I’ve said this many times but I LOVE the Tetons and that area of Wyoming….it holds a special place in my heart, I have family vacation photos of me with bad haircuts, wearing sweats at Mormon Row, remember going to the campground’s National Park presentations at Signal Mountain ….I spent a summer during my college days working at a campground and hot springs just south of Jackson Hole. A summer working at the snack bar, hiking, whitewater rafting, going to disco night in Wilson and being a caddy at the country club at Teton Village. The campground has been closed for some years now but a new hot spring recently opened at the location and it was cool to visit the place I spent that summer in 1997 and reminisce.
So, anytime I have the chance to visit I do, traveling from Colorado to Idaho I built in time to see the Tetons for the first time in the fall and it was well worth it!! The fall colors with the Teton range backdrop was a beautiful site. Next will be a winter trip and would really love to see the Elk Refuge at full capacity.
Every trip has its own feel and energy, I was embracing for some cold nights, there was a possible Government Shutdown to think about (would have closed the park and campgrounds) and in the back of my mind was the unfortunate event that took place in the area just a month ago….my goal was to just relax and enjoy….I can’t hike with Mazzy and I didn’t want to be on there go the entire time either….so we enjoyed the campground, and the campground was good to us….we saw deer, a coyote and a bull and female moose just on our short campground walks…we went animal watching at night and saw some beautiful sunsets over the Tetons….and of course took my Ansel Adams photo of the snake river. Mazzy and I enjoyed the relaxation and living in the moment.
And I was able to do something I’ve never done before, that’s spend the night in a wagon! I was unable to get a campsite at the park my first night so I reserved a Teepee (which I was excited about) at Buffalo Valley Ranch, just East of Moran. But because it was so cold I got upgraded to a wagon that had heat and electric. Buffalo Valley Ranch was founded as the Boggy Bench Ranch in the 1800s by Fur Trappers, it is the oldest Dude Ranch in America. It is also the home of the oldest herd of horses in Jackson Hole Wyoming.
I’ll let my photos do the rest of the talking!
Now I’ve settled in McCall, Idaho for a month enjoying everything this community has to offer!!
Last modified: October 7, 2021