I woke up just before 5:00 a.m. and watched the sun rise from our cabin window. They do sunrises and sunsets very well at the Signal Mountain Lodge. The morning sky was cloudy, which made the sky look all the more impressive.
We cooked breakfast in our room again, taking advantage of the last time on our trip that we would have access to a stove. The next time I take a vacation in the Yellowstone/Grand Teton area, I will make sure to book rooms with kitchens like the one at Signal Mountain Lodge. Being dependent on the resort restaurant food is expensive, unpleasant, and fattening.
We headed back to Jackson, Wyoming, for the last couple of days of our trip. Our plans for the day were to visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art and to explore the Jackson Town Square.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art is located 2.5 miles north of the town square in Jackson, Wyoming, where it overlooks the National Elk Refuge. In addition to some truly amazing art exhibits, the museum has a Children’s Discovery Gallery that provided a lengthy playtime for the children.
The best meal of the trip so far had been at the Mangy Moose the night we first arrived in Jackson. Nothing we had eaten during the trip came close to the quality of the meal they had served us. We were hopeful that we would find more good meals in Jackson before our vacation was over, and we were not disappointed.
After settling into our room at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we ate a late lunch at their restaurant downstairs. It was basically what would be described as “bar food” at that time of day, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. We then took the kids swimming in the heated outdoor pool, which was a good way to burn off some of their energy.
We spent some time exploring Jackson Square, which could be an all-day experience in itself. We then had dinner at the Snake River Grill. We walked in and were seated immediately, though they did say it was the only table for four available. This was the only meal on our trip that was as good as the one we had at the Mangy Moose.
We followed our dinner with a walk to Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream, which is a must-go ice cream parlor for anyone traveling to Jackson Hole. The line to get inside stretched out the front door and halfway down a side street, but the store was so well staffed and organized the line actually moved quite quickly. Even if it had taken a long time, it would have been worth the wait.
Our room at the Snow King Resort had two nice queen beds, a coffee pot, and a big television. The children were thrilled to have access to a television again. We wound up staying up late watching a show called The Last Alaskans on Animal Planet and discussing issues it raised about wildlife, hunting, and living in the wild.