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Retro rafting bus.

Retro rafting bus.

Happy 4th of July! We’re going to Idaho for the next 2 days. I finally found a great deal (half price) at a ski resort called Grand Targhee on the western side of the Grand Tetons. So, we’re temporarily departing Wyoming and then we’ll be back to see Yellowstone starting┬áSunday.

Here are the lost Wyoming shots.. since we didn’t have good internet here I didn’t get to post as much as I would like.

This dog at the Brooks Lake Lodge didn't like me.

This dog at the Brooks Lake Lodge didn't like me.

One more Brooks Lake reflection shot.

One more Brooks Lake reflection shot.

A homestead in Dubois?

A homestead in Dubois?

Similar thematics in Jackson. Rawhide!

Similar thematics in Jackson. Rawhide!

Wind River Valley.

Wind River Valley.

Sacajawea marker on Shoshone reservation land.

Sacajawea marker on Shoshone reservation land.

Roadside floral.

Roadside floral.

National Park Service Prius.

National Park Service Prius.Jackson gallery.

I had never seen a Park Service Prius before. Seems like a positive step!

I should be able to update again tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, but probably not before.

My dad has been making some mileage on the Michael Jackson demise with commentary about local zoning and potential (or total non-potential) for a Graceland-type memorial. Here are a few links.

Calbuzz.com

USA Today

Business Week

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.

Run to Mormon Row

Fallen down structure, no longer out standing in its field.

Fallen down structure, no longer out standing in its field.

This is a former settlement now within the confines of Grand Teton National Park. It was just down the road from our campground at Gros Ventre, where we stayed the last 2 nights. According to our rafting guide, Gros Ventre means big belly in French. When the local tribes made a hand sign to trappers to tell them where they were from, they ran their hand down their body has if describing “where the water falls.” But to the French, it looked like they were describing a fat guy.

Whichever way the wind blows..

Whichever way the wind blows..

Thanks to Annie and Carl for recommending this run!

Beautiful Jenny Lake

Water so clear you can see the bottom.

Water so clear you can see the bottom.

Beautiful.

Beautiful.

This afternoon we are going on a rafting float trip on the Snake River. It rained this morning but now it is sunny and nice. Hopefully the wildlife will be out and about.

Jackson, WY

All I remember about being here as a teenager was the sourdough pancakes that I didn’t like very much. There are a little under 9,000 residents in Jackson and according to the Wyoming tourism guide, “everyone likes it.”

It’s too expensive and probably has just a little bit too much going on to be liveable in a realistic way, but this is still a fun town.

Antlers on the square.

Antlers on the square.

Cowboy bar.

Cowboy bar.

Cute pup. Did you know there are only 300 wolves in Wyoming?

Cute pup. Did you know there are only 300 wolves in Wyoming?

Lander, WY

I’m a little out of order here. We were in Lander about 24 hours ago and really liked it. Very cool Wyoming town, our favorite so far (sorry, Jackson). Just the right mix of old-timey history, a brewery called the Cowfish, multiple bookstores, and even some cute clothing shops. Had the temperature not been 94 degrees, we would have stayed. Instead, we did a long driving day to end up in the Grand Tetons today.

Chisholm's.

Chisholm's.

Puppy chow.

Puppy chow.

Self-portrait in the Lander bar front door.

Self-portrait in the Lander bar front door.

Grand Teton National Park

Right behind our campsite at Gros Ventre.

Right behind our campsite at Gros Ventre.

Just a couple miles from our campsite.
Just a couple miles from our campsite.
Near Jenny Lake.
Near Jenny Lake.
Tallest Teton.
Tallest Teton.

These mountains are just as beautiful, if not more so, than I remember from my first trip here 15 years ago with my family. Cool addition since then: a bike path from Moose to Jenny Lake.