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Grand Teton National Park Favorites: 23 reviews and 27 photos
Fondest memory: The first day was a tough climb. It sure was easier without a pack as I remembered it. Of course, it had been 14 years since I did it and that unfortunately meant I was 14 years older too. In fact, it was my 50th summer and I was very happy how the old knees had held up over this long summer of hiking.
The climb over Paintbrush Divide the next morning was breathtaking. Not only in scenery but also with the wind whipping. That's how it tends to be at 11,000 feet and we quickly descended to Lake Solitude. This long day hike is never truly crowded but having it to yourself is not all that common either. We did just that for a good hour before tearing ourselves away from this alpine jewel. That was the advantage of backpacking, to be in places before anyone else could get there and we loved it, basking in the serenity of nature.
We had a short walk from there to our camp that night and that was where I was standing now, looking at a wife that had made her husband's summer the best of his now half-century life. I was sure glad she was my wife, even if she said she didn't want to go back to Lake Solitude, preferring to remain in the tent. I went back up alone and despite the appropriateness of being alone at Lake Solitude, it was not nearly as nice and once the first day hikers arrived I knew it really was time to head back to my honey. There was room in that tent for two.
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