String Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Summer 2017.

Just north of Jenny Lake is a small narrow lake called String Lake. We left our campsite at Colter Bay and drove the Jeep down for a visit.

On the way out of Colter Bay we saw this camper. Just about anything you can imagine shows up.

Probably a home made pickup camper, pretty neat. Everyone seemed to want a picture. And this, a European traveler who brought one with him.

We saw these folks in March at Zion NP and talked to them here. It is probably not the most efficient or comfortable way to travel and they probably will never go anywhere off-road but they were having fun.

On the way to String Lake we stopped at a Mount Moran viewpoint. There was a picture from only 25 years ago showing the Skillet Glacier.

What it looks like today is quite different. Mount Moran has a distinctive dark vertical rock line near the top. These mountains are primarily volcanic and this is a wedge of rock different from the surrounding rock. It makes it pretty easy to spot.

String Lake is right along the fault line between the Teton Range and Jackson Hole. Earthquakes push the mountains up and drop the edge of the valley. They are way overdue for a significant earthquake. The last one moved the two landmasses more than 6 feet relative to each other.

String Lake is only a few miles from Jenny Lake but far removed from the crowds, parking problems and craziness. Looking north along the lake you can see Mount Moran and some canoes. It is easy access to the lake for canoes and kayaks. And it is pretty shallow so it is popular for swimming. There are trails and picnic areas all along the lake side.

And to the south, a glimpse of the Grand Teton and the Middle Teton.

And from just a bit down the road, Mount Owen, the Grand Teton, the Middle Teton and in the distance, the South Teton. All over 12,000 ft with the Grand Teton at 13,770 ft. The Grand Teton peak is just over 7 miles away from String Lake and more than 7,000 feet above the lake level. This is what makes the Tetons different and special.

We are coming up to the end of our stay in the Tetons, time to head west to the Oregon Coast.

More later,

Roger and Susan

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