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Apparently members of a French-Canadian expedition to this area in the 1800s gave the name Grand Tetons to these mountains because from far away the main peaks resemble breasts, big breasts. Whatever image these peaks may elicit in your mind, one thing is certain, the view of the Tetons from Wyoming is quite spectacular. The towering peaks which rise over 12,000 feet (around 4,000 meters) are mesmerizing. At the foot of the range on the Wyoming side, a chain of lakes—Jackson, Leigh, String, Jenny, Bradley, Taggart—seems to protect the mountains from the valley beyond. Through a dense pine forest one can appreciate the carving of the rock by ancient and current glaciers.  Farther away from the mountains, fields of sagebrush offer an unobstructed view of the majestic peaks. We came to the park from Yellowstone following route US-89. We were only delayed for a few minutes due to road construction. And even though we got to the park relatively early in the morning we were not able to find a place at the campground at Jenny Lake. Unfortunately, we had to go to the campground at Gros Ventre in the east side of the park, away from the Tetons.  We had a picnic (sardines, rice cake, and chocolate) at String Lake and then drove through the picturesque Lake Jenny loop. We had to take a break at the visitor center at Moose to wait for a passing electric storm. We then took the Moose-Wilson Road and visited Jackson, WY, a fancy ski resort town immediately south of the national park.  Before returning to camp we drove to the little town of Kelly and to Lower Slide Lake (there is a nice campground there). For dinner we had Mountain House “Beef Stew”. For dessert we enjoyed cheese and dried apricots.