Today I’m reliving our last day in Wyoming. For those of you who are tired of these posts this is the last one!
We started out out last day with a scenic float trip on the Snake River. What a beautiful way to start a day! Our local connection recommended Barker-Ewing for our trip and it was great advice. They have been in business for a long time and all of their guides are excellent. Ours was Michael Inman, the second most senior guide. We got a great lesson in the history and ecology of the river. The run trips all day but if you want to see wildlife the morning trips are best (so we were told).
I loved this photo. It looks like the Grand is smoking.
I took a lot of photos but most of them didn’t turn out well at all. We saw LOTS of beaver lodges, this eagle and a nest with 2 juveniles, several geese, mergansers, cliff swallows and a sandhill crane.
After sitting in the boat for 2 hours we were ready to move around. We headed to Coulter Bay Village and hiked around Swan lake and Heron Pond. It was a nice hike but wasn’t marked all that well. We didn’t exactly get lost because it would be hard to get lost in this area, but we weren’t quite sure how much area we covered. We saw lots of pretty scenery and a few wildflowers along the way.
This photo is on Swan Lake. It’s covered in water lilies and you can see 2 beaver dams in the middle of the photo. The beavers in Wyoming make my East Coast beavers look lame in comparison!
The waterlilies in the lake were beautiful.
This is a little wildflower that I saw only twice on all of our hiking. I have no idea what it is but I was completely fascinated by it.
After hiking for a few hours we headed to Jackson Lake Lodge for a drink on the patio. Jackson lake Lodge is the largest of the places in the park to stay. They have the lodge and cottages. Whether or not you stay here you should go here just to have a drink on the patio. The view is amazing!
One of the great things about being here was that Chris got to see lots of weather. Sine meteorology was his major in college he loved the opportunity to watch storms roll in.
For our last evening in Jackson we attended the Jackson Hole Rodeo. None of my photos turned out but it was a great ending to the trip. Yes, it’s a little corny, but it’s very entertaining and the riders (bull and horses) are all very talented. It was here that I learned that there is such a thing as a “bull riding college scholarship”. They get the crows involved and even have all the kids come out and chase 3 sheep around to try to get some ribbons off their necks. That was hilarious!
One last look before we headed to the airport to come home.
We can’t wait to go back.