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The complete Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail goes from the MoPac Expwy on the West to Pleasant Valley Road on the East.  At the MoPac there is a pedestrian bridge under the car bridge.  At Pleasant Valley Road you walk on sidewalk along the edge of the road.  We did not walk the complete loop.  We have walked the Congress Street Bridge to the MoPac loop many times as it is an official Volksmarching Event.  Today we went the other way for the first time from the Congress Street Bridge to Pleasant Valley Road.  About a fourth of the distance is on a boardwalk.

Bat Sculpture at end of Congress Street Bridge.

Bat Sculpture at end of Congress Street Bridge.

Entrance to the boardwalk section of the trail.

Entrance to the boardwalk section of the trail.

Duck feeding in the shallow water.

Duck feeding in the shallow water.

Austin skyline from the boardwalk.

Austin skyline from the boardwalk.

Fewer people on this end of the trail.

Fewer people on this end of the trail.

One of the entrances to the boardwalk.

One of the entrances to the boardwalk.

One of the 36 bronze belts decorating the boardwalk.

One of the 36 bronze belts decorating the boardwalk.

These belts are by artist Ken Little.

These belts are by artist Ken Little.

View under I-35.

View under I-35.

Looking ahead at boardwalk past I-35.

Looking ahead at boardwalk past I-35.

One of several turtles we spotted.

One of several turtles we spotted.

Pretty flower along the riverbank.

Pretty flower along the riverbank.

I think this is a Heron.

I think this is a Heron.

Yeah, nice bathrooms along the trail.

Yeah, nice bathrooms along the trail.

Nicely done graffiti on the powerline base.

Nicely done graffiti on the powerline base.

Looking across the river at the trail we will be walking.

Looking across the river at the trail we will be walking.

One of the artists featured along the trail.

One of the artists featured along the trail.

Nice place to rest in the shade and catch the breeze off the water.

Nice place to rest in the shade and catch the breeze off the water.

More pretty plants along the riverbank.

More pretty plants along the riverbank.

Another nice graffiti.

Another nice graffiti.

Mural on power plant wall.

Mural on power plant wall.

Nice arch with metal cactus adornment.

Nice arch with metal cactus adornment.

Another bridge.

Another bridge.

Another music artist featured.

Another music artist featured.

Pretty swan.

Pretty swan.

Another bridge.

Another bridge.

More music artists.

More music artists.

Swan boat in front on Congress Street Bridge.

Swan boat in front on Congress Street Bridge.

Swan boat looking down from the bridge.

Swan boat looking down from the bridge.

This is a seasonal Volksmarch that starts in July.  The official title is “Bradley and Taggart Lakes” and it is hosted by the Four-Plus Foolhardy Folks.  We climbed to Inspiration Point at Jenny Lake yesterday and we were tired.  We only did Taggart Lake.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Easy start through the woods.

Easy start through the woods.

Another rushing stream.

Another rushing stream.

What a current.

What a current.

Another view of the whitewater.

Another view of the whitewater.

Pretty yellow flowers again.

Pretty yellow flowers again.

Trail turns into a stream.

Trail turns into a stream.

Crossing the stream again.

Crossing the stream again.

White blooms on bushes.

White blooms on bushes.

Just a view of the hillside.

Just a view of the hillside.

This is a great easy trail.

This is a great easy trail.

Walking along the stream.

Walking along the stream.

Trail turns rocky.

Trail turns rocky.

Lovely Tetons!

Lovely Tetons!

Trail markers.

Trail markers.

A little further up the trail.

A little further up the trail.

This was a nice section of woods.

This was a nice section of woods.

A moose posed for us.

A moose posed for us.

She has a baby by her side.

She has a baby by her side.

We made it to Taggart Lake.

We made it to Taggart Lake.

View of the Lake.

View of the Lake.

Mountain reflections.

Mountain reflections.

A little further along the lake shore.

A little further along the lake shore.

The moose was still there as we headed back.

The moose was still there as we headed back.

Looking back at the trail split.

Looking back at the trail split.

Rocky trail.

Rocky trail.

Partridge?

Partridge?

We're almost back to the trail head.

We’re almost back to the trail head.

We left Yellowstone National Park behind and entered Grand Teton National Park.

Entering the Teton's

Entering the Teton’s

The drive to Jenny Lake was wonderful.

Beautiful view.

Beautiful view.

Today will be our most adventurous hike.  We started at Jenny Lake visitor’s center and hiked around the lake.

Jenny Lake Visitor's Center

Jenny Lake Visitor’s Center

That's where we are headed.

That’s where we are headed.

I really liked these yellow flowers.

I really liked these yellow flowers.

Starting out at Lake Level

Starting out at Lake Level

The trail along the lake’s edge was closed for repairs so we had to take the higher horse trail.

View of the Jenny Lake

View of the Jenny Lake

Starting to climb

Starting to climb

Looking down on the lake.

Looking down on the lake.

Mountain reflection

Mountain reflection

View of the trail

View of the trail

Looking up the mountain.

Looking up the mountain.

Another view of the trail.

Another view of the trail.

Pretty white boulder growing lichen.

Pretty white boulder growing lichen.

Lake barely visible through the trees.

Lake barely visible through the trees.

Moss growing on the trees.

Moss growing on the trees.

Lake is getting further down.

Lake is getting further down.

Snow on the trail.

Snow on the trail.

Another patch of snow.

Another patch of snow.

A section of level trail.

A section of level trail.

A boulder makes a great place to rest.

A boulder makes a great place to rest.

Trail along the edge of the mountain.

Trail along the edge of the mountain.

Another view to show how high we've climbed.

Another view to show how high we’ve climbed.

Trail over a rock slide.

Trail over a rock slide.

Can you believe this is a horse trail?

Can you believe this is a horse trail?

Curving back into the mountain.

Curving back into the mountain.

Mountain we will eventually climb is ahead of us.

Mountain we will eventually climb is ahead of us.

Trail picture.

Trail picture.

Trail Picture.

Trail Picture.

Trail picture.

Trail picture.

Mountain view.

Mountain view.

We stopped at this overlook to rest.

We stopped at this overlook to rest.

Trail across the snow.

Trail across the snow.

Side view of another patch of snow we crossed.

Side view of another patch of snow we crossed.

We crossed the creek and started the final ascent up to Inspiration Point.

The creek.

The creek.

Bridge over the creek.

Bridge over the creek.

Another bridge, no rail on this one.

Another bridge, no rail on this one.

Fast and turbulent water.

Fast and turbulent water.

From bridge we ascended another 300 feet to Inspiration point.

From bridge we ascended another 300 feet to Inspiration point.

Looking down on the bridge.

Looking down on the bridge.

Looking across at another mountain.

Looking across at another mountain.

Can you see the hikers ahead of us on the switchback?

Can you see the hikers ahead of us on the switchback?

Looking down at the lake.

Looking down at the lake.

Looking down on the creek.

Looking down on the creek.

Pika - found only in cold climates.

Pika – found only in cold climates.

We made our way down the mountain and visited the Hidden Falls before following the creek down to the boat dock where we caught a ride back to the Visitor’s Center.

After climbing back down from Inspiration point we viewed Hidden Falls

After climbing back down from Inspiration point we viewed Hidden Falls

Another shot of Hidden Falls.

Another shot of Hidden Falls.

We followed the stream down to the lake.

We followed the stream down to the lake.

Another shot

Another shot

Still following the stream.

Still following the stream.

Whitewater in the stream.

Whitewater in the stream.

Last view of the stream.

Last view of the stream.

Boarding the boat for the trip back to visitor's center.

Boarding the boat for the trip back to visitor’s center.

Looking back at where we'd climbed to.

Looking back at where we’d climbed to.

View of the boat after we got off.

View of the boat after we got off.

Cute exit sign.

Cute exit sign.

 

 

 

 

There is an overlook way up the side of the mountain for viewing Old Faithful, so we headed that way.

We went to the Solitary Geyser first.

We went to the Solitary Geyser first.

We went to Solitary Geyser by accident, we missed this turn.  LOL.

The climb up the side of the mountain after walking around all day was a challenge.

This was our last viewing of Old Faithful going off.  We headed south into the Tetons in the morning.

Going down was a lot more fun.

In the same geyser basin as Old Faithful there are many others you can walk to see.  We continued our adventures by checking out the boardwalk leading away from Old Faithful.

On our way back to Old Faithful we saw another interesting turn out so we stopped to check it out also.

We could see the boardwalk and people on it from the Fairy Falls trail so we wanted to see what we were missing.  So after we finished our walk we headed over to check it out.

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