Thursday, July 17, 2008

June 29 Grand Teton Backcountry - Leigh Lake

We leave the hotel with a good breakfast, all packed to backpack in Grand Teton National Park. Our destination is the group site on Leigh Lake. It’s about a 3 mile hike in from String Lake trailhead. One group is going to canoe and one is going to hike. We pick up the canoes and drive to String Lake our put in site. The trout are visible, but smart! We pack the canoes, have lunch, and begin the hike/canoe trip. The younger ones are going slower, so I leave with the older two. We make better time, but we don’t know where we are going. We hike and see many good campsites on Leigh Lake – they just aren’t the ones we need! Meanwhile the other groups have joined at the campsite. Realizing that we are not with them, they send our the park rangers to look for “missing” hikers. We weren’t lost, we just didn’t know we were on the wrong side of the lake. We finally find someone with a map, see our site and head that way. By the time, we find the campsite, one group is canoeing the lake to find us, another is hiking the trails…. Eventually we get settled in and the view is amazing! However, there are millions of very large mosquitoes eating us for lunch/dinner/etc. Bugspray only works for a short time. We have dinner and enjoy a great campfire.

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