|Elevation Gain||2,604 feet|
I just finished getting my troublesome ATV repaired and it is now running better than my other one. So I talked everyone into getting out and up to Jenny Lake for a picnic. Kim got the girls brand new helmets which made everyone feel safer. I normally don’t like riding with kids — but this is just a big dirt road to the lake. Some 15 MPH putting all the way there. Takes about 45 minutes to get there on the ATVs from the parking lot. I know the road like the back of my hand at this point.
We laid out our picnic blanket at the lake which is at 12,000 feet and ate the lunch that Kim prepared for us. The kids were in heaven. All their favorite foods and a big lake to play near. I really really wanted to take a nap there. Would have been perfect. The girls ran up and down the lake along a small path. Some fictional creatures seemed to be chasing them.
After a few photos, we packed up and were going to head up higher on the road but then in the distance we saw lightening and nasty clouds coming in. So we decided to head back down to the car. It was a long ride back anyway. We made one stop at this big cave along the way to see if anything was in there.
Upon resuming our ride, the rains came. We made a few adjustments including putting on rain ponchos but it was too late. We had already gotten wet enough. Some combination of the ride and the rain put Reagan to sleep while she was riding with Kim. Talk about dead weight! We finally made it back to the truck safe and sound.
Just as we were leaving, a big train came along the tracks right next to us. The girls jumped up on the trailer and gave the engineer the sign and he blew the whistle for them. They thought that was a cool ending!
The round trip measured at just over 22 miles. I am thinking this would be a good road for ultra training next summer. There are a few more miles after the lake that I didn’t hit.