Monday, January 08, 2007

Grand Tetons

So much to tell... where to begin?

~ Untied Airlines (yes, I meant to type "Untied")... never again. Bags? What bags? Customer service? What service? Trip home? 40 hours, including an unscheduled overnight in Denver (not due to snow but to understaffing resulting in a 2-1/4 hour delay).

~ But the mountains... oh my. El Shaddai: Usually translated in the Hebrew Scriptures "God Almighty." One possible translation: "God of the Mountains." Another possible translation: "God with Breasts." Grand Tetons.

~ Watching Petra and Larry-O tubing, snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling (called in Wyoming "snow-machining")... priceless.

~ Seeing my 85-year-old dad beaming at all four of his grandchildren... beautiful, heartbreaking.

~ No cell phone reception... a mixed blessing.

~ Being with my sister-in-law Rose...a joy.

~ Being with my brother... a puzzle.

~ Driving a Dodge 4 X 4 up the hairpin turns on the mountain and then down again... strangely empowering.

~ For next time: Inn of the Lost Horizon... nestled on the side of the Grand Targhee mountain. An unimposing A-frame building with a tiny sign. Seats 12. The chef makes you what he likes that evening... a pan-Asian adventure I missed this time, but want to experience.

~ Having an adventure...being alive!


steve said...

Good to have you back, Mags! Sounds like your trip was quite the adventure.

Gannet Girl said...

The Tetons are among my favorite places ~ how incredible to be there in the winter!

more cows than people said...

welcome home, mags! glad you made it safely, glad you got snow for the holidays, sorry for the travel frustrations (my sister lost her bag with all her handmade christmas presents in it! and had wretched customer "service" experiences- twas a rough season for travel), look forward to catching up more soon.

Stacey said...

Love, love, LOVE the Tetons. I'm a bit envious! Welcome back.

Iris said...

Oh, this makes me homesick! Not too many non-Wyomingites know about Grand Targhee (at least not when I was growing up). Absolutely fabulous!

Snow-machines? This Wyoming girl has never heard them called that before! Must be a Northwest corner thing!

Glad you had a good time. Sorry about Denver. That airport was supposed to be the one where luggage was never lost. Ha!