Day 89 - Grand Tetons - Wyoming (USA)

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

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The children both decide that today would be perfect to test out a little nap refusal. Taya leads the way, and decides that she doesn't fancy her morning nap, then Dylan follows suit with his lunchtime time. Today has been a little challenging, the children were actually fine but it threw the adults a little. In order to do what we do and see all we see our little lives have to run like clockwork. Thankfully most days they do. Today was just not one of them.

Today is our second day exploring in Grand Teton National Park. After breakfast we drive to Colter Bay on Jackson Lake to spend the day. We have a wander down to the Marina to watch the boats come and go. The setting is perfect, beautiful boats in the foreground and the snowy mountains in the background. After a brief play we go back to the van for lunch, and a nap for Taya. After an hour of Dylan just lying down awake Rich and Dylan go to the visitors centre and shops where Rich reads Dylan a row of books. We think the little man misses his books from home. We have lots of stories on the iPad, and his favourite Julia Donaldson ones as cd stories, but they are not quite the same. We guess they will be first on his to do list when we arrive home.

A little heart jumping excitement on the drive this morning. Rich had left a bottle of beer out on the surface in the kitchen. As we turn the corner the beer goes flying and explodes on impact, covering the van in beer and glass. It probably needed a little clean anyway.

Back down to the lake for a walk this afternoon. We do the Lakeside Trail, and it's about 2 miles long. It does what it says on the tin and scoots around the shoreline of Lake Jackson in the forest with lovely views of the water. We stop frequently to pick up stones, throw stones in the water, pick up sticks, throw sticks in the water.... And repeat. Taya enjoys her view from up in the rucksack, but, annoyingly, pulls Emma's hair, a pastime that needs curbing!

We eventually find exactly what we are looking for, a little beach area just by the lake with the mountains behind. We settle in for the rest of the afternoon. Dylan doesn't tire of stone and stick throwing only distracted for a little while by some stick banging on logs, or drumming as he calls it. Taya is fascinated by the pebbles and keeps us on our toes retrieving them from her mouth every five minutes. She also has a long backwards crawl/slide down to the water which she thinks is hilarious.

We watch as lots of boats speed past and we wave to them. We get a lovely wave from some lads out on a kayak.

The weather has picked up nicely for the afternoon, so we relax in the sunshine. It was cool enough for jumpers and jeans this morning after a lot of rain overnight. The sky is beautiful with loads of interesting clouds which have made our photos even more lovely. We take a lot of pictures this afternoon in this great setting and are pleased with the results.

The only thing we are not fond of here is the mozzies, we had best dig the insect repellant out.

We are really keen to see some of the wildlife, but so far no luck, although the bear warning signs and descriptions of what to do when attacked are somewhat off putting. Thankfully we hope we are at least adhering to the making plenty of noise one so as not to startle a bear because they don't know you are coming. The Kempton children have taken that to a whole new level, with them both chatting away all the way around. Taya had lots and lots of new noises, and our favourite at the minute is her little old man face, lips over the gums, ba ba ba ba ba, and then a little chuckle to herself.

A drive back to the campsite to the north of the park for a quick dinner before bedtimes. Tomorrow will be the first of five nights in Yellowstone National Park so we have some planning to do to finish our wish list for our visit. We are also keen to finalise our plans after Yellowstone. We currently have nowhere to stay over the 4th July Independence Day celebrations despite making about 25 phone calls. We started trying a month or so ago, but clearly that was still too late. Mostly we can call ahead to book a couple of nights in advance at our chosen location, but not for that weekend. We might need to return to our earlier boondocking ways.
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