Up until our arrival in Jackson, WY, I’ve been questioning our decision to do this trip a decent bit. Like starting any new venture it takes awhile to settle into things and get comfortable with the new surroundings. Taking a long term trip with your young family, in close quarters, is no exception. Doubt for me has crept in at times and I have had to rely on J’s positivity more so than usual to stay upbeat and not want to push the ejection button on this wild adventure. (Note – having a co-pilot like J on a trip like this is a must!)
I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at dealing with change, but the fact of the matter is, it’s still a challenging thing for me. For a good two weeks leading up to our maiden voyage, I had cold feet like a penguin. Once again, J was super supportive and I know we wouldn’t be where we are without her. Which is a good thing because once we hit the Tetons, most of the fear, doubt and negative thoughts were pulverized by the amazing views and mountain air of this incredible place. The reason we did this trip was for stops like this. It was like Dorothy making it to Oz, we had made it!
Jackson, surrounded by Grand Teton National Park and Grand Teton National Forest, gave us great hiking, one of the best camping sites imaginable and wildlife aplenty. Other than some challenging sleep, which you can read about here, it was a nearly perfect 3 days.
One day that really helped to recharge the emotional batteries was a “normal day”. It wasn’t quite normal compared to living back home, but we did laundry, exercised (J running and D mtn biking), went to an aquatic center where the kids got to play in a huge kiddie pool and where we got to take much needed showers! We also replenished groceries and generally just acted like residents rather than tourists. I can’t stress the importance of this day and we plan on making this a weekly habit throughout our journey.
I’ve often found during travel, that you can’t out-run your issues or concerns. Sadly, they stick with you no matter where you go. Sometimes, running errands and getting a bit of exercise is just the trick to bring the good stuff from home to you on the road. It worked for us in Jackson.