After our stay in Kansas, E and I rented a car and drove to Jackson Hole, WY/Victor, ID for a wedding of some friends of mine from nursing school (more on the driving in a separate post). We left Kansas on Wednesday, stopped in Denver for a night and then arrived in Jackson Hole on Thursday night. E’s friend’s family has a vacation home in Teton Village, and so we were able to stay there for the weekend. When I heard about the arrangement, I expected a two bedroom cabin, but instead found ourselves in a multi-bedroom (I think 14 people could have stayed there comfortably) house, complete with a garage, kitchen, patio and indoor hot tub. Pretty awesome.
On Friday, we slept in and then made our way over to Grand Teton National Park, where we did a short 4h hike through Death Canyon. The views were absolutely breathtaking and it felt good to move around a bit after two days in the car. My legs and feet still didn’t feel quite recovered from the Camino and we didn’t bring enough water with us (turns out you need more at 6000 feet plus of elevation), but the hike still felt easy without the weight of a pack. After our hike, we took a soak in the hot tub and then got ready for N and L’s rehearsal dinner. I reconnected with several friends from school at the dinner – it was nice to see people and hear about their summers and I think it was also helpful in preparing me to go back to school. We turned in shortly after speeches were made and took a second soak in the tub.
The next day, we went for a hour long trail ride on horseback. At first, I was super nervous (I was convinced I’d F- it up somehow), but the horses knew what to do even if I didn’t and our trail guide was a sweet 18 year old, straight out of high school, who started working with horses two seasons ago. In the end, I wished that we had done a two-hour ride and have now become completely obsessed with horseback riding. After our ride, we got some lunch at a Thai place, walked around Teton Village a bit and then took a soak in the hot tub again (I swear the hot tub fixed me in a way that nothing up until now had). Then we headed over the pass to Idaho for N and L’s wedding.
The wedding was lovely. N had tried on dresses for me when we were in New Haven, but I never found out which one she had finally settled on. The one she ended up picking was gorgeous and suited her perfectly. The ceremony was sweet and uniquely them and they wrote and said their own vows, which gets me every time. The reception was tons of fun and the food was delicious and then we danced the night away. N and L – so happy for both of you! Congratulations and thank you for inviting me and E to be a part of the celebration! Love!