My hubby, nicknamed “Amphibian” by me, always enjoys the water sports, snorkeling, water ski, swimming, diving, boating etc. He announced in the morning the first day we stayed at the Jackson Lake Lodge that the activity planned for that day was hiking. We would hike about 2.5 miles around the Jenny’s lake, visit a waterfall called “the Hidden” fall, and came back with the ferry across the lake. I was excited. However, as we finished our brunch and visited the visitor’s center, he and the kids were talking about kayaking instead. I had to use my executive power to revert to our original plan. We had a beautiful hike along the lake and enjoyed the serenity of the waterfall. With our many vacations over the years, I can count the number of hiking we did with the fingers in one hand. This was the most enjoyable one with the hubby not being grumpy.
Reading and family fun
My older son brought along a book: The distant land of my father which was his required summer reading. He mentioned that he did not really like it after finishing it. Being the book loving person, I started to read the book as well. I commented in the beginning that I did not like it either. My son asked me why I was still reading the book if I did not like it. I told him that I’d like to read the same books with him so that I could stay connected and would have something interesting to discuss with him. The book turned out to be very enjoyable and I was surprised to find out there was prompting questions for the readers as well at the end of the book. I reflected that I always read the novel for the storyline without analyzing the literal meaning and the usage of the words. This is an eye opener and a learning process for me as well.
We spent long time in the car going from places to places. We spotted many animals, brown/black bars, moose, bison, elk, etc. By the end of our week there, we all have our own nicknames identified with animals. Mommy is the elegant elk, “Didi” is the majestic moose, “GeGe” is the buffy bison, and Daddy is the bossy bear. “ Didi” even made a “believe it or not” video depicting Daddy’s “road rage” driving habit.
We took a morning breakfast cruise at the Colta bay, got a taste of grilled trout for breakfast for the first time; we spent an hour on a boat in the Yellowstone Park Lake with the kids on the wheel; we enjoyed an hour kayaking in Jenny’s lake, splashing water to each other. “GeGe” carried “DiDi” to the car when “DiDi” broke his toenail at the Artists point, which attracted lots of attention and made us proud of them both.