The Grand Tetons

As we speed into the fall months (I can’t believe it’s already Mid-September), I wanted to reflect on some of the great things we saw this summer. My mom’s side of the family has for many years, rented a big house (or houses) somewhere in Idaho. This year we returned to Driggs, Idaho, one of the first places we ever had a family reunion. Driggs is on the Idaho side of the Teton Mountain range across from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Dennis had never been to Idaho or Wyoming and we added an extra day to explore Jackson and Grand Teton National Park.

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Outfit 1 Details: Dress

Our time with my extended family (all 35 of them!) mostly consisted of preparing food, eating food, and planning our next meal! We were there for the annual Fourth of July parade and festival in downtown Victor, ID. It’s a precious Americana parade consisting of the local law enforcement, club sport and dance teams, and antique cars. It was adorable watching the younger kids scramble to pick up taffy and lollipops thrown out by the parade participants! After the parade, my cousins insisted on buying huge packages of fountain fireworks, bottle rockets, and sparklers, which they set off for the whole family.

 We tried to start each of our days with a hike or a walk around the neighborhood. On one of our days in Driggs, we took the chairlift at the Grand Targhee Ski resort up to the top of the mountain. While it’s considered the “backside” of the Tetons, the views are still spectacular. Even after our time in Jackson, Dennis still said he preferred the Idaho views!

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Outfit 2 Details: Jacket (old, similar)

Dennis and I spent our last day in Grand Teton National Park. We stopped at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects (check out this post all about the center!). Right after entering the park, we made a small detour to see the Chapel of the Transfiguration, built in 1925. I had never been to the chapel before and it is where my parents got married. There is a huge picture window behind the altar that perfectly frames the mountains behind. It’s a magical spot and I’m glad we made the brief stop!

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We drove just a little bit further into the park to Jenny Lake. We took a boat across lake and climbed up to Inspiration Point for views overlooking the surrounding valley. We decided to get a little more exercise and hike back around the lake instead of taking the boat. It is a beautiful hike and we highly recommend it to anyone thinking about taking at trip to Grand Teton National Park!

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We wished we had more time to send exploring the park but it was already late in the afternoon and we were starving. We headed back into Jackson for a well-deserved bite to eat. We stopped at Snake River Brewing and enjoyed a tasting flight of beer. We ended our evening strolling around the historic square in Jackson. Businesses surround the green park in the center of town, dedicated in 1932. The square is famous for the large antler arches placed at each corner. They make for the perfect photo op! We didn’t make it to the Million Dollar Cowboy bar this trip, but we have plans to go next time! - Rebecca