Wednesday Aug 26th – We enjoyed a leisurely morning, then hitched up our camper and drove a couple of hours south to Grand Teton National park.
We arrived at Grand Teton NP with fog and rain, which was a bit disappointing because the view of the Tetons is so spectacular in clear weather. There was also some smoke in the air due to major fires that were burning in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
We checked out the visitor center and Colter Bay Village where we were staying, and then stopped by the Jackson Lake Lodge and enjoyed a mocha while looking out at the amazing, though foggy, views. We were scheduled for a dinner cruise on Jackson Lake, but it was canceled due to rain and rescheduled for Friday night (and a better weather forecast). Being flexible, we settled into our cozy camper and enjoyed the rainy evening.
Thursday Aug 27th- Today still had some misty rain and cooler temps, but looked like the bad weather was going to move on out. We decided to hike to Hidden Falls from the Jenny Lake area – an easy 5 mile out and back hike that was one of the more popular hikes in the park. The connecting trail to Inspiration Point was closed at this time, so we decided to just hike out from the trailhead and make Hidden Falls our turn around point.
The trail to Hidden Falls……
Winding through woods…..
With views of Jenny lake…..
You can tell by my rain jacket and pants that the morning was cool and we were still expecting a bit of rain (though, the weather did clear up).
Hidden Falls – beautiful! A picture could not really do it justice. Unfortunately, our timing for this hike was not as good, and the falls overlook was crowded. We headed back down the trail just as a bus load of young people made their way to the Hidden Falls. All in all, this was a very nice hike – marred only by the ever present crowds. Next hike, we vowed to get an earlier start and maybe hike a less popular trail.
We had lunch at our camper, and Fred and I enjoyed a bit of down time while Brian and Bekah hiked around the Colter Bay area. We met up at the visitors center at 5 pm to watch a film on the wolves of Yellowstone.