We arrived at our hotel late so we had to head straight to our trail ride and cookout. The setting was marvelous, in the valley at the foot of the Jackson Hole Resort. We quickly lined up to mount our horses and set off in groups of about 8 people. My horse was Pepper and he was very good. Gentle and well behaved. He just liked to rub up against some of the trees from time to time. About halfway through my hips were killing me, every step of the second half of the hour long ride hurt. But the view was fantastic as we climbed up and back down a trail through the hills of Jackson.
After our ride I did manage to get off Pepper under my own power, and managed to walk around a bit too. I guess I didn’t really dislocate my hip, but it felt like it. We waited for all the groups to finish their trail rides and then took wagons to a secluded area for a cook out, complete with Cowboys. They made us chicken, corn, tomato salad, corn bread, lemonade, watermelon some beef and a fruit cobbler for dessert. The food was good, and it was served on tin plates, and we sat at picnic tables. It was a lot of fun.
But it only got more fun, we then had the chance to learn how to rope a steer (not a real steer, that’s cruel), chop would and play horse shoes. Wood chopping, not my thing! But if I tried I could make a career roping steers. I think I’ll stick with my day job though. It was a lot of fun and as a group activity, allowing us to bond in a different way then you do while riding a bus.
Later that night we decided to hit the town. We wanted to go to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, but it was closed for a special event. Boo! We did go to another random bar and some of the underage girls did get in, which was good for us.
But the gem of the city was the taxi drivers, yes, the taxi drivers. I had different ones going to and from the bar, but they were both nice friendly guys happy to talk about Jackson. We learned a bit about the economy, the price of houses and life there. It would be a great place to live, but I can’t afford it. I’ll have to find myself another place to live. 🙁
As a place to visit though, even just the small glimpse we had said a lot about the place, it was beautiful, but still had the large town/small city feel.