19 July 2009

Big Sigh Country





From the second one steps off the plane in Jackson, Wyoming, it is hard not to feel the stress of the world melt away. The small airport in Jackson has the Grand Tetons as a spectacular backdrop and the fresh air smelling of conifers hits you instantly. We were lucky enough to spend a long weekend here over the 4th of July visiting John's older brother and his family. I had been in Jackson twice before, once in the fall and once in the winter, but this was my first trip in the summer.

What a spectacular place to be in the summer. Even getting rain for a few hours on two of the days we were there, the weather was great. Warm sunny days with cool nights. In fact the 4th was cool enough to build a fire in the fireplace. We had a great time hanging out with family, went for a beautiful hike in Grand Teton National Park, and took a raft down the Snake River for a few hours. The raft trip was probably my favorite part. They had had lots of rain leading up to our visit so John's brother decided to keep novices like us out of the whitewater. Fine by me, floating down the river, beautiful scenery, Pepperidge Farms Goldfish...I couldn't have asked for better.

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