Saturday, July 23, 2011

Meeting Up

IMG_3748July 23 – A much more active day. We were up almost at dawn and on the road by 7 a.m. This was intentional, as we had plans to meet Gary, Leslie and Jake for an 11 a.m. float down the Snake River. As I had received estimates of the time it would take to get to Moose of between 3-1/2 and 6-1/2 hours, I knew I had to make good time. And we did – under 3 hours. Of course, it helped that there wasn’t much traffic through Yellowstone, that we had seen that stretch of road and the attendant sights several times by now, and that the road through the Tetons was fairly flat and straight.

Oh, but what a drive. I seriously did not expect the Tetons to be as beautiful as they were. Pictures do the best talking here (especially since the girls are now, evidently, "bored" with mountains).

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IMG-20110723-00111Having made it to Moose in record time, we waited for the Thompsons at the Visitors Center before heading off for our float trip, which offered even more fabulous views of the mountains as well as a bald eagle or two.

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On our way back to Teton Village, we finally got a good look at a moose – a young male, not very large, but still impressive.IMG_3769 IMG_3772

Then it was time to check into our hotel, the Snake River Lodge, a very nice place. Ellery and Jake then headed off for a horseback ride, Jordan to the room to do whatever it is she does on the computer, and me to the spa for a quick 20 minute massage. Heaven.

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The kids then spent some time swimming and the day eventually ended with a very nice dinner together at the Mangy Moose, after which Ellery went back to Jake’s hotel for a last late night swim.