Land of the Three Breasts: Grand Teton did not disappoint

Yup, that’s right: long long ago in a land not so far away, some French fur trappers (intoxicated I presume) looked at the majestic Teton mountain range and thought that 3 of the closest peaks looked like breasts and hence named the place ‘Trois Tetons’ ! No doubt they had another round of Cheers following that stroke of ingenuity that is so becoming of the Frenchies. Now I assure you that I tried very hard to find a resemblance but alas, all in vain. The Shoshone Indian name for it, Teewinot, is much more befitting as it means “many pinnacles”.

After that massive effort, we decided to do the tourist thing and drove all around the park’s highway loop and got a great look at the towering peaks:

Grand Teton from Willow Flats Lookout

Grand Teton from Willow Flats Lookout

Posing in front of Tetons

Posing in front of Tetons

Teton range from Snake River overlook

Teton range from Snake River overlook

Then we got tired of driving and hit the backcountry trails of Phelps Lake and Death Canyon. The drive to Phelps lake trailhead took all that Jamhuri had to give, it wasn’t even a dirt road but more of a washed trail of sorts with a sheer number of potholes that would even put Kenyan roads to shame.

Phelps Lake in Grand Teton

Phelps Lake

Hiking to Phelps Lake

Hiking to Phelps Lake

The beauty of the Phelps lake is truly something to behold, especially in the early hours of the day when the deep blue of the lake is a placid mirror enhancing the awe of the mountains fringing it:

Death Canyon mirror in Phelps Lake

Death Canyon mirror in Phelps Lake

Cozy rock seats

Cozy rock seats

From our camp on Phelps, we hiked up into Death Canyon:

Death Canyon hike

Death Canyon hike

While not in backcountry, we drove on the small roads that lead from the park to Bridger Teton national forest and parked in beautiful alpine meadows for the night with deluxe views of the mountains.

Jamhuri parked in bush under Tetons

Jamhuri parked in bush under Tetons

Tetons view from Bridger Teton national forest

Tetons from Bridger Teton national forest

Another great hike we highly recommend is Cascade Canyon hike even if you only do a part of it till Inspiration Point. A word to the wise though: get here super early unless you fancy counting people instead of sheep to relax!

Jenny Lake at dawn

Jenny Lake at dawn

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls

Reached Inspiration Point

Reached Inspiration Point

At the inspiration point, this little inspired chipmunk was ready to learn all sorts of acrobatics to earn its daily bread (it was whole wheat)!!

Do not feed chipmunks

Do not feed chipmunks

We saw bison on the park’s outer loop, deer along the trails and moose on the aptly name Moose Wilson Road. No carnivore sightings here except for me!

We travelled south through Wyoming, Idaho and Utah after spending a week looking at the breasts, but that’s a story for some other time!!

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One Response to “Land of the Three Breasts: Grand Teton did not disappoint”

  1. Fowler Says:

    Some more amazing pictures Sagi, makes me want to go out west again…

    I’ll have to see the complete photo collection when you’ve finished the trip.

    Looks like you’ve lost 20 pounds since you’ve left! Perhaps I need to hike more and eat less 🙂

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