Grand Tetons With Grandson Garrett

Our grandson Garrett flew into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to travel with us for a month.  We  have been so busy having fun that I can’t find time to write about it!  This blog post will only cover the first week of his visit.  I’m so far behind that I just need to get something posted, and since I don’t have much time even now, this story will be told mostly in pictures.  We stayed at the Gros Ventre Campground which is in the Grand Tetons National Park.

Our campsite at Gros Ventre, Loop B, with river running behind us

Our campsite at Gros Ventre, Loop B, with river running behind us

Mike bought several log end pieces from Yellowstone Lumber for Garrett to chop into firewood.  We filled the back of our SUV with 9 logs for less than $10.  We hate buying those little bundles for $5-6 each that only make one campfire.  Plus this gives Garrett a good workout!

Garrett is chopping one of the small logs in this pic (he's just warming up!)

Garrett is chopping one of the small logs in this pic (he’s just warming up!)

Burning The Fruits Of Garrett's Labor!

Burning The Fruit Of Garrett’s Labor!

Mike and I recently purchased a Cornhole Beanbag Toss Game.  Mike got “schooled” by Garrett on how it’s done.  It’s not fair that Garrett is an ace baseball pitcher!  Even though this game is played by tossing the bag underhand, Garrett was still able to humiliate Mike.  Lucy had to be restrained because she got sooooo excited each time the bag was tossed.  She thought we were playing catch with her, I guess!

Lucy Tries To Catch The Bean Bag.

Lucy Tries To Catch The Bean Bag.

Each day we ventured out to explore a new area or experience something unique about the Grand Tetons.

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

It's So Beautiful Here!

It’s So Beautiful Here!

From Signal Hill

From Signal Hill

Another View From Signal Hill

Another View From Signal Hill

Bicycling to Moose, Wyoming

Bicycling to Moose, Wyoming

Garrett and Mike Bicycling Into Jackson

Garrett and Mike Bicycling Into Jackson

Hiking Around Jenny Lake

Hiking Around Jenny Lake

Hike to Waterfall at Jenny Lake

Hike to Waterfall at Jenny Lake

Hike to Inspiration Point

Hike to Inspiration Point

Walking Lucy Along The Riverfront Trail Near Jackson Hole

Walking Lucy Along The Riverfront Trail Near Jackson Hole

 

Hiked to Phelps Lake on The Death Canyon Trail

Hiked to Phelps Lake on The Death Canyon Trail

This is Garrett's Photo - The One He Is Taking In The Picture Above This One

This is Garrett’s Photo – The One He Is Taking In The Picture Above This One

Bar Stools are Saddles in The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole

Bar Stools are Saddles in The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole

National Museum of Wildlife Art

National Museum of Wildlife Art

We spent hours touring the National Museum of Wildlife Art and would have returned the next day, but we just ran out of time to do everything on our “fun list”.  It is a wonderful museum and I highly recommend visiting it.

Teton Village is a beautifully manicured resort and appears to cater to the wealthy.  But when Mike and I read about the Aerial Tram ride to the top of the mountain, we knew we had to do that!  In addition to hiking around up there, we feasted on the specialty waffles made at Corbet’s Cabin at the summit.  The Tram ticket was also good for a ride on the Teewinot Ski Lift, so we did that one, too.  Later, we took the Bridger Gondola up to The Deck Restaurant for dinner at their outdoor grill.

Teton Village Aerial Tram

Teton Village Aerial Tram

Found Some Snow Hiking At The Top Of The Mountain

Found Some Snow Hiking At The Top Of The Mountain

Garrett and Mike Enjoying The Altitude

Garrett and Mike Enjoying The Altitude

Teewinot Chairlift at Teton Village

Teewinot Chairlift at Teton Village

We were lucky to be in Teton Village on the evening that the Teton Raptor Center was in the Village Commons giving a presentation about their organization with live hawks, falcons, eagles and owls.  Loved it!

Teton Raptor Center Presentation

Teton Raptor Center Presentation

Teton Raptor Center Demonstration

Teton Raptor Center Demonstration

We were looking for an evening of entertainment, so we went to Dornan’s Chuckwagon Dinner in Moose, WY for all-you-can-eat cowboy grub and folksy entertainment.  The musical line-up covered many genres including country western, folk, pop, and reggae.  Entertainers ages ranged from 18 to 88.  Some were really good and a couple of them so bad it made me want to crawl under the table.  It was fun and definitely memorable!

Dornan's Chuckwagon Dinner (drinks, salad and berry cobbler on the other side) - Serve Yourself All You Want

Dornan’s Chuckwagon Dinner (drinks, salad and berry cobbler on the other side) – Serve Yourself All You Want – BBQ ribs, beef stew, cowboy beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, and I can’t remember what else.

We saw many performers that night.  They only did 1 or 2 numbers each.

We saw many performers that night. They only did 1 or 2 numbers each.

During our week in Jackson Hole, we also enjoyed lunch at the Snake River Brewing Co., poked around town in the shops and galleries, and ate some yummy handmade ice cream in town.

And, of course, we had to pose for the popular antler arch photo op in Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole, WY

Jackson Hole, WY

Next we’re heading up to Yellowstone National Park.  Planning to stay in Mammoth Hot Springs Campground at the North Entrance.   Cheers!

13 thoughts on “Grand Tetons With Grandson Garrett

  1. I just got back from Yellowstone and Grand Tetons last weekend. I took my nephew and spent two weeks on the road trip. Enjoy Mammoth Hot Springs (we were going to take the Fort Yellowstone Ranger walk but an afternoon thundershower with close lightening ended that just as the group was gathering).

  2. Hi guys. wow what a busy week or two…you make me tired just reading about all of the running you are doing….enjoy those gkids while you can….nice picts of the area. We were up there in the Jackson Hole area last year. It looks like you did OK at Gros Ventre CG… You have to look around for a decent spot, at least we did….
    Maynard

  3. Wow, a fun filled time you’ve been having. That scenery is gorgeous and probably not something one would get tired of waking up to. Looks like you scored on that campsite. Garrett seems to have an eye for photography… perhaps a newfound hobby? The summer seems to be flying by. Savor that family time!

  4. The grandma and grandpa sure know how to spoil a grandkid in a great way! Fun memories!
    We love the Grand Teton way before our RVng days and we might just come back knowing there is a gorgeous campground out there. I also had a photo op with that Antler arch!

  5. Family times are the best your first paragraph says it all. I wonder how much money is in those antlers (from your last photo) today. I have been buying them for Jagger to chew on and at the pet store a small one 6″-7″, is about $15. Enjoy your time.

  6. Sounds like Garrett is having a wonderful month traveling with you. A lot of memories for the three of you to take away from your time together. Glad you and he are able to spend so much time together. I hope you saw lots of wildlife while in Yellowstone (my favorite park).

  7. We love the Tetons! The first moose I saw after two years in Yellowstone National Park was in the Tetons, very near Dornans. Looks like you’re having some great family fun. 🙂

  8. I saw a Moose in The Tetons as well. Jenny Lake will always be a fond memory for me! THANK YOU for the Memories!! PS Glad you are having a wonderful time with the grandchildren!!

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