A few more photos from the next portion of our trip to Jackson, Wyoming…

Before I booked our lodging, I had visions of my family staying in a rustic, inexpensive cabin near the Tetons. I searched high and low on VRBO, AirBnB, and other internet sites, but could not find anything. Apparently the entire country heads to Jackson Hole in early August. By splitting up our stay into a couple of places and by splurging, I was able to find lodging for our entire trip.

First, we stayed at the Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa. We stayed in a small “cabin” with its own front porch. The cabin was more like a hotel room in an individual building. It had a luxurious bathroom (I discovered I am not a fan of rain showers since all it did was wash the shampoo into my eyes.), a king-sized bed, a sofa bed, and a small fridge. The hotel rate included a great breakfast and we did take advantage of their heated swimming pool.

There wasn’t a ton of spare floor space for all our suitcases and gear, but we did have room to put the pack and play in a corner. Our youngest slept in that (with the white noise machine cranking near it) and our oldest shared the bed with us. I believe you could also request a pack and play be delivered to your room, but we had enough room in the Thule to fit ours.

The hotel was within walking distance to the town square and we made that trek a couple of times. Because shopping with the boys isn’t fun and dining can go either way, we bought lunch at a coffee shop one day and ate it in the square. We also took the kids to a playground to burn off some energy. But mainly I enjoyed being on the grounds of the hotel–so lush and green and complete with a small river and a little mountain and a tee-pee. We ordered room service meals a couple of times which was far more relaxing than going into town to eat.

One night we did make it out and we headed to Calico, which is an Italian restaurant located a bit out of town. They were so accommodating, giving us a porch table that allowed for my two-year-old to be a bit active. There is also a huge lawn here with kids playing with balls and running around–a great bonus when eating with little ones.

The Tetons.

The Tetons. - My first view of the Tetons, as photographed from the car...I wasn't expecting complete flatness until these impressive peaks.

Town Square.

Town Square. - A great place to have a picnic with your little ones.

A rare photo of me and the boys.

A rare photo of me and the boys. - I am sharing this with you just so you know who you're dealing with!

Inside the tee-pee.

Inside the tee-pee. - I just could not take enough photos of the boys and the tee-pee at the Rustic Lodge and Spa...the boys, on the otherhand, had other ideas.

Outside the tee-pee.

Outside the tee-pee. - This little guy was only happy if he could grab something and shove it in his mouth. Although this stage can be comical, I am looking forward to it being over.

All images © Susannah Allen 2015

Ah, summer. And what more says summer than the Great American Road Trip? Last month, my husband and I bravely loaded up our 8 month old and 2+ year old to head up to the playground that is Jackson, Wyoming. The drive is about 8 hours, and we did it without any electronic entertainment devices. (Admittedly this is only because I hid that iPad so well from my toddler a couple months ago, that I still haven’t found it.) We more than managed…it wasn’t the same as relaxed traveling without kiddos, but it certainly wasn’t awful.

We spent one night in Casper (home to Mike Devereaux, one of my favorite Baltimore Orioles) in a most wonderful Courtyard Marriott. A clean room, a king-sized bed, refrigeration, and coffee and cocktail options in the lobby are some of my new hotel requirements, and this one met all of those. Plus, it is located very close to a Flying J truck stop. Now that I am the mother to the future Secretary of Transportation (watch out Anthony Foxx), this is an incredible perk–real life tractor trailers, cement mixers, and fuel tankers are 100% guaranteed to result in joy and hours of fascination.

While the king-sized bed entertained the boys during the evening, all of us were piled into it by the middle of the night. This caused only half of us to get any sleep (and not the grown-up half). And all of us were wide awake by 4:30 or so, so we headed on out bright and early. Ugh.

We stumbled across Dubois, WY and its great playground and paved trail just in time to take care of a screaming, hungry baby. We stopped for an hour to eat, play, and expend energy before the final push into Jackson.

Pictures from this portion of our vacation appear below.



All images © Susannah Allen 2015

One of my favorite places on this earth is downtown Annapolis. It was fun to use my scenic city as a backdrop for my little sister’s senior photo session last summer.


All images © Susannah Allen 2014

There is nothing like a newborn baby–so sweet, so soft, so delicious smelling! And while I have thoroughly enjoyed my own two babies as newborns, it is wonderful to spend time with other people’s newborns. All the perks but with a side of sleep for me. So I was excited to head to Boulder for this family newborn session many, many months ago.


All images © Susannah Allen 2014