October 1, 2012

We're goin' to Jackson

{Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that is - couldn't help referencing the Johnny Cash song in the title}

Autumn is in full swing in Jackson Hole. At 6,200 feet, the town sits nearly 3,000 feet above our hometown, so things felt a lot cooler and the leaves were several weeks ahead of ours. It was wonderfully crisp and slightly breezy. 

A few photos of the place where we stayed, Teton Mountain Lodge. I bet this lobby is so cozy in the winter when there's a crazy blizzard outside and a hot fire blazing in that incredible fireplace.

Before the snow flies you can take the lift to the top of the ski hill and ride your bike down (see small bikers coming down the grassy slope?). It looked like oodles of fun.

Emma and Kate under one of the four antler arches on the town's main square. Whew - that's a lot of elk antlers.

Inside the famous "Cowboy Bar" where you can literally "saddle up to the bar" for a drink.

The quaint, very western-themed (and surprisingly very crowded!) downtown offers lots of shopping, if you're made of money or don't mind paying an arm and a leg for things. In one store, rock and gem enthusiasts could purchase a four-foot-tall geode for a mere $20,000. In another you could buy a taxidermied grizzly bear for $120,000.

Kate sat next to Einstein to ponder the absurdity of it all. Incidentally, this bronze bench/sculpture could be yours too, for a price was so high that they didn't even list it. You had to call a phone number to find out the damage.

Final analysis: Jackson Hole is a beyond-words beautiful place.


  1. Oh I so love Jackson Hole and the surrounding Teton National Park, the summer we lived in YStone we also spent quite a bit of time there in Jackson/Tetons-I have a pic of me standing under the antler arch! I love the photo of your daughter with Einstein, she looks so contemplative :) Wish I was there too and we could pass on the street and say hey!

    1. I bet you had a wonderful summer that year. It's all such incredible country. I wish we'd had more time to get out and do some hiking but we were really there to watch my oldest play in a soccer tournament so we spent most of our time at the soccer fields.

  2. Oh my... it is a gorgeous place! Love the pics and the close up of the seed thingy is very cool. The antler arches are mind boggling. The expensive shopping reminds me of Whitefish or Banff. Always lots of neat things to see though. Love the shot of Kate - she's got a good sense of humour! :)

    1. I loved that seed pod thingy too. I have no idea what it was but it was really cool.

      And yes, Kate does have a good sense of humor. She keeps us laughing, for sure.

  3. Wow, you live in an amazing country. The US has such big, bold, breathtaking scenery, the stuff of movies. Your photos are really nice, I think I would quite like to visit Jackson Hole.

    But $120,000 for a stuffed bear???? That's nuts.

    1. It really is a beautiful spot and very close to Yellowstone National Park, which is definitely something special. I had serious sticker shock with the prices on everything there tho - from real estate to a sandwich, it was insane (not to mention the stuffed bear!).


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