Monday, September 12, 2011

The Grand Tetons

This morning started out wonderfully with me running to the window with shaving cream dripping down my legs. I know, it doesn't sound wonderful at first, but there were moose cruising by our condo window that Michael wouldn't let me miss. And by moose, I mean there were two. I'm not really sure of the plural form. My first guess was meese. Ok don't laugh. Goose, geese, moose, meese. No? Okay, we will go with moose.

Today we drove out to the Grand Tetons National Park. One of the Teton's just happens to be the mountain that I saw coming into Jackson Hole on the plane. Beautiful, no? The mountains of course, not us!

We drove into the Grand Teton National Park for a more up close look, but we stopped at some sight seeing points along the way with the highlight being the sight of Buffalo along the side of the road. How beautiful are these guys?

We also made a quick stop at the Jackson Lake Dam....

Then we headed up to Signal Mountain (which is curiously also the name of a mountain in Chattanooga, TN). The elevation was around 7,700 feet at this point and there were amazing views to be seen!

One of the things that has amazed me about Wyoming is how flat it is between the mountains and how much open land there is around here. It is so quiet and peaceful here. If I didn't suspect that the winter would be unbearable, I would say that I could more than happily live here.

After stopping for a quick picnic lunch we headed over to Jenny Lake for a boat ride to our next stop which was a hiking trail.

A supposedly easy hiking trail (or so said the brochure), but it was filled with paths like this...

It was worth it though! We saw some beautiful falls called The Cascade Falls.

We also made it up to Inspiration Point. Hilariously, at the beginning of the trail my dad pointed up to some hikers and we made remarks regarding how crazy they were for being up so high. Yep, that was straight where we were unknowingly headed. 

The views at the top were breath taking though.

Afterwards we headed back down the trail which wrapped around Jenny Lake. Honestly we should have just taken the boat back at this point. I could have done without this "scenic" part of the trail.

Once we made it back to the car we traveled back to our condo to do some more Montana beer testing. The results?

Slow Elk....reminded me a lot of the Moose Drool.

Scape Goat....a little bitter, but drinkable.

Big Sky IPA...bitter, and best served down the drain. Ick!

The best of the best is still our first taste which was Moose Drool. 

We immediately headed back to Albertson's to buy a 12 pack. Mmmm. Tasty!

A long day and lots of hiking equals lots of beer tasting I suppose. We definitely worked off the calories today that's for sure! Tomorrow we hit Yellowstone.


  1. It looks so beautiful, what an incredible trip!

  2. Looks like you guys are having an awesome time! The pics are beautiful...and I'm sure it's too cool to see a moose and buffalo up close.

  3. I grew up in Jackson! Its beautiful, relaxing and breathtaking! I'm proud to call that place home! Enjoy your trip! :)

  4. Some of those pictures look like they could be postcards! So gorgeous!

  5. This trip looks amazing! I am so jealous!!


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