I have been at the Tetons for two weeks already! The park is spectacular in the winter. Snow has fallen at least 75% of the days since I arrived. This morning, the park offices have been shut down due to snow and strong gusty winds. So, it is time to catch up on some jobs at home, such as sending this post.
I am volunteering in the maintenance department at the park, working 32 hours per week. My housing is in Beaver Creek, about 3 miles north of Moose, WY.
The deep snow is challenging to the wildlife. But they have adapted over the centuries and know where to go to forage. Chasing animals at this time of year puts undue stress on them. All calories are precious, just for survival.
Living in the park has many advantages. The forecast for Sunday morning called for “cloudy” conditions. Looking to the southeast from the comfort of my apartment, I could see a narrow window of open sky. Looking west, I could see that the clouds were above the mountain peaks. So, I quickly mobilized and drove north about ½ mile in time to catch the early morning light lighting up the peaks. Twenty minutes later, the show was over when the clouds obliterated the sun.