The night before we went to the Grand Tetons we stayed in a campground that was the most expensive of the whole trip ($79) and it had a bar attached to the building where the bathrooms and laundry were. I didn't feel particularly safe, and I normally feel pretty safe in the world. It was just not that great of a place, but we were not willing to keep looking once we found that one. We had been without phone service, and the campgrounds we'd tried so far were full, so we took the first place we found online once we got phone service. Plus we didn't know what we were getting into. In any case, it was convenient from Yellowstone (where we were leaving) and the Grand Tetons (where we were headed).
All that faded away to nothing as we approached Grand Tetons National Park...
Even though the landscape at Yellowstone is so varied and unearthly, I really prefer the Grand Tetons.
One of these groups of animals is antelopes and the other is buffalo in the group of four photos below, but I can't remember which! The thing about using a phone as a camera is that zooming distorts the picture sometimes rather than enhancing it.
This was not at all what I pictured when I pictured Jackson Hole Airport! Not only was it much smaller than I envisioned, it was just situated right there in the mountains! I’m not sure why that surprised me, but it did. Not only that, it also has one of those arches made out of antlers that were also in downtown Jackson Hole. And look at the railings they use to make lanes!!
I went to Jackson Hole to work in a coworking space there called Spark Jackson Hole. I wanted to have access to hi speed internet to get caught up on my blog. Here is the view from the corner window, a picture of the inside of the space and ., their sign.
For those of you who don't know what a coworking space is, it's where people who have small businesses or work solo go to work when they don't want to work in their home. They have access to business services (e.g., hi speed internet, reception services, photocopying, meeting rooms) as well as getting to work among others.
This place was the least welcoming coworking space I've ever been in! The part-time job I'm returning to in New Haven is at a coworking space called Agora New Haven (formerly The Grove) and we have music playing in the background, and friendly reception service and people are always chatting with each other. In Spark, there was none of that! I was completely silent, the "host" wasn't there for the first hour I was there, and no one talked to anyone else! I was like being in a library.
I had signed up online for a day pass so they were expecting me. When the host arrived, the first words out of his mouth to me were, "You're at the wrong table" not something like, "Hi, I'm Steve, you must be Barb..." Weird.
Here are some pictures of downtown Jackson Hole. All four corners of the square had these arches made of antlers. The table was just something cool I saw in one of the shops. I love wood and I love stone, so I love (even more!) the idea of them together!
These bronze pieces are on the sidewalk outside of a gallery that sells them. There were more than those pictured here, these were just my favorites.
This was a sign in one of the neighboring towns, I just thought it was cool. One thing I've gotten from this trip is how much more important public art is out west than it is back east.
Barb Nangle is the founder of Higher Power Coaching and Consulting, an entrepreneur and an eternal optimist. She loves motivating others to become better and better versions of themselves, just as she has become better and better versions of herself.