Inspiration Point

After a quick shuttle boat ride across Jenny Lake, we started our hike up to Inspiration Point. The trail goes through Cascade Canyon, and we got to cross the mini-rapids of the creek several times. Going up through the forest, we had glimpses of the Teton mountains high above us, and the lake down below.

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Kenan hiking on the Cascade Canyon Trail, Grand Teton

At some points the trail was wide and gently sloped, but other parts were very rocky and steep.

Hiking up to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Another hiker on the trail had jingle bells attached to her pack, our B&B caretaker had given us bear spray when we headed out that morning, and the hand stamps from the shuttle boat said “be bear aware.” I was pretty relaxed about the situation, except for a few outbursts of clapping and yelling “Hey bear!” (Ok, so it was more like a handful of outbursts.) (Ok, ok, more like regular intervals up and down the trail.) But, hey, being paranoid works! No bear sightings!

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

We reached the dock just in time to catch the last shuttle boat, and enjoyed a nice sunset ride across the lake.

Hiking to Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park

Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

 

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Jackson Hole Rodeo

If you don’t go to the rodeo while visiting Jackson Hole, you are missing out on a really fun night. The determination of the cowboys is impressive, and the cowgirls are very skilled—and fast!—riders.

The rodeo began with bull riding, followed by calf roping. In the partner calf roping, one rider has to lasso the head of the calf, and their partner has to lasso both back legs.

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

The cowgirls competed in barrel racing, riding in a cloverleaf pattern around the arena.

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

The last events of the rodeo were saddle bronc riding and more bull riding. It’s amazing how long 8 seconds can seem.

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

 

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Mt Rendezvous

The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram takes you up about 4000 ft to the top of Rendezvous Mountain in 12 minutes. As you might guess, the views are amazing! The mountain is part of a ski resort, and there are trails running down on all sides. We walked a couple of trails that looped around the summit, which is at 10,000 feet! It was windy and about 10 degrees cooler than the base.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

View from Mt Rendezvous

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

In the winter, people ski down this! Like, right off the rocks on the left!

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

While on the trails, we came across a deer and a marmot. The marmot moves pretty fast!

Walking around Mt Rendezvous

Spotting a marmot while walking around Mt Rendezvous

We also took a ride on the Bridger Gondola (up a different mountain) at the resort. This one passed over some mountain biking trails, and it was fun to watch the riders jumping and doing tricks.

View from Bridger Gondola, Teton Village

View from Bridger Gondola, Teton Village

Bridger Gondola ride at Teton Village

 

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