We were slow to go yesterday morning though we were not sore from the previous hike. The cabin does have a TV with three local channels and Telemundo… and the trusty DVD player. We have usually watched one of our DVDs each not before bedtime. We decided to lounge around the cabin and watch Yogi Bear (the movie) before making a decision on what to do in the afternoon. I had been wanting to go to the other side of the Tetons (where we camped last year) and check out the Teton National Park. We loaded up in Kris's car and drove around the south end of the Tetons, across the pass and back down into the Jackson Hole valley but we cut north into the Teton NP. We drove along the Snake River and looked and looked for moose but saw none.
Along this route we drove right along the base of the Teton range and the views we spectacular. Kris had heard from the same woman in Colorado who told us about the 'secret' spot in Yellowstone that there was another great spot much overlooked in the Teton NP known as Jenny Lake. We came to the National Park headquarters town of Moose on the Snake River and stopped and ate buffalo burgers and hot dogs in a giant tepee and then headed up to Jenny Lake. We could tell where it was with all the campers and cars. Kris noted that of all the places we had visited so far, the two most crowded places were the two places made known to us by the Colorado neighbor to Stephen Jacobs. We pulled into the southern entrance to the lake and found a full campground and no parking places. We still could not see the lake for the trees and a rise in the land of dirt and rock. We pulled back onto the main road and drove to the north end of the lake and followed a narrow drive back to the lake where we found a one way road that ran worth along the eastern edge of Jenny Lake. THe road was maybe fifty feet above lake level and the drop was steep. There was a well worn foot path along side the road. We found a pull out and parked and then after hiking down the trail a little farther we found a not-so-steep 'path' down to the rocky shoreline.
Jenny Lake is clear as glass and lined and bottomed completely in round river rock of all size. Across the lake the main three Teton peaks rise up high into the air. The main peak is 11,700 feet with a pyramid-ish top, like its brethren, iced snow pack still viewable in streaks and patches all over. As for Jenny Lake we figured it would be to cold to swim but after putting our feet in we found it cold but not frigid. Ethan was first to go in, then Summer and then me. We failed to bring our swim wear so the kids swam in the clothes and I swam my boxers. We had our own rocky little beach to ourselves. The wind was blowing down from the Tetons and across the lake and we could only stay in the water so long. The kids got cold in the wind and the sun was temporarily behind the clouds. When the sun came back out I made my way out of the water. It was warmer in the sun. The round river rocks along the edge of the lake were more slippery than the ones under water or on the bank and we all slipped in some fashion getting out. On the shore Kris took pictures and found a few pieces of driftwood for keepsakes. The kids and I found some nice large rocks and then we had to climb the hillside with these objects. Once we did we walked back to the car with our booty. We found out later from our cabin owner that people are not allowed to take items from the park. She asked if anyone saw us doing it. We said just a few bikers (motorcyclers) and they thought one big piece of driftwood looked like a moose antler. Looks like we got away with a little pilfering of some National booty.
Afterwards we drove down into Jackson Hole, parked and walked to the square just in time to see the daily gun fight put on by the local acting troupe at six o'clock. They use real guns with blanks and the shotgun blasts were very loud. Afterward we had ice cream and went to a smaller park off the square and let the kids play. Then we drove home, ate leftovers and watched Finding Nemo.
Today we are taking it easy again because later we are going back to Jackson to the evening rodeo and fair.