Jessi and Shane’s 2013 Wyoming Roadtrip

Jessi and I have taken a number of road trips over the years. This year’s trip was back to Wyoming. One could make a long list of you-know-your-in-Wyoming-when jokes, but we knew we were in Wyoming when be began to see ‘dirve-thru’ liquor stores attached to gas stations. The incongruance of this convenience seems to be lost on most Wyomingites.

You know your in Wyoming when the gas stations have 'drive-thru' liquor stores.

You know your in Wyoming when the gas stations have ‘drive-thru’ liquor stores.

The major highlight of the trip was a backpacking trip in the Tetons. This has become somewhat of a tradition with us. In 2002 we paddled up String and across Leigh Lake to climb Mount Moran. A few year’s later we took the Jackson Hole Resort tram to the top and headed back into Granite canyon for a couple of days of backpacking in the rain. For this trip we headed up Garnet Canyon and camped at the Meadows.The Meadows is one of several sites climbers use a a base camp for climbing in the Tetons. Continue reading

We Got Wet!

I’ve always thought that spontaneity is a good thing. Sometimes it leads to wonderful adventures and sometimes to … not so wonderful adventures.

Last Wednesday Stormy said she was helping with a book-binding course on Saturday so I though I’d try to line-up a climb of the Cable Route on Longs Peak, then on Friday Stormy said the course was a week from Saturday. “I have a great idea” I said. “Let’s head to Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, try to find a campsite at the Longs Peak trail head. We’ll take a hike and spend the night.” Secretly, images of a free-solo attempt at the Cable Route on Sunday morning flashed before my eyes. “The weather is supposed to be great.” Continue reading