the same sunscreen as us
After a shower in town, we made the familiar trek to the small brewery that is tops in the region, having garnered many awards for their beer. We had, after all, been there twice in the last ten days and we promised ourselves this would be the last time. We grabbed a spot on the terrace as the weather was fine but our friend was nowhere to be seen. We ordered a couple home-made soft pretzels and nachos from the happy hour menu. By now, we were old pros. I went in to use the restroom and our friend was at the bar but gladly joined us outside when I told him we were there.
We had a fun afternoon reliving the hike, the small pika who entertained us, and all the great beers we had tried on our trips as well as were in the process of trying. He told us about mycouch.com, a site he was using to find free places to sleep while traveling around. It sounded pretty wild but we preferred our tent and couldn't imagine going his route as a couple. I was pretty frugal but then again I wasn't driving a Mercedes like him which we noticed on leaving the brewpub together. He drove off and despite swapping e-mails, we never heard from him again. Hope his couches worked out alright and he's still enjoying hiking, drinking different beers and of course, using the same sunscreen as us.
Boating the Snake River
The Snake River that runs through Jackson hole offers a number of recreational activities including fishing and boating. The waters vary, making for slow floats, paddles, or a white water experience. If you love kayaking or canoeing, but can’t bring, or don’t own your own boat, there are a number of places where you can get guided tours, or rent your own boat to explore the rivers and lakes in the area. Snake River Kayak & Canoe is one of these businesses. Here you can rent canoes, sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, rafts, and other needed equipment such as wetsuits, helmets, foam pads, etc. You may choose to rent boats and equipment for a day, or even a week. Your rentals will come with paddles, spray skirts, life jackets, and tie-down straps. This is also a fully stock store, so you could purchase a boat here, or if you brought your own boat, but need equipment you either don’t have, or forgot to bring, purchase something you need.
Snake River Kayak & Canoe also offers guided fishing trips, and canoe and kayaking outings, as well as lessons, if you are a novice and want to learn the sport of kayaking.
Teton Wagon Train and Horse Adventure
My son and I went on this covered wagon, horseback riding and camping trip in August, 2003. When a teenager flings his arms around you at the end of the 1st day and announces how much he's enjoying the trip and sleeping in a tent you know you have a hit on your hands.
We were in the Targhee National Forest bordering Yellowstone. We pitched our tents in a different location each night. As we moved from camp to camp you could choose to either ride a horse, ride in the covered wagon, hike or a combination of all three options. We splashed in a waterfall, we canoed, we lassoed, we shot guns-all kinds of guns, we rode, we hiked we heard cowboy poetry around the campfire, we saw a double rainbow. I can't remember when I had so much fun. There was plenty to eat and drink and snack on. The owners and the wranglers were warm and wonderful people. Really hospitable.
Best Mexican Food in Wyoming!
The steak fajitas here are excellent, as is the rest of the food as well. We always make a point of going to dinner at Vista Grande whenever we are in Jackson. It is the best Mexican food in the area. We are from Southern California, where we have great Mexican food, and we don't have anywhere that can touch Vista Grande's food. If you like Mexican food, this is a must visit. Steak Fajitas, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Tender, flavorful, and lots of it!
Quite frankly, if it hadn't been for the pretty waitress and the service, I'm not sure that I would have paid for what we had. The pasta was re-warmed and the sauce was over-cooked. I've eaten some pretty dire stuff in Africa but not at these prices. The place itself is nice enough with a nice atmosphere and as it is right next to El Rancho motel where we were staying, after a hard day's walking in the park, we thought, great!!!! Unfortunately the food is not up to the standard of the surroundings.