Wyoming (first half of Summer 2017)

Welcome back to the 2017 update by Wes. I’m sorry they are not as good as Laura’s posts, but I’m trying to get us caught up. After Southern Utah, we spent time in Northern Utah visiting friends and places from my 20’s. I was lucky enough to spend three years of my 20’s in that beautiful place. We will pick up the 2017 story at the end of spring when we left Utah to arrive in Jackson Hole, WY. We spent the first half of that summer making more friends, hiking, fishing, camping, and having family visit

We made it to our summer home.

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The Yellowstone Trips

We knew Yellowstone would have much larger crowds in June and July, so we went up to see it as soon as the southern entrance was opened in late May.  There was still a lot of snow on the ground (like taller than me and I’m 6’4″). Getting there early  was a great way to see the land of fire and ice without the huge crowds. We didn’t get to spend enough time in this park. It is massive, and there are so many different things it has to offer. I regret not fishing here when I had the chance. There was just too much fishing to do around the Grand Tetons and not enough time for both. I hope we will return one day with more time for Yellowstone.

The Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole

I can’t express how much I love the Grand Tetons. They are the most impressive mountain range I have ever seen. They seem to start from a perfectly flat plain and shoot up straight to the heavens. Then there is the fishing. One could spend years fishing there and still have new fishing opportunities to explore every year. We spent a lot of time hiking to high mountain lakes in pursuit of Snake River cutthroat trout, and floating the Snake River catching cutthroat, brown, and lake trout. Needless to say we ate well in Wyoming.

Backcountry camping

I was very fortunate and got a backcountry camping permit while in Jackson. It was by the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. The hike was hard and it took me to 10,000+ feet above sea level.  This hike happened in July and there was still deep snow up there. Finding a place to put my tent took time.

The lessons I learned from this hike are to get lighter and better gear, and bring Laura with me next time. That hike with the gear I had at the time made my backpack very heavy and my knees told me about it for a week. This was not the first time I have camped in wild backcountry alone, but it was the first time I have done it being with Laura. I missed her, and I knew it was not as fun as it could have been if she was able to join.

 Lani and Ashley come to visit

Our last week in Wyoming was a very special one. My brother and sister-in-law came for a visit. We were able to show them our favorite spots, and we got some good fishing in. They will show up in another posting soon on another visit and fishing trip.

Visits from family and friends really is one of the things we love most while traveling. Being able to enjoy this country and our lifestyle with the people we love the most keeps us going.

Again this seems very short for the time we had in Wyoming. We made friends that we will keep for a lifetime, hiked our brains out to the best this country has to offer, and fished some of the best trout waters in the world. We have a lot of time and adventures to catch up on yet before we are up-to-date, so maybe we will make more in-depth posts at a later date.

The next stop we will visit is Montana and Canada which was the last half of the summer of 2017. Man, we had a time. see you there.

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