Wow! It’s almost the end of August and summer is almost over. How did that happen? I guess time flies when you’re having fun, right?
As I look back on our adventure packed summer our June trip to the Grand Teton National Park seems like eons ago and I have yet to share some of our adventures there.
Bedge leads a photography workshop every year in the Tetons so we have turned those trips into a family vacation. This year we spent 2 weeks camping in our portable condo at our favorite camping spot.
The BEST campsite in the Tetons. There is plenty of room for our 6 person REI Kingdom tent.
(aka… Portable Condo.
This campsite has the perfect spot for my ENO Hammock.
We hiked trails that we’ve never done before, kayaked String Lake, visited the Signal Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge for the first time, and J-Man and I spent 4 days camping solo without Bedge in grizzly country. Ack! I was a little nervous about that, but we made it through and had some fun one-on-one time together.
One of my favorite hikes of the trip was hiking to Grand View Point Overlook . We do a lot of hikes that are at the foot of the mountains, however, this hike is across the main park road giving you a wonderful view of Jackson Lake and the Teton range.
This was our first time hiking to Grand View Point Overlook and we were not disappointed. It’s a 2.2 mile round-trip hike with approximately 460 feet of elevation gain through pine trees and wildflower meadows. As the trail switchbacks up out of the trees you have open views to the east of Two Ocean Lakes and to the west you can see the Grand Tetons jutting up behind Jackson Lake and it’s many islands.
J-Man with his hiking buddies in his Deuter backpack
With this being one of the shorter hikes in Grand Teton National Park I definitely would recommend it for families.
We bought a ducky (inflatable kayak) in May and didn’t have an opportunity to use it before our trip so we decided to bring it along.
We chose String Lake for it’s maiden voyage. The lake is very shallow and has a great launching area for kayaks, canoes and SUPs. From the north end of String Lake you can portage over to Leigh Lake where where you will find awesome backcountry campsites. We’ve added that to our bucket list.
We floated from one end of the lake to the other looking for wildlife and taking in the scenery. It’s a beautiful lake and the views are amazing. The only wildlife we spotted were fish, however, there were a ton of people kayaking, canoeing and taking their SUPs for a spin around the lake. Families out for a day of fun in the sun having picnics filled the lake shore.
We also had the opportunity to go mountain biking in Cache Creek just outside of the town of Jackson. While Bedge was leading his workshop I took J-Man and we had a ton of fun.
The Cache Creek area is about 10 minutes from town with numerous mountain biking trails. With poor signage and an unreadable map (in my opinion) at the trailhead J-Man and I just picked a trail and got started. I figured if there were areas he would need to dismount and walk that would be totally fine. We started on the Cache Creek Sidewalk trail and rode amongst beautiful scented wildflowers, sage brush and wide open views. When we came to a trail intersection we would decide together which direction to continue. We rode for 2 hours climbing above the town of Jackson, speeding down hills among Aspen groves and pines and across Cache Creek. J-Man maneuvered around roots, rocks and stumps without hesitation. I guess the rocky Moab terrain prepared him for such riding.
J-Man has never mountain biked in the mountains and he LOVED it. He said it was prettier than Moab. He insisted on riding the trails with Bedge so we went back for a second ride when Bedge was finished with his workshop.
Here’s a fun video of J-Man riding the trails:
What adventures have you gone on this summer?
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