's Brutus taking in the view at Bear Lake, Idaho.
After a few nights at a family farm in Utah, Big Earl found an even more picturesque place to hang his hat: the Colter Bay of Jackson Lake, WY.
It's beautiful there, amongst the Lodgepole pine forests at the foot of the Grand Tetons. That being said, it seems that there us a bit of a bear problem at there.
Not to fear, I've come equipped to protect the precious Brutus; bought him a can of "bear-b-gone" in case any get too close!
OK, so maybe I bought the bear spray for us too - there was bear poo (or "scat" as they say to sugarcoat it here) just a few steps from Big Earl's door (literally!!!).
After a good night's sleep they boys (both human and canine) & I headed out to explore the beauty of Colter Bay.
All sorts of things to do here, from hiking and rock climbing to boating and fishing.
Good thing mom forgot to pack my life vest, or I'd be forced to go for a ride in one of these crazy floaty things!!
Brutus supervised while Paul and his dad did some fishing on the Snake River (that's Paul in waders in the background). We enjoyed the scenery and had a fantastic close encounter with a beautiful Golden Eagle, but no nibbles on the lines.
This big bird swooped just above Paul's head while he was fishing, then up to rest in a pine just 20 yards away. Isn't he beautiful??
Here's the view from the other side of the dam - just breathtaking!
Even though the boys didn't catch any fish, it was still a great day. Up to Yellowstone tomorrow. For now, Brutus bids you a cheesy farewell for today! See you tomorrow!