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Sunday, July 12, 2015

7-15 KAYAK Jenny Lake

Kayak Jenny Lake                                                              6 miles                              623 Total

The day started to clear up, so we decided to go for a hike around Jenny Lake.  The skies broke and we saw some blue, that and we found the boat launch - so we hurried to get our kayaks on the lake.  Our original plan was to paddle across and hike up at the other side.  We were enjoying the paddle so much, we de died to paddle all around the lake.  The hiking trails around the lake equaled 6.8 miles.  We paddled close to shore and in some of the little inlets so we guessed that we did about 6 miles.   It took us 2 hours and 15 minutes.  The shore was beautiful, of course and the water was crystal clear near the shore.  The middle of the lake was dark as it goes down 250 feet.The paddling was easy going across as the wind and waves were with us.  Every time the shuttle boat went across the lake (which was often) we had waves to paddle over making the ride even more fun. On the Teton side, we saw a waterfall and found where the water entered the lake, it was freezing.  We paddled past the stream from String Lake coming I to Jenny Lake.  Jenny Lake is 100 feet lower than String Lake.  We saw many people on the trails around the lake and realized that once again people were waving at us and taking our picture!

We saw a female deer grazing on the grass near the water and attempted to get her picture.

The skies started to get cloudy and we heard thunder.  For the last 20 minutes, we paddled much harder.  Just as we got on shore, we felt some raindrops.  We quickly got the kayaks loaded and then the hail started coming down.  All we could do was laugh as we were able to get in a 2 hour paddle even though the forecast had been pretty grim.

We got back to out campsite and made dinner under the tarp.  We had mashed potatoes and chicken eating it put of the pot under our tarp and the rain and hail continued to fall!
It doesn't look like it in these pictures, but the rain was
coming down in buckets.

We heated up chicken and mashed potatoes in one pot and ate it under our tarp.
Such a great camp night.  The water was forming puddles in front
of our tent.  We didn't see anybody else outside of their tents - they all
must have been inside - smart campers!

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