Wed, Sep 8 2021 - Wyoming - Grand Tetons (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Diana
Participants:Diana, Joyce T., Belinda, Mike S, Suzanne, Joy, Anusha, David W., Marianna, James H., Karin

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Write Up:

End of a wonderful week at the Grand Tetons in Wyoming USA.

Thanks so much to everyone that joined me in the Tetons and special thanks to Bette K.  

Bette had been there about a year ago - relayed to me all the fun she had and was instrumental in helping me plan and giving me the courage to post my first out of Georgia event!  

Weather was terrifc everyday - our first day there was a bit of reduced visibility due to the wildfires/smoke coming from California.  But day two the smoke lifted and the remaining days were clear.  Sky was solid blue or blue with big willowy clouds.  Could not have asked for better weather. Hiking temperatures were 60s to low 80s during the day - we did have a few early mornings that were quite chilly but we all warmed up and were shedding layers throughout the hikes.

About 50 miles in total were hiked by all.

We visited Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake.  Mormon Row.  Jenny Lake. Hidden Falls. Inspiration Point (although nobody went all the way to the top).  Phelps Lake.  Hermitage Trail at Colter Bay. Sunrise at Oxbow Bend.  Sunset at Schwabacher Landing.  Coffee and snacks in front of huge windows looking at the mountains in Jackson Lodge.  A scenic float rafting trip down the Snake River from Deadmans Bar down to Moose Junction  followed by Pizza lunch at Dornan's (best views of the Tetons while dining). A few hours spent at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson.  some time at the National Fish Hatchery.  Missed was the National Elk Refuge as the elk were not there yet (thousands migrate there every winter). 

We left Wyoming one day and headed into Idaho to hike the Palisades Creek Trail in Irwin, Idaho.  Beautiful trail 5 miles in, 5 miles out - high canyon walls.  Sound of the creek the entire hike.

We visited Albertson's grocery store numerous times to stock our kitchen - prepared our own breakfast and made lunches to go and ate on the trails. Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Ham, Cheese, Turkey sandwiches. 

Dinners out at Merry Piglets (Mexican), Hand Fire Pizza, Liberty Burger (delicious concoction called a Mudslide - Baileys, Kahluha and custard) yummy and filling.  Two evenings we had dinner prepared by Anusha and Mike -Grilled Teriyaki Chicken one night.  Chicken Vegetable Fried Rice another night.  Diana over-estimated the amount of chicken that we would need - we never ran out of chicken!!!

And of course we had to hit up quite a few shops in Jackson (the art gallaries were a favorite of David's). Many of us purchased Grand Teton T-shirts and other souveniers for ourselves, friends and family.  And we were constantly on the lookout for Huckleberry product (ice cream, croissants, pie, jam, jelly beans, etc.)

Two expert photographers in our group - Karin T. and Joyce T. check out links below for pictures that they have posted on Facebook.  They were both clicking away constantly - the landscape, the wildlife, everything.

We saw Eagle, Moose (mamas, papas and young uns), Bears (black and grizzly), deer, chipmunks and other critters.  Some wildlife was seen while hiking on the trails, others while rafting and many seen from the vehicles along the Moose-Wilson Road.