Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Jackson, WY – Adventures in the North West

The tetonsFirst stop: Jackson, WY – Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
We left our house at 6am on the 13th and drove north through Steamboat Springs into Wyoming. We arrived in Jackson in the afternoon and headed straight for the Tetons. Luckily we bought a National Parks Annual Pass back in the spring before the Grand Canyon trip and were able to get into the parks with no extra cost.

The tetons
Our first glimpse of the Grand Tetons!

The Tetons were stunning! They are even bigger than I imagined and just stunningly beautiful. After our quick glimpse we headed  back into town to figure out a camping plan. The traffic in town was so insane. Being so close to two major national parks attracts A LOT of people. We found a campground called Curtis Canyon just outside of town and headed that way.

We drove up a big hill on the north east side of town with a beautiful view across the valley of the Tetons. The campground was tucked in to the woods with 12 spots, two vault toilets and drinking water. It was our home for the next 3 nights. Matt bought me a hammock for my birthday and gave it to me a few days early, so we set it up right away and used it a lot throughout the trip!

Our campsite at Curtis Canyon Campground in Jackson, WY
Our campsite at Curtis Canyon Campground in Jackson, WY
View of the Tetons from the campground gate.
View of the Tetons from the campground gate.

We had originally planned to run in the Tetons the next day but the weather wasn’t looking very clear in the morning so we decided to go check out Yellowstone National Park instead. We did the touristy things all day and saw Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring and Lower Falls. Everything was beautiful and the crowds were bad but manageable.

Good Ol' Faithful
Good Ol’ Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring
Lower Falls
Lower Falls

After our long drive through the park we were exhausted and decided to just go out to dinner back in Jackson. We went to Snake River Brewery and got some delicious pizzas and beers.

The next morning the weather was beautiful and we dropped Shea off at this cool doggie daycare place called DogJax, and headed to the Tetons! We hiked to Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes, only got slightly lost once. (But it was worth it) and then ran back down. It was a really big climb and the views of the valley to the east were spectacular. Before we went back to town, we took a dip in Jenny Lake, it was cold but so refreshing!

Matt sitting by Surprise Lake
Matt sitting by Surprise Lake
Matt after swimming in Jenny Lake
Matt after swimming in Jenny Lake

We picked up Shea and went back to the campsite to watch the sunset from the top of the hill while our foil dinners cooked. It was definitely one of my favorite campsite meals of the whole trip!

Sunset Panorama over the Tetons
Sunset Panorama over the Tetons

In the morning we had breakfast at this cute little restaurant called Persephone Bakery. The food and coffee were both so delicious, and the decor in the tiny little space was really cool. It was a fun place to stop for breakfast before hitting the road. I had the goat cheese omelette with farm fresh eggs, spring vegetable hash, fried fingerling potatoes, and mustard cream sauce, it was to die for! I definitely recommend this place if you are ever in Jackson. But get there early! The line goes out the door because it is just that good!

Goat Cheese Omelette from Persephone Bakery in Jackson, WY
Goat Cheese Omelette from Persephone Bakery in Jackson, WY

After breakfast we set our course to Teton Pass into Idaho and up to Glacier National Park!

View of the Tetons from Idaho
View of the Tetons from Idaho

(to be continued..)