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[ The West, Day 03 ] : Grand Tetons

On Friday we dragged ourselves out of bed after our late night and hit the road for Grand Tetons National Park.    During the drive through the Idaho landscape I was able to capture one of my favorite pictures…

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The beauty of a simple barley field was simply inspiring…

From Idaho Falls it was another 2.5 hour drive to Grand Tetons Park.   While the drive was definitely not something that we were doing backflips over but… by staying a couple hours out we were able to get a nice hotel for an incredibly reasonable rate on Priceline.  The ability to stay under budget on our hotels was a huge saver for us…

As we did the day before, we stopped by the Ranger station and asked which trailhead we should tackle.  The ranger on duty recommended the Taggert Lake Trailhead.

This trail was a 3 mile round trip hike and it was gorgeous… it was actually probably our most favorite hike.  The trail led us by rushing water, over bridges, through forest, through prairie and ended at a gorgeous view of Taggert Lake.

Here’s a few glimpses of our views…

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After we finished our hike we headed toward the amazingly cute town of Jackson.  That area is referred to as Jackson Hole and is definitely a tourist location but is a definite must stop…

The town has got some great shops as well as one of the largest structures of antler sheds.  The town square actually has four arches where you can grab a photo op…

That evening we headed to the Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner and Show.  This was located just minutes from downtown Jackson and was a family-friendly event that all of us enjoyed.

When we arrived at Bar J you check in and get your seating information.  From there you can get an early drink from the canteen or simply enjoy the complementary pan biscuits that are cooked over coal and served with honey… they were delicious.

The dinner bell rings and everyone filters through a mess hall style line where you’re served a portion of meat (your choice of chicken, ribs, pulled beef, etc.), a baked potato, applesauce, ranch beans, spice cake, tea and lemonade.

After everyone gets there fill the entertainment begins…  The Bar J Chuckwagon is a family owned and operated ranch and the entertainment is full of family as well…  the music is cowboy country…   It was delightful and each of the men on the stage were fantastically talented…

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After the last song we loaded up in the van and hit the road anxious to get back to the hotel and grateful to not have to get up early in the morning.

[ T R I P T R I C K S ]

  • Make advance reservations for Bar J Chuckwagon here : http://www.barjchuckwagon.com
  • Pack a snack, small backpack and plenty of water for the hike to Taggert Lake
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