West 2016: Grand Teton Tidbits


The Chapel of the Sacred Heart is located within the boundaries of the park at the south end of Jackson Lake.  It was originally built in 1937 outside of the park, but Grand Teton’s boundaries changed after that and now include the beautiful log chapel. 
 
It seats about 115 people and is open 24 hours a day from May to September, with a Sunday mass.  The chapel is closed in the winter.  It was worth a stop to see the interior with its stained glass windows and icon of Mary with Jesus. 
 
Signal Mountain is a mountain within the park that has a total elevation of 7,720 feet; it rises 890 feet from the valley floor.  There is a 5 mile drive up the mountain and two different viewpoints at the top; from there you have a great view of the valley below, as well as Jackson Lake.  You can also hike up Signal Mountain via a 6.8 mile hiking trail.
 
 
And who could resist a photo of the signage we saw all over Yellowstone and Grand Tetons on the pit toilets!  Well, perhaps you could resist, but I couldn’t…  Even though it is not historic, it is definitely going into my toilet archive!  Sit don’t squat!  I am a firm believer that signs exist because somebody doing it wrong created a need to clarify…  I don’t even want to imagine what happened when that went awry… 

Oh the ways to do it wrong!

 
And with that folks, my West adventure was nearly concluded.  All that remained was to make the long drive back to Billings, MT and stay there one last night before our flight home.  We turned in the rental car without further incident, and were relieved when no one noticed anything from the run-in with the curb and wall at Wind Cave, or the collision with Jelly 
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, and was glad for the opportunity to spend this time with my mom.  Until next time! 

Me with the mountains

 

Me with the moose at the Visitor’s Center

8 thoughts on “West 2016: Grand Teton Tidbits

  1. Thanks for all the information. It’s made us want to make Jackson/Grand Teton/Yellowstone a national park adventure in the near furture.

    BTW: if you’ve seen extra traffic to your Southwest parks road trip articles, it’s because I’ve been reading them over and over. We’ll be doing all the southern Utah parks on a two week road trip starting next Tuesday so I’ve been gleaning some info. I told my husband that if he freaks out on the Moab zipline (he’s a little afraid of heights but wants to give it a go), he can blame you.

    • Yellowstone and Grand Teton were very cool! I went again this summer – posts on that when I get caught up!

      I had noticed the extra views and wondered if it was you. I know you will have a fabulous time on the trip. I need to ger back down that way soon!

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