PedFest 16: South Fork to Jackson Hole to Yellowstone and back …

I took somewhat of a vacation last week from the bloggy blog. I was going to post something on Wednesday or Thursday before leaving for Labor Day Weekend. But, I got to Tuesday and just thought … “meh.” So, I just didn’t write anything. And, I am fine with that.

This past weekend I spent time in Idaho including a day in Jackson Hole and Yellowstone with my cousins. About 6-7 years ago some of my cousins and I made the decision to get our cousins together regularly. Maybe not every year, but at least every other year.

Growing up we would spend summers together and we wanted to make sure we kept those relationships going as we spread out around the country, raised kids and did our own thing. I am sure glad we’ve made the effort, because these “PedFests” as we like to call them have become something I look forward to every other year. It doesn’t matter where we go, just that we meet up. We’ve done Park City, Wyoming and now Idaho — especially the South Fork area near Ririe, Idaho (if you know where that is …)

This trip we stayed at my Aunt’s cabin for the most part, but on Saturday we made a day trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. It was a long day, but quite the adventure — as it always is with the Pederson clan.

We picniced near Jenny Lake, drove around the Tetons, shopped near town square in Jackson and then meandered around Yellowstone. We made the obligatory stop at Old Faithful as well as some fun hikes around some other geysers. We didn’t see much wildlife (one buffalo, a dozen elk and some German tourists), but we did see a wildfire burn on the roadside near Madison Junction. That was pretty cool. Callie got the biggest kick out of it than any of us.

Anyways — I won’t give you a full travel dialogue. I’ll let my pictures tell the story (well and their captions). I’ll update my mileage and talk a bit more about this weekend’s marathon a bit later this week. I’ll be playing catch up the next couple of days at work so that’s my focus (as it always is).

But, enjoy the pictures and come back later this week …

10am departure goal, 2pm departure time. This is how we road trip. #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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Behold Idaho! Now to take myself a nap. #idaho #roadtrip #laborday2016 #pedfest16

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Hitting up the Idaho ATM. #pedfest16 #laborday2016 #idaholottery

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This is why I play the lottery … THE BIG BUCKS BABY! #pedfest16 #laborday2016 #idaholottery

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Aunt Kelli reading a riveting bedtime story. #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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This is how you road trip in style and comfort. #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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HOLY JACKSON! Those are a lot of antlers. #pedfest16 #laborday2016 #jacksonhole

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Dez kids. What PedFest is all about! #pedfest16 #laborday2016 #jacksonhole

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Aw, the Grand Tetons, nature’s boobs. #pedfest16 #laborday2016 #grandtetons #nps

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Nature’s hot tub (but not a real hot tub) #pedfest16 #yellowstone #nps #laborday2016

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Dad training. #oldfaithful #yellowstone #nps #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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A geyser full of Windex. Odds are us Greeks invented it. #yellowstone #nps #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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This is definitely a piece of heaven. #idahosunset #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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Picking up some hitchhikers. #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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A room full of family. I cherish these moments. #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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You know it was a wild n’ crazy night when one of the kids wake up like this. #pedfest16 #laborday2016

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