|I am certain that if the name was changed to "Teton View Sand Dunes" they would sky-rocket in popularity!|
Mike and I headed to Jackson Hole for some free music. It is never a question, when you head to Jackson in the winter you go backcountry skiing. However, with this year's crazy weather and questionable snow conditions, I wasn't expecting good skiing. As our trip approached and we began to pack, we weighed out our options for activities. Would the skiing be worth the time? Would it be good weather for other activities? In the end, given the weather and the little time we had there, we opted to leave the skis at home. It was weird, and in some ways just seemed plain wrong, to head to Jackson in winter without skis but that is was the best decision given what we had to deal with. I'm still a bit traumatized when I think about it but I'm glad we made the decision we did. No skiing gave us more time for visiting with friends, strolling around town and up Saddle Butte, shopping, lounging, and other in-town activities. Very fun.
|One thing hippies & cowboys agree upon:|
Robert Earl Keen rocks!
|Robert Earl Keen. I was swooning!|
|Sand, sand, & more sand|
On our way to Jackson, we stopped at the Saint Anthony Sand Dunes. I had been there almost 20 years ago and had wanted to go back. It is only about a 20-30 minutes out of the way and seeing as it was still early in the season, it was a good time to avoid the motorized bikes and dune buggies that frequent the dunes in the summer.
I have fond memories of visiting sand dunes in New England as a child and as an adult, it always stuck me how cool it was to visit dunes so far away from the ocean. Additionally, the movie Napoleon Dynamite rekindled my interest in sand dunes, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in particular. There is a scene in the movie where the grandmother goes to the sand dunes. Seeing as the film takes place in Preston, Idaho these have got to be the sand dunes they are referring to. If you're a big fan of the movie, you have to go. We didn't rent a dune buggie nor did we break our coccyx as the grandmother did in the film, but we did enjoy the dunes.
|Year-round skiing on the dunes|
I'd highly recommend a stop at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. Pair it with your trip to Jackson Hole and you can't go wrong!