Cuddly Grizzly Bears and the Grand Tetons


Day 8 of my Yellowstone trip. May 5th 2010

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Centre is next on our to ‘do list’, so off we drive to the west entrance of Yellowstone Park. This centre provides an opportunity to observe, learn and appreciate grizzly bears and gray wolves.

The first guy we come upon is this huge brown bear. These adult bears generally weigh between 100 and 600 kg (220 and 1,300 lb).

Here’s looking at you. πŸ˜‰


Next up were these playful twins. They were having such fun together, but of course they were well matched with one another.


Unfortunately, the only Yogi Bear we can find, is this stuffed one. I know it might come as a shock to some of you, but I think the real Yogi Bear died a long time ago.;(


The grey wolves are mostly hiding away, but we see this one, which isn’t at all interested in entertaining the visitors, and appears to be sleeping.

There are quite a few stuffed animals there, and this Polar Bear is the biggest of the lot.

Here is a display of Black Bears, which are the smallest and most common bears in North America.


After seeing all there is to see, and eating lunch at the cafe, we’re bouncing along the bumpy road on our way to Jackson Hole, where we’re to spend the night before flying back to New York. There’s more snow lying around now and we’re back into Wyoming and on the Teton Pass. I want a couple of pics, but the snow is so deep in the lay-byes, that we can’t stop until we reach the top of the Pass. We finally find a place to pull in and the snow drift at the side is really tall, three to four metres high!


A young woman skier suddenlyΒ  appears over the top of the drift with her two dogs, and they all pile into a truck. Hubby takes pics down each side of the Pass and says he can see the rooftop of a hut, peeking out of the snow on the other side of the drift. As he gets back into the car, snow blows off the top, straight at him.

The high peaks of the snow covered Teton Range, which is estimated to be between 3 and 10 million years old, rise almost 7,000 feet from the valley floor.

We’re on icy roads again, but we’re old hands at this game now, and I’m relaxed. The scenery in this region, is magnificent.

Coming out of the Pass, it’s only ten more minutes to Jackson Hole and our last night in Wyoming.

It’s quite a ‘one horse’ town, with only about 10,000 inhabitants, but it has an ‘olde-worlde’ charm, all of its own.

The town square has an antler arch on each of its four corners. These were built in 1950, and have recently had to be replaced. One arch requires 10,000 lbs of antlers which come mostly from the National Elk Refuge, just north of Jackson Hole. No Elk are harmed for their antlers, as they naturally shed them each winter


We’re back tonight at The Rustic Inn, warm and cosy, and looking forward to a good night’s sleep and another of their absolutely delicious breakfasts with crispy bacon to die for, before flying back to our son’s house in New York. It’s been a wonderful and exciting few days and we’ve made so many happy and fantastic memories during our adventure.”

I would thoroughly recommend this trip to any of you who have the opportunity to go there.

Have a great day everyone.




66 comments on “Cuddly Grizzly Bears and the Grand Tetons

  1. Love your photos of the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole! That’s one of my favorite places on the planet. I can’t imagine being there with all the snow; when I went it was in September and beautiful….

    • Thanks for your comment. Well we thought it was beautiful in May with the snow and freezing temperatures. πŸ˜‰ I’d love to go back there in warmer weather, just to compare.

  2. I love the first picture and the antler arch in the town square. Great pictures! Sounded like a great road trip, too. πŸ™‚

  3. The bears, wolves, stuffed animals, and the 10,000lb arch made such a fun travel story. Thank you for sharing! Allow me to nominated you for an award.

  4. Hi,
    Beautiful photos, and the bears look very big and very strong, I certainly would not like to come face to face with one. πŸ™‚
    It looks like you had another drive with beautiful scenery, and those antlers made into an arch are just amazing how they put them all together. All in all a fantastic road trip. πŸ™‚

  5. Beautiful post and photographs, it is so nice to read them all. I enjoy so much. These baby bears are so lovely, so lovely… Thank you dear AD, love, nia

  6. Your tour of the Rocky Mountain West in the U.S. was a pleasure to read, but as one who once lived there I can only say that you chose the very WORST time of year to visit. In winter it is cold but the snow is fresh and the whole area is blanketed in a mantle of white, and it’s so quiet. In summer the skies are royal blue and the evergreens are deep emerald. The rivers and lakes just sparkle. But it’s autumn when the aspens begin to turn bright oranges and yellows and actually do “quake” in the breeze. The drama of the Tetons (do you speak French?) is so much more when the skies are blue and the patchy snow does not interfere with the beauty of those peaks — named by the way by French trappers too long in the woods alone. Yellowstone has many fine lodges, the one at Old Faithful among them. Most if not all were constructed during the Great Depression when the president organized a work force to enhance the national parks in order to give men work.
    It was wonderful seeing all of it again through your eyes. It amused me though that the donning of coats and boots and hats and gloves irritated you — as it does me. Even though I was once an avid alpine skier, and have skied that steep run right beside the town of Jackson, I never liked having to wear ALL those layers of clothing!
    Your blog has become a great favorite. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks so much for your lovely and very informative comment, Connie. Your description of what it’s like in the summer inspires me to do a revisit. We’ll have to see if we can make it one day. I could really have kicked myself for leaving at home, the thermal underwear I’d especially bought, back here in South Africa. πŸ˜‰

  7. Wow, which bear is Winnie the Pooh? Not sure why but there is something about the antler arch – you sure no elk were harmed in it’s making? Never knew they just shed them left right and centre. Learn something new every day πŸ™‚

  8. Don’t tell me you’ve finished your touring now, I’ve enjoyed the tour with you… get back on the bicycle and go somewhere else, you do such good commentary and photos I feel I’m along for the ride with you…

  9. What a great end to a fabulous trip. I am fascinated by bears and would love to view them up close, but not too close πŸ˜‰

  10. By reading your yellowstone trip journal ,it feels as though I was there too! The bears are cute,love the pic of the stuffed one

  11. Hi AD, what a pity that this travel story has come to an end! Enjoyed it a lot and the pictures were great. This is a trip I would certainly like to do and you have inspired the travel bug in me!
    Look forward to your next blog on whatever subject it may be!

    • Aren’t they just, Ruth? Underneath the snow on that road sign, it says, “Howdy stranger. Yonder is Jackson Hole, the last of the old west.” πŸ˜‰

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