Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jackson Hole

 These last two days in Jackson Hole, Wyoming have been memorable, as you can imagine by looking at this photo taken from the Snake River early this morning.

Yesterday morning we rented a tandem kayak and went paddling on Jenny Lake, a glacial lake named for Jenny Leigh, the Shoshone Indian wife of the trapper Richard Leigh.  Even with two of us paddling, it was hard to track a straight course--very different from our own flat-water kayaks at home.

You can see how clear the water was. And how few other paddlers were out on the lake.

Later in the afternoon, we paid a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, a beautiful stone building built into the side of the mountain with sculptures inside and outside. This owl welcomed us near the entrance.

And these are the only bear and elk we've seen thus far on our trip, though we're always watching for them.

This morning we went for a scenic float trip for 10 miles down the Snake River.

We were on their first run of the day, and you can see some of the spectacular scenery, taken from near the spot where Ansel Adams took his famous photo of the Grand Tetons.

We floated through calm waters and some white water with the help of our guide, Aaron.

And passed a large beaver dam.

Until we reached the take-out point.

Then I was lucky enough to meet an old friend and fellow writer (Nanci Turner Steveson) for lunch at Cafe Genevieve in downtown Jackson.  Nanci is the author of two middle grade novels, Swing Sideways and Georgia Rules (which I would highly recommend), and she is currently at work on another.

During our evening walk around Jackson, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Benjamin Franklin...

...and Doug and I found the perfect vehicle for our next cross country trip.

Tomorrow we drive north to Yellowstone.


  1. How wonderful that you were able to go kayaking! And the rafting sounds rather exciting. Beautiful photos!

    1. Yes, Cathy, the rafting was very exciting. I wanted to keep on going down the river. We're hoping to have another raft trip at another national park--maybe at Glacier!

  2. Each of your blog posts leaves me more speechless than the last. Thank you for sharing your trip of a lifetime with us. What a stunning nation of natural beauty we call home.

    1. You are so right, Bonnie! I'm amazed at every stopping point, and I fully expect it to continue. Thanks for following along!

  3. Absolutely delightful, Edie! Keep those blogs and pictures coming!

    1. Thanks, Mary! I'm struggling with the wifi or lack there of in the various campgrounds. Am trying to keep up with the blog on a regular basis.


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