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Sharply rise from valley floor
Classic Alpine Peak
Striking views from east or west
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.
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|
Muse For Today: Where was the most unusual place you traveled to attend a wedding?