Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vacation Recap: Day 1

Our trip had a bit of rough start with both of our flights out west being delayed, so we didn't get to Salt Lake City until 2:30 AM.  We slept in our hotel for a few hours and then left to drive to the Grand Tetons Tuesday morning.  We really enjoyed the drive because we were able to see so many pretty views of the mountains we were driving through.

an overlook we stopped at in Wyoming

We stopped in Jackson Hole for lunch and some groceries and then made our way into Grand Teton National Park.  We couldn't get over how beautiful the Tetons are!  You can see the mountains pretty much the whole time you're driving through the park on highway 89 (the main road that goes through the park).

the view of the Tetons from the car

We stopped at Jenny Lake and paid for a boat to take us across the lake.  From there we hiked to Inspiration Point, which looks over Jenny Lake.

the view of Jenny Lake from Inspiration Point

The hike followed this river/stream that was super high because of either rain or melting snow?  Not really sure which.  Most of the bridges were closed because the water was so high.  Because the bridges were out, we got turned around and ended up doing this part of the hike twice in order to get to the next trail we wanted.  Whoops.

the rushing water was so powerful and loud!

Once we hiked to Inspiration Point, then back to the boat dock, and then back up again, we finally made it to Hidden Falls.  We both really love waterfalls, so we loved seeing this one!

Hidden Falls

After Hidden Falls, we hiked back around the lake instead of taking the boat back.  It was pretty to be right next to the lake hiking, except for where the lake had washed the trail out and we had to climb over rocks and fallen trees.

hiking along Jenny Lake

We thought total we were going to hike about 2.5 miles, which was great because it was our first day, we had started in the late afternoon, and Caleb wanted it to be an easier day for me to start off with.  By the time we got back to the trail head, we saw that because of the bridges being out and having to go a different way (plus doing the first hike x2) we ended up doing 4.5 miles.  It was longer than I had anticipated, and my feet were throbbing because I hadn't broken in my new hiking shoes enough, but we thought it was such a fun hike!  We're really glad we did it and would recommend it.

the awesome view of the lake when we got back to the first side!

We got in the car and started heading to the Signal Mountain Lodge area.  On the way we saw a ton of cars stopped along the road, so we pulled over and saw this bear at the edge of the woods!

That black blob is the bear.  It never really moved.

We finished our drive to Signal Mountain Lodge, which is on the south part of Jackson Lake.  We had dinner at one of the restaurants there with this beautiful view.

can't get over how beautiful the mountains are!

we loved having such a gorgeous view during dinner 

Caleb tried a bison burger for dinner.  He liked it. 

We were pretty tired from flying through the night, not getting much sleep, and from hiking, so we went to bed pretty early.  We stayed at the Signal Mountain Lodge and were really pleased with our room.

the sun beginning to set

We loved our first day and thought it started off our trip really well.  If you ever go to Yellowstone, definitely take the time to drive through the Tetons - they are so beautiful!!

35 comments:

  1. so beautiful! i love road trips like that with amazing scenery. and keep up with the running. i still hate it, but now i actually want to do it...

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  2. These pictures are amazing! I especially love the pics of you and Caleb. You look like you are having so much fun! I can't wait to hear more about the trip!!

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  3. I just fell in love with this place. What a wonderful, adventurous and romantic destination. Gorg photos, too!

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  4. Gorgeous photos!! It makes me really want to go hiking there :) Glad you had a great time and can't wait to see more pics!

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  5. WOW!! That was your view?! How amazing that must have been to wake up to that each morning! What a cute couple the two of you are! Looks like you guys had a wonderful vacation!

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  6. i went to jackson hole and i loved it last year. so incredibly beautiful. looks like a great trip!

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  7. What stunning photos! These are so beautiful! That burger looks good too! JEALOUS!

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  8. What a gorgeous trip! I'm so glad you guys had fun!

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  9. I've just discovered your site, and what an amazing photos!!!!! are great!!!!

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  10. OMG those photos of the mountains are beautiful!!! So perfect it almost looks fake!! Your vacation sounds amazing! Can't wait to see more pictures.

    xo Jackie
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  11. Wow those views are amazing! I know my husband would love it out there!

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  12. love hiking on beauitful days and then a delicious meal at night

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  13. These are stunning! What a great vacation! xoxo Marissa

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  14. Wow gorgeous, what an awesome vacation!

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  15. ohhhh i think that part of the US is soooo extremely gorgeous! and the photo of you by the waterfall is beautiful!!! <3

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  16. YAY for the first day! Can I just say that those photos are incredible!? They look fake/like post cards! Glad you had a good first day (I can't believe how much you hiked!)

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  17. What wonderful pictures!!! And a fun vacay!

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  18. What great photos, wow! You guys look so cute together :)

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  19. WOW these pictures are gorgeous!!! If I got to look at that kind of scenery I think I might start hiking :-)

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  20. These pics are gorgeous! Can't wait to hear about every other day of your trip!

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  21. What absolutely stunning views!! I really need to get my butt out to Yellowstone someday :-)

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  22. how fun!! i love jackson and jenny lake~ we were just there a couple of weeks ago! and super cool you saw a bear--i have always wanted to see one--cute picts girly!

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  23. wow looks like a great vacation! the views are gorgeous, it is great to spend time surrounded by all the beauty and nature. enjoy your vacation. meg

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  24. How gorgeous! I have always wanted to go to the Grand Tetons. Glad you had such an amazing trip :)

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  25. WOW ! every picture is so beautiful !!!! I loved hearing about your first day there. So glad you had a fun time

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  26. Sherri, the pictures are great! I would never have known you'd just gotten the camera. And you are quite the trooper for doing all that extra hiking! I don't know if I would have been up for that. Can't wait to hear and see about the rest of the trip!

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  27. Absolutely breath-taking, i love the scenic beauty like that, beautiful pictures.

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  28. that is indeed a beautiful scenery!

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  29. wow..thanks for the lively tour..n sharing d breathtaking clicks..:)
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  30. What a great start to vacation (minus the delays!!) The hike looks gorgeous!! Super jealous!

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  31. BEAUTIFUL pics!! Can't wait to see more! Thanks so much for posting these so we can appreciate the beauty, too!

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  32. I think it's so cool that you were in Wyoming. :) The Hidden Falls are so pretty! Thank you for letting us see some of your trip. Way to hang in there with all that hiking, even on the first day! Can't wait to see more.

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