“I was having a wonderful time and the whole world opened up before me because I had no dreams”
I’ve long associated the term “Jackson Hole” with the longtime local burger joint my dad used to take me to in NYC. I never knew it was named after an actual real place I’d ever set foot in. But after a long 10 hour drive from South Dakota yesterday, I finally woke up to a beautiful morning in the original Jackson Hole, WY.
As per the recommendations of my post college-era friend Tim Geoffrion, we decided to finally slow down and spend 2 full days here exploring.
We started with the quaint town of Jackson itself and preordered breakfast at Pearl Street Bagels:
Then from Jackson we headed up a few miles north to see Grand Teton National Park:
We started with a 3 hour round trip hike at part of the Amphitheater trail towards Lake Taggart.
If you’re stuck with an RV like we were and nearby parking is full, you can park instead at the overflow lot about a mile away and take an extra 30 minute hike over to the trailhead.
Choose any lake to visit and you’re rewarded with a background worthy of a Windows XP desktop on factory settings:
After 30min at Lake Taggart and 3 hours on the hike, we returned for a quick 15 minute drive north for a photo at Snake River Overlook:
…before having a late lunch at Dornan’s Pizza Pasta Company for the views:
We then sauntered over to the famously photographed Jackson Town Square:
Sadly places like Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream was closed due to COVID-19, and places like Local Restaurant & Bar & Snake River Grill were fully booked. Apparently the pandemic has caused tourism in this area to actually ironically jump by 30-40%.
The town is still nice though, although much smaller than I had expected.
After an impromptu al fresco first come, first served dinner at Jackson Drug, we returned back to our lodgings at Jackson Hole Campgrounds. Tomorrow we reach Yellowstone!
- At time of posting in Jackson, WY, it was 22 °C - Humidity: 39% | Wind Speed: 8km/hr | Cloud Cover: clear