California bound – Day five: Yellowstone to Salt Lake City

Our favorite little pit-stop in Jackson Hole, WY. Fun fact: the Kardashians have a second home here.
Our favorite little pit-stop in Jackson Hole, WY. Fun fact: the Kardashians have a second home here.

 

Today we were offered the luxury of sleeping in, and taking our time to check out of our cabin, which rejuvenated us for the drive ahead. Today was the shortest drive of the trip-about 5.5 hours-so we decided to spend some time in Jackson Hole, WY before our day’s destination in Salt Lake City, UT.

 

When we arrived at our cabin, the receptionist at the front desk reminded us to keep all of our food locked in our car or in our cabins with us due to lots of bear activity in the area. We kept half of the food in the car, and half in the cabin. We woke up the next morning to find suspicious handprints, or paw marks on our doors. Perhaps some bear activity?
When we arrived at our cabin, the receptionist at the front desk reminded us to keep all of our food locked in our car or in our cabins with us due to lots of bear activity in the area. We kept half of the food in the car, and half in the cabin. We woke up the next morning to find suspicious hand prints, or paw marks on the doors and windows of the car. Perhaps some bear activity?

 

We checked-out around 10:30 and poked around in the gift shop and convenience store. One item we saw in most of the gift shops and stores around Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons were huckleberry flavored everything: jam, syrup, chocolate, tea, jellybeans lotion and soap. Not wanting to have to bring too much more with us in the car, we bought a four-pack of huckleberry tea. We will definitely send an update on how good it was after we get settled in.

 

On our way to Salt Lake City, we had to drive through the Grand Teatons National Park. This was one of the sights we saw driving along the highway, and mom's favorite vista of the entire trip.
On our way to Salt Lake City, we had to drive through the Grand Tetons National Park. This was one of the sights we saw driving along the highway, and mom’s favorite vista of the entire trip.

 

The Grand Teatons.
The Grand Tetons.

 

We arrived to Jackson Hole around noon, filled up on gas and parked the car next to this cute little historic playhouse.

 

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The playhouse is the oldest still-standing structure in all of Jackson. Before it was a playhouse, it was a bowling alley, post office and cattle house (all at different times, of course).

 

The inside of the playhouse.
The inside of the playhouse. There was also an old-fashioned theater in the back.

 

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Connected to the playhouse was a historic saloon. The bartenders’ costumes were incredible. They let mom take a picture. ūüôā

 

Mom and I perused the cute, fashion-forward boutiques along the main street of Jackson. We then decided to grab a late lunch at Cafe Genevive, another historic spot in town. We picked them mainly because of their shaded outdoor seating.

 

The Cafes speciality was all things pork-particularly candied pork bits, of which I was not particularly fond of.
The Cafe’s specialty is¬†all things pork-particularly candied pork bits, of which I was not particularly fond of.

 

Green salad with feta, cucumbers, tomato, and candied pork bits. Mom got a pork sandwich. We ended up switching because the candied pork was a bit too much for me.
Green salad with feta, cucumbers, tomato, and candied pork bits. Mom got a pork sandwich. We ended up switching because the candied pork was a bit too much for me.

 

After Jackson, we drove straight to Salt Lake City. We drove through Idaho…really wasn’t much to see. Lots of cows and rolling hills. All of the towns we drive through had more livestock than people.

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Obligatory state sign pic. This was definitely the easiest sign to snap a photo of, not a single car passed us while taking this photo.

We made it to Salt Lake City around 7 p.m. and checked into our sketchy hotel. Coming from the luxury cabins in the Tetons to this budget hotel in Salt Lake was a little rough, but we made it.

The hallway of our hotel. I think one of the lights was flickering.
The hallway of our hotel. I think one of the lights was flickering.

For dinner we went to Red Iguana, the best Mexican restaurant in town. I’m not kidding. They were literally voted the best Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City, numerous times.

Missing home a little bit, I ordered the posole in a large bowl. I didn’t realize it would THIS large.

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Mmm, posole. Ended up taking the rest back to the hotel with us to bring to Sacramento. It was that good.

Tomorrow is the day! Only 649 miles to go, see you tomorrow Sacramento!

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