Wide Open Spaces

Road Trip 2017 Part 2 took us to, in this writer's opinion, the most beautiful space on earth. Driving down Highway 189 was like peeling back a curtain to the beauty and majesty of this planet. Our Creator put so much time and effort into this space. He created the Grand Tetons to take your breath away.

We arrived in the sleepy town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was to be our base for six glorious days of exploration. I, painstakingly, choose our residence. The Pony Express Motel is a quiant motel that transforms you back to the Old West. The manager greeted us upon arrival and showed us to our family room, complete with bunk beds for the kids! We arrived starving and craving Italian. He recommended a cute restaurant Artesian Pizza, that was just 5 minutes away. A huge relief to this grumpy mommy! If you ever make it to Jackson Hole, stop by and have the Chicken Picatta or a pizza. Either way, you will not be disappointed.

After a restful night, we were ready to explore and could not wait to get to Grand Teton National Park! Grand Teton National Park is a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, fishing and other forms of recreation. There are more than 1,000 drive-in campsites and over 200 miles of hiking trails that provide access to backcountry camping areas. It is known for its world-renowned trout fishing; the park is one of the few places to catch Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout. Grand Teton has several National Park Service-run visitor centers, and privately-operated concessions for motels, lodges, gas stations and marinas.

Normally, I'm up for a robust hike, but the continual warnings of bear attacks had me completely unnerved. I wasn't about to buy or rent bear spray because hiking wasn't happening! So, we headed to do the loop through the park. Our journey started out on Moose-Wilson Road which is north of Jackson Hole. There are many opportunities for scenic drives throughout the Tetons. No drive is better than another because each is beautiful.

This eight-mile loop is lined with chokecherry, hawthorn bushes and native grasses. Moose-Wilson Road snakes through hillsides and wetlands. Things to see along the drive include access to Granite Canyon, Phelps Lakes and Death Canyon trail heads. Be sure to stop at several of the many scenic outlook points. Each view is simply amazing. I knew that I had chosen the right place to visit when all the Teen could say was how awesome the views were! Seriously, like every five minutes.

We arrived back to the village that evening starving again! Somehow mountain exploration revved up our hunger daily! I had the best intentions