When Nick's friend, John was here, he showed me pictures of the sun setting behind Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. I was stunned. Growing up, spending my summers in West Yellowstone, I spent alot of time in Yellowstone but hardly ever ventured into Grand Teton. I never had time. When I'd go to the park I'd usually have to be back by six o'clock to get ready for the show. Grand Teton was just too far. I had always viewed Grand Teton as the awkward kid brother to Yellowstone anyway. I was wrong.
Yellowstone has many things that make it unique, and there is alot to see there, but the views in Grand Teton are magnificent. I will be spending more time in that park in the coming years.
We planned to caravan to the park with our friends, the Airths and then hook up with some other friends, the Whitings for a picnic in the park. The Whitings had camped there the night before. After the picnic we planned to hike to Hidden Falls on the west side of Jenny Lake.
Jenny Lake is a glacial lake that was formed about 12,000 years ago at the end of the last great glaciation. The receding glacier left a terminal moraine which defined the banks of Jenny Lake. The lake is considered by many to be one of the most picturesque lakes in all of North America. I would tend to agree. From the east bank of the lake, the view of the Tetons is spectacular. There is a viewpoint on the east bank that centers the lake between Mount Teewinot and Mount Owens. Great photo op.
We left between ten and eleven o'clock in the morning and drove along the Moody Highway, then through Driggs and Victor before heading over the pass into Jackson Hole. While in Driggs, we stopped at a grocery store for some supplies and there was a bear exhibit with a bunch of taxidermied bears and a ranger talking about what to do in case you run across a bear in the wild.
|The Tetons from the Idaho side|
|Random taxidermied bear|
|The view from the picnic area|
|Friends sharing a meal|
Back in the 1800's at the end of the fur trade, there was a colorful trapper beloved around here named Richard Leigh. He went by the nickname, Beaver Dick and there is a park near here named for him. He was from England and according to accounts had bright red hair. He was second only to Jim Bridger as far as fame and knowledge of the surrounding territory goes. He married a Shoshone woman and by all accounts was very much in love with her. Leigh Lake is named for him while Jenny Lake is named for her. All through Wyoming and Idaho, mainly the Teton range and basin there are features named for Richard Leigh. He must have been quite the character.
|Recreation at String Lake|
|Fire and rebirth|
|The hot chick|
|Friends on the trail|
About a mile and a quarter along the trail the heavens opened up and we were hit by a torrential rainstorm. Huge raindrops were coming down. We stood in the shelter of some large trees for fifteen or twenty minutes waiting to see if the rain would stop, and just when we were about to decide to abandon the trail, we saw the sun peek out from behind some clouds and the rain stopped. We continued down the path.
|Random mini waterfall along the trail|
|Caught in the rain|
|Mount Teewinot, my new favorite mountain|
|I loved the line and texture here. I'm a designer, what can I say?|
|Kids in String Lake|
|Jenny Lake from the east shore flanked by Mount Teewinot and Mount Owen|
|Sunset in the Tetons|
|Moose Falls, Yellowstone|