Thursday, April 19, 2018

eating waffles at the top of the world

as we checked out of hotel terra, i got the bean to take this:


and then we finally headed out to do something we'd been trying to catch over the last couple of days - the gondola that would take us up to the top of the mountain.



to be honest, rides like that actually scare the crap out of me - what if the cable snaps?  what if we get stuck?  what if king kong shows up and plucks us right off of there? - but i sucked it up and found a spot right in front.  we were surrounded by eager skiers and snowboarders who were in a rush to get up there and start heading down the mountain, and while i was kind of annoyed at these grown ass adults pushing and shoving to get on, i just tried to ignore them and relax.


when we got up to the top, we were again pushed around as we stepped out of the gondola and tried to stay out of the way.  while there isn't really anything to do for non-skiers up there, we were pretty happy to find that the little building was a rest stop with fresh waffles and hot chocolate.






the souvenir hound-slash-sucker in me really wanted one of these, but i restrained myself.


instead, i was super happy with a cup of hot chocolate and a nutella-filled waffle.


when we were done, we went back outside to take a look around now that the gaggle of eager beavers was gone.  it was frigid and windy and there wasn't much visibility because it was snowing on us, but we didn't care - we were loving being up there.



we headed back to the station to wait for the next gondola to take us back down to the base of the mountain.



it was a nice quiet ride back, since everyone was more interested in coming up and skiing down.



and then it was time to get back in the car to head out of wyoming, cut through a little corner of idaho and back into utah.  i kept missing the "welcome to" signs at the borders, but i managed to catch at least one.




we tried to stop for one of these "world famous" raspberry shakes, but all of the places were locked up tight.


in logan, we came across this little spot and decided to stop because we love historic holes-in-the-wall like this.



they had an old-fashioned candy counter and a soda fountain, and we chose to sit at the bar because it's always more fun than a boring old table.




and then just like that, we were back in salt lake city and checking into the hotel monaco again.


i really want one of these giant scrabble boards.  how fun is that?


because we'd had lunch so late, we weren't super hungry for dinner.  the hub opted to head down to the hotel bar to hang out and grab a drink while the bean and i chose to relax in our pajamas and order room service.  it was a nice way to unwind after another long drive, and it hit us all that our fantastic road trip was almost at its end.

one more stop - vegas!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

eat, sleep, snow, repeat

we decided to venture out of the hotel for breakfast the next morning.  we'd seen a couple of fun-looking spots while out shopping in town the day before, so after getting ready for the day we headed on out.


we settled on persephone bakery, which looked super cute and had a pretty good-looking menu.



it was as small as it was cute, and it was pretty popular as people streamed in to grab coffees and pastries.  we managed to find a spot at the community table and sat down to wait for our food.


the hub enjoyed his dirty chai latte.


the truffled prosciutto sandwich was pretty much the best thing ever.


the bean had a basic croissant breakfast sandwich, and the hub went with the italian:


after our bellies were nice and warm, we decided to go for a nice drive.  the annual pass we bought for the national parks back in zion came in handy again as we entered grand teton national park.


we were only given access to about 26 miles' worth of the scenic roads, with the rest of the park and all of the services inside still closed down for the winter.  still, it was a pretty drive and we were hoping to come across some wildlife.






we were pretty excited when we spotted this fox, sitting there quietly watching us as intently as we stared at him.


and then we reached the turnaround point, just before we would have exited grand teton and moved up into yellowstone.  we were pretty bummed to miss it, because we were so close to old faithful and there was no way we could get in to see it.  oh well.


the bean knocked out in the back seat as we headed back towards the entrance to the park.


the hub really wanted to see a moose, and he was so stoked when he finally spotted one through the trees, standing there quietly munching on branches and snow.


and a little further down the road, before exiting the park we pulled over so the bean could get a little snow play in.  she was excited to get out and make some snowballs to hurl at her daddy and me.


and then she decided to sit down and make a snowman.  or, more accurately, a snow BB-8.


back at our hotel, we decided to hit up the mangy moose for dinner.


it was full of all sorts of antiques and fun stuff to look at all around us - on the walls, in the waiting area, even on the ceiling.



 it was a pretty simple menu:


we started with the crispy brussels sprouts, which people on yelp seemed to rave about.  i usually love brussels sprouts, but these were oily and soggy and not as delicious as i'd hoped.


the bean had gone with a simple burger and the hub chose something that just didn't photograph well at all, but i got a shot of my beef filet.  it was pretty tasty, which was a relief after those brussels sprouts.


after getting the bean and me settled back up in our room, the hub headed back down to the hotel bar to grab a drink and hang out a little.  he didn't stay long though, and came back up to watch some tv with me before we finally fell asleep.  it was our last night in jackson hole and our vacation was more than halfway over.  so sad.
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