rafting down the Snake River near Jackson WY
We had to meet at 7:15 am for an 8 hour raft trip down the Snake River just south of Jackson WY. There were 12 of us and a guide (Chris Walker) on the raft and it was a beautiful (and warm) morning. The first four hours were gentle scenery and a chance for all of us to learn to paddle together in some sort of order. (My husband & I didn’t acknowledge any prior paddling experience - the best paddlers always get put in the front of the raft and we just didn’t feel like being there today. The front can get really wet in the rapids.)
The warm sun made the occasional cold splash of river water almost welcome as eagles and osprey watched us float past. We pulled into the shore for breakfast and hiked up to a campsite.
. . .past a deer that stayed around and watched us too. (I began to feel that the wildlife was being entertained by the rafters.)
a bald eagle watched us float down the river
Cody, one of the rafters, was turning 11 today and traveling with his mother and grandmother. He got the seat of honor in the front and center of the raft for the second part of the trip - the rapids. He got really wet and was grinning from ear to ear. The rapids were nicely spaced 2 and 3 class rapids that didn’t give me any time for photos (the camera was back on the bus by now anyway) but were lots of fun. It’s a great river for beginners - scenic, not too difficult and fun. The guide Chris, was very likeable and good at getting the group to paddle together.
My husband and I checked into our new hotel (Jackson had been so crowded that I had to book a very expensive suite for the second night).
For that much money, we decided to spend the rest of the day at the hotel pool and using other hotel facilities, including taking a sunset photo of the hotel’s animal carvings.
sunset at the Lodge in Jackson WY
Jackson was very crowded with no available hotel rooms, lots of bikers and lots of families. We even saw many foreign tourists. This was new for us since we usually don’t travel during peak tourist times and often don’t make reservations ahead of time. This time it was mandatory. We even had dinner reservations for our favorite Jackson restaurant - Snake River Grill.