Grand Teton doesn't get enough credit. In fact, I hadn't heard of it a few months ago. A sad truth, but I'm thrilled to showcase this lovely park on my blog! I considered skipping it to spend an extra day in Yellowstone, however I'm incredibly glad I didn't make that mistake. Here's Seven Glorious Stops in Grand Teton National Park You Need to See...
This was my first legit stop in the park and man, oh man, did it welcome me nicely. Now that I think about it, why isn't this my lock screen wallpaper? I spent about ten minutes taking pictures level with the water and walked back to my car, which is when I took this one. THE ONE I LOVE THE MOST.
I really dig that moment because I spent 30 seconds tops on it. I strongly believe experience is much more valuable than evidence. Of course a travel post won't survive without photos, but honey if you can't tell someone how to navigate the park because you spent the whole time on "photography" -- are you really in the game to be helpful?
Ugh! And the reflection off the lake?! Click the gold headline for its location in the park!
If you only have a half hour in the park, STOP HERE. Hands down, my favorite flippin wonderland. It was interesting though, I saw people stop for a few minutes and keep driving. I was super confused?? IT WAS THE COOLEST PLACE I SAW ALL DAY. You bet I stayed for an hour and journaled. Like the snow?? The lake?? How do you not chill here forever? I mean I was psyched it was less crowded, because hey the more space from people, the better lol. Grand Teton's most precious gem in my opinion!
I drove down to the marina to see if they had bathrooms and look at the boats. When I stepped out, I didn't bring my phone. I imagined the stop taking two minutes. As I walked toward the water, I was shocked. The water was insanely calm. The snowy Tetons looked bigger than ever. Fishing boats sat still to the left of the dock. I went back to grab my phone and immediately thought, "Everyone needs to see this."
I may have mentioned this before, but before each trip, I try to pray about what material I might find. I want these guides to be different for you! I want them to inspire you to ditch the most popular some days, and search for your own hideouts, like Leek's Marina.
The first time I went by this place I said, "I don't have time to stop there. I still have a lot of cool places to go." I said that because I didn't remember reading a single article that recommended going there. It must not be that special. Then I caught myself, "Did I really just say that about God's house?"
On another note, I had prayed to find spots that need more credit, and there I was driving in the opposite direction? I flipped a U-Turn and toured the church. The inside was cozy and charming. A perfect hideaway from crowds and the heat. I was hoping to say a prayer in one of the pews, but a photographer was taking photos of the full interior. Maybe next time.
This is the busiest spot I encountered on this trip! I didn't make it here until noon, because I loved exploring the area by Jackson Lake! Although, I would make it a priority to head here first. I would try to shoot for sunrise, if you can to beat the crowds. This place was so hoppin, there were no parking spots left! I parked on the main road, but the walk down wasn't too bad.
Jenny is great for hiking, taking a ride on their scenic shuttle, or renting a kayak! I followed a trail or two and then loaded up to find my most raved about recommendation: Jenny Lake Overlook!
*Thanks Cale for telling me about this place! :)
Can you imagine having this view out your kitchen window? That'd be so dope. If I had to pick a third favorite, this would be it! Again, I would shoot for early morning to hit this spot. The ledges get a little cramped later in the day and it is a PROJECT tryin to get a pic without someone in it lol!
Wanna hear somethin embarrassing? I drove by this overlook TWICE before I could get my crap together and turn at the right time! The route is a little tricky. It's a one-way, so if you aren't watching, you'll miss the lot! Try to drive extra slow when you see the sign and pull over even if you have the slightest feeling you might be there! You can always drive forward again, but missing the turn will cause ya to take a 10-15 minute loop back around. I learned that the hard way, TWICE lol.
I didn't even know this park had a dam! Lol my bad. I was stoked when I drove over a bridge and saw this beauty! I highly recommend taking the stairs down by the water. There weren't many people here and I was alone, so I was still in "what if I see a bear mode?!?" Lol, I'm ridiculous. I did see a bear cub in Yellowstone though! :)
Anyone have dreams of visiting Hoover Dam? I definitely do! This spot is definitely hyping up that dream again.
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Okay homies, that's it! I hope these stops help you plan a bomb trip to the Tetons! If you have any questions, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot me a DM on Insta!
Have you ever started a devotion routine and failed miserably at keeping up with it? I know I have. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college, when I finally understood the components of a solid routine and their importance. I’ve been following a similar routine for around three years now, so I compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to help you create one that works for you. Here is How to Establish a Manageable Devotion Routine…
Why am I doing this?
Routines are great, but if you are that person who hates themself for missing a day, address that right away. First, don’t be ashamed, but do act against that thinking. I do that by pinpointing my WHY.
*Ask yourself this. Why do I want to start a routine?
When should I do this?
-DON’T make a long list of things you can’t do before, during, or after devo time. I use to have a “don’t check your phone before devos” rule when I did them in the morning. I quickly abandoned that lol. I like to be on my phone for ten minutes after I wake up. I noticed when I wouldn’t allow myself to check it first, I would be more antsy and less focused on the material I was reading. I believe this okay because my devotions usually run an hour long and checking my calls/texts beforehand is important in case something is time sensitive.
-DO throw your phone on do not disturb if you like to play music in the background or will be navigating the bible app. I have my text notifications off, so being on my phone during devos isn’t distracting.
-DON’T pick a time to do them, unless you die without structure. In my opinion, picking times make things messy. What if I stay out late? Wake up early? Oversleep? I do it right when I wake up, no matter the time. Although, if I am detasseling (working from 5am to noonish for The Outfield Inc. ), I take a two-hour nap, and then hit devos right after.
-DO think of it like homework. When I started college, I struggled with digging into scripture every day. I was unorganized and far from disciplined. Then, the homework idea hit me, and I began penciling it into my planner. I would make it my top priority assignment and soon learned devos were vital for my day’s turnout.
-DON’T make yourself write if you’re exhausted. I don’t know how many times I journaled two words, closed it, took a 25-minute nap, and got back at it.
-DO avoid checking the clock. If I’m in a crunch, I set my timer for an hour and wrap up with prayer if it rings before I finish.
-DON’T have an hour before work? I try to do a quick devo, listen to Jesus music while I get ready, and then pray in my car on the way. I did this a lot before my morning waitressing shifts. I always had a much better attitude and outlook on what I could fill my day with.
-I asked my sister for a tip she'd like to share about doing devotionals. “DO pair it with your favorite thing.” A tobacco and vanilla candle. A cup of hazelnut coffee. A toasted everything bagel with cream cheese.
-DO sit in a new spot every morning. The kitchen counter. The glass table by the fireplace. The desk in my dad’s office. Then every now and again I’ll write in bed. My absolute fav is to do them in a hotel room. Everything around me is NEW and DIFFERENT, I get so hyped.
-DO go out of your way to find a pen or marker you love to write with. I use a sharpie pen and it makes devos 10x more fun. Plus, daily handwriting practice ain't a bad thing.
*Note: My favorite candles are from TJ Maxx. (You can find $22 candles for $5-7!)
-DO mix it up. A few books I love are Jesus Calling and Love That Lasts.
This summer, I’m in total bible plan mode. Today, you can catch me doing two at a time lol. I love using the Bible App and it’s FREE. They have countless plans that kick your butt. I wrote a blog post about them here. Ask your friends or boyfriend to download it too and invite them, so you can do one together!
A few plans I haven’t mentioned yet, are great for preparing for a relationship or being in one. I really liked Dateable and Honey, We Need to Talk. These plans are bomb for girls and guys!
-DON’T tackle too much material in one day. I did the one-year bible plan and it took me two years lol. HOWEVER, I didn’t enjoy it until I stopped trying to do three readings in one sitting, to catch up on days missed. PACE YOURSELF. Enjoy the scripture. I don’t HAVE to tell people it took me two years. I did it and that’s the truth isn’t it? DON’T let a timeline define your faith.
-DO pay attention to how you feel afterwards. This is when I narrow down what I need more of. Am I listening to God or doing most of the talking?
-DO decide what you’re craving. Memorizing powerful scripture? Reading through a kick butt bible plan? Time to sit in silence? A better prayer life? If that’s the case, I would recommend creating a war room. If you haven’t seen that movie, YOU NEED TO. My roommates and I made one in our hallway closet. The walls were filled with verses or quotes that we loved and then we each had a section of sticky notes with our prayers on them. It was great practice for kneeling during prayer and such fun removing the sticky notes when a prayer was answered! For a better description of war room, click here.
Well, that’s it! I hope this post motivated you to create a new routine or establish discipline to revive an old one! At the end of the day, God loves you regardless. So, reach out and tend to the most important relationship of all.
*Thanks for reading! Do you have any great tips for establishing a devo routine?
*Is there a bible plan or book that changed your life? Drop those babies below!
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