Showing posts from August, 2010

Backpacking in the Tetons – Day 1

So, on our last “weekend” we took an extra day off and hit the trails for a 3-day backpacking trip.  It began by taking an aerial tram up the mountain in Teton Village.  The Cable to the Sky carries you 4,139 vertical feet in 9 minutes to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. The views from the top are amazing!  So off we headed down the trail hiking towards Cody Peak.  The trail continues around and to the back side of Rendezvous Peak.  After hiking down, of course, at some point you have to go back up.  As we continued, the wildflowers were incredible!!  As many of you know about me, I love wildflowers!!  Two of my favorites are Indian Paintbrush & Lupines!  They were everywhere!!                After a while, we turned onto the Teton Crest Trail and into the Middle Fork of Granite Canyon.  More beautiful views!!  We found our first night’s resting place and went to set up camp.  As we were setting up the tent, all of a sudden, we realized that there was water

Another great hike!

About a week and a half ago, we took a hike around Phelps Lake.  I was going to skip this hike on the blog since I’m behind and we just finished up our backpacking trip, but the views were so beautiful that I just had to share!  There are a few trailhead choices to begin this hike from.  We chose to start ours from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. The property originally had been purchased by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1932, and served as the Rockefeller family's summer retreat for nearly 70 years.  He believed that areas of great natural beauty such as the Grand Tetons have the power to restore and sustain the human spirit.  I think I agree with him!!  This is a view towards the Tetons from the preserve.  This is Lake Creek which comes out from Phelps Lake and travels through the Preserve. We hiked along the Woodland Trail out to Phelps Lake and this was our first view of this magnificent glacier-formed lake.  It is the fourth largest lake in Grand Teton

Mormons, Birds & Moose

Okay, so I’m still trying to catch up on blog posts. It’s hard to sit down for very long at the computer when there is so many fun things to see and do all around us!! So on our last “weekend,” we had, what I like to call, a quiet day. Which basically means, no hiking! It was an awesome day though. Instead of hiking, we went and visited an area here in the Tetons called Mormon Row. The buildings here tell a story of a once vibrant community. The first Mormon families came to settle here in the late 1890’s using the Homestead Act of 1862 which promised 160 acres to any person willing to build a house & cultivate the land for 5 years. Now no one can say that they didn’t enjoy a nice view while they took care of business. :-) The barns were the centerpiece of each family’s homestead. They housed cows and horses, while hay and ninety-day oats in the fields. Traditional log cabins provided basic shelter against harsh weather. Over time, with increased prosperity, the sim

Backpacking trip to Surprise Lake

We finally made our first backpacking trip in the Tetons and we decided to make it a shorter trip, but the trail was pretty steep.  It was still an awesome hike up to Surprise Lake.  Our trip started well with seeing this coyote on our drive in on the dirt road leading to the Lupine Meadow Trailhead.  It felt like a good sign for the trip!  Here’s the view from the trailhead itself.  As we looked up at the mountains above, we couldn’t help but wonder, just how high up that way are we headed.  The first three miles were familiar to us because we hiked the same trail on our way up to Garnet Canyon, so I didn’t take any pictures along our way.  For those of you who didn’t catch that blog post, check it out here.   At the three mile mark, we hit the junction in the trail where we veered right toward Surprise Lake, instead of heading towards Garnet Canyon.  We got a little different view of Taggart & Bradley Lakes below.  Still gorgeous!!  As we got closer to Surprise Lake, it was