I must say it is quite the difference going from the Utah Dessert to the Rockies of the east. I actually got stuck in Idaho Falls Friday waiting for my medication to arrive but I think it was a moment that I will hopefully look back on and it realized it was a turn for the best. It actually didn’t turn out to be too bad as I spent the afternoon sipping on a Heineken watching the puppies play at the edge of the river. After leaving the 100+ heat of the desert I couldn’t help but to join them and go for a soak myself. After washing up I headed back to my second home *Walmart and had another beer and then headed off to BWW. It was a bit of a walk and the wings I got were terrible but I did meet someone who pointed me in the right direction for my drive into Grand Teton which proved to be a scenic route along 33. He was a bit weird and kept talking about how he was so lucky because he just bartended a wedding and made 75 bucks, wooo hooo. Once his friend arrived and they began talking in cling on and pretending it was cool I figured that was my cue. In the morning I drove around town hoping to spot a fed ex truck but with no luck I decided to I stop off at the local farmers market and took in the “falls” of Idaho. The shipment was late but not by much and I grabbed my meds, loaded up on some water and left Idaho Falls. I know some of you may be wondering why no arches blog and I did a video blog but am having a hard time uploading it* to be continued……
Next up was Teton and so far it has the step up on Yellow Stone the mountain range on the skyline was pretty intense. Before entering the park I stopped in Jackson Hole which is a cool little town, it’s got a real mountain feel to it with a lot of cool shops. I walked in a few shops and purchased a T shirt and some post cards in one many t-shirts stores that line the street. As you begin the drive north the mountain’s peaks start edging themselves on the skyline. As you drive the range gets closer and closer and the pictures get better and better. I entered the park maybe around 4 to find most of the camp grounds were full except for Gre something which was just outside the park at the base and lizard creek about a 40 minute drive so I debated and opted for the drive up north. Of course I lost the battle of the camp grounds, it’s first come first serve in the national parks and they fill up quick. When I got up to Lizard Creek, well first the ride up is like no other it runs parallel to the Grand Teton Range and every mile you find yourself stopping to admire the range and take a picture, just when you think it won’t get better it does. The best part is they have turnaround and viewing points to pull off and take in the scenery rather than just passing it by going 40. By the way what’s the deal with the intense camera gear, I mean these lenses are ridiculous they could probably shoot a bird on the face of these mountain’s, oh one other thing the Asian culture (no offense) are always holding up their tablets to take video’s and pics idk I just find it weird that and the photo shoots. Back to the Teton’s as I was saying a lot of good spots to take in the sights but again I lost the battle for the campground and found myself 25 miles from the main entrance and the only campground open. So the question was do I press on to YS or go back to “base camp” (like I’m climbing K2) for me this was an easy one I mean the mountain range is unreal so I made the journey back down stopping along the way.
Before entering the camp site I took about 20 minutes to sit on my car and check out one of the main peaks and I know I’ve said that several times already but pictures don’t do them justice as they are very overwhelming and surreal. By the time I entered the camp site it was closed so basically you pick a spot drop 20 and your set. I knew I wanted to get an early start today for two reasons, I don’t want to hike in the heat and two I want to reach yellow stone to assure I get a spot for the night. I had a few beers made some polish spaghetti, eh him growing sick of pasta but it’s easy and then turned in for the night. Now in case you don’t know I usually go to sleep listening to Sirius or with the TV on but with no solid connection I watched one of my 4 movies on my laptop as I regretted not bringing my Seinfeld/curbed dvd’s. I woke up several times during the night mainly because I had to go to the bathroom but it was so cold, I believe it dipped down to the low 40’s and tonight’s low is 37. Lucky for me I had the gift of Matt’s sleeping bag with me which helped me fight off the cold. I was actually debating sleeping in my hammock tonight but 37??? Ouch!. Not to mention the Camp host just came by to ask me if I was planning on leaving it up because the animals passing through could get caught or eat me. Anyways I got a nice early start as I was up at 530am and headed to the trail that I had researched the night before. After not finding my original trail I stumbled on something that looked good it was a 3 mile hike just below Grand Teton peak up to beaver lake. From the minute I started the hike I was in aw, the mountain range grows closer and you truly realize how magnificent and enormous they are. You may be asking why I titled it yo bear, well on my way I came across a sign that said don’t hike along and carry bear spray so to put myself at ease I walked back and got my pepper spray not even knowing if that would works but again it put me at ease. The trail at times was more open into the valley and other times it got tighter with a dense tree line, YOOOO BEAR yes as I walked I would throw out a YO BEAR every hundred yards or so. Again it may sound silly but that’s they say that’s the thing to do or sing but not sure if anyone wants to hear that. Again I got there early and I was one of three hiking that early in the morning and plus if Bear Grills does it’s fine by me YOOO Bear, say it you know you want to. The hike was really good and I got a lot of awesome pictures and was able to make it all the way to Bradley Lake and back. This was my first hike with a Camel Bag and I must say they are a huge plus, lightweight, good storage and can’t beat sucking on your shoulder for some h20. I could go on and on and tell you about the range and my hike but quite honestly it wouldn’t do it any justice. Grand Teton is just so monumental and compelling and as you drive north you just see car after car quickly pull over as they are struck by its beauty and feel the need to capture the sight. Yooo Beaar, lol I should say on the return end of the hike I picked up a walking stick that I would bang against the rocks or a tree but lucky for me all I saw were chipmunks. My return hike did drag a bit because again I was so struck by the landscape it was hard to leave it behind me. The Teton’s like the arches left me thinking to myself how lucky I was to experience these inspiring landscapes. As I sat on a boulder eating a granola bar this morning staring at the peak’s I just get overwhelmed by this amazing journey that was always thought but is now reality, am I really here?.
I’ll get into YS next blog as I will be spending at least another day and possibly a night tomorrow. This evening before dinner as I walked down to the lake it again hit home of the solitude of the trip and not being able to share these moments like the arches of Utah, the Teton’s of Wyoming or my 5 star camp meals with someone else. I’m not asking for sympathy just writing my thoughts but in the end this is the course I chose and whether it is right or wrong time will tell. The one thing I do know is that I realize how lucky I am to be taking this trip and don’t take it for granted for a minute. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “your so lucky” or “wow, sounds like a great trip” and every day I am reminded how truly awesome this trip really is……Yooo Beeeeear!!!
Check out rest of Teton , lots more in photo section!