We spent the better part of a week dry camping right on the border of the Grand Teton National Park. We had the opportunity to pull right up to the edge of the mountain we were on but decided against it. We played it safe in the back where less people would crowd when they showed up. However, we still had one awesome view.
Monday afternoon after work, we headed into Jackson Hole to go grocery shopping, and yes, we found one of those fancy pants grocery stores. I’d planned on grabbing dinner in town because well, it’s an adorable little town but we decided against it. We’d just spent a good portion of our retirement at the grocery store so we might as well go home and make something of it.
I had scouted a few different trails for us to hike, all marked strenuous and around the 15 mile round trip mark, we would have to wait until the weekend for those. We did, however, try to hike a few shorter trails during the week but each time we got beat out by the rain.
On Friday we were on the verge of going bonkers from having sat in the Airstream for what felt like months. I wrapped up work a little early and we headed out on an 8 mile hike around Taggart Lake and beyond. Initially, we were only going to do the 3 or so mile hike around the lake but it felt so good being in the great outdoors, we continued on. As we were about half way through the hike a lady stopped me to ask, “Did you see the baby cub?” I was confused and asked her what a baby cub was. She looked at me like I was nuts, which I am, but apparently we had strolled right passed a baby bear cub without even knowing it. I will say that we were some of the only people we passed on the trail with bear spray, this lady included, so the joke is on them.
Saturday morning, I once again, tried to convince Mr. TCP that we should embark on one of the more strenuous hikes, he objected so we settled for a hike to Inspiration Point. About half way in, I was donezo. This altitude business is no joke. I was huffing and puffing and about ready to blow a building down.
Fortunately, I survived.
We definitely counted our lucky stars each day we spent in our awesome, free, camping spot.