My Weekend Adventure in Pictures: Backpacking through Grand Teton National Park
Well hello there! It seems like it's been a long time since I've written a new blog post. After posting a new post almost every week since January 1st of this year, it has seemed weird not creating anything new the past couple of weeks. What I can say though is that I've definitely missed it, and I'm excited to share with you some awesome things I've thought up for the next couple of months (yes, months)! I will also admit however, that the break was nice. Especially because I spent that break in my FAVORITE place ever, Grand Teton National Park. If you've been reading this blog for a while, or following me on social media (links above or below), you'll know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Grand Tetons. I've been there four times now, and each time brings a unique experience.
For this particular trip, my husband and I and one of our friends explored the back country for the first time. Let me admit one thing here: I'm really scared of grizzly bears. Something about being in their territory, and them being 500+ pounds, and me having nothing but a hiking pole, a back pack and a tiny can of bear mace, and sleeping in a paper thin tent just scares me a little bit. What made me decide to finally do it? Well one, my love for the Tetons. and two, this year has been a year of change and overcoming obstacles. I didn't want my fear to limit me from what was in store behind and in between the mountains I love so much. Boy, was I kicking myself. Kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Did I get scared? Yes. Because of my fear of bears? Yes, but also other things. Did I loose sleep because I kept hearing things outside my tent at night? Yes. Did I loose sleep from porcupines trying to eat our gear? Yes. But that's another story.
When people ask me how my trip was, I honestly have trouble expressing it. The beauty was more than I could have ever imagined. Every time we would get to an overlook, or a new lake, or see a huge glacier, I kept thinking that it wouldn't get any more beautiful than what I was looking at. But it did. I also had to keep telling myself that it was real, that I was really there, experience everything.
The challenging landscapes, the cold, windy, rainy weather, the trail conditions in some areas were more tough than I could have imagined. At one point I thought I wasn't going to be able to go any further because of how challenging things got. But I did, and it was so worth it. Without the risk of sounding like the giant hippy you probably have come to realize I am, there is also something about being so vulnerable in nature, and realizing as you stare up at mountains on either side of you how small you really are that is so humbling. And you begin to remember the things that are so important that we (I) seem to forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The trip was life-changing, and I can't wait to go back and do it all over again.
I'm very excited to share my pictures with you this week. One thing you won't see many pictures of this week is flowers. Why? Well, it wasn't because there weren't any. We spent a lot of time around 9,000ft elevation, and we must have come during peak alpine flower season. The flowers were GORGEOUS and were everywhere in so many different colors. And, because I love flowers, I'm devoting a full blog post to them, which you can find here.
If you've made it this far, thank you, and I hope you enjoy the following pictures as much as I do. So, without further ado, like all my picture posts, I encourage you to grab a little snack or treat, a beverage of choice, put on some relaxing music, and enjoy the visual vacation.
The trail we followed for four days...
We called these 'mouse/chinchilla/rabbit things' until we remembered the name is 'Pika'. Either way, they were adorable and everywhere in the higher elevations
A view of the Jackson Valley (the main Tetons road, Jenny Lake, Jackson Lake, etc for those familiar with the area)
A panoramic view of the Holly Lake area
That's me in the blue pack overlooking Cascade Canyon
A panoramic view of the top of the ridge we climbed up. To the left is Paintbrush Canyon. To the right is Cascade Canyon. Yes, that's a person in the middle of the picture (our friend). As you can see, snow, barren, and rocky. What you can't see is the 40+ mph wind guests we were battling. But seriously, so worth it!
A panoramic view of Cascade Canyon. Lake Solitude is the small lake on the right side of the picture. The tall mountain on the left is the 'Grand'.
I so hope you enjoyed the pictures! Have you ever gone on a trip that's changed your life? Where did you go? How did it change you? I'd love to hear about it!
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