Report from February 6, 2023
Awake at 4am.
On the road by 4:23am.
Park City, UT to Jackson Hole, WY (274 miles, 4 hours and 15 minutes).
I broke my one driving rule for Wyoming:
Don’t drive at night.
- Mule Deer
Any one of these animals can kill you when traveling 60mph or higher.
The speed limit in the deserts of Wyoming is 70mph…
I was on edge as I rolled onto I-80 east but a full moon gave me hope.
The moon was fierce and clouds were sparce.
A smile rolled over me as I realized I could see pretty damn well, considering.
I took the hard left into the dusty Wyoming desert and glared at the flashing sign hooked up to a small generator:
SLOW DOWN – LARGE WILDLIFE IN AREA
I didn’t slow down…
The moonbeams bounced off the snow and clouds creating a bizarrely bright nighttime scene.
I sped on waiting for dawn.
Dawn took its sweet time and showed up around 7am.
I stopped in Daniel to use the bathroom and grab a breakfast burrito.
Cheese, bacon, eggs.
5 outta 10.
Hoback Canyon dumped me into the Jackson Hole proper and I began to buzz as I finally saw the Tetons.
I checked the Jackson Hole app at 6am and it reported 10″.
They always lie…
It’s always more…
I dumped my car and hustled to meet up with friends at the General Store in front of the tram.
I actually made it there before they did.
At 9:30am, were were upward bound.
The snow was deep in spots, shallow in spots, avalanchey in spots, and dry as a bone.
We skied and hiked and laughed.
As the day wore on our confidence grew and by the end we were dropping 15-footers and connecting pillows.
A solid crew of Owen Leeper, Aaron Fox, and Nate Kushlan made the day golden.
Thanks, friends and thanks, Wyoming