Grand Tetons, archaic French for "Big Breasts"

Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Last Saturday, Matt and I packed up camp for the last time in Keystone and headed down to Longmont where we stuffed more of our junk into Matt's brother's garage, effectively serving as our storage unit during our travels (thanks Adam and Lauren!) That evening we had fun at Adam's grad school graduation party, then began our drive North until we found a suitable trucker parking area to sleep in the back of my Subaru in. Next morn, we had breakfast at a small town cafe and met up with my folks in Grand Teton National Park that afternoon. We set up camp (once again) and then did a hike around a beautiful lake, enjoying the smells of autumn in the air and the beautiful fall colors. We ate dinner at the Snake River Brewery in Jackson Hole and tasted some award-winning brews. Back at camp we could hear elk bugling all night long. The next day we did a longer hike up Paintbrush Canyon where we stopped to watch a bull moose munching foliage just off the trail. For dinner we cooked up yummy fajitas and watched the sunset from the shore of Jenny Lake. Unfortunately, mom and dad had to take off Tuesday morning, so it was a short but sweet visit with them. Not ready to leave the beautiful Tetons, Matt and I headed out on a two night backpack up Cascade Canyon. We got a killer campspot with the back side of the Grand Teton peak dominating our view. This was our base camp for a dayhike up to Hurricane Pass the next day. The pass certainly lived up to its name with strong gusts of wind that continued down the canyon and whipped our tent throughout the night. The next morning we packed up and headed back to Jenny Lake, just in time before the weather changed from wonderfully warm and sunny to cool and rainy. This time we saw a cow moose and calf chilling by the river. I stalked an adorable shorttailed weasel in the parking lot while we loaded up the Jeep. The drive back to Summit was 9 hours long and uneventful, we crashed at our friend Julenne's place in Silverthorne last night.
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annanddan on

time in the tetons
Hey you two,
We are so pleased to have had the short but incredibly sweet time with you in the Tetons. Let's indeed repeat this. Our days together were full but relaxing while 'catching up' and having fun conversations. Thank you for the idea of meeting up. On the drive home we stayed a bit in West Yellowstone browsing around a really neat bookstore, eating lunch and hitting up the requisite latte' shop. The Seeley-Swan had its share of deer but we drove through the gauntlet without mishap. Pablo and Galen were thrilled to see us. Love you.

trevorandcorrie on

Hey Guys
The Tetons looked amazing! We are looking forward to 'following' you guys through Central America.

ccasler on

With you in spirit
Hi Casey and Matt - I am so glad you are doing this travel blog. Love seeing the photos and reading your entries. I am heading to Canyonlands on Friday - reminds me , Casey, of meeting up with you and your family there back when Dan was in 10th grade - I think it was 1990. Have a great trip. I'll be following right along. Love - Aunt Carol.

justinmueller on

Umm. That's not so 'archaic' French. Tetons are nipples/tits in French today just as much as they were in the 1800s. I'm a Louisianian who had no idea that these mountains existed until today, and when I heard the term used at lunch today by my elderly, female boss, almost choked on my fajita. Imagine going to another country to learn that a mountain range was called 'The Giant Titties,' and that the locals had no idea what it meant. Freaking awesome.

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