I love how traveling puts things in perspective for me and also reminds of all the things I love.
An easy 5 hour drive put me in Driggs, ID. Our base camp for the next 5 nights. Driggs is a small town in the Teton Valley full of western charm and unparalleled scenery. Outdoor recreation abounds, no matter your sport or season.
We were focused on hiking this trip. We started with a warm-up hike at Grand Targee Resort we finished with an apres beer at the base area. Our featured hike on Saturday, was Table Mountain, accessed through Teton Canyon (there were all levels of trails in the canyon). We took an easy stroll along Teton Creek via the Sheep Bridge Trail on Sunday. Monday ended up being a wash-out but we had planned on hiking the Darby Canyon Wind Cave .
We hiked Table Mountain via the Huckleberry Trail on a Saturday. I knew that it was a heavily used trail but I was still surprised by the number of hikers. I was shocked by the number of people who must have gone up the Face trail (4,000 feet elevation gain in 4 miles) wearing tennis shoes and not seeming like they had any back-up if something went wrong.
The Huckleberry Trail had everything. Trees, moose, rocks (lots of rocks), creek, switchbacks, wildflowers and steeps. We logged 17.3 miles on what should have been about 15 miles max. I’m not sure where we gained the extra mileage. I thought the hike was the real deal, as in I should be prepared with the proper gear (including bear spray). Hikers who got out earlier then we did, did encounter bears and did need to use their bear spray.
I’m not going to lie, we were sore on Sunday. We wanted and needed to get out and move. We found a near-by easy option and logged 4.4 easy, scenic miles along Teton Creek.
We were bummed that we couldn’t get out on Monday for the Wind Cave hike but neither one of us were up for being drenched or dodging lightning.
Tasty Dining Options
We cooked for ourselves at our VRBO but there was plenty of good eats in Driggs!
I wish I had been hungrier when we ate at Forage Bistro & Lounge because it was that good. I only had room for an appetizer. I did take home a piece of their lemon cake for later and it did not disappoint.
We drove out to Grand Teton Brewing in Victor Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed their Ale208 while Karen tested out a few of their hoppier varieties. We sat outside in their “yard” taking in the view and the locals. A snack from the food truck was top notch – so sorry I can’t remember their name!
Teton Thai, hit the mark for both of us. Karen had a bison pho and I had a vegetarian green curry dish.
Monday morning dawned rainy and stormy. I started my day with a walk into town for a cappuccino and avocado toast at Rise Coffee House. The forecast for the rest of Monday was stormy. So, we settled for a walk into town to check out the local shops and to grab some pizza at O’Rourkes Sports Bar and Grill
If hiking is not your sole passion, there is an abundance of outdoor recreation in this area! There are any number of mountain bike trails, fly-fishing, scenic drives and of course the area is known for their powder in the winter. Also, within striking distance is Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.