Today I bought bear spray!

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The great thing about the mountains and national parks in the US is that they are fantastic in winter and summer. Jackson Wyoming is in the Grand Teton National Park where you can hike, bike, canoe, camp for up to a week (using llama as the pack horses), go horse trail riding, laze around, eat a lot or shop. Today we ate a huge breakfast - it is now nearly 9pm and I am still not really hungry but we are about to go out for a salad - took lots of photos, had a drink at the posh resort overlooking the Jackson Lake (called Jackson Lake Lodge believe it or not) and then went on a hike, hence the bear spray. We didn't take it with us though as we aim to go on a longer hike tomorrow morning and we will need it then. 
The hike we went on today to Lake Taggart was just a short one of just over 5km. Tomorrow's will be less peopled so more chance of bears. We sang and talked all the way as the info pamphlet said that would keep them away. The people at the information centre were very helpful and a lady told us that she always hikes with bells on her sticks. The info pamphlet said that bells were useless! Apart from that we have no sticks so we will have to do with the spray. I just hope there are lots of people around so we don't have to use it. I don't know why, but I seem to have developed an irrational fear of bears. I have no problems with snakes or things like that. 
So far we have not seen any wildlife except for small things like a ground squirrel (also known as whistle pigs) and bugs. I would like to see a moose. At the posh resort they have an animal sighting book, one wit wrote homo sapiens with a comment of fairly well behaved. I think we are now homo sapien sapiens - can anyone tell me whether that is right or not??
There was a lovely log cabin church which was dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11. It is used for weddings a lot by the information in the church. It is a bigger than Picton Church in Bunbury but is still very cute. 
We also went to one of the last remaining log cabins from when the area was first opened up for grazing. It is lovely in summer but I don't think I would have liked to live there in winter. The view from the kitchen sink is quite wonderful.
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Jane on

Sounds like you are having a great time - we love to finish the day reading about yours!!

Stuart on

Its such a pleasure to read about your days on the road, it just looks fantastic too, how lucky you are!

Alison on

Isn't bear spray just what they sell to tourists to make a quick buck?! Am imagining a bear laughing as you spray him! Walk calmly away, don't scream as he will think you are a small mammal and eat you up. (Just kidding, I don't think you will get eaten!) Ali xxx

isabel on

think about the chances in anyone's life to get a real hug and a fur coat at the same time!

Lance on

I thought that only happened in the films (just married ...)! Hey, what is that goat doing behind the wheel? Does it have a driver's licence?

Courtney on

Looks like a great trip through Jackson! If you make it back or are still here, there are a wide variety of summer activities, including horseback riding, alpine slide, hiking, aerial tram rides, wildlife safaris and more!

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