STRIKE THE ROCKIES , INSERT THE SIERRA NEVADAS: HIKING AROUND JENNY LAKE

Heading north south…

TOUR OF THE ROCKIES, THE SIERRA NEVADAS, DAY 4

September 8, 2017

From Jackson, Wyoming wyoming_flag and Twin Falls, Idaho Idaho flag

STRIKE THE ROCKIES, INSERT SIERRA NEVADAS

We did a turn-about-face after Jackson, Jenny Lake visits

This was to be a Tour of the Rockies, heading straight north from Scottsdale, Arizona. After reviewing last night the weather quality maps in the western US, Elizabeth and I decided to make a turn-about-face. Instead of the Rockies, we will now tour the Sierra Nevadas in California, including the Yosemite.

Take a look at the maps we used before making this decision and abandoning our planned drive up north to Montana, northern Idaho and Canada, and you will understand the reasons.

When Elizabeth first saw them, she got scared.

“Let’s just go home,” she said.

“Let’s not,” I replied. “At least not yet, Take a look at this green area of fresh air. That’s the Sierra Nevadas and Yosemite. We just need to change our plan, not abandon our vacation.”

She agreed.

So this Day 4 of our planned Tour of the Rockies actually turned out to be Day 1 of our new Tour of the Sierra Nevadas. But first, we did what we came here to do. Visit our favorite spot under the Grand Tetons – Jenny Lake.

But first, we took care of our tire warning light issue. After talking to our Honda advisor in Scottsdale and trying to reset the alert, we concluded that it must have been a faulty signal. But just to make sure, we took the car to the Jackson Subaru dealer (there was no Honda dealership there) to have the air in the tires rechecked and topped up.

ADMIRING GRAND TETONS, HIKING AROUND JENNY LAKE

It was a wonderful day despite all the smoke in the air. After overnighting in Jackson, WY, we headed north to Jenny Lake, which is arguably the most beautiful lake in the US (in our opinion). It is nestled under the Grand Teton peaks, the mountain range which we also consider the most beautiful in the US.

The weather was cloudy. The air full of smoke from the far away forest fires. But we accomplished our goal to get away from the scorching Arizona summer heat. When we woke up this morning, the temperature was 50F. Brrr…

The weather was great for the two hikes we did along the shores of Jenny Lake. Despite the smoke, the scenery was nevertheless still beautiful.

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After this first road stop, we continued to the north end of Jenny Lake, the part we had not been to before.  As soon as we walked to the lake, I saw something disturbing. But know how easily Elizabeth gets scared of things, I kept it to myself until AFTER we got back to the car from our brief hike.

What was it that could have spooked Elizabeth?

A giant dump a bear had left this morning (it looked very fresh), steps away from the lake. There were also bear tracks in the sand there. This was obviously their “watering hole.”

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Undaunted, we continued our hike along the shoreline. But after seeing that other bear warning sign, and the couple ahead of us dumping peanuts on the ground (according to Elizabeth), I acquiesced and agreed to turn around and drive back to the southern part of the Jenny Lake we were familiar with.

JENNY LAKE STORY ABOUT A PHOTO STORY, PART 1

Sometimes when people see beautiful pictures of amazing nature, such as these two shots I took yesterday of Jenny Lake and the Grand Tetons {a panorama shot and a “selfie” – see below], they don’t realize the effort behind them. So this is a story about that photo story.
Elizabeth and I had come about as far as we wanted to yesterday hiking around Jenny Lake, and we could still not find an easily accessible point to actually go down to the lake and take some pictures at water level.
Seeing a little path cut into the steep slope between the trail and the lake below, I carefully went down on all four, trying not to roll down the fill and crash onto the rocks on the lake shore.
“I think I can make it,” I said to Elizabeth. “But I would not recommend that you try it.”
She did not. Instead, she stayed up on the trail and, unbeknownst to me, kept taking pictures of me climbing back up. Here’s, therefore, Elizabeth’s photo story about my Jenny Lake photo story.

JENNY LAKE STORY ABOUT A PHOTO STORY, PART 2

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