Grand Tetons, archaic French for "Big Breasts"
Sep 10, 2006
??? ??, 2007
. Unfortunately, mom and dad had to take off Tuesday morning, so it was a short but sweet visit with them. Not ready to leave the beautiful Tetons, Matt and I headed out on a two night backpack up Cascade Canyon. We got a killer campspot with the back side of the Grand Teton peak dominating our view. This was our base camp for a dayhike up to Hurricane Pass the next day. The pass certainly lived up to its name with strong gusts of wind that continued down the canyon and whipped our tent throughout the night. The next morning we packed up and headed back to Jenny Lake, just in time before the weather changed from wonderfully warm and sunny to cool and rainy. This time we saw a cow moose and calf chilling by the river. I stalked an adorable shorttailed weasel in the parking lot while we loaded up the Jeep. The drive back to Summit was 9 hours long and uneventful, we crashed at our friend Julenne's place in Silverthorne last night.
Last Saturday, Matt and I packed up camp for the last time in Keystone and headed down to Longmont where we stuffed more of our junk into Matt's brother's garage, effectively serving as our storage unit during our travels (thanks Adam and Lauren!) That evening we had fun at Adam's grad school graduation party, then began our drive North until we found a suitable trucker parking area to sleep in the back of my Subaru in. Next morn, we had breakfast at a small town cafe and met up with my folks in Grand Teton National Park that afternoon. We set up camp (once again) and then did a hike around a beautiful lake, enjoying the smells of autumn in the air and the beautiful fall colors. We ate dinner at the Snake River Brewery in Jackson Hole and tasted some award-winning brews. Back at camp we could hear elk bugling all night long. The next day we did a longer hike up Paintbrush Canyon where we stopped to watch a bull moose munching foliage just off the trail. For dinner we cooked up yummy fajitas and watched the sunset from the shore of Jenny Lake