Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for a Tetons Tanka

F.Y.I. I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge.  Stop by tomorrow and check out my Ubi Sunt poem for the letter U

Picturesque mountains
Sharply rise from valley floor
Classic Alpine Peak
Striking views from east or west
Spectacular scenery

 The three Tetons, Grand, Middle and South, were named in the 1800's by French Trappers. Located in Wyoming's National Park. The Grand is the second highest peak in the state (Gannett Peak is the highest). Standing at over 13,000 feet, The Grand has drawn hikers from all over the world for over 100 years. (We were satisfied enjoying it's beauty from a distance.) The first Grand ascent is credited to William Owen, Franklin Spalding, Frank Peterson and John Shive via the Owen-Spalding route in August of 1898. Although it is very likely Native Americans, who referred to the Teton Range as "Hoary Headed Feathers", made many undocumented ascents prior to 1898.

  Grand Teton National Park is home to the largest bird in North America, the Trumpeter Swan, which lives in the valley year round, weighs 20-30 pounds and mates for life. While we saw deer up close and personal, we did not see any of these majestic birds during our time in the park.

The Tetons are another wonder of nature that took our breath away. Like most National Parks, The Tetons have Ranger talks and tours that provide insight to the park that you can not discover on your own. At a favorite site, Menors Ferry Historical District, we perused the antique wares in the country store and purchased old fashioned root beer to sip while we watched a replicated ferry cross the river. 
The Chapel of the Transfiguration
I have never been to a wedding in a National Park, but I believe The Chapel of the Transfiguration would be the perfect place to exchange vows. Built in 1925, this small log chapel has a window, behind the alter, with a cross that frames an exquisite view of the Tetons. Originally built to serve guest and employees of the dude ranch, it still operates today for the Episcopalian Church and in April 1980 earned a place on the National Register of Historical Places.

Muse For Today: Where was the most unusual place you traveled to attend a wedding?


Joyce said...

I've been out west but never to the Grand Tetons...they're definitely on my list!

Thanks for visiting my blog : )

Gossip_Grl said...

Very beautiful pics and the little Church looks very lovely to have a wedding or as you mentioned to exchange vows.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. The church is so peaceful.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Glad you stopped by. The Tetons are a must, even if you just look (instead of hiking) like we did.

Mel said...

I absolutely love your theme!! This was a great post. Happy A-Zing :)

Nicole said...

I've never been to Wyoming, so it was nice to learn about The Teton National Park. The photos you posted were nice as well, but why wait for a wedding to visit that ol. 1920s chapel? There's no time like the present -- wedding or no wedding! lol.

There aren't any unusual places that I've traveled to attend a wedding. All of the weddings that I've been to so far have taken place in either a church or a banquet hall. My mother, however, was once invited to attend a wedding that took place in Bermuda!

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Dawn said...

Oh, wow. These pictures are absolutely beautiful! And you've added some very interesting facts. I truly enjoyed reading this post.

SherryE said...

Last year I traveled to an Israeli national park for a wedding. It was a great wedding, but just before, fighter planes flew over the location. That was a little disconcerting!

Nice post!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. It's been a fun journey down memory lane.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I agree Nicole, just go to the Tetons. It's worth the trip, wedding or no wedding.

Wow! A wedding in Bermuda? That would be interesting.

Thanks for hopping over.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Fighter planes would have me concerned also. I hope the rest of the wedding went well. What an amazing trip.

J.C. Martin said...

What gorgeous scenery! And what lovely swans! The log chapel is quaint, and would make a lovely venue for a wedding. I got married on a beach in Malaysia, but most of the weddings I attended were the usual church ones, although I have been to a traditional Chinese wedding and a traditional Hindu one.

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Anna Smith said...

Looks like a amazing place, defo one on my list of places to see one day :)

Scribbles From Jenn said...

You win the prize (if I had one) for most unusual weddings. I've only been to traditional American weddings in traditional locations. Getting married on a beach in Malaysia sounds very romantic.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

It is Anna. I think you will enjoy seeing The Tetons.

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