Hiking in Grand Teton National Park
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-Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Day 3 of our tour started with a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge. What an amazing view from the lodge---clouds spread across the snow-capped Tetons to the point where it seemed they had disappeared. Such a different look from the day before!
First on the agenda: a bus trip to Jenny Lake where we took a boat across to Cascade Canyon and our trail to Hidden Falls. The hike was moderate to challenging in places, only one mile round trip but a grade of 150 feet over rocky terrain. The falls were magnificent, some of the prettiest I have seen! By the time we got back to the bus it had started to snow. Picnic lunches were eaten on the bus, needless to say!
We spent some time in the afternoon at the Menor's Ferry area and had a glimpse into the lives of Jackson Hole's early settlers. We visited the lovely Chapel of Transfiguration and the still-operational General Store where we enjoyed an ice-cold sarsparilla.
En route back to the lodge, Roger spotted a bunch of people gathered on the side of the road. An animal sighting was likely so Sean parked the bus. Much to our delight there was a moose cow lying by a creek only about 20 yards from us. As we watched from the embankment, she stood up and walked a short distance. Roger and Carol, our leaders, speculated that she might have a hidden calf but we never saw one. After being in Alaska for 13 days a couple of years ago and never seeing a moose, we finally had the experience---a moose cow as close as anyone would want to be!