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Getting humbled, one way or another

Ski Wyoming March 16, 2011

Filed under: Skiing,Travel — sarahallen24 @ 8:49 pm
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I was fortunate enough to make a quick trip north to ski the region of the bucking horse. The chicas and I hit Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole on our let’s-pretend-we’re-still-in-college spring break roadtrip. I really love the Jackson area and the incredible mountains. Two days is never enough but I’m thankful for the time!

We spotted this guy while driving through some small town in either Colorado, Utah, Idaho or Wyoming…it’s hard to say which it was.



We had some pretty sweet accomodations at the Barber “cabin”. In fact, getting to the cabin was pretty interesting. From the highway to the cabin is about 1/4 mile. When we pulled up, the whole thing was under several feet of snow. There wasn’t even a space to pull one of our cars off the highway. So we did our best not to block traffic while figuring out what to do. There was a good amount of rubber necking from the locals as 4 girls and 3 dogs stood on the side of the road. Eventually we discovered that Rancher Randy (I don’t remember his real name and wouldn’t use it anyhow) next door was supposed to plow the road. Unfortunately Rancher Randy was out of town but his daughter was home. She let us park our cars next to the horse pasture so we could hike into the cabin. So, with arms full of bags and gear, we hiked through straw and snow…and a nice layer of horse poo. The horses thought this was quite the event. A fuzzy colt tried multiple times to steal my bag and did succeed at one point in stealing a dog bed from Mari. Eventually we made it to the cabin. While Carrie and Mari went on a food run, Leah and I hand-shoveled a parking area for our cars so we didn’t have to bother Rancher Randy’s horses….or have any items stolen by the fuzzy colt. I love Wyoming.



Mari, Carrie and Leah taking in our first views around Grand Targhee. The mountain was in a cloud all morning.



About to drop in to another sweet run at Targhee



Leah popping out of some frosty Targhee trees with potato land in the background



Carrie’s turn to get off the snow



I was pretty bummed that the clouds had kept us from the view of the backside of the Tetons all day. But as we drove down from Targhee, we rounded a corner and were treated to this view…



We saw approximately 3,251 elk on this trip…not counting the antlers in Jackson town square



Taking in the grand view of the Grand Tetons



I think this one looks like an album cover for some all chick folk band. Too bad I can only play the wieny whistle.



If I wasn’t such a sissypants, I’d wanna climb that thing.



Day 2 we hit Jackson Hole…where it was raining at the base area and a snowy cloud on top. It was still a fun day despite finding the saturation point of Gortex.



Once we rang out the gloves we went directly to the good ‘ol Mangy Moose refueling station.



We had a great couple days, our legs were good and tired, and it was time to head back to responsibility. So we slowly transitioned from mountains to desert. From bucking horses to staring mountain goats…



Flaming Gorge



Having only gotten a tan on the lower half of my face, I was tempted to even it out.



And just before reaching home, we found where they’ve been keeping all the fossils!

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