The Quiet Side Of The Tetons
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Farming with a view, Teton Valley, Idaho, agriculture
There may be no place prettier to farm than in Teton Valley Idaho

Idaho's Teton Valley lies, snug against the 13,000' peaks of the Grand Teton Range, Along the eastern border of Idaho, a border it shares with Wyoming. Teton Valley shares the Grand Tetons with our neighboring valley to the east, the more famous, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Folks describe Teton Valley as and its towns Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia "The quiet side of the Tetons."

Teton Valley has good access to three National Forests and two National Parks - Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The indigenous wildflowers, wildlife and the Grand Tetons provide the ideal backdrop for day hikes, horseback riding, mountain biking, or a quiet river float. Other activities include golfing, whitewater rafting, and melodrama and the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort.

While Jackson Hole to the east has mushroomed into a tourist megalopolis, the rustic communities of the Valley, on the western flank of the Tetons, has managed to develop its own character as it has morphed into an outdoors-adventure capital. The charming towns of Victor, Driggs and Tetonia are the Idaho communities of Teton and Alta Wyoming is also in the Valley.

The Grand Teton Range rises majestically over the Valley to the east, and the Big Hole Mountains, home to some of the region's best single-track mountain biking, flank the valley on the west. Many trekkers use trails in the Jedadiah Smith Wilderness to access Grand Teton National Park, particularly the park's northern peaks.

Moon over the Grand Tetons, Victor, Idaho, Teton Valley
Full moon over the Grand Tetons in Teton Valley

Teton Valley is the gateway to the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort, and many canyons lead into prime backcountry for hiking or skiing. In the summer, anglers wet a fly on the valley's Teton River, cowboys and cowgirls ride to their hearts' content, and Tetonia hosts a rodeo, Driggs launches its annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, and Victor lights up Independence Day with a parade and fireworks. One of the biggest events of the summer, though, occurs in August when the Targhee Bluegrass Festival takes over the slopes of the Grand Targhee Resort.

Friendly and unpretentious, Teton Valley is for people who love the mountains enough to live, work, and play in them-including many service-industry stiffs who keep Jackson running but can't afford to live there.

6,500+ people call Teton Valley home at an elevation of 6200 ft. World class powder skiing and snowmobiling, horseback riding, fly fishing, golf, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, rafting, hunting, and much, more are available in the area.

Teton Valley Rodeo
Teton Valley Rodeo

The jagged, snow-capped Tetons to the east and the rolling Big Hole Mountains to the west cradle the gentle, flat course of the Teton River. Teton Valley fly-fishing has become a tradition of providing quality dry fly fishing for tens of thousands of fishermen in Idaho and is destination-fishing resort for people the world over.

The Teton Geotourism Center in Driggs has much information on the Teton Scenic Byway region through interactive exhibits and displays showcasing the area’s spectacular resources.  They are agreat resource for trip planning and navigating your way along our paths and roads whether it’s lodging, recreational activities, local food, art or music.  

Teton Valley's Winter Landscape
Teton Valley's Winter Landscape
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Grizzly 399 and Quadruplets, the parting shot
Parting shot of Grizzly 399

Parting shot of Grizzly 399 and her four cubs, shortly before the Queen of the Tetons weaned the famous brood. They certainly appear ready to go their separate way.

It was quite an event when the most famous grizzly in the world showed up with quadruplets in 2020, only the eleventh set of grizzly quadruplets in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since biologists stated keeping track around 50 years ago.

On May 12 the Queen of the Tetons was seen with a male friend frolicking in the sage possibly working on the next chapter.

Yellowstone National Park sets visitation record in 2021

Yellowstone National Park recorded 4,860,537 recreation visits in 2021, up 28% from the 3,806,306 visits in 2020 and making it the busiest year on record...............read more

Old faithful and friends

Is social media ruining our nature excursions?

Social media, the curse and blessing of the twenty-first century. A focus on the evolution of the problem inflicted on nature, ways of to mitigate how it affects our beautiful places, our wildlife, our experience. Dichotomies and conundrums to ponder.  Since the advent of the digital photography and its ease of use and economy after initial investment, America and the world have hit the road and the road comes back to us on our social media. .................... rest of article Addendum, this is getting worse than ever.

 

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Study: More elk killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho: More elk are being killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho, a study by the state Department of Fish and Game has found.The study found that wolves accounted for 32% of adult female elk deaths and 28% of elk calf deaths, while cougars accounted for 35% of adult female elk deaths and 45% of elk calf deaths. The study also found ............ rest of story

Return of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout by Kelsey Dayton

The water in Atlantic Creek in the remote Thorofare region of Yellowstone National Park was clear. So clear that Dave Sweet could see the fish before he even cast. They were everywhere: dozens of beautiful trout with distinctive red slashes under their jaws. Sweet had journeyed for two days on horseback to the major spawning tributaries of Yellowstone Lake for those fish. Over the next few days he and his daughter would see thousands of Yellowstone cutthroat trout and catch some as long as 25 inches. But just as exciting were the younger, smaller fish. They, Sweet realized, mark a turning point in a battle to save a species..................... Rest Of Story

Huge Yellowstone Cutthroat trout
Huge Yellowstone Cutthroat trout

 

Livingston Montana

The Resort Town Curse
by Daryl L. Hunter

In 1962 as a child my family went through Carmel California, and after my exclaimation how beautiful the place was, my mother explained to me that it was against the law to cut down a tree in the town and it was so beautiful. I wondered why every town didn't do that. A few years later my hometown, San Luis Obispo, did enact all kinds of restricted zoning like Carmel's as a part of an urban renewal plan, and now I couldn't afford to move back there if I wanted to. This town is now populated with what they call "Grey Gold", rich retired people that ran up the property values so high that native born could no longer afford to live there. I have lived in many resort towns since, and I have noticed a trend. I am attracted to them when they are still little, quaint and undiscovered, but it usually isn't long before word spreads about the next great place. ..............   Rest of story

A Protective Firewall For Grizzlies
By Daryl L. Hunter

The delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is imminent and this we should celebrate (''''dancing''''). Now that our happy dance is complete, we must ensure the grizzlies' recovery is permanent. To ensure "continuity of achievement," the grizzlies need a firewall to protect the success of this achievement from human foible.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee was formed in 1983 to help ensure recovery of viable grizzly bear populations and their habitat in the lower 48 states through interagency coordination of policy, planning, management, and research. Many people have been working on this recovery for decades, for some; it has been most of their career. I can understand why the delisting of the grizzly before their retirement is their goal. A metaphorical gold watch if you will.

Many will argue differently,................. Rest of Article

Blondie the Grizzly Sow and her three cubs, where these four bears roam in the Teton Wilderness is likely to open to hunting someday soon, this must not happen.

Helpful ebook for photographers

The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.

In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.

As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. I provide maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. I also touch on trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations.  

flying Gees and grizzly cub

Grizzlies and geese, click to see larger

The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas are profiled as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision.  The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.

In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.

If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five our blitz.  But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park................. More Info

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