Thursday, September 15, 2016

National Park Trip 2016 {Boat Across Jenny Lake & Taggert Lake Hike}

After we did the hike to Phelps Lake, we drove to Jenny Lake and decided to take the boat across it to Inspiration Point (Hidden Falls was closed).  You can hike around the lake as well, but since we had already done a hike that day, we chose the boat ride.  Also, it was something my parents could do with us.  Just fyi, we thought it would be more expensive than it was.  There is a "family pass" so we didn't have to pay individually for all the members in our family.  That price wasn't advertised on the sign.  






The little boys got tired and didn't want to hike all the way up to the point, so Chris took the older three who still had tons of energy left.  The older three had boundless energy, as long as they had snacks and water ;)

Chris took these pics at the top, overlooking Jenny Lake.




That night, my parents took some boys back to the campsite and Chris and I got to take these two for a night on the town in Jackson.  We were actually starving and exhausted and had to wait a long time to get into a restaurant, but the wait was worth it.  Liberty Burger was maybe the best hamburger I've ever had, or maybe it was because I had to wait so long for it.  Yum.

The next morning, we hiked up to Taggert Lake.  We heard it was similar to the Phelps Lake hike.  The boys were really wanting to do the Phelps hike again, because they loved it so much.  But it felt wrong to take the same hike again, when there were so many others to try.
This one was spectacular as well.  The boys came prepared with their swimsuits and Chacos this time.



The water was COLD.

Not enough to avert these three from taking a swim.



I love Graham's face in this picture.  If you look closely, you can see his "this water is really cold" face.

One of my favorite pictures from the trip, hat hair and all.

The landscape was a different kind of beautiful than the Phelps Lake hike.  The hike was more open.  But so pretty just the same.  On the way up, the ranger told us they had seen a mama bear and her cub on this hike earlier that morning and to watch out.  We stayed near the people with the bear spray ;) 

We sadly exited the park.  On the way out, we had to say goodbye to the Tetons.  Just one last stop where we stood and looked and threw rocks in the water.  We talked about when we would come again.  We talked about how great God is, to make us these mountains.  We talked about how great heaven must be, if there are things like this on this fallen Earth.



Grand Teton National Park, you were good to us.  I hope we get to see you again soon.


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