Back to Garnet Canyon

My mother is training for her first multi-night hike in a few weeks and was eager to test her fitness with a challenging hike in Jackson. Earlier in the week, Jessica and I trekked up into Garnet canyon with some friends. We chose Garnet because there was too much snow in many of the other canyons. Only a few days later, Jessica and I headed back to the trailhead to repeat the hike.

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My mother was definitely a little nervous. Her overnight hike was only a few weeks away and she wanted to build some confidence, not ruin it! Based on past experience, though, Jessica and I were confident she could complete the hike. We woke up early to give ourselves plenty of time in the cooler part of the day.

IMG_0550 IMG_0558 IMG_0560Knowing what to expect always makes a hike a little easier, and this time we were more mentally prepared for the switchbacks. I enjoyed looking for features I had seen earlier like little streams and pockets of wildflowers.

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Even having been there only a few days earlier, making the turn into Garnet Canyon was awesome. The views were incredible. I just a few days the snow had reduced dramatically starting farther up the trail. The depth of snow had also decreased a lot. Rocks that were either buried or barely exposed were now almost entirely visible.

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The shallower snow was actually harder to cross because there were more little bridges for your feet to break through. We travelled about 100 yards before stopping on a large rock for some lunch. This time there was (thankfully) no thunderstorm chasing us down the trail, and we were able to enjoy the views for a longer period of time.

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It was a wonderful trip back up to the higher elevations of Grand Teton National Park and gave my mother a much-needed confidence boost!

Taggart and Bradley Lake

Well, I don’t think I will really be ruining anything when I admit that our reporting on the road trip has definitely fallen behind schedule. By now we are home, but we still want to share the awesome details of what we did on our trip. With our engagement and our new pup it has been hard to keep up, but we promise to keep writing posts, just at a bit slower of a pace.

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Following our hike to Garnet Canyon, we said goodbye to our friends and met up with my family. Since they had just arrived at 6,800 feet, we started with an easier hike: the Taggart and Bradley Lakes loop hike.

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IMG_0497      IMG_0501Like Jenny Lake, Taggart and Bradley lakes formed when the larger Teton glaciers melted. As they snowplowed down the slopes of the peaks, they dug out the large valleys of the Teton Range. At the ends of the glaciers, large mounds of earth built up like snowbanks called moraines. When the glaciers melted, water pooled inside these moraines forming lakes.

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In the direction we chose, the Taggart and Bradley Lakes loop climbs over a moraine towards Bradley Lake before turning around and skirting the edge of Taggart Lake. The lakes are beautiful, even more so with the mountains reflected in their blue waters.

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Taggart and Bradley were a great warm up for my family because our next hike would take us back to familiar uphill territory. Here are a few more pictures.IMG_0544 IMG_0540IMG_0534 IMG_0537 IMG_0531IMG_0517 IMG_0516 IMG_0510 IMG_0526

The Double U’s (for Dogs)

Ws with XThe Double U’s are a set of links that I’ve come across in the past week. They are simply a collection of items, articles, ideas, or videos that have caught my fancy.   

As you may or may not know, Tyler and I recently got a puppy, Maisie. If you’ve looked at our Instagram feed, you know that she’s a pretty chill pup who likes to sleep a lot and make funny faces when doing so.

We’ve both grown attached to her very  quickly, but taking care of a puppy has required way more time, attention and care than we both anticipated. Consequently, my brain has constantly been in doggy-mode for the past three weeks. Therefore, I thought it fitting that today’s Double U’s have a canine connection.

Whether you’re a dog owner or not, I hope you enjoy. 

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1. How to Crate Train Your Dog. (humanesociety.org)

2. The Classic Dog Bed – we had to get an Extra-Large! (llbean.com)

3. I hope my future children get this much joy from being around Maisie. (youtube.com)

4. Brightly colored collars for the fashionable pooch. (shopmimigreen.com)

5. A dog’s best friend – can you guess what it’s made of?! (amazon.com)

6. Tyler cannot wait for the day when he can strap this hiking pack on Maisie. (ruffwear.com)

7. Winning combinations for stuffing your KONG. I need to use ours more! (kongcompany.com)