Explore WY {Colter Bay – Grand Tetons}

I’ve had a few requests for more details on our trip itinerary and general tips regarding doing a trip like this with 5 kids. I am going to go ahead and keep posting as I go and then at some point I will add in a few posts answering all those broad topic questions. Internet is really spotty – right now I am doing laundry and have wifi. Soon, I’ll head back to the trailer and will be off the grid again. So, if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask them and I will try to answer them later.

Chris has always wanted to visit Jackson Hole, WY. Instead of staying in town, we camped at Colter Bay on Jackson Lake. This location is in the Tetons and gave us access to Jackson Hole and West Yellowstone. We spent five days at Colter Bay and really loved our time there. One night we went into Jackson Hole. I think if it were just Chris and I we might have explored there a bit more, but with 5 kids in tow it just didn’t sound fun to me. The antler arches at the town square were the highlight for the kids.

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This was on Father’s Day 🙂 ISO 100, 1/320, f/2.86.14colterbay1-2

From Colter Bay we explored the Tetons – stunning. ISO 100, 1/125, f/4.06.14colterbay1-3

Colter Bay at Jackson Lake. ISO 100, 1/160, f/106.14colterbay1-4

My oldest daughter came alive on the dock…singing and dancing like it was her very own stage. I attempted to get pictures of her performance, but a certain brother had other plans. ISO 250, 1/100, f/106.14colterbay1-5ISO 250, 1/100, f/106.14colterbay1-6

The trees were a dream come true for this climber…so many branches so close together. ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.8 ~ both


I’m pretty sure even if you paid us, we couldn’t take a ‘normal’ family photo. That is fine with me though. This is us and I love us. (the youngest doesn’t like cold!) ISO 100, 1/800, f/2.86.14colterbay1-16

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This guy sat motionless for several minutes as a prairie dog (I think that is what it was!) kept popping its head out and looking at him. ISO 100, 1/100, f/8.06.14colterbay1-7

The Grand Tetons. ISO 100, 1/320, f/8.06.14colterbay1-8

My oldest grabbed a book one day and told me he found the “perfect place to read a book.” Hard to disagree. ISO 100, 1/320, f/8.06.14colterbay1-9ISO 100, 1/250, f/8.06.14colterbay1-10

I dared him to walk across the log without getting his shoes wet. I think he made it about 4 times before he had soggy shoes. Then it snowed for two days and I couldn’t get his shoes dry. Mom fail. ISO 100, 1/200, f/8.06.14colterbay1-11ISO 100, 1/200, f/8.06.14colterbay1-12

I mean really…it almost looks fake! Breathtaking….the girl and the backdrop. ISO 100, 1/250, f/8.06.14colterbay1-13

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