We stopped for 3 days in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is a really pretty town. There are at least half a dozen ski runs that finish right at the end of town – I bet you can ski from the slopes straight in the Snake River Brewery (what would be the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River for all you HR folks).
T had a great idea one day to checkout the local community rec center for a swimming pool. Not only did they have one but they also had a jacuzzi and an awesome water slide … We also found out they had an open gym volleyball night coming up. The next day I decided to give it a try. Usually open gym volleyball is a gamble since either the level is not great or sometimes people are not very friendly. Turned out this place was neither. Folks were awesome and we had 3 hours of great 6 vs 6 ball. I had soooo much fun. I felt rusty (timing, speed, passing, etc.) after spending two and a half months in a car but I felt really good to hit a few balls.
I remember three of the folks Michael, Destin and Crista. Thanks Michael for the good time and the beer after :). Jackson VB rules!
Illusion shattered … So, I started writing a this post about the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Jackson Wyoming thinking this is the only one, only to find out on wikipedia there are about 50 other Ripley museums … Bummer. Not feeling special anymore … :(. Ripley, I want my money back!
Soo… no, I haven’t had any yet! Kiting I mean… I had a little panic attack 5 days ago driving around Yellowstone lake. The first winter storm for the season was coming in and it was the first day of it so the wind was still relatively warm. It was blowing 20 to 25 knots on the lake. The problem was there was no safe launch site and frankly I was a bit afraid given there was noooooobody but us around. We walked on a small beach to look for a good spot but the sand was littered with fresh bear tracks to which Teresa gave me the ‘you are insane if you think I will be waiting for your sorry ass’ look … Needless to say I did not kite!
Today I decided to look for kiting spot in Utah – our next destination. According to a blog post I found the best Kiting destination in Utah is apparently in Wyoming – Sulphur Creek Reservoir, WY. This place is on our way to Salt Lake so I am planning on making a little detour there. I guess I should run the idea past T first … :).
We are currently in Grand Teton National Park. We stayed 3 days in Jackson, Wyoming. Teresa wasn’t feeling well so we took a hotel. To be honest I did not fight much since the Fall temperatures finally caught up with us. Our last night in Yellowstone the temperature came down to -14C (7F). This caused the water hoses in the back of the car and the heat exchanger in the front to freeze. So we drove to Jackson, i.e. we drove South and stayed there for 3 nights. A bit of a splurge – TV, showers and a bed. After the third day we decided to go budget again and we move to a hostel in Jackson Village – a small ski resort about 30miles out of Jackson. The hostel is half the price of the hotel and we still have showers and a bed :).
The weather is not much better in Grand Teton vs. Yellowstone. It is sunny and clear during the day going up to 10C/50F and -10C/14F at night. I drained all the water from the car hoping to save the heat exchanger and etc.
We are planning on a 10miles hike tomorrow with a 6200ft vertical change roundtrip. It will be challenging day so we waited an extra day to make sure Teresa is really feeling better. In the meantime Jackson Village is a desert town. The resort is officially being closed today for the offseason (only 2 weeks) so we basically have the place to ourselves. This is a welcomed change from the RV madness of Alaska and the crazy campsites of Banff (780 spots campsites…).