Wanted to thank everyone for all the advice in our pre-trip planning. We really had a nice five day trip using Jackson as our base while visiting both national parks. One highlight was viewing a mother bear and THREE cubs while going through Grand Teton- that encounter had a mob pulled over taking photos! Of course we also viewed countless bison and a coyote- we were a bit surprised that we never spotted a single moose or elk- on our last trip many years ago they were everywhere- luck of the draw I guess! We were hoping to see a moose eating on our hike around Jenny Lake , but nothing
to be seen at the pond!
We stayed at Days Inn and were very pleased with the room and the breakfast- there was abit of a mix up at the end with the bill- and we are still waiting to see what is posted to our charge card before we post our review- it was corrected at the desk , but left us a bit suspect ...
Like a recent poster , we were surprised by the large number of Eastern European employees- seasonal I guess and all quite fluent in English-but we heard the accent everywhere we went- our cashier at Albertson's told us he was from Poland. We also agreed with that poster about teh high cost of restaurant food- and we are from a tourist area ourselves. We also founds most eating places very crowded and parking pretty difficult- the "Smart" bus is a great idea! Perhaps our problem is that we prefer our larger meal in the midday. We were having a tough time finding trout served at that time of day, but fortunately for us happened into the 89 Diner- certainly not a fancy place, but they had "trout and eggs" as a late breakfast item and we were able to get it served for lunch with salad instead- it was delicious ( simply grilled) and only $11.95! We also went to Sidewinders across the street from our motel and to a little "joint" on the nearby corner whose name I forget, but they had a great happy hour- but a really limited menu- mainly pseudo Mexican. We to some extent resorted to take out items from Albertsons and wine and cheese snacking in our room. The Parks were not crowded at all, so we were abit surprised the town was still so full. We had a nice morning at Teton Village and the gondola ride.- ended up with burgers at the basement snack bar at Mangy Moose.
We had inquired here about taking a balloon ride, but on further investigation decided against it when we haerd the balloons hold up to 12 and that the ride can be less than an hour for over $200 pp- probably wouldn't have happened anyway as the wind was quite light while we were theer - the parasailers on Bridger folded up and left because of lack of wind.
All in all a great trip and certainly a nice change form the summer heat of Florida and the perpetual hurricane watch!
At any rate , we saw great scenery, had perfect weather etc and found everyone friendly and helpful.
Thanks again for all the information!