It's our last full day here! In the morning we (just our family) took a walk from the lodge to Christian Pond and beyond a bit into the meadows and forests east of the lake. On our way back Adam and Daniel spotted a weasel in the trees near our room. We met Lisa, Jordan, Ben, and Jesse back at the lodge and then headed to Leeks Bay for lunch. After a yummy lunch on the restaurant veranda overlooking the lake, we headed to Coulter Bay for more kayaking. Just about everyone took a turn in one of the three tandem boats we rented. The weather is definitely turning (we got rained on a bit) and it was windy and choppy so we didn't stray far from the marina. Again no bear sighting but we did get to see a male bald eagle and a juvenile eagle sparring in the treetops and diving to the lake.
Thursday was a low-key day. We hung around the lodge in the morning, some of us eating a late breakfast, the rest playing cards or reading. Then we headed off for an easy walk along Jenny Lake and a picnic lunch on the shore.
After breakfast we headed off for a 3-which-turned-into-5 mile hike up to Bradley and Taggart lakes. It was an excellent work out with amazing view before we headed into Moose (again) for lunch at the Moose Chuckwagon (which was not at good as the Moose Pizzeria). The boys braved a swim in the cold, cold Taggart Lake. No, pictures (for now) from todays's adventure since I forgot the upload flash drive for the camera I was using...
We arrived in the town of Jackson right around noon. We stopped for lunch and sat outside on a balcony overlooking the square and the mountains in the distance. After lunch we headed to our hotel--the Jackson Lake Lodge--about 45 minutes away to meet up with Adam, Lisa, Jordan, Ben, and Jesse. On our way to the lodge, our path was once again (but briefly this time) blocked by a cow. This time it was a moose cow and her child. Very cool for us! Not quite as cool for the poor moose (not meese, I looked it up) who were trying to cross the road but seemed to be terrified by the cars. As we inched by, they still hadn't crossed but I'm sure they made it eventually. We all had dinner that night in the main dining room along with Bob, Marirose, and Cristian--friends of Lisa and Jordan's who live in Berkeley. After dinner we played a few rousing games of Euchre in the great room and then went off to our various rooms and to bed.
We stopped in Idaho Falls tonight as pushing ahead to Teton would have had us arriving there too late to really enjoy it. We left Winnemucca before 10 and arrived in Idaho Falls around 6, making two brief stops for lunch and gas. Our trip got off to a bit of slow start due to this guy (er, gal):
We made it to Winnemucca, Nevada around 5:00p this evening. As I said on Facebook, it's really quite beautiful here! We're in the desert with mountains all around us. We saw an amazing sunset that I'd post a picture of but the picture I took did not do it justice. OK, I'll post it anyway. Just imagine it much, much more spectacular than it looks here! It's too bad this town is in the middle of nowhere and its sole existence seems to be as a freeway pit-stop on the way to/from California, Utah, and Idaho (read: an abundance of motels, gas stations, and fast food restaurants).
We leave in the morning on our way to Grand Teton National Park. In preparation for our trip, I looked up some of the posts I made when we made this trip previously. Things I'm cracking up about: