Jackson, WY & The Tetons
Day 87: Jackson, WY
John and I woke up early for a guided fly fishing trip. Our guide named Thad was in the lobby to meet us, and we were at the Snake River Farms put-in by 8:30. After a quick casting lesson, we were off! It wasnt long before john reeled in his first big fish – a 15inc cut-throat trout. It took a few hours before I snagged my first one, but boy was she a beauty! The river was so peaceful as we floated through Teton National Park w/ the mountains towering above us. It was hard to focus on the scene when all of our attention was laser focused on making the perfect cast with our flies. I ended the day with 2 fish, but John won the day with 4 trout. After our fishing trip, I worked for a few hours on my big RFP before we went to eat bison burgers downstairs. After replenishing my brain power, I continued to work late into the night.
Day 88: Teton Village, WY
We embarked on a Teton National Park wildlife viewing tour in the morning. It was a pretty big flop….Click here to Read More of our vanlife diary
…We saw one osprey from afar, and one prong horned antelope through our binoculars. The big show of the day was a herd of 150 bison roaming on the range. The bears and moose avoided us, and we went home feeling a little dooped. I worked through the afternoon & then we went to dine at Piste – the mid mountain restaurant at Jackson Hole. The sky treated us to a beautiful sunset over Jackson Valley. I worked late into the night…again.
Day 89: Teton Village, WY
Work seems to be taking over. I love working this deal, but it’s tough trying to juggle everything with the family too. Mom & Dad seem ok with my divided attention because they’re both battling off sickness. We did go on a float trip down the Snake river this morning. No moose in sight (again) despite our vigilant scanning of the shoreline. We did see a number of bald eagles on the tops of trees & soaring through the air. We had a quick taco salad at the Mangy Moose, and then it was back to work for me. A massage at 4:30 was so welcome after a week of work and 200+ miles of hiking this over the past few months.
Day 90: Teton Village, WY > Yellowstone, WY
We woke up early and hopped in the car – a day of adventure awaited us. We drove two hours North into Yellowstone & were amazed as soon as we got to the South entrance @ West Thumb. Our first stop by the Geyser Basin where I had my first taste of the geologic power underneath the park. A quick half mile walk and everything was bubbling, smoking and rumbling. The water in the pools was so clear and blue. Orange bacteria that grows above 170 degrees lined the ground. Our second stop was Old Faithful – one of the reasons that the National Parks were formed 100 years ago this week! We brought a picnic lunch and ate while we waited for the blow. The geyser used to be so predictable that you could use a timer, but now it erupts on a 20-30 minute variance. I wonder how much longer it will be active for? One never knows. We kept driving up the road and stopped all along the basin. Geysers were exploding everywhere we looked and the thin crust of the Earth smoked for miles and miles. At times, I felt as if we were on a whole different planet. Our last stop was the Great Prismatic Spring – a hot spring so blue the colors swirled together like rainbows. We drove home in awe. I worked from the car (as I had most of the day), and continued to crank as the night went by.
Day 91: Teton Village, WY
Worked most of the morning – save a quick pedicure by the spa at the hotel. Mom, Dad and John lounged by the pool as I toiled away in preparation for a big review meeting that afternoon. When I handed the torch to my VP at the end of the day, I sighed a big relief. We had a chuckwagon dinner planned at the Bar-T-5 Ranch that night, and were treated to a ride up the canyon in a covered waggon. The show was a little hokey for our taste, but we had fun with it. They served us camp style bbq for dinner – complete with crystal lite. The beans were good, but the rolls were better. I got pulled up on stage to help make the sound effects for a rousing rendition of “She’ll be comin’ around the mountain”. My rendition of “Woah Back!!” would be a theme for the rest of the weekend. We got a home & I crashed hard after a week of burning the candle at both ends.
Had a restful morning making breakfast & then playing scrabble with my mom by the pool. We washed up and went into Jackson for lunch @ the snake river brewing company. John and I split the sampler. We’re becoming beer connoisseurs. We did some shopping in town, and John got a new fly rod from Orvis – an early gift from my parents. We hit up the Million Dollar Cowboy bar for a few brews & then cruised back to the Four Seasons. We shared our last dinner together at the steakhouse, and had lively conversation about our vanlife “highs & lows” and even heard some Glacier Bay stories from my dad’s time in Alaska. John and I went out to the Mangy Moose after dinner and danced the night away.