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First View of Tetons

June 30, 2012

The ride today (June 29) was wonderful!  We rode from West Yellowstone, Montana a little west and then crossed back into Idaho and rode basically south for the rest of the day, ending in Ashton, Idaho. Here is a picture of the signs at the border.

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This was at 7072 feet and we crossed the Continental Divide again.

We spent a good part of today’s ride on Idaho Highway 47, also called Mesa Falls Scenic Drive. From there, we got our first glimpse of the Tetons. Here’s how they looked.

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We kept on rolling along and had our lunch break near the overlook for lower Mesa Falls.

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I thought one of the best parts of the day was seeing HUGE rainbow trout in the Warm River. This was near a bridge over the river about six miles below the Lower Mesa Falls overlook. There is a platform that allows a great look at the fish. The fish had spawned and were guarding their redds. No fishing is allowed, but feeding is. One man had brought a loaf of bread, which they loved, and there was also a dispenser to purchase regular fish food. At one point, a gull came by and battled the fish for a big hunk of white bread. Here’s a shot of the episode. It’s hard to get a shot of fish under water, but if you use your imagination you can make them out.

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Tomorrow, we climb Teton Pass and end the day in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
 

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