A dream come true!
Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
119Trip End Feb 28, 2007
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Today was the day amy got to do something she had always dreamed off - go white water rafting!!!!
Arrived in Jackson Hole, just outside the Teton National Park, and had breakfast in a car park, the tortoise way! mmm muffins for breakfast.
Then headed off for huge fun on the Snake River. We rafted down the river in our big yellow dingy!!! After practicing paddling, cause we were so useless to begin with, we headed off to find some real rapids! We were all scared off falling out but no-one did. The first rapid was small, but seemed so big at the time, its great fun trying to paddle in water with is several feet below you!!! During the quieter periods we had a guided tour, and saw otters and osprey. The guide in the other boat even did a back-flip off the boat for our entertainment! Neil dived into the very cold water - i was too chicken
We hit some big waves next, Kahuna, were we got VERY wet and my favourite California curl, were we seemed to go in circles. Went through a bit of water which had an underwater waterfall, which created bubble that looked just like champagne bubbles! We spent about an hour in total having the most amazing time. Thanks mum for birthday money....this is what we spent it on!
If anyone wants to see the pictures of us rafting (or buy us one!), then go to www.floatographs.com and select rafting company mad river boat trips and the date 9th July. Click find event and choose 10:00 trip with Annie.
In Jackson, we managed to find a brewery for lunch. Were we enjoyed local beer and multi-coloured nachos. Jackson was very touristy but cute, and reminded me of Switzerland with log cabins and the like. (Saw the most amazing penguin pictures, if anyone is passing through and wants to buy it for me! Just joking)
Back at the bus, the dad in the group, who we affectionally named Mavis!, had lost his kids and called the cops, only to discover they were in the bus! So typical.
Spent the evening and night in Grand Teton National Park
after more hippie food we went for our first hike.... or run as amy would put it. Tip...read the signs!!! We headed for two hours up the steepest hills in the heat of the day in completely and utterly the stupidest direction. ie if we had read the signs we would have seen a pretty little canyon... instead we saw absolutely nought!
After lunch i was persuaded to do the sensible thing and crossed Jenny Lake by boat with amy and we walked slowly up to the falls and slowly back down again, we then slowly walked round the lake, slowly taking in the beautiful scenery. At one point during this occasion of slowness we happened to slowly happen upon a cute little fluffy bear slowly foraging only about 5 metres away. Was amazing to see!
We then went to the visitors centre which was rubbish!
In the evening we had a mexixan buffet which was delicious until some yummy mexican sauce completely and utterly by accident happened to fly through the air at spped and cover my beautiful pristine pants.... all by the spoon which spontanuously fell... absolutely nothing to do with Jimmy.
Tofu is Yummy.... don't mock it!!!!!!
So then we descended to the campfire where we had joyous fun singing national anthems.... which is all very well if you actually have one!! See we couldnt sing God Save The Queen mainly cos we dont know the words but really cos the Scots wouldnt let us, and it just wouldnt seem right singing jeruselem.
So we finished the night by rendering ourselves bear forder by erecting our tent in the woods.......