Posts Tagged ‘grand tetons’

A Day of Reflections

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

The beauty of stillness is similar to the beauty of water; it fills the space you create for it. Stillness in nature and in mind allows for reflection that can awe and astonish with its depth.

We had a full day in Grand Tetons National Park today and every minute was filled with beauty and reflections. Stormy skies cast the morning in a mysterious atmosphere of oncoming turbulence, however it proved to only be a threat when blue skies finally prevailed. Even the dark and cloudy skies only served to enhance the beauty of this amazing national park.

Our day was spent hiking between several of Grand Teton’s most beautiful lakes including Jenny Lake, String Lake, and Leigh Lake. The deep colors and still waters I witnessed on my eight mile hike took my breath away.

The Tetons were really showing off today with all of their best colors and reflections. It felt like the world had been turned upside-down and I was lost somewhere between where the water began and the earth ascended. You could have flipped the world over and everything would have stayed the same.

The trail we hiked was gorgeous and ran along three different lakes right on the waters edge. It was hard not to stop at every single cove or outlet where the crystal clear water lapped at sandy shores. However, the mosquitos chased us the entire hike and I think I may just be a giant collection of mosquito bites at this point. We were truly being swarmed every single time we stopped and even while we were still moving.

In the end the bug bites were worth it because every single bend in the trail or bridge we crossed offered up the most incredible views I have ever seen.

We also left the lakeside to climb the side of the great mountains and came across fields of wildflowers, winding paths through stunning meadows, and then back down once more to the lakes below.

The final bridge we crossed was both a celebration and a last longing to never leave the foothills of those beautiful mountains.

The Tetons will always have a place in my heart. This gorgeous mountain range offers unending beauty that neither photos nor words can fully capture. I suppose that is the root of the beauty here, it cannot be capture; the freedom of this untamed natural wonderland will never belong to people. Every time I come to a place such as this I am only a visitor, a very blessed human humbled by something so much greater than myself.

I hate to leave but I also know that this place will never leave me. The Grand Tetons will always be one of my favorite national parks and I am so happy to have had the brief and wondrous time in this park once more. Until next time…

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Doing More with a Day

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Road trips create a strange dynamic for the passing of time because each 24 hours occurs as it normally does, yet so many vastly different experiences can happen during that normal expanse of time. Today was one of those days were it felt like three different days crammed into one.

The first part of our day was spent in Idaho where the miles crept by along with countless fields of corner and empty silos. The monotony of this was only briefly interrupted by the most Idaho tourist stop ever: the Idaho Potato Museum.

As we drew closer to Wyoming the landscape drastically changed and suddenly the flat farmland gave way to gorgeous rolling hills of green and yellow. I had to stop in this amazing field of mustard grass where the yellow of the endless land seemed to shine brighter than the sun. It took my breath away. There is a simple yet wondrous joy that comes from experiencing awe-inspiring natural beauty like this.

After leaving the sunny fields of mustard grass, I couldn’t stop smiling. Everything we came across seemed beautiful after that, even old collapsing barns left abandoned to the whims of time.

After coming over the Teton Pass we finally arrived at our destination for the next two nights, Jackson, Wyoming. We didn’t stay put for long though since we had a day full of adventures in Jackson Hole.

Our first stop was Teton Village where we decided to take an aerial tram to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, which sits at just over 10,000 feet in elevation.

The ascent was breath-taking, literally. The thin cold air made it difficult to breathe and definitely made my dizziness issues much worse. Still, it was entirely worth it because the views were stunning!

You could see almost all of Jackson Hole from the top, including the Grand Teton range which towered in the distance.

We were on top of the world and despite the biting winds and thin air, we enjoyed every second up there.

After enjoying a delicious hot chocolate, building a cairn on top of the mountain, and way too many pictures we descended so we could begin the next part of our adventure.

We drove to the Grand Teton National Park proper to squeeze in a hike at Phelps Lake. The hike through pine forests, across rivers, and along the lakeside really was all we could have asked for.

I even got to check off my biggest goal for my time in the Tetons: see a Moose. Technically, I went above and beyond because we found a mother moose and her newborn calf. We watched them feeding for quite some time but had to leave because we started getting devoured by mosquitos.

The best part of the hike was Phelps Lake itself. The crystal clear emerald waters and the rocks hiding beneath the surface all perfectly accented the towering mountains looming in the distance. It was truly a perfect sight.

Our first day in the Grand Tetons was exactly how I had hope it would be. I have been wanting to return to this National Park for over five years now since I felt I took the wrong approach during my first visit a decade ago.

I cannot wait to see what tomorrow holds. We are already pretty exhausted from our trip but super excited for what is to come. Tomorrow we will be spending the whole day in Jackson Hole and if it is even half as good as today was, I will be ecstatic.

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