My weekend was devoted to my ‘bear necessities’ and it was divine. The ‘bear necessities’ include: mountain roads, Yellowstone/Tetons, my camp family, and of course BEARS!
My parents and I packed up the car and ran away to Neverland (Camp Loll) for Staff Alumni Weekend. For years, my family has been involved in the scouting program through the BSA. Camp Loll, where my mom and I both worked on staff and my dad went as a scout, is like a home for us. Camp Loll is situated just outside of Ashton, ID on Grassy Lake Road. It straddles the border of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Every year we spend a weekend on Lake of the Woods.
During Alumni weekend, we swim in the freezing lake, repel, shoot bow and arrows, look through old scrapbooks and sing camp songs.
Following church in the woods (just imagine sacrament over looking a beautiful mountain lake), we packed up and left Camp Loll bound for Yellowstone! Dad and I decided to conquer the Mount Washburn Trail. It’s a 3 mile trail that gains serious elevation as it winds through prime bear habitat. That being said, you’ll never guess what happened….
Uhhm yeah, that black dot? Only a 1,000 lbs black bear. Dad and I are just hiking along and it just pops up on the trail right in front of us! It was a dream come true!
I can’t really describe how it felt… but it was amazing.
It has been YEARS since we last went to a Bar J show in Jackson Hole. So, I insisted that it happen this year! If you’re planning a trip to Jackson in the near future, this act is a must see! Now, I know I might get some flack for this, but while I was in Italy, I really missed Western Culture. It was while I was there that I made plans to go to Bar J. I guess you can take the country girl out of the country but not the country out of the girl.
Ah, my Teton obsession.. I don’t think it’s curable… And I’m okay with that. See below.
Instead of taking our traditional route back to Utah through Star Valley, we decided to detour and hit the Wind Rivers! Why has it taken me so long to visit this mountain range? I’m in love with it already.