Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two Ocean Lake Trail, Grand Tetons, Part 1

Howdee all.,

Sept 14th Jeff, sicksta Charlene her husband Tom and I took a very nice hike around Two Ocean Lake. ..an area of the Tetons that doesn't get as much hiking traffic.

But before we get to the trail…we stop for…

photos..of the Tetons two ocean lake hike_20090914_164 Thistle heads…and the Tetons….

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clouds..and the Tetonsjeffs pics two ocean_20090914_023 What's this? Fall color?

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Awesome Orange trees in the distancetwo ocean lake hike_20090914_159

I don't know what they are….but they make a nice backdrop to the thistle…two ocean lake hike_20090914_158

and lookie here…I get lucky

two ocean lake hike_20090914_151  And  Capture a bug in flight…two ocean lake hike_20090914_151 We arrive at the Trail head for…Two Ocean Lake

A beautiful easy hike

The natural lake is 2.4 miles A 6.4 mile trail circles the lake passing through groves of Aspen and conifers.
  The name Two Ocean also refers to nearby Two Ocean Pass which spans the Continental Divide and where a small stream splits into two distributaries named Pacific Creek and Atlantic Creek that flow toward different oceans. Two Ocean Lake is on the western side of the divide, and only drains into Pacific Creek, which flows to the nearby Snake River.

We hiked Grand View Point, which added about 2.5 miles

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The start of the hike…two ocean lake hike_20090914_146

Distant Teton views..two ocean lake hike_20090914_140Sicksta Charlene taking in the view…   two ocean lake hike_20090914_141a seed head…don't know what kind  two ocean lake hike_20090914_138

And..more droplets..couldn't help myself…two ocean lake hike_20090914_137

The path crosses a large field of grasses and wildflower seed headstwo ocean lake hike_20090914_136

   Views from the field….

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Fields of Grasses…two ocean lake hike_20090914_130

The field had an interesting patch of green that mimicked  the rounded patch of shrubbery in the backtwo ocean lake hike_20090914_132

   Ahh…Teton Viewstwo ocean lake hike_20090914_128

Zoomed in View…two ocean lake hike_20090914_126

   We walk thru woods..two ocean lake hike_20090914_125

I notice a tree …differenttwo ocean lake hike_20090914_123

Bark off and resin showingtwo ocean lake hike_20090914_122 Dripping..two ocean lake hike_20090914_118 About halfway across one side of the lake

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Autumn shows its colors in the dried grasses and colorful foliagetwo ocean lake hike_20090914_113 A butterfly says hellotwo ocean lake hike_20090914_098Distant Teton views…two ocean lake hike_20090914_094Zoomed in…

two ocean lake hike_20090914_095 Bugs sharing a flower…gathering pollen

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We are almost across the northern half of the lake…two ocean lake hike_20090914_089 Alfred Hitchcock or Winston Churchill?two ocean lake hike_20090914_087

The northern half of the lake has the most scenic views of the Tetonsjeffs pics two ocean_20090914_012

But the southern portion of the hike also quite beautiful…

For more nature posts click on the photo below…..

nature-notes2 Stay tuned for Two Ocean Lake Hike Part 2

29 comments:

Kerri said...

I LOVE going on these "virtual" hikes with you. What a fabulous place! Definitely on my list of places to visit!!

Your pics are FABULOUS!

NCmountainwoman said...

Another amazing series of photographs. I love every single one of them. I'm so glad you are having fun.

merrilymarylee said...

You are outdoing yourself! I'm loving this segment of your journey! These are absolutely wonderful pictures!

Two Ocean Lake?

squawmama said...

Dawn what a wonderful hike... Loved all of your photos and they always look so professional... Just like postcards... Your close-ups are outstanding! Have fun!!! Can't wait to see part 2!

Travel Safe
Donna

Missy the Butterfly and Garden Freak said...

Gorgeous photos Dawn... love love love looking at them!

Craig Glenn said...

Ugh, you are having way too much fun!

Get back to florida! Enjoy our 95 degree heat index!

Amazing photo's Dawn! I hope I can go there some day.

Craig

YsMum said...

Absolutely gorgeous everything!!!

Janet Creamer said...

Beautiful post!

Janet Creamer said...

Beautiful post!

Chris Petrak said...

Some great photos over the last few posts - Tetons makes the Green Mountains look like bumps in the road. Hardly a bad angle to look at them; they are dramatic.

dsmcaron said...

Whether it is Alfred or Winston, he is sticking out his tongue!

Chicky said...

Well I think these are absolutely lovely, but then all your pictures are. I am really enjoying traveling along with you the lazy way.

matthew houskeeper said...

Wow!
Such amazing color. What a beautiful place. NICE WORK!

April said...

This looks like such an enchanting place! It's really quite beautiful and breathtaking! Great photos!

Gel said...

You've blown me away. I'm ready to hop on a plane and move to your area. These are magnificent, from the spatial views to the colors to the cool closeups.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Dawn!
WE WANT YOUR LIFE! Wow, your photography is really amazing. Loving the dew drops... keep 'em coming!

Have a good weekend ... wherever you may be!

Nature Notes said...

Oh man..I really need to get out that way. Holy cow what beauty and you captured it all so well. Those look like fall colors don't they sort of? Beautiful. Thank you for taking Nature Notes along on your hike...sigh.. Michelle

:: flyingstars :: said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely colourful views!

MaineBirder said...

Exquiste series as always Dawn! It's been nearly 30 years since I've seen the Tetons and your photos remind me of the beauty that I remember.

Tina said...

Dawn,
Oh wow!! What gorgeous color you found with this series of photos! Love all the vistas, putting that thistle in front of that orange makes for a popping pic..and neat tree..but the lol one of alfred or winston..is too funny. Looks like a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing!!

Kathiesbirds said...

Dawn, all so beautiful! I love the Tetons! I use to be able to see them in the distance from where I lived in Idaho! That was a long time ago but it is a place I will never forget! Your photos are gorgeous and you and Gaelyn must have really strong legs with all that hiking! So pretty! I was wondering if your orange trees were larches but the shape didn't quite look right. However,the color does.

eileeninmd said...

Another great hike, the Tetons are beautiful as usual and those orange trees are stunning. Great photos and thanks for taking me on the hike with you.

beachgrl said...

Wonderfulous scenery sicksta!

Weedpicker Cheryl said...

Dawn-
Looks like the butterfly is a Satyr Comma- common out west- but it would be a life-species for me! Thanks for posting an opportunity to use my Kaufman Focus Guide! :)

Great day in the field! Cheryl

Mary said...

Dawn,these images are spectacular. The best landscapes I've seen in a long, long time.

Bravo,

Mary (Jealous in NC)

RJ Flamingo said...

So impressed! Loved my virtual hike with you. :-)

dAwN said...

Kerri
Glad you are enjoying the virtual hikes..sure wish you could come on them for real!

NCmountainwoman
Thanks again! Glad you are enjoying the Tetons..

merrilymarylee
Thanks you dear silly gal..i wish i had your sense of humor to add to this..but..I will leave that up to you who do it so well..

squawmama
Thanks for your very nice comment..I really appreciate it!

Blogger Missy the Butterfly and Garden Freak
Thanks Missy! Thanks for stopping by!

Craig Glenn
Thanks craig..but i will take the cool Oregon weather now..picking mushrooms..but I might be wanting that warm weather soon! And speaking about fun..you are on a fun safari looking for the bug lady..

YsMum
Thanks for the kind comment ,,my late night twitter friend!

Janet Creamer
Thanks so much Janet.

Chris Petrak
Yeah..the green mountains are little bumps compared to the tetons..but awesome just the same..I love Vermont!

dsmcaron
hee hee..u were the only one who even attempted to give me an ID..i see a figure..the back of the figure head turned to the side...arms outstreached...big lips..

Chicky
You can travel the lazy with me anytime dear muther!!

matthew houskeeper
Thanks Matthew! I enjoy your sailing adventures too..Must say hello when we are back to visit our family in Ledyard, CT

April
thanks april, you camera would be taking lots of pics here!!

Gel
Howdee Gel and welcome..I dont live in the tetons..but travel full time in an RV..so was able to spend over a week there...awesome place that you must visit!

Warren and Lisa Strobel
Howdee you two..I keep telling you that this life is available to all..so sell your home...buy an RV and hit the road..come on.I am waiting!!!

Nature Notes
Michelle..you should take a trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone..you would love it..and take thousands of photos!!

:: flyingstars ::
Thank you and thanks for visiting!

MaineBirder
Thirty years John? well do yourself a favor..when u graduate school..take a vacation to Yellowstone and the Tetons..

Tina
Thanks for the compliments Tina..hee hee..do u see winston in the cloud?

Kathiesbirds
You lived in Idaho? another beautiful place.
You know i dont know what the trees are..we didnt hike out to see them..but they were the only ones out there..striking color..

eileeninmd
Thanks for the comment eileen..and please come along on my hikes any time!!

beachgrl
Thanks Sicksta!

Weedpicker Cheryl
Thanks so much for the ID...yeah they were common ..saw a few
Thanks for stopping by Cheryl!

Mary
Thanks Mary..Glad you enjoyed!!

RJ Flamingo
Thanks..and glad you came along!!

Thanks everyone...so glad you enjoyed the photos and hike!!

RuthieJ said...

Wow, it's just so beautiful! I really liked those bright orange trees standing out from all the others.

Cyprus travel said...

The colors are like on a child's bright picture!!!

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