"You are way too close to the Elk."

"You are way too close to the Elk."

Last fall, my wife and I loved every minute of a long weekend trip to Jackson Hole WY. (Pics on Instagram)

There's a lot of bang for your travel buck in this region because the Grand Teton National Park is bordered by Yellowstone, the grand daddy of National Parks.  Personally, I believe the Tetons are significantly more grandiose, with seemingly endless miles of views... BUT Yellowstone is still breathtaking, and far more diverse. 

While driving through Yellowstone, you may or may not happen upon a handful of Elk casually grazing, you know, chilling. 

The pull to get out of my car and snag a photo to give to my grandchildren's grandchildren was too real, too strong. With Anna's voice of reason fading in to the background, I approached this beast with my DSLR and 200mm lens, hoping for the best. Pretty soon there was a crowd of 10-12 others who were doing just the same. 

Sometimes just the proximity to the beauty is enough, and I was happy to just have a few moments with this guy. 

My few moments were interrupted by the loud speaker of the park ranger driving down the road towards us warning "YOU ARE WAY TOO CLOSE TO THE ELK. GET BACK IN YOUR VEHICLES."....

It's not an amazing shot. I was yelled at by the park rangers. I had to perform the walk of shame back to my car. 

 

Could I have died? Yup. 

Was it worth it? Yup. 

 

 

 

I spent $500 on a 30 minute helicopter ride.

I spent $500 on a 30 minute helicopter ride.

Tough week, man.

Tough week, man.