Lazy day in the Tetons

Trip Start Aug 30, 2008
Trip End Sep 13, 2008

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It is probably the nicest day since we have started our trip. It is so sunny and the temp is supposed to be in the low 70's. I went to the Ranger's Station here at Moose to inquire about the backcountry permits for our hike to Lake Solitude tomorrow. She told me that the altitude is 9100 feet and that there maybe some snow on Wednesday. She gave me a bear container (not to contain bears but food from bears!) and our permit. Kevin and I decided to take the Tram from Teton Village up the mountain. Unfortunately, the tram that I wanted to take was being rebuilt. So the hikes I wanted to do at the top were not an option. The new tram, which is supposed to be completed in December (it has been a 2 year project) will carry 100 passengers up 4000 feet in 9 minutes. Whoa!!!  Imagine how that will impact ski season. The view was still nice from the top of this tram and we had a little lunch that we had packed. We went to the Chapel of Transfiguration in the Tetons. It is a small chapel with incredible BIG views. We went inside the small chapel and behind the alter was a large picture window with a panoramic view of the Tetons. I took several pictures of the view from the window and the cross from the alter was so prominent in the Grand Teton. I just do not know if I could concentrate on a sermon with that view behind the pulpit.We then headed up into the Tetons to look for Moose in the Willow Flats by the Jackson Lake Lodge. We hiked for a while but did not see any Moose so we went to the Jackson Lake Lodge to enjoy the view from the huge, and I mean huge, picture window. The Tetons were formed when two Tetonic plates collided one causing an upward thrust creating the mountains and the other a downward thrust creating the valley. They are quite impressive. The mountains have no foothills they just jut up 6000 feet from the valley floor. Over the years the glaciers have dug impressive canyons in between these mountains. We wanted to hike the Moose Ponds at dusk to catch a glimpse of the elusive Moose. When we got to the trailhead it had been closed due to recent bear activity. Well we decided we could hike the loop in the opposite direction instead. So as we were hike on this narrow trail surrounded by trees we began to be uncomfortable thinking about the "recent bear activity". We decided a look at a moose was not worth our life so we headed back. We have seen so much wildlife during our trip and now we would only stop for bears, moose or wolves. Okay so we stopped again tonight to see a herd of elk in the Tetons. It is still awesome to see these animals in their own habitat. Kevin and I discussed our hike for tomorrow and decided to forgo the backpacking trip due to my swollen foot and blisters on my other foot. We have plenty of options for day hikes and/or renting bicycles tomorrow...maybe we can get in some fishing.
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