Autumn in Grand Teton National Park

(I was originally going to use "fall" instead of "autumn" in my post title, but that sounded like I was telling you to fall in Grand Teton National Park. So like... don't do that. No need to fall.)

Last week's Travel Tuesday threw it back to the fall of 2011, so why not stay in that general time period? It was a pretty good one!

I took a travel writing class that semester, and we were fortunate enough to actually get to travel! Most of our assignments were completed in Miami, but my professor was really, really into national parks, so he arranged for the school of communication to partially fund our trips to visit some of them. Is that not the coolest? There were two options: Joshua Tree in California, or Grand Teton in Wyoming. I had a scheduling conflict with the California trip, which meant it was off to Wyoming!

Has anyone else ever traveled with a class? It's a very strange experience. There was an interesting mix of being chaperoned and being totally independent to do our own thing; after all, we were all adults. Our group was really small, because obviously more people wanted to go to California: my professor, three classmates, a grad student and myself. That was it. I didn't really know any of them particularly well, so I was kind of nervous going in, but it was actually a pretty fantastic group of people. We each had two stories to write, so it was quite the adventure trying to coordinate schedules so we could all get the interviews we needed to get at all the places we needed to be. I wrote one story on the park's hiking trails, and one story about the hoppin' art scene in Jackson Hole (the little town we stayed in -- and I say "hoppin'" completely un-ironically. I think there were more art galleries than there were people!). We spent a ton of time in the park, which was just mind-blowingly beautiful, and got to explore Jackson Hole, which looks like the set of a Western. On our first day in the park, two classmates and I spent several hours hiking around a lake. It was actual perfection.

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It was such a cool part of my time in college. Unfortunately, the school has stopped funding these trips and they now have to be paid for entirely out-of-pocket. So I feel really lucky that all I had to pay for was airfare!

All that foliage makes me kind of sad that Colorado Springs is extremely lacking in the fall colors department. Do I really have to drive three hours to Aspen to see some pretty leaves? Come on, man.

Anyway, happy fall! :) Has anyone else been to any of America's national parks?

Travel Tuesday


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  1. Wow!! This place looks absolutely stunning! I need to go there now!

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    1. You definitely should! It's absolutely incredible!

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  2. So pretty! I love mountains, and mountains with snow scatterings are even better! :)
    ~ Marcella

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    1. Right?! We went right at the best time, when there was foliage and snowcaps simultaneously! :)

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  3. It looks so beautiful! And I have traveled with class when I studied abroad in London. It was actually a very fun experience. Our professors bought us drinks and one taught us how to chacha. :)

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    1. Haha oh my gosh that's awesome! On this trip I wasn't 21 yet (I was the baby of the group), so that prevented me from experiencing Jackson Hole's legendary Cowboy Bar. But luckily half of our group was happy to just walk around town with me that night, so it all worked out! :)

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  4. Your photos are (once again) spectacular! I especially love the kayaker. I think you have a possible second career as a travel photographer.

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    1. Yay, thanks! Ha I wish, that'd be amazing!

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  5. What a wonderful way to experience the Grand Tetons National Park. Your photos are superb and you should find a place to submit them for publication.

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  6. This looks like a place where even though these pictures are absolutely gorgeous, they still don't do the views justice. AKA I need to make a visit!!

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    1. You're totally right, it was impossible to accurately capture it in photos. You should DEFINITELY go!

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  7. You got some incredible, autumnal shots of the Tetons! You've made me really, really homesick haha, but thanks for sharing :)

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