Have We Lost Our Minds?
Pregnant with our fourth child, my husband has a moment of inspiration and suggests a cross-country family trip during maternity leave.
Never heard alarm set for 6:30 but I was awake. George stirred around 6:45 and Bubble said she had to throw up. Got her head outside the tent and up to the bathhouse. Didn't see any food pieces and just saliva. I would hate to think that someone was getting sick on this trip. I will have to check on her later. Rubbed my eyes to wake up and lost a contact. I have no idea where my glasses are located. Packed up and turned in our check out tab by 8:40 am. We did good. Breakfast at the check in area since there are toilets, dishwashing, and drinking water. Oatmeal for everyone and the girls had seconds. They were starving.
Museum of the National Park Ranger makes me want have a career change. An Interpretive Ranger is similar to an agricultural teacher. Without the red tape of field trips and IEPs and all the people want to learn that you would come in contact. I will be looking into this option. And probably not switch. I think it is perfect for my cousin though.
Biscuit asked what the plan was for the day. George said showers. Tiny piped up, "Hot showers?" Our two year knows to ask for hot showers. Maybe they will be more grateful when we get home.
Viewing the sights and belting out some Reba with the girls passes time. George meanders through the park. Pull outs allow for built up traffic to pass.
Midway Geyser Basin to see the Grand Prismatic. It was beautiful and Biscuit was upset. Tiny takes it upon herself to wave at everyone. It is easy to see the people that possess a heart. They waved back.
Biscuit felt much better in the car and we settled in for the 30 mile drive to get clean.
Showers at Grant Village. We made it! I did recon, had a bat fall at my feet, and reported to George. Adults are $4.20 each and under six are free. Showers are split men's and women's. There are unisex for handicapped but they like to keep them open for people that require them. It is decided that Bubble and Tiny go with George into men's. Biscuit and Brogden go with me into women's. Divide their clothes and toiletries to make our way to pay. Biscuit was dancing happy that she was going to take a shower. Cashier sees the baby (change of heart moment) and that allows us to have a handicapped shower room. Sweet! Makes everything so much easier.
Exited through the South Entrance so we got to see Lewis Lake and Lewis Falls. Stopped along Lewis River and heard familiar accents. Folks from South Carolina. Exchanged a few pleasantries and back heading South. An insect scared the girls and George tried three times to get it to escape. It did not but the girls are not afraid anymore.
Rockerfeller Parkway Information Center to collect Junior Ranger books for Grand Tetons and high-tailed it to the first visitor center for the 4:00 pm program. Just made it after a stop at the bathroom. Tiny say she didn't have to go. Played 'This or That' about elk and moose. Girls knew more than I thought and the leader fell in love with Tiny. Stayed on the back deck for book work. Going up and down steps to pick up dropped pencils and Tiny stopped to pee on the steps. George took her back to the car for a change and the elders completed their books.
Quickest Junior Ranger score for the trip. We have learned a bit about this process. Each girl chose the wooden badge instead of the embroidered one which surprised me. Brogden even got a high five for being the youngest visitor that day.
Drive south to Teton Village and I have developed a love of the Tetons. I took a million pictures probably.
Winding road took us to Teton Village and rode the gondola to see all of Jackson Hole. Streetfood at Stagecoach for dinner. Little gem in Wilson, WY. I got more tacos and George had a lamb burger. Girls had a grassy area to run off their 'injury' (energy).
On the road, they all passed out and George asked my opinion on finding a hotel for the night. I jumped at the chance to not step up the tent and googled like crazy. Jackson Hole was a couple hundred a night. Not in our budget. Repeated the search each town our route took us through until I found something agreeable. The inn's owners are leaving the key in the door of the cabin for us. We have found that not too many places out here have night desk people. Checked out the cabin before brought in girls. Quaint and just what we needed. Asked for a double double but ended up with a double queen and a twin. Parked two feet from the door made shuffling sleeping beauties easy. Night
Steps taken: 230 Charging most of the day... okay like all day
Miles driven: 237.4