Today I’m celebrating Independence Day at the river eating crabs and, for me, it’s the perfect way to celebrate. For my blog I thought that a great way to celebrate this wonderful country is to bore you with more talk about my vacation. We spent our second day of vacation in Grand Teton National Park.
We never grew tired of the view driving from our cabin toward Jackson Hole each day for our adventures.
On the way out of Bridger-Teton is this little shack. When the parks acquire private property their policy is to leave it alone and let nature take care of removal. We saw lots of people stopping every day to get this photo but I was actually photographing the antelopes to the right on the ridge behind the house.
We took the advice of friends and started our adventure with a hike around Jenny Lake. It was great advice. The lake is beautiful.and there are routes off the lake. It’s a big lake so a hike around it is about 7 miles but you can hike half of it and then take a ferry back. We hiked half of it and then went on the 2.2 mike hike straight up 450 feet to Inspiration Point. Then my tired feet insisted on the ferry ride back.
It was on this trail that Chris taught me about “erratics”. He made the mistake of offering up some knowledge and then the rest of the trip turned into a quiz show where he felt pressured to be a walking encyclopedia of geology, history, meteorology and biology. The truth is that he pretty much does have encyclopedic knowledge of those subjects….or else he made up really believable answers. He does occasionally tire of my quiz show games.
The trail around the lake is mostly clear but there are occasional obstacles. You need to be prepared to climb, squat or go around at times.
There were pretty wildflowers along the way.
Spectacular views at every turn.
Mysterious plants that we couldn’t identify.
More erratics with an erratic hiker.
A very happy tourist.
Inspiration for a new gradient!
The hike up to Inspiration was CHALLENGING but so worth it because the views are breathtaking.
This is proof that I made it up there. Notice that I am sitting and facing away. That’s how I deal with my “height issues”. Height issues came up often in this trip but I got through them.
After the hike at Jenny Lake we decided to drive north through the rest of Grand Teton park and then back south toward Jackson and home. We pulled over at one of the scenic spots to take a few photos. There was a bus load of people all jammed up in the middle of the long viewing path so I decided to go to the right and read the information stands. At the far right was a stand that indicated that it was the spot where Ansel Adams took his famous Snake River photo. They even had a photo of him taking the photo. This is my version of his photo and the one that I had printed to 16 x 20 and framed to hang in our bedroom as our memento of the trip.
The point is that when you visit place or pull over to check a view, be sure to check all of it because you can easily miss something special. Not one person in that large group came up to where we were and so they all missed one of the most special spots in the park.
During our drive we saw this young black bear snacking on flowers on the side of the road. This is where we also saw the young woman get out of her car and attempt to take a selfie with the bear. Other drivers yelled at her to get back. It was not the only display of human idiocy that we witnessed.
Tiny little flowers at one stop.
My first view of antelope reasonable close.
My first up close bison photo!