Tuesday, February 17, 2015

48th State: Alternatives

While most people travel to Jackson Hole in the winter to ski and snowmobile, we did neither. The weather was a bit warm for skiing and we felt like one tour for the dog sledding was enough structured tourist activity for one long weekend. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do that don't require you to board a tour bus. There is great shopping in downtown with something for everyone's taste but I can only convince Brian that that is a viable activity for a short period of time.

So, we drove through the National Elk Refuge to enjoy the scenery and get up close to big-horned sheep - the roughly 6,000 elk were too far away to see from the road you need to stay on. Luckily, the sheep were very entertaining and like to lick salt off bumpers so they were easy to photograph. The mountains in the background were spectacular, as they've been throughout the trip.

Afterwards, we headed to the National Museum of Wildlife which had giant binoculars that allowed us to finally see the elk (and take a photo through the lens). If seeing the elk this way isn't close enough for you, you can also take a wagon/sleigh ride through the herds, as you can see in the center of the bottom photo. The museum was full of art depicting wildlife and accompanying scenery. They had bronze and blown glass sculptures and paintings that varied in style and approach. Brian made his own zoetrope of a water drop (pictured).
In all, it was a great way to spend a day in between all the eating we did in the last post. Thanks for stopping in and checking out our adventures.

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