Spent the whole day hiking around Jenny Lake and up to Inspiration Point. We took our time as we hiked around the lake for about 3 miles then we arrived to the Hidden Falls trail. The hike to the falls was fairly easy we stopped and enjoyed the falls for a bit and then continued up to Inspiration Point. The hike was pretty strenuous but short and totally worth the view. Alycia and I rested and took it all in before hiking down and catching the ferry back a crossed the lake. We met back up with Jared and Ciara at an awesome spot near camp next to the lake where we swam and watched the sun set.
We packed up our camp and began the drive down to Grand Tetons and arrived just in time to snag the last site at the Jenny Lake Campground. We set up camp and then decided to head out and get a quick hike in. After being distracted by moose and getting lost a few times we finally made it the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve (a refuge within Grand Tetons National Park) where we began our hike to Phelps Lake. The hike was very easy and peaceful, and the trail very well maintained. We spotted a bear and her two cubs along the way. Once we arrived to the lake it was almost too perfect crystal clear water with a beautiful mountain range on the other side. We swam and bathed in the ice cold water until the sun began to set. We hiked back to the car and headed into Jackson for a bite to eat. Jackson is a small tourist town so most places were pricey or closed but we managed to find a nice little pizza bar called Pinky G’s. We hung around downtown Jackson for a while and then headed back to camp.
I awoke to a warm tent and a full bladder we had successfully slept in. After eating some oatmeal we packed our bags for the day and headed off to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone to check out Artist Point. The waterfall was beautiful but a little crowded so we decided to head out on a short backcountry hike to Lilly Pad Lake. After making a burrito stop we hiked down to Yellowstone river to relax and swim for a while. We continued north to Lamar Valley where we spotted a bear and her two cubs and watched the sunset from the top of Mt. Washburn. Then topped the night off with a warm fire and dinner at the camp site.