Grand Teton National Park is one of America's crown- jewels.The jagged 13,000 foot peaks of the Rocky Mountain Range jut abruptly skyward from the flat Wyoming plains where the Snake River meanders alongside free-raoming bison, elk, and moose.
In the last decade, I have sought respite in these magical mountains half a dozen times and spent more than two months exploring, hiking, even climbing the teton range in preparation for this photo tour. You will be well-guided, well-rested, and well-fed. Plan to be overwhelmed daily by the remarkable quality of light you will find as it strikes this spectacular mountain range, its colorful aspens, bountiful wildlife, and historic homesteads. Return home with a wonderful array of images and stories to share with all of your family and friends.
This tour is purposefully timed to coincide with the peak of autumn color. It is also important to note that winter is just around the corner. Weather is nice, but evenings can be chilly. The itinerary is always subject to the weather.
Day 1 - Sunday, Sept 15
Plan your flight to arrive by 4pm today at Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). Book a window seat and have your camera handy. If it's a clear day, your first view of the Tetons will be one you won't want to forget.
Rental car is optional. We will carpool as much as possible to reduce our impact. Specific driving arrangements will be made closer to the tour date as registration fills. Paul and Nora Hassell conduct pickup from the airport.
We checkin alll travellers to the lodge. Brief orientation. The tour's updated itinerary is explained and handed out (based on weather forecast).
Time to settle into rooms. Single occupancy can usually be arranged for an additional charge. Please inquire.
The group heads out to dinner at one of Paul's favorite restaurants with gorgeous views. We return to the lodge for a solid night's sleep before the first full day.
Day 2 - Monday, Sept 16
Rise and shine! Sunrise at Oxbow Bend.
Pancakes for everyone.
Hike. Sack lunch. Shoot in the Mormon Row area.
Dornan’s for dinner (beer and pizza/pasta).
Astro photography tutorial this evening for those interested.
Day 3 - Tuesday, Sept 17
Schwaybacher’s Landing for first light reflections. Late breakfast around 9am.
Optional bike ride from Jenny Lake to cover some territory while feeling the Rocky Mountain air on your face.
(special surprise lunch arrangements today)
Boat ride across Jenny Lake.
Optional hikes to Hidden Falls (.5 mi) and Inspiration Point (another .5 mi).
Dinner at Jenny Lake. Sunset.
Day 4 - Wednesday, Sept 18
Shoot sunrise. Then, back to breakfast at lodge.
Shooting wildlife such as bison, elk, or moose.
Optional sailboating/kayaking on Jackson Lake.
Packed lunch in the field.
Continue shooting until dinner.
Then, prepare to float on a guided raft down the Snake River!. We'll stop for photos at intervels along the float as the evening Teton light emerges and the colors of sunset flood into the sky.
Day 5 - Thursday, Sept 19
Pack up the night before.
Snake River Overlook for sunrise.
Into Jackson Hole. Special breakfast spot.
Shopping, and time to purchase tshirts, tourist trinkets, etc.
Flights depart from JAC this afternoon.
Price: $1,650 Total
Flights: Arrive JAC by 4pm Sept 15th. Depart early afternoon Sept 19th.
Note: We advise arriving well before 4pm on 9/15 to allow for unexpected travel delays.
What is included: All lodging. Snake River float trip. Bicycle rental fees. Special lunch on Day 3. Park entry fees.
What is NOT included: Airfare. Rental car and fuel expenses. Meals (except those listed above).
This registration fee will secure your spot. Please contact me via email. I will answer all of your questions as promptly as possible. Please include all dietary needs and physical restrictions that we should be aware of. You will receive a complete itinerary, packing list, and liability waiver in the mail following registration.
Payments: The remaining $1,250 balance is due 60-90 days prior to the tour start date (deadline: July 17, 2013).
Policy: Prior to 60 days before the tour, your payment minus the deposit can be reimbursed. Within 60 days before the tour, a refund can only be given if your spot is filled.
Insurance: We recommend Allianz trip insurance.