It had been over ten years since I last hiked Table Rock. The last time was the year before Todd and I got married. Emily Thuernagle and I went up to girls camp, stayed the night and hiked with Jake and all the girls. It was due time I did it again. And Todd had never done it! We backpacked in to Alaska Basin about four years ago and saw the Tetons from the Wall, but when we moved from Idaho there was a pit in my stomach knowing he never got to hike Table Rock.
We were doing it! Bears or no bears, we were hiking!
After the very strenuous face, and through the meadows (where Trent informed us of perfect bear territory, even "bear honeymoon" territory), and arriving at the first of the snow, we could spot the tops of the Tetons.
Then, the destination, Table Rock...or Table Mountain. Whatever.
We made it! Of course we did, but that is hard work. 4,100 feet in three hours.
|Rich, Brad, Trent, Morgan, Todd, Valerie, Jared, Adri|
A beautiful view, and what we thought was our final destination until another hiker asked if we were going all the way. Huh? We didn't know there was anywhere else to go.
He highly recommended that we climb down the other side of Table Mountain and cross the snow to "Inspiration Point". He assured us that it would be well worth our time.
Okey Dokey. Inspiration Point.
It was a better view, and those of you who have been to Table Rock probably think the view can't get much better. It can. Inspiration point provides a view of the Tetons from top to bottom. Right down to the river that runs through the bottom of the canyon.
Apparently Brad and Todd found it the most inspiring.
|Hiking back from Inspiration Point. Toward Table Rock.|
Hiking down the face was pretty hard. My shins have bruises to prove it. Steep. Very steep. Now I know why everyone always takes Huckleberry.
Soaking in the creek.
Huckleberry shakes and ice cream in Driggs.