The Grand Teton National Park
The Grand Tetons
Land Acknowledgement: This is the land of the Eastern Shoshone, Shoshone-Bannock and Tséstho’e (Cheyenne) people. They were stewards of this land from time immemorial. Click the links above to learn more about these native people.
Ahhh the Tetons. Always so spectacular and this visit was no different. We lucked out with some amazing weather and some great animal sightings too!
With a longer drive to Victor, ID from Bozeman we we ended up getting into our wonderful AirBnB rather late, but one look at our cute spot and we decided to forgo our camping spots in the park and stay two more nights there (and after later seeing our campsite, I'd say we did the right thing). We enjoy camping, but a night's sleep on an actual bed is priceless.
The next day we got to tour one of Kyle's houses he finished a few years ago. It was pretty special to show the kids around too. We often get to see his projects in the design and building phase, but not so much once they're complete, so this was a treat! The rest of the afternoon, we spent with another client currently designing a house with Kyle. They showed us a great outdoor sculptor who uses plants as his medium, Patrick Dougherty, who had just done a piece called, Finders Keepers, down the road from their house. The kids loved running through and playing hide and seek between the "houses." It really just invited you in and and made you feel like a kid as you wandered through them. Very cool! The piece will stay up all year so it will be interesting to see how it changes over time and seasons.
We ended up ordering pizza on the way home and collapsed into bed once we were done.
Our next day was dedicated to Teton National Park, but - whew! - being Labor Day weekend it was BUSY, but still gorgeous. We continued to listen to GyPSy and learn all about the history, geology, and info about animals while we drove around enjoying the amazing vistas. We even encountered another black bear and her cub about 10 feet from our car and saw another bear run across a field. After taking an unmarked road recommended by GyPSy we came to a slow section of the river and got to see a beaver swimming with willow branches in their mouth off to their home. So neat!
Labor Day was spent doing work and school (not sure the kids even knew it was Labor Day) and then an afternoon of exploring Jackson, WY. There were fun stores (toys and candy for the kids), but it was hot and we were hangry, so after playing in the park for a bit we decided to hit the grocery store for some taco fixings and head back to our AirBnB.
Our final day at the Tetons started with a morning of packing and work calls. Once we were out of the AirBnB we decided to head through and hit a few spots we had missed in the park earlier. The crowds were MUCH lighter this time around and we were able to see just about everything we wanted to, including two moose and other bear! After a last stop at the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve for the kids to get their Junior Ranger Badges we were on our way to Yellowstone National Park.