Big Tits

Grand Tetons is French for Big Tits,” I deadpanned to my passengers, as we approached the rugged mountain range.

It’s true. Well, mostly true. These mountains were originally named Les Trois Tetons (The Three Teats), by French-speaking trappers. The tallest of these teats is called Grand Teton, at 13,775 feet. So technically, there are no Grand Tetons (in the plural). There is just one Grand Teton, along with two smaller teats.

Grand Teton, the Big Tit, is at the left. The other two may or may not be in this frame. I can’t tell. They all look like tits, to me. In fact, I think there are many more than just three tits in this range. It’s fully of pointy and roundy projections, good for stimulating a horny trapper’s dreams.

But it sounded funny, and I thought I’d get a good laugh. Nothing. Silence. It fell flat. Flatter than my ironing-board-chested sister.

And that’s when I remembered. I have religious people in the car. My brother, Rowan, and his wife, Connie, don’t care much for such language.

The Tetons from the shore of Jackson Lake. Jackson Lake is a natural lake that was expanded in 1911, with the construction of the Jackson Lake Dam. The waters of the Snake River slither into and out of this body of water, and make it one of the largest high altitude lakes in the United States, at 6,772 feet elevation.

They haven’t been to church for years. They stopped attending after a scandal that they’ve only alluded to with sketchy, hushed details. But they claim that they’re still very religious, and believe in all that mumbo-jumbo that forms the doctrine of their faith.

Jackson Hole is a fairly wide and flat valley, adorned by the Tetons, to the west.

The word fuck is especially taboo with them. I tried to avoid it, but there was that time I was sitting at the picnic table, and Connie served me a hamburger that looked raw inside. When she saw my deer-in-the-headlights eyeballs, she offered to cook it a little longer.

So she extended a thin fork, for the purpose of hoisting that wide, unwieldy patty from my bun, back to the grill. A poor choice in tools, as a spatula is best for such a bulky operation. Less than one second later it plopped over, falling from the fork and hitting splat on top of the dirty picnic table surface.

The Tetons under a waning gibbous moon.

I’m a germaphobe, and this was all I could take. I uttered, “Fuck this procedure!” Everyone fell silent. The F-bomb, yes the fucking F-bomb, had just been dropped. Horrors. But I say, if you drop my fucking hamburger, I’m gonna drop the fucking F-bomb. I don’t care how religious you are.

At the left is magnificent Mt. Moran, of the Tetons, hovering above Jenny Lake. Jenny Lake is a very popular attraction at Grand Teton National Park. We arrived there somewhat early, about 9:00 am, and could barely find a parking spot. Damned tourists.

Apparently, I was forgiven in a Christian way, as Connie demurely picked up the patty and returned it to the grill. And I hope like fuck all the germs were destroyed by the heat, because I ended up eating the damned, dirty thing.

My brother, Rowan, and grand-nephew, Wiley Jr., decided to hike my legs off at Jenny Lake. So we took a stroll around the lake to a far-off, distant, godforsaken spot called Hidden Falls. You can’t see it from this perspective, but it’s over there. Somewhere. Hidden, as usual.

Like Lenny Bruce, I believe there are no dirty words, only dirty hamburger patties. And all such patties should be condemned to the hell of a barbecue grill, for heat-sterilization, if not thrown out entirely.

We started our hike at a bridge spanning Cottonwood Creek, when all of a sudden a park ranger appeared and told us to hold up. He warned there was a bear in the area. Then this hairy monster emerged, with her cubs.

The trappers were a foul-mouthed lot who appreciated so-called “dirty” humor. First, they named these mountains the Three Tits. That’s the best kind of woman to dance with. You get two in the front for rubbing against, and one in the back for playing with.

Momma bear playing with one of her baby bears, in the middle of Cottonwood Creek, while her other cub catches up.

Then they named the valley below the Three Tits, Jackson Hole, after a trapper named Davy Jackson, who was the first European-American to spend the entire winter there. Ostensibly, the term Hole comes from the steep descent into this valley from the Tetons, or opposite-side Gros Ventre mountains. It gave trappers the idea that they were descending into a kind of depression you might dig with a large shovel.

But I wonder if it was just that Davy was a real asshole.

The Gros Ventre mountains form the eastern boundary of Jackson Hole. Gros Ventre is French for “Big Belly”. So, at Jackson Hole you have big tits and a big belly. Somehow it all seems to go together.

The Snake River passes through Jackson Hole, which gives rise to more ribald double-entendres. Those trappers had quite the sense of humor, I tell ya.

Once the bear danger passed, we proceeded on our footslog to Hidden Falls, while enjoying spectacular views of Jenny Lake, such as this.

I was a trapper, too. I was driving, and had my religious brother and sister-in-law trapped in the back seat. I could have told more dirty jokes, but my wife, Kay, was sitting next to me, and I sensed a dirty look from her direction.

On the other side of the lake, between the trees, we could ogle the Tetons from closer range. So I guess that’s what all the motorboating was about, that I could see on the lake.

So I held my tongue and stared straight ahead, leering at the gorgeous beauty approaching. The pointy, perky, stony peaks, we commonly call The Grand Tetons.

Or, if you’ll forgive me for milking this joke further: The Big Tits.

Hidden Falls, sweating away in the cleavage of the Tetons.

40 comments

  • Those are some awesome photos. I especially like the one with the flowers in the foreground and the Tetons in the background. Nicely done!

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  • Wow! Love the bear shots!!!
    And the blue skies!

    Glad you didn’t let those coffee addicts spoil your fun!

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    • Thank you. It was so nice of those bears to pose for us, and put on a show. This was the first time I’ve ever seen bears in the wild. Fortunately, they were too far away to eat me. Also, I had my bear spray by my side. So I didn’t feel nervous at all.

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  • Stunning photos, but fuck, I couldn’t stop laughing. How I’ve missed your posts while I was away.

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  • Bwahahaha! Love this, TG.
    God doesn’t like sex yet his/her/it/their name is yelled often during it.
    What’s that all about, eh?

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  • Loved this!! The entire burger bit was hilarious! I was laughing well enough that I kept reading through the whole thing then doubled back later for the photos. Thanks!

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  • Great, GREAT photos accompanying a very funny story … because if you can’t find a bit of humour in a road trip with a religious couple, then all hope is lost for the rest of us.

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  • That’s fucking funny right there… And a fucking dirty burger is not going to kill you — the bears might kill you. The burger won’t. Reminds me of the Monty Python bit — “Mt Everest — the Mountain with the biggest tits.” I said that way too loud at the lunch table in the Catholic school can got similar silent treatment.

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    • Good thing you didn’t start singing that good ol’ Monty Python standard, “Every sperm is precious,” at Catholic school. I doubt a dirty burger will kill me, but I have this thing about germs. Germs do kill people, and at a higher rate than bears.

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  • Holy fucking click bait. That is all I have to say.

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  • I love the beauty of the mountains but the bear pictures are just amazing! 🙂 Very cool!

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  • ‘I believe there are no dirty words, only dirty hamburger patties.’ Truer words have never been spoken. What a hilarious journey through the big tits.

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  • First off, I am jealous as hell of your bear pictures. Awesome.

    Second, when I was at Grand Tetons National Park, I made a concentrated effort not to think of the meaning of the name that you pointed out. I just wanted to enjoy the beauty of the mountains without (once again) being distracted by boobs. And frankly, I really didn’t see it, but I hadn’t been alone in the wilderness for months and months without a woman in sight. Being around lots of people my mind is not as easily distracted by such thoughts.

    But, once again, those are some of the breast bare pictures I have seen.

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  • Bill Bryson had a section on unusual and offensive place names in his book Made in America. He mentioned the Grand Tetons and they were actually mild compared to some of the others, many of which have now been changed.

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  • Sounds like an interesting trip. I would have not bit my tongue like you and I come from the same background as them. Just because they believe something doesn’t mean they have the right to expect you to behave in a way that you don’t believe in. And I’m a shit disturber.

    Well what can a straight female say but those are the most beautiful tits I’ve ever seen. Bahaha!

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  • Love the photos! I’m going to have to look on a map. Judging from the flood of California license plates this summer, it might be time to make a move.

    Taboo language certainly varies between cultures. I don’t think “tits” (“oppai”) is taboo in Japanese, though “mune” is little more formal — like “boobs” versus “breasts”. Reminds me of a fun Japanese song, “Grandma’s Brazier”. Aren’t many single words that might be taken as a “swear” in Japanese… “kuso” is kind of an all-around catch-all for the American “Shit,” or “Fuck,” or “Sonofabitch,”… or the variation, “Chikushou!”, (“Oh shit!”), or “Kutabare!” (calling someone “crap”, but equivalent to, “Fuck you!”). Useful word. The root kanji, “糞”, refers to matters of post-digestion.

    Japanese is a contextual language, so word meanings are derived from the Gestalt of a sentence and how it’s being directed… why kanji are a really bad idea for a tattoo since each one can have a number of meanings. “Fuck” (in English) was common on trendy T-shirts a few years back, often as part of some incomprehensible Jinglish statement… “There’s a genuine sky that sees fucking happy smiling.” “Seikō”, for “sexual intercourse”, doesn’t really work as a swear in Japanese. Yell it at some guy, and he might mistake it as a proposition.

    And my (very Christian) younger brother wouldn’t appreciate any of this either.

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    • Hmm, isn’t there a Seiko watch? So when you’re wearing one, does it mean it’s time to do the wild thing?

      If I ever moved to Japan, I’d learn all the swear words first. But the same applies to any country. I was stationed in Turkey once, and thanks to my Armenian stepfather, I’d been taught all the dirty words before I got there. So I knew when an angry Turk was swearing.

      I think swear words are a fun way to add emphasis to writing and talking. And I like being irreverent anyway. But I understand about certain family members not appreciating such language.

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        • Oops… Japanese keyboard SNAFU… The watch is “セイコ”, which is written in “katakana” for “se-i-ko” (abrupt ending), indicating a non-Japanese name. There’s no kanji. Very interesting. The non timepiece-related word has a compound kanji, “性交”, that literally translate as “sex-exchange”. It is pronounced, “se-i-ko-u”. To Japanese ears, it would sound different in the way the word is ended. I see a potential for an embarrassing American-accented Japanese query.

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          • I was wondering what those odd doodles meant.

            Thanks for the language lesson. I’ll try to remember to avoid the kanji pronunciation, if I ever call tech support in Tokyo to ask questions about a watch.

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