Around 1 am I woke shivering, living the camp life gets cold at night!!! As I laid there, I thought... do I want to go outside in bear country and root around in the van for a jacket??? HELL NO!! That is until 4 mins had passed and I was so COOOOLD… I figured that at least running from a bear would warm me up. Ahhh… much better, and I passed back out in the cool night air toasty and warm.
I woke with excitement to have a camp breakfast around the picnic table and go on a hike….but again, the angelic faces of my sleeping babies had me pushing back wake up time. How can you wake something so sweet and QUIET?? Instead of a hike, I packed up the cabin, starred at their cherub faces, then packed some more. God, I love these kids.... and then they woke...
After two hours of breakfast (protests around cereal and yogur... AGAIN), packing, dressing in a communal bathroom… we were off!!! Life would have been so much easier if Davis had come… though he would have just taken everything and shoved it all in the car… with me freaking out that it wasn’t in the correct place…. so…
Speaking of Dad, the kids are really missing Davis. Turns out his humor is missed immensely, Hello? I’m hysterical… you traitors!! These kids love him so much and he better be ready for snuggle overload when we get home. Ughhh… and poor Coco… she will be shaking from all the “love” she gets when we return.
Finally, we’re off. We decide to take the Colter Bay lakeshore path. My photographers and nature lovers are at it again.
The camera has been a great tool to distract the kids from those natural things like… insects… but it is the source for many arguments. Brooks and MD are reluctant , dragging their feet and pretty much done with hiking, they think breakfast with nana sounds better. Sorry, kids…. keep marching… it’s good for you… WHOOOOO.....HALT!!
Blocking our path is a park ranger, turns out there has been a bear sighting along the path and they wanted us to know. You know what happens next, don't you???? Being me, and the kids being them….
Brooks and MD said,” Screw this mom… we’re heading back. Are you crazy?” and Bess said,”Cool! Let’s go see a bear!”
So off Bess and I went to finish our hike. It was so stunning and worth it. The boys missed out completely. Bess spent the whole time photographing the forest and wild flowers ( her eye is amazing) with the Nikon. I had the iPhone, so the images you see is what I took… sorry. Her‘s are better.
Did we see the bear??? YEP!!! We ran across her in a meadow (warned by another family of hikers) eating her breakfast. We wanted a picture, but all I could catch was a bit of her butt… I wanted to wait for a better shot, but then remembered I’m a mother of three… plus Ms. Bess was all about getting the “shot”, and I thought I’d be a good parental influence!
We finished the hike and said “Goodbye” to Colter Bay. We drove on to the Jackson Lake Lodge to show my mom the site of my friends wedding many years ago and have lunch. The lobby is breathtaking, 15 ft high glass windows overlooking the Tetons.
Trying to fit in one more hike, before leaving the Tetons entirely, we dropped Nana at Jenny Lake Lodge to chill and have WiFI (her favorite) while we hiked the Stringer lake.
Sweet Brooks, he is the most reluctant hiker I have, upset about it pretty much the entire way due to the bugs and his incessant itching…. but he goes. He loves Bess and I so much, that he doesn’t want to disappoint us. I am so blessed to have this little boy… such a heart.
After our hike we had the reward of a beautiful mountain lake and we swam a bit and chilled our insides. It felt so good!!!
So long Tetons!!! We left and decided to do a mini tour around Jackson,Wy. We were planning on eating dinner, but it was crowded and a bit pricy around the square. We shopped, had a latte and just enjoyed a great town.
Back in the car we went for a three+ hour drive to Rock Springs, Wy ( home of the Chinese Massacre) and the Western Motel!!
Nana was supposed to drive since I was exhausted from the hikes, but I ended up behind the wheel due to the mountains and town traffic. She ended up taking the wheel ½ way through, once the land became flat… I was going cross eyed and nodding off . This was at the gas station we stopped off at!!
She did a great job and got us to the hotel successfully..after she drove around frantically looking for an open liquor store. She was a little wound up from the night driving!! Poor thing never found one!
This motel and the one in Custer were awesome!!! I might start a website called motel.com... lovin’ motels!!!
Tomorrow... 6 hr drive to Denver to surprise Claire, my neice, on her birthday!!!