Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Living in Yellowstone for the summer is living life on the edge. We probably won’t experience a violent explosion while we’re out there in the middle of the caldera. But then again, you never know. This is Yellowstone, after all – home to one of the world’s largest active volcanoes.
|Biscuit Basin with the Mallard Lake resurgent dome just beyond it|
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
I know this may be hard to believe, but there is much more to attract your attention in and near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks than that dang supervolcano and a big bunch of mountains.
If you can manage to drive past and then elbow your way through the throngs of bewildered out–of–state (and out–of–country) summer tourists and find a quiet place to ponder life’s mysteries, Jackson Wyoming has a lot of local color to offer the discriminating and thirsty traveler.
Consider this establishment, for instance. I recently chose a hotel in Jackson for a relaxed weekend getaway based on its walkable proximity to large vats of fermenting adult beverages.
|Snake River Brewing brewpub|
My first beverage choice was See You In Helles, described as a “full–bodied yet delicate helles lightly hopped with Tattnanger and Hallertauer hops.” It was #1 on the list from lightest to darkest.
My next selection was Hoback Hefewiezen, “a cloudy wheat brewed Ale with a smooth spicy refreshing taste. This Bavarian style beer is unfiltered for extra flavor.” It was #2 on the light/dark list.
|Is the lemon REALLY necessary? It kept hitting my nose.|
Should I have stayed at the brewpub and worked my way down the darkening list? Good luck with that! I was already falling asleep after just two pints and it was only 3:00 in the afternoon.
Next time. #3. After my nap.
Monday, August 6, 2012
I’ll admit it. I was a nervous wreck. I’d heard all sorts of stories about Avalanche Peak, mostly about how stupendously steep the trail is. It’s a short trail, my young hiking buddies all said. It’s only two miles long, they reassured me. We’ll go slowly. You can do it!
|Southeast bowl, Avalanche Peak|