An Idiot, A Broad: Jackson, WY/ Grand Tetons

The majestic view from our hotel room balcony in the morning.

The construction detour in Yellowstone made us backtrack 28 miles, in addition to adding another 29 extra miles to our route, so we didn’t get to our next destination, Jackson, WY, until after midnight.  Which was really a shame because our hotel was absolutely luxurious.  I would have loved to have spent more time there.

Our route

The next day we got up bright and early and went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a museum in the spirit of Robert Ripley and the newspaper panel series, radio show, and television show he created to feature oddities and unbelievable stories.  Even my wife, Erin, who is usually bored to tears at the all the history museums I take her to, enjoyed our visit to Ripley’s (in fact, I think it was her idea).  There’s literally something for everybody there.

A monument to John Colter in the Jackson Town Square
Close up of the John Colter monument

After that we walked a few blocks to the Jackson Town Square.  It’s a beautiful little park with trees, green grass, and historical markers and information.  The city blocks surrounding the square contain neat little local shops and touristy stores.  We spent the morning making our way around the square, stopping at all the shops that caught our interest.  There were clothing stores, bakeries, candy stores, knick knack shops… just about everything you could ever want.

We stopped for lunch at Cafe Genevieve.  A busy little joint with a rustic look and feel that matches everything that Jackson has going on.   Erin got a Cuban sandwich and I got THE BEST COUNTRY FRIED STEAK I’VE EVER HAD.  Fantastic.  It was a busy day and the place was packed but it was worth the wait and it gave us time to plan the rest of our day.

Cookies at a local sweets shop. ‘Look to the cookie.’

After lunch we stopped by the rest of the shops we hadn’t made it to before heading out of town.  We would have loved to check out more of what Jackson had to offer, as we had just skimmed the surface, but we had more traveling to do.  We had originally planned to spend another day in Yellowstone, but, with time running out, we decided against it and headed down the road to our next stop, Thermopolis, WY.


The road from Jackson to Thermopolis was surrounded by beautiful scenery, like Grand Teton National Park, Wind River Reservation, and Boysen State Park.  Below are some of the pictures I snapped while traveling, pulled over or waiting in construction.


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