MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: THE DRAGONS VISIT JACKSON, WYOMING

Saturday, January 27, 2007

THE DRAGONS VISIT JACKSON, WYOMING

It is good to back in East Tennessee, but I loved the Jackson, Wyoming area immensely!

Since snow in our area has declined over the past 20 years, I was needing a snow fix and we got it in Jackson Hole, Teton Village, the Teton National Forest, and Yellowstone National Park - plenty of snow and cold temperatures. However, we missed out on the sub-zero temps of a week ago, when it dipped to -22. We had a couple of nights down to -1 or -2, but the days warmed up to the mid-twenties. That is not too bad if you wear your long-handle bottoms and have plenty of layers on top, and most importantly, a hat or toboggan.

The Dragons had a ball – everything from shopping, sight seeing, snowmobiling, sleigh riding, and good food! We Knights just tagged along and did all that plus some late nights at the local watering holes (Million Dollar Cowboy and The Rancher).

Little did the Dragons (-1) know that they would be visiting the site of their spawn – Dragon’s Mouth Spring in Yellowstone!

They quickly caught on to handling the snowmobiles, governed to 45 MPH, and we were hard pressed to keep up. Even at 22 degrees, the heated seats and handlebars of the “snow machines” (as they are called there) kept everyone toasty. I actually got too warm a few times, turned everything off, and stood up in the cold air. My face paid the price the next day – that, mixed with a few Snake River Pale Ales, made my face a healthy rosy color!

If you ever want to do Yellowstone by “snow machine,” you had better do it fast. The Yellowstone board is fighting hard to outlaw them. Currently, there are only 720 machines allowed in Yellowstone daily, while the Teton Forest only allow 12 daily! President Bush pushed this into existence, but the Demos will kill all traffic soon! What kills me is they do nothing to stem the effects of 3 million yearly visitors in RVs, SUVs, and rattletraps! Government and environmentalists are so smart!

Well, now I got political…so I will end this here.

There are more photos at Flickr. Click here!

12 comments:

Ron Southern said...

Poor baby can't have his snowmobile! I guess his pecker will fall off...

Bruno said...

You might've missed the cold "out thar", but it appears you got home in time to catch it at home! I'll see if I can send ya' some "over and down there"!

EC said...

You sure live the good life don't ya! Mushy I want to be just like you when I grow up ;)

No seriously, it looks like you had another fabulous time!

Fathairybastard said...

Damn, that does look cold. Looks like a lot of fun. If anyone anywhere is having fun the govt. will eventually find out about it and try to tax or regulate it. Nature of the beast. Power corrupts.

Fathairybastard said...

Amazing shots over at flickr. You do a great job with that thing.

bozette said...

I'm jealous. I want to go with next time.
AWESOME pics.

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Those “snow machines” look like a lot of fun. You sure live the "life of Reilly."

Mushy said...

God has blessed ol' Mushy - no doubt about it. For that I'm thankful!

Carol said...

Ahhh - gorgeous country! I've only been there once - but it was wonderful. Glad you had a good time.

Alex said...

Ooh! Looks like fun. I have yet to dust off the ol' snowboard this year (hell! I haven't even played any hockey). Grad school is keeping me to busy. =(

I barely even visit blogs, or post on my own, these days.

michele said...

Glad to see ya made it back safe and sound! Lovely pictures, you do a great job, and sounds like a good time was had by all. That's the way to live life!

phlegmfatale said...

wow- what a hoot! I'm having Jackson Hole Envy - glad someone's out enjoying all that beautiful snow!