Our Day in Jackson Hole

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Snake River Brewing Company

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After some coffee and instant oatmeal at our campsite, we decide to spend the entire day in Jackson. This place is a decent-sized resort town during the winter and summer, but right now it's pretty tame.

Our first stop is the National fish hatchery just on the edge of town. We'd like to do some fishing sometime on this trip, but we’re not sure where, and we figure they might have some good info.

We cruise in unannounced and see tanks filled with tens of thousands of baby trout. We get some tips from the hatchery and even the Game and Wildlife Center but it doesn’t look like it’s a good time to fish around here – at least not with the gear or time that we have. With all of the recent hot weather, the Snake River is flowing pretty fast with snow melt. Our fishing adventure will just have to wait.

So we spend the day roaming around downtown Jackson Hole. We stop by the Snake River Brewing Company, grab a table on the upper deck and soak in the blazing sun. It's about 85 degrees and we quickly feel our bodies turning red; we slather on more sunscreen. Our skin hasn't felt this much sun in a long time!

After lunch, we walk in and out of shops filled with western wear, t-shirts, postcards, belt buckles and other souvenirs. To beat the heat, we grab some cold treats at Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream and by 5 pm we’re at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. It’s been around for 75 years and has a bar lined with saddle seats. So of course, we take the obligatory photos of us on the saddles and our thighs wince at the reminding position on horseback.

After one last stop at a used bookstore to load up on more reads, we head back to the campground and spot another moose.  This one is a lot closer than the one we saw last night (see video).

We learn from a guy who joins our wildlife viewing party that a bear won’t even attack a moose because they’re so fierce, so that gives us a little comfort about spending another night in bear country. Always...ALWAYS, Be Bear Aware!

We make sandwiches for dinner and heat them over the campfire. With toasty buns and hot melted cheese, they taste just different enough from the countless sandwiches we've made so far on this trip - why have we not done this before? [This one's definitely going into our campfire menu repertoire.] A welcome change to our dinner menu and a nice ending to another great day of exploring.

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