Walking the Jenny
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Pocatello Motel 6 - the usual
It was actually damper than the night before which made the frosty feeling even worse. We were freezing beyond belief! Marcos even got up at 6am not being able to take frozen feet anymore, and started a small fire in order to warm himself up and defreeze our water bottles!
A motel would be our next stop...enough of freezing this far North!
In any case, young maveriks as we are, we were full of energy after a hot coffee and decided to enjoy what the national park had in offer....miles of hiking possibilities.
We decided on Jenny Lake which has a 10 km round walk along the lake side with plenty of wildlife spotting possibilities. For three hours we walked from the visitor centre to Inspiration Point on the other side of the lake and enjoyed every step. Wildlife was at an arms length and they seemed to enjoy looking at hikers go by.
Unluckily the national park tries to make some money out of the lake, so they have continuous boats travelling from one side of the lake to the other in a vision similar to the Normandy landings and unleashing terrible tourists on the other side spoiling the silence and relaxation of the few who actually walk to the water falls and rocks to enjoy wildlife and nature.
We were also on the look out for grizzly bears, who live both in Yellowstone and Teton in acceptable numbers, and who have grown fond of human food. We didn't have any guns or bear spray to protect ourselves in the unlikely attack of a grizzly, but Marcos did prepare a little defense tactic.
We had seen the park wardens shove bisons away by making loud noises with a leather belt similar to Indiana Jones, so Marcos was prepared in case of an attach to take his trouser belt off and try the same against the bear. If it wasn't the noise...perhaps the site of Marcos running towards a the grizzly with his trousers round his ankles might do the trick! We sadly did not manage to test this theory out.
Anyway, great walk...tired bodies after the freezing and the hiking, so back on the car and off to Pocatello (Idaho) for a good night sleep and some Mexican take away in the room. Before you ask...there is nothing in Pocatello.