9.30.2012

Ah Wyoming

For our 5 year anniversary, John and I left the kiddos with the grandparents and headed to Jackson, WY. Neither of us had been there before and it didn't disappoint!! First of all, the temperatures were amazing - lows in the 30s and highs in the 60s/70s. Coming from the 90 degree weather in Frisco, this was fabulous! Secondly, everyone we met was so friendly. Everyone lives life at a slower pace - I could get used to mountain time!
 
John and I stayed in a condo for the first half of the trip then moved to a resort for the second half. It was fun to be able to cook meals (without 4 kids crying or running around or asking for snacks) and just relax. The condo had a reading nook and when we weren't out hiking, I lived in my nook. I finished several books while we were there - something I haven't had time to do in forever!
 


That little speck on the picture is John. We had the incredible experience of hang gliding. The picture above is the mountain that we got to hang glide over. Although I was terrified when John told me what we were doing, it ended up being an awesome experience!




Forever West baby!


This is Teton Pass overlooking the valley where the cities of Wilson and Jackson are.


John playing in Snake River



Grand Teton!

Jenny Lake - one of the most gorgeous views. Ever.


Hidden Falls


There are an amazing amount of chipmunks in the area. And they aren't shy!


Cascade Canyon...


Oh you know - just hanging with Mama Moose.


And Mr. Moose.

Glaciers - so cool

Inspiration Point - This overlooks Jenny Lake.



When we got back to our condo, our pal Morty was hanging out about 10 feet from our door.


We ended up way off trail (I had our bear spray ready!) and we ran across these little guys - otters!


Sleeping Indian

Perfect end to a day

Grand Teton National Park


They don't play about the bears around there. Luckily we didn't run into any.




After waiting about 2 minutes, Old Faithful didn't disappoint!


This was John's fave geyser - Sawmills. Anytime he got close, it sprayed higher.


Excelsior - it looks gorgeous with that aqua water but it's steaming hot!


Grand Prismatic Pool - these colors were unreal


Buffalo!


This is the view from Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone. It's 328 scary, metal, see-through, barely bolted to the cliff (ok - it's probably secure) stairs that lead down to the base of this waterfall and canyon. It's gorgeous.


Loved Ernest the Elk just hanging by the side of the road. He didn't care that there were 50 people within 10 feet of him snapping pics! Clearly everyone missed the memo about staying 25 yards away from these guys.






This was a perfect and amazing trip! We have about a million photos from our phones that haven't been uploaded yet. More pics in another post!

It was really nice to get away but I was ready to get back to our super sweet munchkins! Pretty sure my parents were ready too! :)