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Anderson's Wyoming Adventure
Feb. 15 through
Feb. 25, 2005
Tuesday, February 15, 2005:
Togwotee Mountain Lodge http://www.togwoteelodge.com/ is located 48 miles NE of the town of Jackson, at 8,600 feet, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest with 300 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and dog sleds. A full service lodge with Grizzly Steak House (dining room), Red Fox Saloon, Bear’s Den Gift Shop, 33 modern guest rooms and 54 secluded cabins. When checking in we were given a brochure “High Altitude Medical Tips for Your Jack Hole Visit”.
time web cam of Togwotee Lodge
After unpacking in our spacious room, we walked some of the area before going to the Fireside Room for complimentary soft drinks and appetizers before dinner (served 5:30 to 9 p.m. and reservations needed). The Fireside Room had pool table, pin ball machine, tables and chairs, easy chairs and sofas, desk for Windy Ridge Photographers, and a lower area with the massive stone fireplace and more seating. A cracking fire was kept going in the fireplace almost all of the time.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005:
That afternoon we experienced our first dog sled tour, 12 dogs, and one musher (Derek) and were gone approximately three hours. The dogs enjoy running, walking, resting (one minute at a time – then lets go, woof woof) and what glorious scenery! This was most enjoyable and we highly recommend anyone trying this if you get the opportunity. The sled dogs left behind at the kennels all wanted to go too. Lindsey Smith of Windy Ridge Photography took some great photos of us and the dog sled. There were several dog veterans of the famed Iditarod in Alaska; Billy Snodgrass the who owns and operations Continental Divide Dog Sled Tours (whom we visited with) has completed the Iditarod, in Alaska, twice. http://www.dogsledadventures.com/ (brief movie / video ) http://www.dogsledadventures.com/videoFeb00.htm
Wed. evening is the weekly sea food buffet and what a variety. All meals came with soup and salad bar.
Thursday, February 17, 2005:
We viewed a film in the theater telling the history of the National Elk Refuge. Next we boarded a bus for the drive across the highway and into the National Elk Refuge. Then we climbed into (via steps at the back) a bright red slight drawn by two Belgian draft horses for an hour plus ride into the refuge among large male elk with beautiful antlers. We also saw three Trumpeter Swans on the small creek. There can be up to 9,500 elk in the refuge depending upon the winter, this year there are approximately 4,000 at this time as it has been a very mild winter, so there is still food at the high elevations. Since in the past the elk were fed from sleighs they are used to seeing people, horses and sleighs in the refuge. This sleigh ride into the refuge is something all ages may enjoy and we surely did enjoy the trip.
Next our driver took us to the Jackson Town Square and left us for shopping. Each corner has an arch made from elk antlers. Susan first visited this area in 1958; then Howard, Susan, Cynthia, Scott and Shelly visited in 1971; and Howard and Susan spent two weeks in the area during September 2001 (yes had only been there two days when the 9/11 tragedy took place). We, NOT being shoppers, and having been in all stores around the square and some off on side streets before we only visited one clothing store, two art galleries and a sporting good store.
Then we went to the famous Wort Hotel http://www.worthotel.com/ which has the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill (yes, the curved bar has silver dollars embedded into it) on Broadway just off the square. Susan enjoyed a great ½ pound buffalo burger. We walked around the hotel, sat by the fireplace for awhile in the lobby enjoying the moose head over the fireplace, and various works of art. Then we spent time in the Silver Dollar Bar. We inquired about where to find a bookstore. Our served didn’t know but would find out. She came back with detailed information about the Valley Bookstore located just off the town square in ---?? -- Alley. This proved to be a super bookstore! We made some purchases and told of our difficulty in locating them, they then gave us a 10% discount and additional good information. We return to the Jackson Town Square and waited a few minutes by one of the antler arches for our drive and van to return to Togwotee. The temperature was up to 32 degrees on the covered porch at Togwotee Mountain Lodge.
Friday, February 18, 2005:
Saturday, February 19, 2005:
Sunday, February 20, 2005:
February 21, 2005:
We viewed the 11:39 a.m. eruption of Old Faithful Geyser, and several other geysers. Howard called Dan in his office to capture some shots of us on the Old Faithful web cam and he did so. Lunch was provided at the Snow Lodge and time for shopping in the gift shop or walks to other geysers in the area. Then we returned to the snow coach and continued west along the road, seeing hundreds of bison and many elk along the streams. We made many stops to photograph the elk and bison. We stopped at Biscuit Basin and Black Sand Basin to walk around and take pictures. Our next stop was at Kepler Cascades (a long time favorite stop of Susan’s), then on for another stop at West Thumb Geyser Basin on the shore of Yellowstone Lake. Susan was employed as a cashier in the Hamilton General Store at West Thumb the summer of 1958. (The store is no longer there, was moved to Grant Village, and with earthquake in 1959 they never reopened.) We then continued to the south entrance, following the beautiful Lewis River and stopped at the YNP sign at the entrance for additional photographs. Back to Flagg Ranch for change from snow coach to van and then leaded south where Chuck and a Togwotee van were waiting for us at Moran Junction. We arrived back at Togwotee Mountain Lodge just in time for our 6 p.m. dinner reservation. It was another wonderful day.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005:
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Friday, February 25, 2005:
Susan was employed as a cashier in the Hamilton General Store at West Thumb in Yellowstone National Park for the summer of 1958. She fell in love with Yellowstone, the Teton’s and the Jackson Hole area. Although she has visited all 50 states and eight foreign countries, this area is still her favorite place in the continental USA, and she looks forward to returning again and again.
When we were there in Sept. 2001 we stayed at Colter Bay and also at Jackson Lake Lodge http://www.gtlc.com/lodgeJac.aspx.
Yellowstone as the world’s first national park, created in 1872, 18 years before Wyoming became a state.
Grand Teton National Park was created in 1929 and greatly expanded in 1950 due to the efforts of John D. Rockefeller, who purchased and then donated a great deal of the land that is under protection in the park today.
97% of the 2,697,000 acres in Teton County are federally owned or state managed, including the Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. Only 3% of the land in the Jackson Hole area is privately owned.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is the second-largest national forest in the lower 48 states, encompassing 3.4 million acres.
Women in Wyoming have been voting since 1869, when the legislature of Wyoming Territory met for the first time, the first government in the world to grant women full voting right. Wyoming became a state in 1890.
Jackson, WY, elected the
first all-woman city council in 1920.
Over 60 species of mammals, over 100 species of birds, and a half dozen game find can be found in the Jackson Hole / Yellowstone area. Big game such as elk, moose, bison, deer, antelope, mountain lion, grizzly and black bears, coyotes, and gray wolf, plus bald eagle, trumpeter swan, blue heron and osprey; native game fish such as the Snake River cutthroat trout and mackinaw lake trout.
Many feature films have been made on location in Jackson Hole including: Shane, Spencer’s Mountain, Any Which Way You Can and Rocky IV.
Each spring the local Boy Scouts gather antlers from the National Elk Refuge. On the third Saturday in May the antlers are auctioned off in the Jackson Town Square. The proceeds support the local boy Scouts and the Elk Refuge.
Books of interest:
Wild and Beautiful Grand Teton National Park, photography by Fred Pflughoft and Henry H. Holdsworth ISBN: 1-56037-153-6 Copyright 2000
Yellowstone’s Winter Wilderness
by Tom Murphy
Museum of Wildlife Art: Highlights From The Collection
Wildlife Legacy: The National Elk Refuge Photographs and Text by Jackie Gilmore Copyright 1993
Jackson Hole: Crossroads of The West by Connie Wieneke Copyright 1996
time web cam of Togwotee Lodge
Togwotee Mountain Lodge, P.O. Box 91, Moran, WY 83013, (800) 543-2847
Lodging, Breakfasts and Dinners, Social Hour every evening (complimentary cocktails and appetizers before dinner) Snowmobile Guides to take you on a daily group snowmobile tour (7 day advance notice) Airport transfers to and from Jackson Hole Airport (winter only), State Sales Tax, Gratuities http://www.togwoteelodge.com/
Jackson Hole Travel Guide http://www.jacksonholenet.com/
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