While driving around Grand Teton National Park, I was fascinated by the growth pattern of the trees on this large “mound” in the middle of Jackson Hole. I learned later it was called Blacktail Butte. The view of the Teton range looked spectacular from the top, so Melissa and I decided to climb it. This turned out to be far more ambitious than I thought. It is hard to grasp the scale of the Tetons coming over from the East. We parked at an overlook just off the highway and started walking through the sagebrush. It turned out it was a half mile just to the base of the butte! After some really steep climbing, We determined we didn’t have time to make it to the summit, but we enjoyed a glorious view of the mountains for nearly the entire hike.