Friday, October 17, 2014

PCS'ing part 3: The Grand Tetons

Let me start this off with a small taste of The Grand Tetons....

This picture does not do it justice. The flat sprawling valley and then out of nowhere the enormous peaks. This was the one place I knew very little about before we arrived. Matt insisted that we not only drive through the park and see the Tetons, but that we stay for a few days and soak it all up. I am so glad we did. It was my absolute favorite spot of the trip. I cannot even begin to describe this place. You need to see it in person to truly appreciate its beauty. And it is right next to Yellowstone, so you can see both places during the same trip. Have you started planning your trip yet? No, ok well then take a look at these photos and maybe you will change your mind. 

Wyoming, the forever west

the largest antler arch in the tiniest little town. 
We drove all day through the beautiful, cell reception free, state of Wyoming. Seriously would love to live in this state. Beautiful. Green. Remote. Ok well now that I think of that remote part again, maybe I would choose to live in one of the bigger Jackson Hole. And perhaps I would even run into Harrison Ford while out and about buying groceries. It was the cutest little touristy town, dog friendly, and great food. We ate at Cafe Genevieve in the middle of the downtown area.

stopped for dinner before heading into the park

passed out from all the excitement
After dinner we drove into the park, only to be stopped while the bison crossed the road. How perfect is that? What a welcome to the Grand Tetons!! 

a momma and her baby
There were many places to stay at the Tetons, but only a few that were dog friendly and had space available during the holiday weekend. We stayed at the Colter Bay Cabins. They were very cute and pretty rustic. Original cabins that had been updated to include modern a bathroom. They were perfectly nice and we enjoyed our stay, but if we went back I would want to either stay at the Teton Lodge (amazing views!) or in an RV.

On our first full day we went on a great little hike around Jenny Lake. On our way there we just had to stop for some pictures. 

right after this was taken we were told a bear was spotted in the area. and no we did not have bear spray. 

Charlotte wanted to jump in!

obligatory waterfall pic

at the very top! great view!

over looking the lake

After our hike we went to Teton Lodge and had some drinks while a little rain storm passed. Then it was off to dinner, just a local spot on site, nothing too impressive. After dinner we went for a walk around the campsite. It was perfect outside. 

Where we found Harley upon our return. Apparently he was missing his Mommy. :)

Our second day there was the 4th of July. Matt had set up a breakfast cruise, so we were up super early and on the boat by 7am. I had assumed it would be breakfast on the boat, like in San Diego, where you cruise the harbor and check out the sites. This was a short boat ride with a little tour and then we stopped at a remote island and had breakfast looking at the beautiful Tetons. It was the most amazing breakfast (especially the pancakes) I have ever had. And it even came with "cowboy coffee", cooked over the campfire. It was strong!! After being up and deprived of coffee for a few hours it hit the spot :).
Happy 4th of July

can i have breakfast out here everyday please?!

mmmm....the most amazing pancakes in the world!!

breakfast with a view. the mountains. a view of the mountains. Matt isn't so bad to look at either.

our girl 

family shot with the Tetons!

her thoughts on having to go back to the cabin 
After our breakfast we drove to the Jackson Hole ski area where they had a tram you could take to the top of the mountain. What a view! I would never be able to ski down from this spot. Black diamonds and double blacks only. Talk about steep!

on top of the world!
For dinner we went to a local BBQ where they had music and crafts for the kids. Charlotte was more interested in the pony rides. Although it looks like something might be missing...
riding horses with daddy!
We also did a little swimming in the pool before taking one more family photo in front of the Tetons. This is the view from the Grand Teton lodge!

the most amazing panoramic shot

Seeing these pictures again and writing this blog post is making me wish I could go back in time and re live this trip all over again. Or at the least jump on a plane and fly out to Wyoming to spend a few weeks enjoying this beautiful country we call home. I hope we can make it back there again someday.....sooner rather than later.

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