My husband and I found out that you don’t need a lot of money to go on a vacation. We didn’t have enough money since we were raising two kids but we wanted to take them to a place outside of the normal, where they would appreciate their parents, the road and nature before they grew up into their teen years and by then no longer want our company. Airplane travel was out of the question. My children were 9 and 10 in 2000.
We set our sites on Wyoming particularly the amazing Grand Teton National Park. The park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. Elevation is 13,800 above sea level. “The naming of the mountains is attributed to early 19th-century French-speaking trappers—les trois tétons (the three teats) was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons. (Wikipedia)”
We stayed at a motel in Jackson Hole and drove to the park. A 7 day entrance pass for Grand Teton and Yellowstone was at that time $25. To maximize the monies we made a side trip to Yellowstone. As of 2017 entrance fee went up to $30 but Yellowstone National Park now has a separate entrance fee.
Trip Planners are very helpful. We chose the Jenny Lake Trip Planner. We got on a boat and explored the Jenny Lake district. It was getting very cold. You could see dark clouds rolling in. We hiked up enjoying the mountain scenery, passed through forested trails and finding access to meadows. We were so lucky to see a bald eagle and fortunate not to see a bear.
This trip was so memorable and we took a lot of pictures. I actually am revisiting it right now as I write this blog. If you have any plans … the Jenny Lake area is undergoing rehabilitation. Work began in 2014 and will continue into 2018. Check other trip planners. You can go to the National Park Service.