Last Monday I got to spend the day in Seattle with my friend Jessica, from You Did What With Your Weiner. If you don’t know Jessica and her blog, you should have a look. We met roughly 5 years ago when we both started blogging. We have seen each other a few times in person, but always at a conference were there isn’t much time to hang out. So when I knew we were coming this way, I was super excited to be able to spend some real time with Jessica.
I got up at the butt crack of dawn, and got on the ferry with Al to Seattle in the morning. I’m always up to take him to the ferry anyway. Jessica met me right off the ferry, we loaded the dogs in the car, and off we went. It was pretty rainy so going for a walk with our dogs needed to wait a bit. We went to her house to hang out for a while, and I got to meet her incredibly nice hubby.
Once the rain stopped, we went to a way cute pet shop that is near her, where I almost found a new jacket for Roxy. She was borrowing a jacket from Gretel, Jessica’s dachshund. But the one I found was just a bit too big so she would have to be the borrower that day.
We then headed to the arboretum. Which is a very cool park that is dog friendly, and has wonderful walking paths. Since I had the camera, Jessica got to be the dog wrangler and try to get everyone to pose for a picture. She had the treats though, so that got everyone’s attention.
If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you already know were we are.
We pulled into the Gros Ventre campground on Monday. We wanted to wait till the weekenders were gone, so we could be in a spot we know we love. This is our fourth summer staying here, and it always feels like coming home. Even the dogs know we are home when we get here.
This is about the only time we stay in a campground, but in the Jackson Hole area, options are limited. There are places to boondock here, but they can be kinda far from town. The Gros Ventre campground is basically boondocking anyway, as there are no hookups at all. Situated right along the Gros Ventre river in Grand Teton national park, it’s pretty ideal. Our favorite spot is close to the river, and we all love it. When the afternoons get hot, we can just walk down and cool off.
Torrey has finally decided that swimming is an alright thing.
Since Sunday was my birthday, I wanted to go for a hike. I think we have hiked every year for the past 8 or 9 years. Mr Google told me there was a hiking trail not too far from us, so off we went.
Big Elk Creek is a beautiful area. The creek ends up in a nice size lake that adjoins Palisades reservoir. The trail goes up the canyon for miles, but we didn’t go quite that far. It is unusually hot here right now, and none of us were up for a marathon hike.
The creek is beautiful, and the forest is super thick here.