26th Sep, 2011

Grand Teton National Park – Part One – August 22 – September 1, 2011

Total distance driven (includes in-city driving): 27,471.8 kms (17,032.5 miles)
Average gas consumption: 16.8L per 100 KM

We finally arrived at Grand Teton (pronouned Tea-Tawn) and set up camp at Colter Bay Village RV Park.

The sites include electricity, water and sewer hook-ups for $60.48 per night. That officially makes this the second most expensive campsite on our trip! More expensive than Malibu! First place goes to Boyd’s in Key West, FL (which was priced for peak season).

But since Grand Teton National Park came highly recommended by people we encountered on our trip – we stuck it out. It’s not hard to understand why this park is described as amazing.

It’s absolutely breath-taking! That’s a picture of Marianna and Jason taken by Jackson Lake. It’s hard to get the entire Teton mountain range in a single photo…

…we tried from several different vantage points. Love the enormous sage brush bushes growing all over the place!

Pictures don’t do this place justice.

Here’s a shot taken by Jenny Lake. The peak at the left is the Grand Teton at 13,770 feet elevation.

Take a closer look at the valley across the lake.

That’s the path we took during our eight hour ranger-led hike to Lake Solitude. The hike started with a boat ride across the lake then hiking up 400 feet to reach Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. That’s Marianna in the yellow rain coat – the weather was rainy on and off during the morning.

Inspiration Point was a bit gloomy with all the rain, but still beautiful!

We hiked along Cascade Canyon (gaining another 1700 feet elevation) before the valley opened up.

Absolutely stunning views!

Along the way we saw a Pica – a small creature that’s a member of the rabbit family.

And we saw a Marmot.

Thankfully we didn’t run into bear although there was evidence of one in the area – fresh bear poop!

We continued up – beautiful views greeting us along the way.

We had to remind ourselves to look back every now and then – just to see the amazing views of the open valley.

After gaining 3,000 feet in elevation we finally reached Lake Solitude – absolutely amazing!

Love the ice at the lake’s edge!

After taking in the lake views for a while we headed back down.

This time we spotted a bull moose resting on his laurels while happily munching on grass.

Inspiration Point was much more inspiring in the sun!

After hiking 15 miles (24 kms) we hauled our exhausted bodies to the Jackson Lake beach for some R&R.

There’s so much more to Grand Teton National Park…

Next up, Grand Teton – Part Two.

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