on the way home from the Tetons, we decided to take the southern route (down and around the Winds, instead of up and over) through Pinedale. we usually hit up the pool in Jackson on the way back, but the hours aren't the best for traveling, so we thought we'd do something different this time-- and we are so glad we did! we had heard the new Pinedale Aquatic Center was nice, but we had no idea how nice! it's awesome! it's actually a complete rec. center with basketball courts, an indoor track, a climbing wall, a "leisure pool", competitive pool, childcare, and more. all in little bitty ole Pinedale too. go figure. there were only a few other people there, so there was no crowd to contend with, which is one of my least favorite parts of the Jackson pool.
this pool is really, really impressive. for starters, it's big and warm and spotlessly clean. and it uses very little chlorine, thanks to a high tech UV water purifying system. we could tell the difference too-- we didn't stink like chlorine all day and the girls' sensitive skin wasn't red and dry or bothered by it. the facilities are awesome as well, with private family locker rooms (brilliant!) and lots of nice details like a soft, textured pool bottom that doesn't hurt little feet. the pool itself, as you can see, is huge! there is a big slide, a little slide (inside the submarine), a "lazy river", lots of open shallow playspace, various water features/fountains/sprayers, and a hot tub. we literally could have stayed here all day long. and are already making plans to head back again.
as you can imagine, the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we were lucky to get out of there without either of them shedding tears! sylvi was exhausted enough to sleep almost the entire way home and isa was as mellow as could be for the ride.
p.s. the pics i put up don't show the entire leisure pool-- it's alot bigger, and extends back and to the left of the frame quite a ways ;)