So what's an itinerary without the pictures? I hope this helps you get a sense of where we went.
Waiting for the tram.
View on the way up to Rendezvous Mountain.
Heading down (away from the tram) toward the trail.
Follow the trail markers leading you toward Marion Lake.
More signage - YES!
It's hard to see, but there are tiny flecks of snow falling.
The hike to Marion Lake was stunning.
Have you had enough? Wait. It gets better.
It was probably in the teens at this point with the wind picking up a bit. We met a ranger (who was off duty) and had dinner with her by the lake.
The view was simply stunning.
Boiling water for dinner. This was a windshield I made with an aluminum pan that I cut up. This design didn't work so well, so I changed it up the next day to create more room.
Sun rising, warmth creeping in. (We pooped near this spot. Hehe.)
Marion Lake has a few campsites and I believe most, if not all, had designated space. The reason why these exist is so that we don't cause more damage to an area by having hundreds of people sleep wherever they want.
On Day 2, we hiked up and out of Marion Lake area. I looked back and took this photo.
Looking forward, away from Marion Lake.
On Day 2, we got our first glimpse of Grand Teton. I couldn't believe I was seeing it, and it took about half the day for it to sink in that we were headed towards it.
Ah yes, some easy sections on the way up to Death Canyon Shelf.
I love seeing the trail curve around in the wilderness.
Time to veer left and start climbing up to Death Canyon Shelf.
YES! Stopping and breathing it all in. Wow.
Looking out into this canyon was spectacular.
We got up to the top of that climb and then started downhill toward Sunset Lake, pictured here. On the left is a grove of trees. There are campgrounds located there.
On Day 2, we covered a lot of distance. Where it's shaded, far off in the distance, is one marker of where came from. Here, Mary is hiking yet another ascent.
We bypassed Sunset Lake and headed up up up. It was about a 1000' climb up to Hurricane Pass in a mile or mile and a half.
We are itty bitty in the wilderness.
Looking back at Sunset Lake from the trail.
Once you get to the top, it looks like the climb is over, but it's not. It's certainly not as steep, but it keeps going.
Looking out into the valley, the light called out to me.
We had to set up camp because it was starting to get late, so after we did, I got some sunset shots of the backside of the Tetons.
The last little bits of light, gracing the tips of the Tetons.
It was unbearably cold while I tried to get a clear shot of the milky way behind our tents. My hands were frozen so all my shots came out a bit blurry. I'd say, not bad for frozen hands and no tripod.
I woke up as early as possible to watch the sunrise. Geez maneez!
Light cresting over a mountain is one of the most amazing gifts in life. It's bursting with hope.
Last look before starting Day 3. It's a lot of downhill from this point.
Inviting isn't it?
Oh, and there was a beautiful glacier and glacier lake right below us.
I looked back and saw this gorgeous light coming through. I gasped.
This is a picture of Solitude Lake, and it is spectacular! Many people day hike up to this lake, so it's fairly populated, but still worth every moment we spent here. The wind was gusty this afternoon, so it made for a fairly chilly stop. From here, the climb gets crazy intense up to Paintbrush Divide.
From Paintbrush Divide, we hiked down some precarious shaley rocks, snow, and more trail to get to Holly Lake.
On Day 4, we left Holly Lake and headed down to Leigh Lake. This was the view just a bit lower than Holly Lake.
White sandy beaches exist in Grand Teton National Park, except the water is glacial cold!
SECRET CAMPSITE: Our site #13 was private with no one around. There are two designated campsites with a firepit. If you can get to it, stay there.
I went for a little walk around our area and the light called out to me.
Yup. I recommend this site 100%.
Leigh Lake campground #13 goodness.
Sunset view at our campsite.
Sunrise view at campground #13.
Oh, just another sunrise photo.
After the sun rose over the mountains, these smooth colors relaxed into its space.
Crossing the bridge, me and my husband. And yes, I'm sporting Crocs.