Waking up at 5am wasn’t easy, but that’s what you have to do to take pictures of the sunrise over the Tetons with the SmugMug crew. So worth it! I loved getting out there in the dark, cold morning and watch everyone pick their places and set up their cameras. Lots of neon green Smuggie faces everywhere! Around 7:00am, the sun began to light up the trees around the Tetons. We took our last few photos and headed to McDonalds for a quick snack.
When we got back, we found this cool blue and black bird chilling out by the condos. We picked up the Go Pro (video camera) for our ATV trip later that day, and headed back to our condo to get ready for the ATV trip. We brought our quads and trailer down to the ATV rental place to get our quads onto their trailers and drop off out camper/trailer so we can drive everything back later. We made sure everything was all set for our trip and headed back to the lodge to pick up the riders! We had 11 quads (2 were ours, 9 rented-1 side-by-side), 13 people (2 kids, 11 adults)! What a crew.
It took forever to sign the paperwork and go over all their safety stuff, but once we did, we were ready to hit the trails. We looked so awesome as we towed all the gear the 30 min to the trail head. We headed back to the trail we already explored on Monday…by Slide Lake. We spoke to each rider, making sure they had maps, water, and for the most part knew what they were doing. I led the pack up the windy dirt road. I decided to take the faster crew in the front, and Zac stayed with/behind the beginners. We stopped occasionally to catch up to each other and make sure everyone was okay.
Within the first 30 min, we had our first flip. One of the riders took a turn before a bridge too fast. I guess he was trying to keep up with me, but wasn’t quite ready to go that fast. Luckily he was fine..just a few scrapes, but the bike had over $1,000 in damage. YIKES!
The rest of the ride up to the top of the mountain went great. The views of the valley and the forest fires that occurred there years before were overwhelming. We ate lunch at the top, gave a little safety speech on how to get down the mountain, and headed off. I couldn’t believe how fast everyone was flying down the mountain. I had Trevor on my bike and I wanted to take pictures, so I was riding slower toward the back of the crew.
We made it almost down the entire mountain when I saw one of our riders waving to slow me down around a blind corner. Apparently two crashes had occurred in front of me. First, one person had took the turn too fast and went flying deep into the woods and flipped, and then another rider stopped in the middle of the road around the blind corner causing another rider to have to slam on her breaks. She went skidding to the side of the trail and flipped the quad onto her leg.
Luckily all accidents turned out with minor injuries. Luckily I had a winch on my quad and was able to pull the quad that went into the woods out. What a crazy and intense experience that was. Such a fun day! We did a total of 50 miles in about 3 hours. We washed up and headed out to another nice company dinner.