A little about myself.
I am an IT technician, participate in many projects, some HTML work, and reading a lot. I also contribute articles to IT magazines about Open Source Software as a core member of Japan Apache Users Group. I've been in computer related fields from 1978. starting in college, nuclear physics major, I had to take a class in FORTRAN and that was it, I was hooked on the machines. I started working first as an application programmar at a system development
company. Then moved on to a system integration company, and specializing in data communication, small & mid size systems. I run a small intranet at home, a router, Windows Servers, Windows Desktops and CentOS Linux . The Linux runs DNS, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and POP3 making it nice for software testing and development.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Grand Teton National Park

I  flying into Salt Lake City, Utah from Tokyo by way of Los Angeles, and renting a car. First I took a trip north, then east  and I got Driggs in Idaho. Driggs is very small town in Teton Valley close to  Idaho-Wyoming border . Almost all travellers stay in  Jackson in Wyoming, located in the south end of the Park. I need more 30 minutes to get there from Driggs, but Driggs is very quiet and hotel is cheaper.

Cascade Canyon and Lake Solitude
In my opinion, this is the best time I have ever had hiking. All of the hikes through Cascade Canyon (near Jenny Lake) are amazing, and the hike to Lake Solitude was really long and tough. Although the iced and snow covered lake in front of me was really beautiful and breathtaking. That was absolutely well worth the effort.

Signal Mountain
Signal Mountain Road to the top of Signal Mountain is particularly recommended. While here, head up to the summit by following a five-mile drive starting one mile south of Signal Mountain Lodge and Campground. The road winds to the top of Signal Mountain, 800 feet above the valley. Summit overlooks provide a panoramic view of the entire Teton Range, Jackson Lake, and most of Jackson Hole.

Death Canyon and Phelps Lake
The trail was initially very nice and paved, and began to rise slightly. At the top of the rise, you get a spectacular Phelps Lake below you, crystalline, and simply beautiful. Cutting through Death Canyon is a very rapid whitewater creek, coming down from the very flanks of the mountain and fed by glacier. Then the trail passes through woodland and meadows towards the upper end.

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