Seeing a Grizzly beside U.S. 26/287 was a big surprise as we traveled from Dubois, Wyoming toward Grand Teton National Park. We enjoyed the ride through the Shoshone National Forest, Togwotee Mountain, Bridger-Teton National Forest, past Lava Mountain, another crossing of the continental divide, and finally entering the Grand Teton National Park.
Electronic and posted signs warn humans when bear, moose or elk are near the highway. Actually, expect to see them at any time. You never know.
We hoped to see Grizzly bears, from a safe environment, and just happened to drive slowly by the mother and her cub. Occupants in the vehicles that began stopping stayed inside their protective cages. That’s a good thing. These are the wildlife you wouldn’t walk up to and pet – even if we desire it. Everyone is cautioned to not become friendly with all wildlife. That’s why they are called “wild.”
I never suspected that this encounter with the Grizzly would be the only sight of one during our time in Wyoming.
The drive toward Grand Teton was exquisite and fun. I really appreciate the Shoshone National Forest that showcased its beauty as much as its ruggedness. The forest offers superb scenery and endless recreational opportunities! It was set aside in 1891 as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve, making the Shoshone the first national forest in the United States.
The forest has 2.4 million acres of varied terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to rugged mountains. The higher mountains are snow-clad most of the year.
Immense areas of exposed rock are interspersed with meadows and forests. With Yellowstone National Park on its western border, the Shoshone encompasses the area from the Montana state line south to Lander, Wyoming, and includes portions of the Absaroka, Wind River and Beartooth Mountains. https://www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone/
I could readily notice the escalating splendor as we approached the Grand Teton. I’ll highlight this spectacular place in the next few posts.
Blessings along the Way!