Explorin' the Backyard

Summers in Wyoming are here aaaand then they’re gone . We’ve only got a short window of warmth to get out into the mountains, so it’s important to take advantage of the good weather while we have it. In the off-season I like to create a list goals for the upcoming season, whether it’d be big objections on the mountain bike or out hiking in the mountains. Having a little bit of intention goes a long way, especially when there is so much to do in a place like Jackson.

I don’t always cross everything off, but fulfilling one goal feels like a success in my book! Having lived in Wyoming now for roughly four years, I’ve had two items high on my to-do list: Cascade Canyon and getting into the Winds River Range. If there’s anything these weekend adventures have taught me, it’s that sometimes the best adventure is right in your own backyard.

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Grand Teton National Park


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My favorite flower, the Indian Paintbrush!

My favorite flower, the Indian Paintbrush!

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SOO MANY WILDFLOWERS!!

SOO MANY WILDFLOWERS!!

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THE WIND RIVER RANGE


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Unfortunately, the cold killed my camera battery, so I wasn’t able to capture the full trip in the Winds :(

Imagine the Gnocchi

About seven months ago I was enjoying dinner with Max and Lily when I decided to tag along on their whirlwind spring European adventure. As the decision became a reality I suddenly became quiet. Wide eyed, I looked at them both and exclaimed, “but, Imagine the Gnocchi!?!”

My 8ish days were spent in Austria and Italy. Despite my skis not leaving the continent with me, the trip went smoothly. They eventually arrived, and together with our four ski bags our group made a hilarious caravan on the European trains. I explored beautiful new cities like Innsbruck and Bormio and the jagged mountains surrounding them.

I was never able to find my coveted gnocchi, but I think that simply means I need to go back.

REFLECTION // PNW 001

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A few moments from June of 2017 . Mary Campbell Photography

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The journey started with a drive through from Wyoming to Utah. The fields of vibrant green vegetation were endless! I tried to photograph what I perceived to be some friendly cows. They weren't too keen with my presence.

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ON ROUTE TO OREGON

 
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Some lovely strangers I met while waiting for my train, they were just starting their bikepacking journey through the southwest.

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The face of a girl who was just surprised with early birthday pie —locally made too!

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After a relaxing visit with my parents at their abode in Oregon, I headed back home to Wyoming.

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