This was also our first foray into grizzly country, so we were a little timid about hiking (especially since one had been seen in our campground the day before our arrival). However, we did go kayaking on Lake Jackson against the unbelievable backdrop of the Teton range, and rode our bikes on the paths around the villages.
We also went riding around the town of Wilson, just outside of Jackson, WY. I rode the mtn bike trails up Teton Pass while Sylvia and Abigalye rode the bike trail in the valley.
I was prepared with my bear spray, and even paid for the fancy bicycle water bottle mount. Apparently, the mount must be for folks riding on smooth bike paths, because my bear spray flew out and into the tall scrub about 30 seconds into my descent down the Black Canyon trail! I can just picture the bears laughing at me as I foraged around in the bushes for my bear spray. I found it, and in my jersey pocket it went. I proceeded to just ring my bike bell like a madman the rest of the way down.
Meanwhile, Sylvia and Abigayle had their own close encounter, only with a moose. They were riding along the bike path and Abigayle noticed a moose standing in the stream. They stopped on the bridge to take a picture of the moose as it was a safe distance away. Once stopped, however, Sylvia heard a snorting sound from the bushes right next to them. It turns out, there were two more moose only several feet from where they had stopped. They both quickly jumped back on their bikes and rode away!
We stayed the night in Jackson that evening and slept with nervous anticipation as we would finally be heading to Yellowstone the next day.
|The Wind River Range, on our way to the Grand Tetons.|
|Wildfire smoke turns day to night, the Tetons in the distance.|
|Not a bad campsite view!|
|Kayaking on Lake Jackson. With the mountains so close, it looked like a giant infinite pool.|
|What a view!|
|My co-pilot is fading.|
|Co-pilot is officially worn out.|
|Abigayle's first souvenir, her Junior Ranger vest (hat not included).|
|A nice sunset walk after dinner (watch for bears!)|
|A nice spot for lunch.|
|Abigayle and one of her favorite animals.|
|Our first moose sighting!|
|Going biking up Teton Pass trails. Note the bear spray in the seat-tube water bottle cage.|
|The view from the top of the climb. Over 2500 feet of descending to come!|
|Bear tracks! (ok, they're fake, but still).|
|Riding the bike path.|
|Now that's a dandelion!|
|The horse whisperer in action.|
|The most photographed barn in the.....oh wait, wrong pic|
|THIS is the most photographed barn...in the world!|