When we planned our visit to Grand Teton National Park for mid-May, we were thinking like people who grew up in Ohio. Mid-May in Ohio can be very warm – time for shorts and t-shirts. We always considered the official start of summer to be the end of May. Now, if you’re planning a trip to the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming, you ought to know that there are fewer than 60 days a year that the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing. When does all the snow melt? Never, we guess. If you go high enough into the mountains, snow will be there.
Another day we hiked from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve on the Lake Creek-Woodland Trail loop trail. The ranger had recommended the trail as a good one and not far from where we were staying. She said at this time of year, and with all the snow the park received this winter, it will be awhile before many of the other hiking trails are open, particularly the ones that climb upwards.
The hike started well, but too soon we saw a group of hikers gathered ahead and guessed that meant one thing: a big animal sighting.
We looped over to another hiking path, some distance away and across a river, and continued on our way.
Surprisingly, we saw lots of animals in the park and near the cabin where we stayed. We were happy to rarely see wild animals on the hiking trail that might pose a threat to our safety. However, we were amused when we ran across this animal:
Hiking in the Grand Tetons was lovely, but, for future trip planning, we’ll make the necessary adjustments to account for seasonal changes — temperature and snow.