Grand Teton National Park Recap

Posted June 24, 2015 in travel, Grand Teton National Park, healthy living, healthy eating, hiking, mountains, Wyoming, healthy travel, camping, mountains

I've decided to recap my Yellowstone camping adventures in four installments - Yellowstone Half-Marathon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and South Dakota. Hopefully this will be an organized way to tell you about my trip. I may even space out my posts so you don't get travel post overload.

For a little context, I traveled with the BF, and his sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, met us in Yellowstone for a fun family vacation.

After the half-marathon on Saturday, June 13, we left West Yellowstone to head toward the Grand Tetons. When I started planning this trip, the half-marathon wasn't part of the plan. It probably would have made more sense to go to Yellowstone from West Yellowstone, Montana, then stay in the Grand Tetons. But you live and you learn.

We drove through Idaho to get to the Grand Tetons, and it was an absolutely beautiful drive. It made the three hour trip worth it. I had never been to Idaho before, and I was pretty impressed by how lovely it was.

We stayed in the Snake River Cabins, a KOA campsite located south of Grand Teton National Park. The cabins were super cute, and located right along the river. Our cabin slept six, but was pretty small.

We spent our first evening at our campsite exploring the river, relaxing on the patio reading chick lit (me) and getting settled in our cabin.

And making s'mores over our fire pit.

Sunday, June 14

We used my pre-made oatmeal packs for breakfast. I misjudged the amount of sweetener needed, so we had to dig through our food box for brown sugar.

After breakfast, I took my coffee outside to sit and listen to the river. It was so peaceful.

I also took a walk by the river. The perfect way to start a day!

We all got ready for the day, and headed toward Grand Teton National Park. Along the way, we had to stop for photos.

Those mountains are just so beautiful.

We decided to take a boat shuttle ($15/person) across Jenny Lake and hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

We didn't really know what we were getting into, but the hike to Inpsiration Point ended up being pretty long and challenging. However, it was absolutely beautiful the entire way up. Online, it says the hike is 2.2 miles round trip and is rated easy. Maybe I was just huffing and puffing because of the altitude or something.

And the view was so worth it.

We ate lunch at Inspiration Point - turkey sandwiches and Sun Chips.

We started our hike in the morning and there weren't tons of people on the trail. But as we were headed back down, there were lots of people. This is one of the most popular trails in the Grand Tetons, so I would suggest going early (but not too early or the sun will be rising over Jenny Lake and you will have trouble getting great photos).

After hiking back down and taking the boat back to the dock, we were all a bit exhausted. We decided to take the aerial tram to Rendezvous Mountain from the Jackson Hole Resort. The tram was recommended by some friends, so we decided to check it out.

It was a bit expensive - $32 a person if you bought tickets online for a $5 discount. You take a 15-minute tram ride 4,139 feet from the base of Teton Village to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. The view at the top of the mountain was pretty incredible. You can see the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the Gros Ventre Range. We were 10,400 feet above sea level!

And they had waffles at the top.

Have I ever mentioned that waffles are my favorite food? I got the Nutella stuffed waffle, and it was delicious.

I didn't think the tram ride was worth $64 for the BF and I. I guess I thought there would be more to do at the top. We could have hiked a few short trails, but we were all hiked out from our earlier hike. I think the boys really liked that there was snow at the top. They made snow balls and threw them at each other.

We spent the rest of the day walking around downtown Jackson, Wyo., which was about 20 minutes from our cabin. There are some cute shops in the downtown area, and there's a little park with these antler arches on each corner.

For dinner, we had chicken and vegetable kabobs....and s'mores, of course.

Monday, June 15

For breakfast, Betsy made Trader Joe's Banana Caramel Pancakes. I topped mine with banana slices, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I'm definitely picking up that pancake mix next time I'm at TJ's. Yum!

We loaded up our cars, and checked out of our cabins to head to Yellowstone. But we had to stop once more to photograph the Grand Tetons.

And to photograph some bison in a field.

The BF and his nephews.

The bison eventually started to cross the highway. FYI that child is way too close to that bison. We learned that bison can run up to 35 miles per hour and can get aggressive when people get to close to them.

It took us about three hours to get to our campsite in Yellowstone - mostly because you can only drive 45-miles per hour through the parks. And we stopped just one more time to get a shot of those beautiful mountains.

We only spent one whole day exploring the Grand Tetons, but I would love to go back and spend more time there. We had thought about doing a Snake River Float, but it didn't fit into our schedule.

I'll share more about our time in Yellowstone in another post!

Have you ever been to the Grand Tetons? What did you do there?

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