Day 88 - Jackson to Grand Tetons - Wyoming (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rich and Taya have another wander this morning, this time 3 miles. It's getting Rich very fit. Quite refreshing this morning, so hats and jumpers on too. Rich stops a couple of people who are snapping at a big bird's nest on a pole. It's a Bald Eagle. As we speak the male flies from the nest. He is massive, and less than 50 feet from the path. You can clearly see the female in the nest and hear the chicks too.

Nice breakfast in the van; the best brekkies are always after a full food restock. Good phone calls this morning sorting a flight change for a couple of days extra in Vancouver with Emma's parents. Taking the time from the US part of the trip.

First van accident this morning with Emma at the wheel. Nothing major, just clipped another big van's wing mirror with our huge one. Oops!

Our first day at Grand Teton National Park today. Another corker of a park. We spend our morning at Jenny Lake, towards the south entrance of the park, called Moose. Which prompts numerous renditions of "there's a moose loose about this hoose". We have a lovely wander by the stream, and then around alongside the lake. The backdrop is a huge snowcapped mountain range, and its stunning. Proper chocolate box scenery and we love it. We head down to the sandy shoreline at various intervals for yet another photo opportunity and a throw of a stick or a stone into the lake. There are lots and lots of Be Bear Aware signs around explaining the precautions to take. We so hope we see one or two. Dylan has a new postcard of some grizzly bears for his postcard wall in the van, so we best see them now.

It's noticeably cooler up here, but the sun is still shining, and wearing our poor neglected jumpers is actually quite a novelty as long as it stays dry, or rains overnight.

After lunch we drive the scenic drive through the National Park, stopping on our way for some photos. We also sussed out some places to return to tomorrow towards the north of the park.

Tonight we are staying at Flagg Ranch just at the very north end of The Tetons park. Nice forested RV site with bear proof bins. We have a walk this afternoon around the site. Taya loves being up in the 'new' rucksack, although Emma finds a whole new level of strangeness with people talking over her head up to Taya. Firstly, she can't answer your questions, and secondly, it's pretty rude to stand in front of someone and ignore them. Yes I know he's (wearing the turquoise jumper again) cute. One lady thinks Emma might be able to translate Taya's babbles for her! It's one thing repeating more clearly for a toddler, but seriously understanding the noises of an 8 month old surely would make Emma a wealthy genius baby whisperer!

Nice relaxed time playing in the van before dinner. Taya is making up for lost food whilst she was sick, and is hoovering down anything in sight. She is also so keen on standing up or trying to move that she needs personal supervision at all times in the van as the only real place for her to play inside is up on the bed at the back of the van.

Dylan's activity tonight is bubble blowing, which he really enjoys, and gets so excited when he catches the ones he has blown. He's still on top form. Rich and Emma exchange many glances today at his super cute and sensible comments. We are under no illusion that this will last, but its lovely to know that literally everything we are trying to teach him has sunk in as he narrates through the day, and what he should, and shouldn't, be doing. It's like having another mini adult with us this week. Our favourite is when he does something good, or says something politely, then says,"I did that because that makes mummy and daddy really proud of me".
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