YNP\GTNP 2014 – 8\6 and 8\7 2014 – Jackson Hole

The next two days were some well deserved rest. In the first three and a half days of of our trip we had hiked 45 miles and were feeling a bit run down. On Tuesday afternoon we drove from Flagg Ranch to our new home for the next two nights, the KOA in Jackson Hole. We rented a small cabin for two nights right along the Snake River. We got in rather late after our Union Falls hike and went straight to bed after a quick dinner.

Wednesday was mainly shopping and laundry. We did laundry in the morning and while doing so made some new friends from England, Jules and Kate who were vacationing in the US for the summer. We all had plans to go rafting the next morning so I went ahead and booked at the same time so we could go together.

After lazing around all morning we got our laundry done and caught up on some email we missed before heading off to get our errands run. After the intense bugs on Union Falls we decided we needed some additional bug protection so we went off to find headnets and stronger DEET than the OFF repellent we had. We also did some grocery shopping and had drinks at the Town Square Tavern overlooking the park. Dinner that night was at the Snake River Brewing Company in downtown Jackson. It’s a typical brew pub, mediocre food but great beer and atmosphere.

The next morning we met Jules and Kate for rafting. We also had plans to go horseback riding in the afternoon so we invited them to join us for that, which they accepted.

Rafting was a lot of fun. We started out at about 8:30 and spend about 90 minutes on the river going through at least 5 sections of rapids. I sat in the front of the boat and got most of the soaking every time we hit a wave. It was awesome. I don’t have any pics due to not having a waterproof camera unfortunately.

After we got back we had lunch and went horseback riding. It was a great trail ride, about 2.5 hours with great view at the end and along the way.

Sara and I before the ride:

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Some of the nice views along the way. The Tetons were having a cloudy and stormy day but less than 20 miles south, we were having wonderful weather. It’s funny how mountains work that way sometimes. 

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Kate, Jules, myself and Sara from left to right. It was really nice meeting them, we exchanged contact info and they have plans to visit Colorado in the future so we really hope to see them again. They’re both very nice ladies and a lot of fun to be around. 

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After horseback riding we had a long drive to our next campsite at Canyon Village in Yellowstone. Along the way we saw this guy by the road. We had to take pics from the car because the Rangers weren’t allowing anyone to stop. Sorry for the bad photo. 

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