Enthralled by the Eclipse

Living in the “Path of Totality” seemed to be more aggravating than exciting over the year leading up to the eclipse on August 21st.  The only hotel rooms available were going for outrageous prices, rental cars were sold out in the entire western area, grocery stores double stocked in preparation for what locals came to call the ApocEclipse. Much to everyone’s delight, the hordes did not materialize, supplies didn’t run out, the skies were clear and the Eclipse was absolutely phenomenal. Continue reading “Enthralled by the Eclipse”

Jackson Hole Summer

Packing my bags and getting ready to put back on my traveling shoes after an entire summer spent in one location. Lucky me — it was Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For those who may be a bit confused: Jackson Hole comprises the communities of Jackson, Wilson, Teton Village, Moran, Kelly and Hoback Junction (hole was the fur trappers’ term for valley). Rather than write thousands of words, here are some favorite moments to share. Continue reading “Jackson Hole Summer”

Foodie Friday | Jackson (Hole) Five

Favorite eating establishments, that is! In addition to having world class recreation across every season and stunning scenery, Jackson Hole has a vibrant food scene. If there is an underlying theme to my go to places it is “Good Things Come in Small Packages.” The places I return to time and again are not too small but not too big – they are just right.  They are not fancy and some are really just food trucks that don’t move.

Here are my current picks in alphabetical order (there is no other way I could rank them):

Bin22

Arancini at Bin22 in Jackson, Wyoming ©travelmagnolia
Pretty Arancini All in a Row at Bin22

A local favorite that features small plates including house made fresh mozzarella, Bin22 has a wide variety of dishes with something to please everyone.   Continue reading “Foodie Friday | Jackson (Hole) Five”

Wyoming | Wildflowers and Wilderness

On a bit of a travel hiatus right now and actually staying put in Jackson Hole (no hardship there) for the summer! This gives me plenty of time to enjoy the outdoor wonderland in my backyard. Two national parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone), the Bridger Teton National Forest  , 65 miles of multi-use paved pathways, and the Snake River provide endless opportunities for recreation. Continue reading “Wyoming | Wildflowers and Wilderness”

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Grand Teton National Park

I know where I will be on August 25, 2016: celebrating the US National Park Service’s Centennial (and my older daughter’s birthday)  in my favorite park – Grand Teton National Park.   Locals refer to it as The Park – as in I’m going biking/hiking/skiing/fishing/kayaking etc. in the Park. Come summer in Jackson Hole, the tourists go to Yellowstone but everyone else stays away from the teeming hoards and enjoys the spectacular beauty and relative peace of its neighbor closer to home.

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A Walk on the Wild-ish Side in Jackson Hole

While walking back down local’s favorite Old Pass road one early evening, I came around a bend in the road to find this mamma moose and her calf.  Fortunately, I did NOT come between them AND thought to capture the moment on my phone! NB always better to walk in pairs and with bear spray especially at the end of the day. Continue reading A Walk on the Wild-ish Side in Jackson Hole