Yellowstone National Park has been on our list for a while now. But R and I could never figure out our vacation times good enough to take a week off. It seemed that way cause the affordable air tickets were to Salt Lake City , which is a 5 hr drive to Yellowstone. All the other closer airports had ticket prices that made traveling to Europe look easier. So, when we were planning our annual ritual of a Memorial Day weekend at a national park, I did not even consider looking at Yellowstone.
But as fate would have it, I found a deal from United Airlines that had flights from Austin to Jackson Hole with a stopover in Denver (<5 hrs travel time). Bonus points, R gets to travel from Pittsburgh to Denver and we could go to Jackson Hole in the same flight. That kind of coincidence never happens with us long distance couple planning a vacation. Needless to say, I was ecstatic and tickets were booked in less than an hour and the itinerary planning began:). What added to the fun was a couple that we are close friends with decided to join us on this trip!
If you have read our previous posts you would know that I usually do the hotel bookings but R surprised me with his choice of a lodge. He convinced me it was worth the money to book our stay at Jackson lake lodge within the Grand Teton national park and I love him all the more for it. Read on and you’ll know why 😉
So the plan was to spend 4 days in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, see bears, hike and in general unplug, rest and unwind.
How we got there:
Sheena, RD and I flew together from Austin to Denver where R joined us. The flight from Denver to Jackson Hole is what RD would call the highlight of his trip. Your flight flies past the giant range of mountains to make it to the landing strip and as you disembark and look behind you see the Grand Teton mountain range in all its glory. The fact that we got there at sunset was an added ‘this is awesome’ moment.
We made our way to the motel close to the airport to wind down for the day. The plan was to finish a couple of easy hikes the next day before we got to our lodge for lunch.