We had a fabulous time in Jackson. I've had a few days to get my ducks back in a row, but that hasn't helped. I still have piles of laundry, and just put away the suitcases yesterday.
My family has taken an annual trip to Jackson for a number of years now, but this year was bigger and better because we were also celebrating my folks' 50th wedding anniversary. Wahoo! And we couldn't have asked for a better trip. Everything just worked out swimmingly. I'll let the pictures do the talking, mostly.
We went for a hike and the kids did really well. We took a wrong turn and got lost, which ended up being a significant shortcut, saw an adolescent bear (no mother in sight).
Hubby and Thing 2 at Phelp's Lake
At these family outings my daughters are inseparable from their favorite cousin, who is right in between them in age. She's the tallest one on the right.
My folks, whose 50th is next month
We also had a cannon ball contest in the pool (I was a judge, not a participant). This is the line of judges, I'm in the middle. Thing 2 is an excellent cannonballer, by the way, and won her division, but didn't have the mass to take the overall prize.
Hubby and Thing 2
We ALL (including my folks) took a whitewater river raft ride, had a pictures taken by an old-time photographer place, and rented canoes for a day on String lake.
My dad used to be a river guide, he spent several summers in the 50s and 60s guiding inflatable boats down the rivers of southern Utah, and is very handy with a canoe. He took my mom on a little ride.
My sister-in-law and I took the 3 musketeers out for a ride.
We stumbled on a family of ducks. Mohawk ducks. A mom and seven babies. It was fascinating, we floated along with them for a while. The girls were thrilled.
The three girls just like to hang out together, no canoes required. They just played in the water.
Ain't she cute?
Hubby and I took Thing 1 for a ride. You may ask why I'm always in the back of the canoe. When there's cold water and my camera involved, my inner control freak emerges.
Thing 2 wanted to go swimming. You can almost hear her say through her chattering teeth, "Can I stop smiling for the camera and get back in the boat already?"
We also rented two kayaks, but I didn't find them as easy to maneuver.
Hubby and I took a kayak out once, though, and there was a sort of canoe rendezvous, with the two canoes with my brother and sister and spouses and some of the kids all out on the lake
We had a great trip. My niece said "Can we do all this again next year?" We'll come to Jackson again, but some of the extra activities were special for the 50th anniversary. "When is the next 50th?" You've got about 28 years to go.