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Monday, June 21, 2010

Destination #3: Grand Teton National Park

Before I post anything about the trip up to Grand Teton, I wanted to share one more image from our bike ride in Park City, UT. This was taken on my iPhone and I love it! It makes me feel like a little Smurf getting ready to climb a huge mountain full of dandelion trees.
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Ok, thanks for letting me indulge in that picture. Driving up from Park City to Jackson Hole, WY took about five hours, but it was a great drive. Beautiful, spacious land that makes you want to sing America the Beautiful. Needless to say, there was lots of singing and reminiscing in the car. Stories of childhood memories sprang up and thoughts of how awesome it would be if we could go back to just a day in our childhood. (The next four pics were via my trusty phone.)
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Someone had a huge craving for jerky during the ride, and lo and behold, along the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere...
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John & Doug's Jerky Company. It's a father/son operation. They're actually the ones that hunt the buffalo and elk that they make into jerky.
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I guess Afton has a LOT of elk.
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One of my favorite part of drives through the countryside are scenes like this.
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Then we always wonder if we could live out there like this. And the answer is always no, no matter how beautiful it is. We didn't grow up with that pace of life and I just don't think we could handle it. More importantly though, where's the Asian market in these places?

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We stayed at an awesome hotel in Teton Village called Hotel Terra. Stay there if you're ever in the area! Great restaurant and cafe, a rooftop hot tub, a heated outdoor pool, and they're VERY eco-friendly. Just an iPhone pic from our room.
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The following day we went into Grand Teton National Park to hike Jenny Lake.
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Move over Jaden Smith...
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It started raining on us about 20 minutes into our hike, so no more photos after this one. We continued to hike in the rain for about half an hour and turned back around because hiking is not fun when you're 1)wet 2) cold 3) could be struck by lighting.
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I've heard that Grand Teton is more beautiful than Yellowstone (from some people), but we didn't get a good chance to see much since gray, ominous clouds were covering up all the mountain tops. I guess this means we'll just have to come back another time. =)

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