October 24, 2011

A Grand Hike and Hidden Falls

Winter is ­­getting closer and with already having our first snowfall, we have to make good use of the “nice” days here in Rexburg. A few weekends ago Jason and I went with our friends Rex and Jessica to Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming.

We left pretty early in the morning, eating breakfast burritos and smoothies along the way. Just after the sunrise, we arrived in Jackson and pulled up to a river where we could see the reflection of the Teton Mountains in the water.  It was absolutely gorgeous and so peaceful.
After taking pictures of the beautiful scenery, we drove to Jenny Lake where we began our hike to Hidden Falls (I guess Jason and I have a thing for waterfalls). We actually planned on taking a ferry across the lake to cut our hike in half, but of course, the boats had stopped going the day before. So we had to hike the whole way – all 2.5 miles of it. The hike was kind of long, especially because a lot of it was uphill, but it was probably the prettiest hike I've ever been on. The leaves were still changing colors and the lake was beautiful.
Filling up 
What a let down!
Jessica and I during the Hike
On our way to the falls, I told Jason to take a picture of me in front of my favorite tree with bright yellow leaves. Just after the picture, I felt a pinch on my arm and I looked down and saw this HUGE BEE!! I screamed and flung my arm around and yes, I cried. It was my first time being stung and it felt horrible! I was not a happy hiker. Luckily, the stinger didn’t get stuck in my skin and I wasn’t allergic. It was just so frustrating because I was avoiding every bee I saw along my path and then when I was just standing still, one got me – probably because I was wearing my pink shirt, mistaken for a flower. Side note: when I was looking at my pictures a few days later, I saw the actual bee on my shirt!!!
It's hard to see, but the bee is the black spot under the "i" on my shirt.
Other than that wonderful event, it was a great hike. Hidden Falls was amazing once we finally reached it. You could only get so close, but the view was incredible.
Hidden Falls - Photo Credit: Rex Warner
Rex, Jessica, Danielle, Jason
Me and Jase
Back in Jackson, we went to Bubba’s Bar-B-Que place and ate ribs, pulled pork, and chicken. The waitress was especially generous in refilling Jason’s favorite drink – a Roy Roger’s. When I go somewhere new, I like to go to restaurants that you can only find in that town – somewhere new. We also walked around the town a little bit. I’ve been there at least 3 times now, but I still love going to the fun shops. 
One of our fun findings in Jackson,

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