Mr. Rockefeller was a philanthropist who made significant contributions to many national parks. In 1972, Congress dedicated a 24-acre parcel of land as John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway to recognize his generosity and foresight.
Above & Below. View of a glacier (one of several in the Teton Range).
There isn't a bad view along this road.
RODENTS? or SWEET Little Animals?!?!
So, the first animal, I stopped to photograph thinking it was a beaver. But, something was amiss. The face was all wrong for a beaver. My friend things it might be something called a "river rat". There's a technical name, but I forgot what it was.
This second animal was, for sure, a rat. He was very curious about me and was following me around. He didn't look rabid, but I wasn't interested in making friends with him. I kept having to look over my shoulder because he was STALKING me! But, he was SO cute, rat or otherwise!
I could feel him following me, but I'd look back and he hide from me!
This is the Cunningham Cabin (http://www.nps.gov/grte/learn/historyculture/cunning.htm), an historic landmark that is along this Parkway. The Cunninghams called this cabin home from 1888 to 1895. It's not much to look at on the outside, and only had 2 rooms on the inside - but, oooooh, that killer view of the Grand Tetons made it spectacular!
Fortunately, it was a very short hike to get to the cabin.
The view along the trail was beautiful.
Look at that view!!!
They were very friendly and sweet!
Come nightfall, it's time to watch the roadway, and there are signs all along the road telling you that. Animals of all sizes, great and small, cross whenever they want. They own this land, so it's up to the humans to give them the right of way.
This very large herd of buffalo decided they wanted to go to sleep ACROSS the street. When one goes, they all go. As I approached this spot in my car, it was at the tail-end of them crossing. You either stop or hit them, and if you make the mistake of hitting them, your car will be totaled. They are huge, solid animals; oh, and they WILL kill you if you are dumb enough to get out of your car and get too close to one. These buffalo, and in Yellowstone, are wild animals and should be treated and respected as such.
Pretty sunset behind the Tetons.
Kermie and the Red Cat enjoyed our drive on the Rockefeller Parkway.