Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grand Tetons

I'm finally getting around to posting some vacation photos. In August, we took a road trip to Victor, Idaho, which is in the Teton Valley about 20 miles from Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National park. We rented a big beautiful house with our friends from Seattle, and spent a week enjoying some truly spectacular scenery, from the porch to the hikes to the mountain lakes - it was absolute heaven and more than worth the 14 hour drive each way. (Though that drive did suck!)

We tried to break up the drive as much as we could, including a pit stop at Craters of the Moon National Monument. It's a pretty cool place.

After hours and hours of sitting, we were all ready to run!

The house was on 2 acres with tons of outdoor space for the kids to run around. They are in some weird phase where they actually like wearing hats, so expect to see lots of "toddlers in hats" pictures. Gotta get them before they are back to "hats disgust me why would you ever put a hat on me now I will scream and cry."

My mom (Grandma O) was able to join us for a few nights. She taught Gus and Greta this neat trick where we give them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, they pull the sandwich apart and lick off the jelly, then ask for a refill. Being Grandma, she obliged. But now we can't get the twins to eat a sandwich because they think of the bread as merely the delivery system for the meal. 

 I think the original Grandma O would be proud of this trio.

Gus loves being a cowboy.

 Channeling Seamus in the driveway puddles.

The house was equally cozy on the inside.
Cards Against Humanity faces.

I call this "Peekaboo Tetons" - the view from the porch at sunrise.

Our traveling companions - we love them. They share our appreciation for good food and beer/wine; they are always up for an adventure, they babysit, they play Cards Against Humanity and they did not seem to be phased by the grimy toddlers who woke up at 6am each day to commence yelling.

Our twins (21 months) and the Gilbert twins (14 years).

Eric and I hiked Cascade Canyon while my mom watched the twins for a day. It was jaw-dropping scenery every step of the way. Definitely one of the most spectacular hikes of our lives.

I seriously can't get enough of those mountains. 

I had never been to Antelope Flats (aka Mormon Row) before - it's a very popular spot for photographers and you can see why.  There are a bunch of historic buildings from Mormon homesteaders who settled in the area in the 1890s. It's crazy to imagine living in that place without modern conveniences - equal parts brutal and glorious.

 Family portrait

We went for a "hike" with the twins and Aunt Linda, who joined us for a few days toward the end of our week. To toddlers, there is nothing better than a rocky shore. We "hiked" about 1/2 mile to this place and spent a good couple of hours throwing rocks in the lake and exploring.

 Chillin with Linda

Another family portrait.
Our last night in town, the big kids watched the little kids so the adults could go out to dinner in town.

Kids posing on our last day. So so sad for our vacation to end!