Something of Marvelous…….

In all things of nature there is something of marvelous ~ Aristotle

A road trip wouldn’t be complete without a few snapshots of the countryside. I’m more of a passenger, than a driver and I’m always on the look out to capture mother nature’s “something marvelous.” Hope you enjoy the photos.

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The guard tower at Manzanar  WWII Relocation Center

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Some colorful hills off a scenic byway

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Tufa’s from afar ~ Mono Lake

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The eerie waters of Mono Lake, Highway 395

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Somewhere on Hwy 395 near Bridgeport, CA

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Mt. Shasta from the back roads, Highway 89

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California’s golden hills, Interstate-5

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Coming home to monsoon skies

 

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Finding Beauty Everywhere…..Grand Tetons NP

 

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere” – Vincent Van Gogh
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Our first glimpse of the magnificent Grand Tetons 

It’s not hard to find beauty everywhere in the Grand Teton National Park. Today’s journey is devoted to these renown statuesque peaks. Thanks to Nature’s layout, these beauties can be seen in every section of the park.  I am in awe………

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Colter Bay

Our first stop, Colter Bay Village.  We’re not much on visitor centers, but we needed a pit stop and a map since we somehow missed the park’s entry station.  Notice the Tetons in the back?

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Grandpa and Grandson

This simple trail circles the lake, what a glorious place to stretch your legs. Fill your water bottle up at the visitor center with clear, delicious alpine water right out of the faucet – yum!

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Tetons cast on Jackson Lake

“The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you” – Rumi.  If Mr. Rumi is right, I’m a tall, strong, majestic woman with a little snow on top. Quite an accurate observation, old sage.

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Thomas Murphy barn & homestead @ Mormon Row

One of my aspirations was to visit to Mormon Row and photograph the old homesteads. I’m posting the Thomas Murphy barn in place of the noteworthy Moulton barn, which has been photographed a great deal.

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I believe this is part of the Moulton homestead

I can’t imagine enduring winters in the shadows of the Tetons. It really took a community and a pioneering spirit to survive and prosper. Unfortunately, I missed exploring a section of the community, which resides to the left.  Sounds like I need a return trip.

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The family @ the Jenny Lake Overlook

We bypassed the extremely crowded South Jenny Lake junction in favor of the less populated North Jenny Lake loop. North Jenny has a relaxing scenic loop drive and a spectacular overlook and lake trail. Make sure to use your Forest Gump voice when you say, “Jenny.”

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Time for a picnic

Most of the picnic areas reside near the visitor centers. We were lucky to find this spot with the Tetons in eyesight and Cottonwood creek running alongside. As the title to this post suggests, a trip to the Tetons will have you finding beauty everywhere you stop.

 

 

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The Lewis Falls, Yellowstone So. Entrance

Not wanting the day to end, we made one last stop and admired the spray and sounds of melting snow flowing down Lewis Falls. The grandson and I climbed to the top, sidestepping the slick snow still left on the ground.  The timing is right to see waterfalls in Yellowstone; they are overflowing this season.

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The Lewis River, Yellowstone South Entrance

Turn about face from the falls and you have a post card picture view of the Lewis River.  The Teton and Yellowstone landscape is so surreal, it feels like Shangri-la.

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Snack time!

A trip to Yellowstone isn’t complete with out a run-in with a bison. We were lucky – eating distracted them every time we drove through the park. On our first day in town, we heard park travelers were deterred for two hours by a bison roadblock.

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What can I say about Day two?  The Tetons were spectacular….. stunning…… breathtaking…. awe-inspiring and return worthy.  Next time though, I’m staying in the park, bears or no bears. If you have the opportunity to visit Grand Tetons National Park, please do it and remember to always take the scenic route.