Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Birthday Weekend in Jackson

We got to go to Jackson for the weekend, to celebrate my birthday and Luke had some clients to meet. We took off on Saturday with the knowledge that it would probably be snowing for our drive. It took us 8 hours instead of six! The pass on the way to Jackson was crazy and the roads thru the reservation weren't plowed one bit! We did get to see about 8 or so moose in a field on our journey! They were all hunkered down while the snow was falling. What a great sight! It seems they have lost their antlers already- I read somewhere that they loose them once their hormone levels drop after mating season. We finally got in to the Wyoming Inn which was very nice and in a great location. Not too far from the downtown area, but really close to our dinner destinations. We decided to unpack and settle in once we checked in. That's when we noticed that Emmett seemed really warm. He had a bit of a fever on top of the sniffles. A quick dose of Motrin to bring down the fever and away we went to dinner. Luke drove us up to Teton Village which is at the base of the ski resort and we had dinner at the Mangy Moose. It was still snowing and so beautiful at the base of the mountain. We decided to call it an early night with E being sick and such a long day of driving. We woke up the next morning to a great continental breakfast and runny noses for all! Still snowing outside, we couldn't really do to much with all of us getting sick, so we drove over to the elk refuge outside of Jackson. Absolutely amazing. Thousands of elk, as far as the eye can see. You can take sleigh rides out to them and watch them graze, but it was really cold and snowing so we opted for the warmth of our car. Then, we walked around the downtown area for a bit and took some pictures with the famous elk antler arch. We ate some lunch and went back to hotel for E's naptime. Turned out to be naptime for he and daddy. I got a few minutes of shut eye and watched some cooking shows in the peace and quiet myself. Then we went out to dinner for my birthday. I have been dreaming of the green beans at this restaurant, the Gunbarrel. We had dinner there when we were in Jackson last year. The steak is fabulous, mashed potatoes are unbelievable, and the beans- were not as good as I remember. I remember that they were so good that I described them to be cooked in crack! Maybe being pregnant has changed my taste buds some, but Luke seemed to think that they were just as good. Anyway, I had a glass of wine with dinner that made up for them. And now I feel like I can eat elsewhere in town and try some of the other amazing places I've read about. We walked home(in the snow!) and had all intentions of putting Emmett to bed and playing cards by the fire in the lobby with the monitor on. Emmett cried and cried and we gave up and went to bed, Emmett between us on the king size bed. He slept like a dream. Luke went to work on Monday morning, meeting and greeting a few new clients, while Emmett and I held down the fort at the hotel(while we watched the snow falling outside). Luke finished early so we could get out of town before we got snowed in. The ride home was actually not so bad. It quit snowing about 30 minutes outside of town and the roads cleared up after we got thru the pass. Great night to sleep in our own beds and dream of the weekend we had away.

Well, we are all still sick and had a meager celebration last night. I made a Jiffy cake and earlier had picked up dinner at Albertsons. Nice and simple. I couldn't have asked for a better night. Thanks to all of you that sent birthday wishes and gifts. I loved them all.

Photos: Moose in field, Luke and E at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village, Luke and E under the antler arch, Emmett and Luke with the buffalo Downtown Jackson, Elk refuge(all of the little brown dots are elk!).