Jackson, WY

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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The Virginian Lodge and Campground

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday, July 2- It's like we’re real cowboys

Today we slept a little late and had a fantastic french toast breakfast. We started the laundry and took a quick walk to re-stock our wine and liquor supply for our day of relaxation.  We enjoyed some time by the pool with a cooler of beers and margaritas.  We planned to go into town for a nice steak dinner, so we got showered and dressed and took advantage of the free bus into city center.  We decided to check out the Million Dollar Cowboy bar, upon the recommendation of Max.  Apparently the owner is from Philly.  First, we had a fantastic dinner at the steakhouse downstairs (my filet was the best, but the other beef and elk entrees were good too).  Then we went upstairs to have drinks at the bar with Jen’s family friends from Glenolden, the DiDonatos.  The bar stools were saddles, there was live music, and it was hoppin’.  We didn’t stay too long before we started to walk back to the RV park.  On our way, we came across a closed Mexican restaurant that had music blaring.  Two drunken guys came from a stairway and told us we could go in.  So we did.  It was a real fiesta, possibly for a birthday or wedding.  We danced to one song before we felt uncomfortable crashing the party, and we snuck back up the stairs.  We walked the rest of the way back and watched a little tv before bed. 

Sunday, July 3- We don’t need no stinkin’ wetsuits.

This morning we got up early to clean up the RV a bit and get to our scheduled whitewater rafting trip.  We took the free bus to town again, and we were a little early.  So after checking in with Lewis and Clark Expeditions, we checked out a nearby visitor center, which had some nice exhibits of local art and wildlife.  We took the Lewis and Clark bus to the Snake River, where we got suited up with life jackets and got assigned to our boat.  Most people got wet suits because the water is about 40 degrees, but we decided to tough it out.  At first, Jen was in the very front of the boat- the most important spot.  She determined the pace of the paddling.  Jared was in the second row and Bryant and I were in the back.  She helped guide us through the toughest rapids.  We all got wet, but Jen was soaked and got tossed around the most.  Towards the end of the trip, Bryant and I swapped out with Jen and the other guy in the front, so we got to experience the craziness for ourselves.  Our guide was named Gary, and he was great at giving us instructions and keeping us safe throughout the 8 mile trip downstream.  He had giant oars at the back of the boat and was doing a lot of the work.  The bus took us back into town, where we checked out some local shops- Jared got a couple of great cowboy shirts and I really considered getting new cowboy boots.  We were starving, so we also stopped for some burgers and ice cream. On our way home, we visited the Snake River Brewery for a well-deserved beer.  We decided that we are really enjoying Jackson, and we’re glad to be so close to the city center, where there are lots of 4th of July activities tomorrow, so we booked our site for another night and pushed back our trip to Salt Lake City by a day.  Jared and Jen went back to take care of booking the site and to rest a little at the RV, and Bryant and I walked to the grocery store to get items for a special 4th of July BBQ tomorrow.  We also got them a new little coffee pot, since theirs is broken and leaks water. We watched Harry Potter with bagel bites and ice cream before going to bed.  It was really a fantastic day, and we’re getting sad that our vacation is almost over. 

Monday- July, 4- Happy Birthday America!

Today we slept in and had another delicious pancake breakfast before walking to a nearby shopping plaza to check out another western wear store, Boot Barn.  I was really itching to find some good cowboy boots.  After a lot of searching and trying on, I finally found the perfect pair at the right price!  It was perfect timing because we planned to go to the rodeo at night, and I really needed them for my outfit.  Haha.  We spent the afternoon lounging, playing cards, and enjoying some beers by the pool before getting ready for dinner and our night out at the Jackson Hole Rodeo.  Bryant grilled up some wings and steaks for dinner, which were delicious.  Jared surprised Bryant with a bald eagle bolo tie he had purchased at the Boot Barn.  He had really been wanting one, so he was really excited about it. We walked over to the rodeo, which was at the Teton County Fairgrounds, just down the street from our RV resort.  It was a great time with some really exciting bull and horse riding.  The most exciting part was when a bull got loose in the bleachers.  Thank goodness we were sitting at the top!  After the rodeo show, we had great seats to watch the local fireworks.  It was a very patriotic and fun evening.  We walked back to the RV and found that Nash had made a bit of a mess and somehow managed to overflow the toilet into the RV.  Luckily our neighbors noticed water coming from the RV and shut it off from the outside.  It was a bit of a mess to clean up at the end of the night, but luckily it didn’t seem like anything was too damaged- except maybe the computer, which later turned out to be fine (YAY!).  We relaxed a little then went to bed, so we can get an early start tomorrow.
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