Grand Teton Day 2

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Oct 18, 2012

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Howdy folks,

We woke up refreshed after our wonderful grizzly bear viewing, that we were keen to spend another day in Grand Teton instead of going straight back to Yellowstone. We had been too tired to go hiking the day before so we decided to check out the popular Hidden Falls hike at Jenny Lake. It didn't take long to drive down there and even by 8:30am, the lake was a buzz of activity. Not wanting to spend $10 for the boat transfer on only a 6 mile hike, we set off to round the southern end of the lake. The hiking was pretty good despite the rocky, uneven ground and we made it to the end of Cascade Creek in an hour. The hike up to the falls was pretty short from that point and they were amazing! The falls cascaded over the rocky steps and was a beautiful sight to behold. From there we made the short, steep hike up the rocky Cliffside to Inspiration Point which provided a bright view of the lake and valley in the morning sun.

On the way back we saw a pika which scurried into the undergrowth and a small marmot sitting quietly, well hidden under a log. About halfway back I remember seeing a pond between the lake and the mountain so I stopped there to get a photo of it. The lady informed us that there were moose down at the lake so we excitedly got into position to see a giant cow eating by the water. Just out in the meadow were 2 calves playing around and we watched them for a fascinating 30 minutes before they disappeared into the bushes. It was fantastic to finally see a moose which despite being such a large animal are so hard to find! Back at the Jenny Lake Visitor Centre, Steffie asked the ranger what the name of the lake is and she replied, "Moose Pond." Very apt indeed!

The heat of the day was upon us so we retired to the Jackson Lake Lodge for more free wifi and comfortable chairs. Wanting to relax for the afternoon we did some washing at the Laundromat and relaxed with some beers at the campground. Drinking doesn’t happen very often on our trip so it was really great and kartenblasen is a stupid, but great German drinking game. We ended up making friends with the neighbours and spent the evening around the campfire getting to know them and their two kids. They offered us a place to stay when we came to Massachusetts which is great! Not a bad way to end the day.
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