Friday, December 6, 2013


It’s about eighty miles from here to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Usually in the winter this trip takes a little longer than the usual hour and a half because of snow over Teton Pass, elevation, 8,431 ft (2,570 m).  But when we went a week ago the snow was late in coming.

 DH and I had been talkin’ ‘bout Jackson for a while. We needed a break from the same ‘ol so we got in my Subaru and headed for Wyoming.

 Accommodations are reasonable there in late November since it’s between tourist season and ski season. But this also means there’s not a lot going on.

  But they were lighting the Christmas lights that night so we gathered with the crowd waiting for the arrival of Santa, the countdown and the official throwing of the switch to light up the town square.

 The antler arches which decorate the four corners of the square are the iconic symbol of the town.

Each arch is made out of thousands of pounds of elk antlers collected by boy scouts from the Elk Refuge.

 Bull elk shed their antlers each spring so no animals were harmed in the making of the arches.

 After the main event DH and I wandered off to do a little window shopping in this town still working to hold on to its image of the Old West.

 Instead of sidewalks, there are boardwalks.  There are also a lot of beards, boots and big dogs.

 Speaking of antlers, the stores have them.  Just in case you want a chandelier, wine rack, gun rack, or hunting knife made out of antlers, this is the place to shop.  You can also find lots of fancy fine furs with movie star prices.  I don’t think those fashions can make the same claim as the antlers about the safety of animals.

 Here we see a Jackson Hole Christmas tree decorated with cutesy moose and bear ornaments.  And, yes, that is a dead, stuffed bobcat keeping guard.

Here is another piece of taxidermy; a big, bad, black wolf rug draped over a chair made out of rustic tree limbs.

Rocking chairs for your hunting lodge made from chunks of twisted branches. The prices were up there with oil paintings by master artists.

 Frontier clothes to make any city slicker look just like Davy Crockett.

Of course every western tourist town has plenty of boots to take home.

 Boots for the ladies in all kinds of candy colors.

 Even though there wasn’t any snow, there were still plenty of snow boots to wear to the ski hill.

Yes hats.  I always like to take photos of the hats.

 Some of these straw hats already had that broken in, sweaty look so you won’t look like a dude when you wear one.  (Yeah, right.)

 Head gear for the skiers but not much in the way of color selection.

Since the only snow on the Jackson Hole side of the Tetons was thin and being made by machines we went to the west side to visit Grand Targhee resort.  The visitors to these ski hills were there less to be seen and more for serious skiing. Plus the lift tickets were less.

 Real powder snow from heaven.

Since we visited last week, a big storm dropped another foot or so of snow.  

Hey, Byron, the runs are deep and fast.  Think about that while you soak up the sun and sand in California.


Anonymous said...

What a mouth watering selection of items in those stores.

Val said...

Now THAT'S a dog!

Alica said...

Someday...someday I'll get there! It looks like beautiful skiing weather, with that beautiful blue sky and the crisp, white snow.

fishducky said...

I LOVED the antler tree & the rocking chairs!

Unknown said...

That looked like another fun trip. Did you get to visit your favorite thrift store?

Buttons Thoughts said...

800 woohoo congratulations my friend you have had me laughing at your humour and drooling over your water colours and admiring your many talents.So happy I found you or you found me who knows:)
Now I laughed I thought that dog was a horse oh yes it is early in the morning but wow I need coffee.
Lots of antlers and I love that old chair. Reminds me I need a hat. HUG B

Joanne Noragon said...

I think we all love seeing the other side of the country. May we never have mountains so high or snow so deep! Other than that, wonderful!

Terry and Linda said...

I think the black wolf is a little too real looking! I loved the arches!!

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TALON said...

The antler arches are so cool...and the hats are neat, too. Laughing at the pre-worn look. :) Is it like Calgary, Alberta where everyone is in a cowboy hat and you just have to look at the face beneath the brim to know who's authentic and who's tourist. :) Glad you didn't have to deal with crazy snow on the drive.

Jen said...

Thanks for the satire of, I mean tour of, Jackson Hole. I've been there and it is right on. All the old-West-lodge stuff is so appealing until you realize it's so expensive you can't even look at it.

I was drawn to your post b/c I recently posted about the Johnny Cash song. And here I thought they were going to Jackson, Tennessee...