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Rafting the Snake

We didn’t have to paddle on this rafting trip, so it was a lot of fun. We were in a boat with retired school teachers from Alaska and current school teachers from Virginia (and their two daughters.) Our guide was a former firefighter/pre-law student/self described criminal sympathizer.

No big animals but we saw more than six bald eagles, a blue heron, ospreys, freshwater pelicans, and many hawks. And the BBQ afterwards was actually really good! Thanks to Annie and Carl (again) for recommending Barker-Ewing rafting.

Isiah, our guide, and the Virginia family behind him.

Isiah, our guide, and the Virginia family behind him.

Bald eagle checking out the river.

Bald eagle checking out the river.

Barn on the private ranch where we loaded in.

Barn on the private ranch where we loaded in.

We heard some great Dick Cheney and Harrison Ford stories on this trip. They both live in Jackson. In fact, we even rafted right by Ford’s ranch. He’s used his private helicopter to participate in several back country rescues around here. Cheney is not so helpful. When he goes fishing helicopters buzz the river all day for “security,” even now that he’s out of office.

Mostly we drifted with the current, but there was some paddling involved.

Mostly we drifted with the current, but there was some paddling involved.

Us.

Us.

Teton view. None of this trip was in the park.

Teton view. None of this trip was in the park.

Other boats from another trip going down the river after we had gotten out.

Other boats from another trip going down the river after we had gotten out.

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