Jackson Hole, WY and Jenny lake
08.11.2010 - 08.12.2010 60 °F
As you figured out by now I got back way too late last night to write about the days adventures. So I need to catch you up.
Yesterday we spent the entire day (except for a bit over an hour) in Jackson Hole. The town is actually called Jackson, but because back in the days of the pioneers the valley was called a hole and that is how the name Jackson Hole came to be. The town is named after a trapper named David Jackson. The town is a real resort town that caters to the folks that travel to the Grand Tetons during the summer months and to the people who travel to Jackson Hole for the winter activites that the town provides. It is full of t-shirt shops, curio shops and art galleries. You can literally walk out of one shop, turn right, walk about 20-25 feet, turn right and enter another shop. In my opinion the art galleries cater to the well-to-do becuase this town is really set up for people with money. Most things are very costly. We didn't check out the hotels but I am sure that the prices are expensive. During the summer I am sure that the shops lower their prices so that they can make money off the tourists that are there for the scenery and not the skiing and nightlife.
We did take a ride over the Teton Pass and entered Idaho. Diane thought we would get a different view of the Grand Tetons from that side. However, the buttes were is the way. We only got a small glimpse of them.
After that we decided to take a "Covered Wagon" ride that included dinner. The wagons were pulled by 2 draft horses that can weigh up to 2000 lbs and are extremely strong. They are very gentle creatures but we were warned not to get close to them because if one stepped on your foot it would hurt a great deal for several weeks. The ride was enjoyable going about 2 miles into a canyon were they had a setup to serve meals out of a "dutch" oven. We had chicken, roast beef, corn on the cob and beans. The meal was actually very good. After dinner we were entertained by a group which sang country songs and play acted gags which had us laughing. Diane even got into the act. You will have to see the video. By the time we rode the wagons back to our start point and drove the 35 miles back to the Grand Tetons National Park we were both very tired and went quickly to sleep.
Today we slept in as bit (7:30) and really just took our time getting moving. We really didn't have any plans for the day. At 9:00 A.M. (our time) we tried to webcam with Michael so we could see our grand daughter. That didn't work out so well. Our internet connection is slow and voice over ip didn't work well. So after trying for 1.5. hours we gave up and moved on to some more sightseeing.
We drove up to Jenny Lake with the idea of taking the boat across to the base of the Tetons, but the weather here today was calling for heavy rain and winds. In fact it started to rain just as we got to Jenny Lake (a distance of 20 miles) but the rain didn't last very long. Even still we choose not to go across the lake in fear that we would get caught in a rainstorm. The temperature today is cool, not reaching much up to 60-65. This morning we needed sweatshirts and jackets. Saturday morning the temps are suppose to be in the 30s. Brrrrrr!
Tomorrow we are takng our 4 hour float trip down the Snake river with a guide. Suppose to be warmer. It's a morning float so that we can see the wildlife that is out in the mornings. Speaking of wildlife, we almost hit a mule deer last night that decided he wanted to cross the road in front of us. Missed him by only a foot.
That's all for today. Hopefully we will be avble to write more tomorrow.