Grand Teton National Park – Don’t get eaten by a Grizzly.
We made it to Grand Teton National Park and didn’t get eaten by a bear! We first headed into Jackson, WY (day 8) and on day 9 we drove into Grand Teton National Park.
Day 8 of our Epic Road Trip:
Lots of driving. It’s a little over 8 hours from Rocky Mountain National Park to Jackson, WY. We made it over 2000 miles this trip without any electronic entertainment, but I did bust out the kindle for Olivia around hour 6 of our drive. She probably didn’t really need it, but I was pretty over being in the car and needed a break. Bless her sweet curious soul, man she has a lot of questions.
Two exciting things did happen on our journey to Jackson Hole. We stopped in Rock Springs, population: 6 and some rocks. Abby had a massive diaper blowout and Jake changed her on the ground at the gas station.
He is still having flashbacks, and will be holding this over me for the next 10 years at least.
In the fray of trying to keep Olivia out of the road and keep Jake from drowning in poo I put my wallet on the windshield of the van. We got it off the windshield on the on ramp, which Jake the driver was not pleased with.
Eventually we made it Jackson, and had a nice evening catching up with my parents and sister.
Grizzly Bear in the wild. Very Close.
We spent the morning packing up to head into the Tetons and playing around on the bank of the Snake River. The river bed is all smooth multicolored stones, which lend themselves to lots of throwing and dam building. Grandpa was the biggest kid of them all, and once the kids saw him in the water they had to be with him. Amazingly, no one fell in the river and I got to finish my coffee within an hour of starting it.
After Olivia collected a million rocks she needed to take home with us, we headed out of Jackson and into Grand Teton National Park. We stopped at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center, picked up our junior ranger books, and ogled the view for a bit. This time I remembered to get two of those books to start with. I won’t be making that mistake twice. My kids cannot peacefully share a piece of paper, what was I thinking?
After lunch it was too early to check into our cabin so we headed over to Taggart Lake to just wander around and do a short hike. At least that’s what we thought.
Don’t Forget Bear Spray!
About .25 miles onto the trail we noticed quite a commotion ahead, which turned out to be a grizzly bear feeding just a bit off the trail. Maybe 100 yards, probably less. I was prepared for this, but also I wasn’t. It’s one thing to be hiking in bear country, it’s a totally different mental ball game when you have your kids with you. Maybe I’m just not a seasoned outdoors woman, but I was freaking out a little bit. I mean. My kids are basically a grizzly bears hostess cupcake. Such a tasty little snack.
The bear seemed uninterested in us, so we continued on. I was on high alert though, which was handy when we rounded a corner and right up the hill was another grizzly. Or most likely it was the same one, we were just a bit higher on the hill now. But either way I’m sure my heart stopped beating. I was ready to turn around and head back to the car, but I was reminded that meant walking right back around the bear again anyways. So we kept going. I am so.glad. we did.
We were treated to a beautiful mountain lake with ice cold water. It felt amazing to dip tired feet into.
Jake and Molly even went swimming, although you couldn’t have paid me enough to jump into that icy water in my clothes!
We headed back down the trail after that much needed break. I was a little more relaxed about the bear thing on the way back, but still cautious. And then. In the same area as before. There was that damn bear again. I mean, my poor heart. I can’t even.
Obviously it was super cool to see in the wild, and we were all thrilled to have such a unique first day in the park. BUT. It’s so different to be the momma on the trail and not just a hiker. I don’t think I was ready for that. I knew seeing a bear was a possibility, but three sightings in three miles seems either excessive or insanely lucky. Fortunately no one was eaten and we all made it back to the car tired, but intact.
Oh grizzly bear, I thought I wanted adventure but now I’m not so sure!
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