You can read Part 1 here.
The next morning my head was a little heavy. But thanks to D’s advice to just keep drinking water, I was better than I expected.
You can take a boat across Jenny Lake to the trail entrance, but the boat lines were so long that we decided to just hike around the lake. I’m so happy we decided to do that because the walk was beautiful! Much to D’s happiness, I stopped literally every 20 feet to take a new photo. What can I say, I love lakes! And couple a lake with a mountain, and I’m pulling out that camera as much as possible!
We reached this waterfall and thought it was pretty perfect to have the first half of our sandwich. It was so beautiful! And the sandwich was so simple, yet amazing. I was astonished with how much meat they pack in there for the price of the sandwich.
After we hiked around the lake, we got to the trail’s entrance. The trail we originally wanted to take was called Inspiration Point, but that was closed due to renovations. D’s dad told us that ahead of time, and told us the best alternative was to hike the horse trail. So after a little map reading at Jenny Lake, we found the trail’s entrance. We never saw any horses that day, but there was evidence that this was indeed a horse trail – ha.
We hiked uphill for what seemed like years! If I didn’t know it already, Jackson proved I am sorely out of shape! We finally reached the climax of the hike, in terms of how far we would hike up. When I asked D how much further we were going, his response “4 more miles”. I may have had a slight reaction to hearing that, because I was thinking we were going to climb uphill for 4 more miles. Little did he tell me, the rest of the trail was flat and through the valley of the two mountains. Communication: getting better every day.
The valley was beautiful! It basically followed this stream between the two mountains. It ranged from feeling like a dessert with rocks on both sides, to walking on a bed of pine needles under pine trees. The pine tree sections were my absolute favorite because they were cool, easy on my feet, and smelled so fresh! It also reminded me a lot of Spokane, Washington, which is where my mom’s parents are from.
We stopped on this bed of rocks to finish our sandwiches. After realizing we were in the thick of the valley, and it was already 5 pm, we hightailed it back. This season there have been a lot more bear sightings than usual, so even though we had bear spray we didn’t want to get stuck in the mountains after the sun set.
Note: Contrary to common (or just my) thought, and unlike bug spray, bear spray is not to be applied to you, the human (I got heavily judged for that thought – ha).
We saw two deer on our hike. Each were only 5 feet away, and they literally did nothing. The second one we saw was eating from the base of a tree, and we had to walk right by the tree to keep on the trail. When we walked by the tree, it only turned around so that it could run if needed, but as soon as we walked by it, it turned back around and continued eating. I was amazed at how they truly didn’t care who was around, and how comfortable they were with humans.
We ended up making it back to the boat at 6:45pm, and caught the 2nd to last boat that crossed the lake. By that time, my feet and knees were so sore, so I was so grateful there was a boat to shave off the last 2 miles of our day.
I will say the photos don’t do justice to how pretty the hike truly was. We ended up hiking about 12.5 miles or 25,000 steps (as calculated by Apple’s Health app), in about 6 hours.
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Stay tuned for the final part of our trip that may or may not include another Schwabe member!
To D’s family, thank you very much for your generous hospitality! I loved meeting, and spending time with each one of you!