I finally made time this weekend to look at my pictures from The Grand Teton National Park and I really feel like they don't do it justice! The Grand Tetons were just as beautiful as Yellowstone, but were very different in that they served as the most distinct landscape marker was the actual mountains. Seriously, you could see them from almost anywhere. We spent a night in a cabin at Jackson Lake and then drove further south down to the town of Jackson. One of the most scenic stops along the way was Oxbow Bend, a bend in the Snake River with the mountains framing it perfectly. I also loved Mormon Row, an old village of cabins and a tiny chapel that sat right beneath the mountains.
We did everything from rafting, to hiking, to shopping in the cute town and even going on a horseback ride which was slightly terrifying but also hilarious. One day we also drove to Idaho just so we could say we have been there. Hot air balloons rose each morning from our backyard in Jackson. It was the perfect way to wake up. One night my mom, sister and I stayed up late so we could see the stars (it didn't get dark there until about 10) and it was amazing and never ending. Definitely not something you see in New York. One of my favorite discoveries in the town of Jackson was Persephone Bakery, a quaint and cherry coffee place. I went about three times for the iced chai.
After the Grand Tetons, we had to drive back up through the park and into Yellowstone to go back to Montana for our flight. Being from the tiny state of Connecticut, I was shocked just at how big the West is - we spent hours driving through the same state yet the landscape had changed so much. It's good to be back now and I feel settled in back at work, but I'm already plotting my next trip. Any ideas are welcome!