Hiking and Enjoying Jackson Hole
After a day of relaxing and catching up, I was ready to get up into the mountain. I'd pointed up to a ridge saying, "It would be awesome to hike along that!", I was then told there was just such a trail there called the Teton Crest Trail. This was my mission.
Day two started by going straight up until I hit sunset lake, then straight up again where I got over a lip and was exposed to a great view of the Tetons. Once through another meadow I stood right before the Tetons, the best view I've ever seen of them. From there it was downhill for a while, through forest, then up again until I hit Solitude lake just in time for a good rest.
In the morning I was up before the light rain started, but it faded in and out, never really getting too bad. Turning a corner on the trail I saw a big moose only a couple dozen feet away. I stood in awe, he was chewing on some plants and looked up at me. We made eye contact and everything was chill, I just stood my ground and let him munch away, right on the trail, slowly moving from plant to plant until he got his fill and disappeared back into the bush.
I spent the next few days relaxing, my younger brother also arrived. I got some new shoes for free that Keen sent me after having seen how my other ones got beat up over the years. I also got my backpack and some other gear upgraded along the way, I was feeling pretty fresh.
My mom and brother flew back to Connecticut one morning, that night my step dad took their place. I went over the pass to Idaho with him the next morning, we checked into a hotel and then headed to the Targhee music festival with a friend of his. Lots of good bluegrass, tasty food and back to the hotel by night.
I hit the brew pub again the next night with him and my step dad, basically just a couple days of relaxing, short hikes and biking just out of town. The last day in town we drove through the elk refuge and hiked to a ski cabin past a nice little lake.
My uncle gave me a ride to the road out of town in the morning, finally time to move on. I had a friend to see in Bozeman, beyond that some friends hiking in Washington state. The beauty would continue.
August 3, 2012 to August 18, 2012