Trip Start May 28, 2011
9Trip End Jun 05, 2011
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After a night of snow showers, we woke up to a white campus. However, the sun was shining brightly, and the snow on campus melted rather quickly.
For breakfast, we enjoyed breakfast burritos filled with eggs, cheese, and vegetables, along with fresh fruit and cereal.
Then, we packed up lunches for the day, and split up into field groups.
The groups focused on rocks, fire, and ice today
While in the field, students saw evidence of a fire. They learned about succession and the adaptations that different plants have to fire.
While staying on the Teton Science School Campus, we are actually located inside of the Grand Teton National Park. However, today we took our first field trip into the official gates of the park for a hike to Taggert Lake, which is located at the base of the Tetons. Taggert Lake was formed by a glacier flowing from Avalanche Canyon. As the glaciers emerged from the moutains they scraped out basins and dropped ridges of rock (called moraines) around the edges. When the glaciers melted, water filled the basins and formed Taggert Lake.
Today, students learned that the Teton Mountains are the youngest range in the country. It is even more unique because no foothills stand in front of its major peaks. The range lacks foothills becuase it was formed in fault-block fashion from movement that occured at the base of the range along a zone of weakness called the Teton fault
Students were hiking very close to the mountains all day.
Although most of the hiking paths were covered in snow, students enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful scenery. Around Taggert Lake marmots were spotted, along with a chipmunk.
Students are currently enjoying free time before dinner.
Tomorrow morning, we will eat breakfast on campus and load the bus early in the morning to head into Yellowstone National Park. We will arrive at Old Faithful and then explore more of the park. In the late afternoon, we will board the bus, eat dinner, and the stop at Oxbow Bend, which is a spot in a quiet backwater left by the Snake River. The Oxbow reflects Mt. Moran. During and after the sunset, we hope to see an array of widllife possibly including sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, great blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, moose, beaver, and otter. We will return to campus tomorrow evening to rest up for our hike of the Snake River Bottom on Thursday.