Grand Teton National Park - Day 3

This was kind of a lazy day for us.  In the morning, we went to the Jenny Lake Overlook and hiked down the trail along the lakeshore to the Jenny Lake campground and back.  On this trail, you get a great view of the lake and the mountains that rise right up from it.  In fact, you are so close to them that you can't see the top of Grand Teton as it is hidden behind the closer peak on the way up to Grand Teton's summit.

After the hike, we had lunch back at the overlook, then drove back up the park road to Mountain View turnout which has a great view of the mountain range.  In looking at the mountains, Jennifer noticed that there were some ski tracks in one of the very high snow fields on Grand Teton.  Could someone have hiked to the summit then skied down part way to the bottom?

Then we headed back to our camp site, and took the shore line hike just below our campground and behind the visitor center.  We followed the trail across a narrow spit of land which looked like it had been added so that you had access to the small island on the other side.  We hiked around the "island" or now the peninsula for about a 2 mile hike.  On this trail are great views across Jackson Lake to the mountains, including Grand Teton and Mount Moran.

That's it.  Two shorter hikes and some more great views of the mountains.  Today, there were no clouds in the sky as we started the day.  Later, there seemed to be some buildup of clouds, and at 6 PM, there is a light shower with the sun shining through the trees.

After dinner, we went down to the Willow Flats Overlook to look for animals.  We didn't see a large elk herd like last night, but we did see two of them out grazing in the distant meadow.

And, of course, we stayed for the sunset and with the clouds we had around, the skies gave us a nice display of color for sunset.  It was really hard to pick a single photo so I'll include two of them.

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