|These are actually "wild" buffalo in the Gros Ventre Wilderness|
|Grand Teton Range|
Let me start at the beginning. or at least on the first leg of the trip! Since the distance between us and the Gros Ventre wilderness is over 500 miles and we are trailering our 4-hooved friends, we try and make an overnight pit stop on the way out and the way back.
On the way out, our favorite stop over is Lima, MT, specifically the Mountain View Motel.
|Mountain View Motel, our first stop|
When we walked around "town" we saw these:
We looked inside, luckily nobody was home!
Next morning we continued our journey so that we could do this:
|The day before...|
|They're waiting too!|
Yes, the deal is that they open the gates to access the wilderness behind the Elk Refuge at 8am on May 1st. So, the line begins to form at 8 am on April 30th. We didn't get there until about 6 pm. It was lots of fun staying overnight this year because we are, as they say "set-up". Two years ago, we were not "set up" and shoveled horse poop out of the trailer, laid down a blue tarp and slept on that. We tied the horses to the side of the trailer, so there was not much sleep happening. This year we slept inside, on a MATTRESS and the horses enjoyed their pen.
|See how happy?|
We got to the parking lot about 8:15 am. I am giving you this excruciating detail, because as we unloaded our horses, we saw this coming out:
|Hmm... already a full pack saddle worth?|
anyway, we rode.
|The man and his mule.|
|Yes, it was cold, thanks for asking.|
after all day in the cold wind (did I mention it was cold and windy?) we stayed in a nice hotel :) and the equines stayed in the box stalls at the fairgrounds :( not their favorite. As you can see by this photo, the mule does not like to be unable to see his friends:
We did tour around Jackson, ate the most awesome pizza ( Mountain High Pizza - it's the best!)
There is of course the antler arch:
And two years ago we had a cold one in here:
But alas, this year they were closed...
|No steak for you missy.|
Which is about 3/4 life size. very cool. a little over our trinket budget, so if you really want to see it, I bet it is still in the gallery there...
The next day we rode again:
Another awesome day. much less windy!
Okay I am going to post this half of the story, since this all happened 2 and a half months ago and it is very long! I will post about Pinedale, WY and the Mountain Man Museum next week!!
Have a super weekend!