Hiking& Kayaking in the Tetons

Trip Start Aug 29, 2012
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Colter Bay Campground

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Since my last post, Dave and I traveled west to Rawlins Nebraska and from there we headed north through Muddy Gap. We took Rte 287 all the way  north to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

 We settled in at the Colter Bay campground which was situated in a large grove of lodge pole pine trees at Colter Bay, very close to the marina. Nice camping sites and I think the crowds have left for the season because it was not very full. Of course the full hook-up section was full but we opted to dry camp and that area didn't have very many other campers. 

 The first day we scoped out the park and purchased our boating permit along with the invasive species permit that is required to kayak in the park.  The good news is that the permit can also be used in Yellowstone National Park.

We decided to test the waters so we found out where all the locals "put in" on a little unmarked dirt road where the waters are fairly calm. The Oxbow bend of the Snake river was our playground for this first trip. 

The next day we decided to go hiking. We hiked to the back side of Jenny Lake and then headed up to Hidden Falls and then Inspiration Point. From there we took the trail leading up into the canyon between the Tetons. The Cascade Canyon trail is absolutely beautiful and of course a river runs through it! We stopped at the point that you would need to start using mountaineering skills. 13 miles was enough for the day!

The next day we wandered up to Yellowstone National Park and did the entire park loop. This included all the fun nature walks to see paint pots, geysers and waterfalls & hot springs. Crazy landscape! It's amazing how much of the area was burnt off too. 

Wildlife a plenty in Yellowstone! Lots of Buffalo and I saw some Elk as well.

Our last day we spent on the river again doing a much larger section of the Snake River. We put in just below the dam at Jackson Lake. Waters were moving fairly swift at that point but for the most part it was a pretty tranquil trip with only occasional areas of swift moving water.

When we went back up to the dam to pick up the car there was a pleasant surprise. I saw my first Moose! A big bull moose was in some brush right down near the dam. Our camping neighbor, Jim had told us that we might see one there and he was right. If you didn't know where to look you would miss him. I took a picture but I don't know if you can see the moose very well, he didn't really cooperate and I wasn't going to try and get any closer for the sake of a picture. 

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Wendy: Charlie and I are in awe at you hiking 13 miles in one day! Beautiful pictures, looks like great fun!

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