• By Ben Campbell


For Wildlife Notes entry #2 we went back to @jay_explores Jessica Thomas and asked the one place on this earth she couldn't live without - 

'Where is that one place, that when you talk about, you get emotional because it means so much to you? Well Grand Teton National Park is that place for me. I will never forget the first time I went there. I was 18 and camped at the one and only Jenny Lake Campground and immediately fell in love with all that G.T.N.P. has to offer. This park has everything! Including one of the most beautiful and unique mountain ranges in the United States, The Teton Mountain Range.

I can't get enough of these glacier carved mountains. They look different at every viewpoint. The best views I've seen of the Tetons are from Table Mountain. The Huckleberry Trail (near Driggs, ID) to Table Mountain is a stunning 14 mile out and back hike that is a must! The views of the Grand Teton are unbeatable.

Another must see at G.T.N.P. are the lakes! A lot of the lakes are kid friendly hikes, which makes this park so great for families. Some of the best lakes to explore with the littles are Jenny, String, Taggart, Leigh, and Jackson. If you are up for an adventure and less crowds, Phelps, Mica, Delta, Holly, and Solitude are a few of the many day hike lakes that won't disapoint.

There is never a bad time to visit G.T.N.P. infact, my favorite time to visit is in the winter. There are less crowds and the Teton Mountains look incredible covered in snow. Yes a couple roads are closed in the park, but you can strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and go just about anywhere!

Grand Teton National Park will always have a special place in my heart. It was the place that made me really appreciate and fall in love with the outdoors. The more I visit the more it becomes a part of me. My family and I try to visit at least twice a year but it still isn't enough.

It's important to travel and explore new places, but it's also important to find that place you can't get out of your head, and explore every inch of it! I still have so much to see at G.T.N.P. and I'm thankful for that. There will always be new adventures and things to see with my family at this unforgettable National Park.'

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