This is what you should be doing on a vacation out west. This is what it is all about. After two nights here you will unwind and relax...not because of a spa or simply not answering your phone but by feeling connected with what is around you and it is amazing, better still by day four... If you are 6 to 75 years old and can walk 5-6 miles on a trail (at any pace) then this trip is for you. We (family of six, with kids 8 to 15) were west of the Tetons, but this area has so much to offer from Yellowstone to the Tetons that you need to trust in your guides to choose the right trip for you for the time of year you were there. We happened to hit a bounty of wildflowers (and I say this having hiked all over CO, WA, OR and CA). The day hikes from base camp led to some of the most wonderful vistas. They are a great combination of perfect distance (this will be determined by you) and just enough elevation gain to make you feel like you worked for it.
For the "never backpacked a day in my life" person this would be the most wonderful (and easiest) introduction to the backcountry ever. If you have only put yourself in the mountains to ski in winter you need to realize there is a lot more to offer in the summer. If you have never slept away from your bed, car or parking lot you have no idea what you are missing. You will notice things around you that you never would in a million years until you "get out" to the wilderness. The trip, to a backpacker would be considered "luxury backpacking." You can carry your daypack with heavy camera or whatever crazy thing you would never put in your pack. You show up with pretty much your sleeping bag and some clothes and Jackson Hole Llamas supplys the rest--tents, great bedpads, crazycreek chairs, setups for handwashing station to the best food you will ever have on a backpacking trip (thanks for carrying it llamas).
All of this sounds great if you're imagining this from home, here's where it gets better. Jill and Dave ("Hodge") are wonderful guides. They are it. Their company, they are the guides and they know this area because they have been hiking all over it for a couple of decades or more. We were luck enough to have a 3rd veteran guide (Mark) visiting his old stomping grounds. Hodge was a veteran NOLS instructor and Jill and Mark have been backcountry guides for many years. If you are new to this, they will teach you in the most mellow and wonderful way, how to treat the land and about the place you are visiting. They are wonderful to the animals and flexible about the daytrips--built to suit the hiker that you are. The food was great. From the breakfasts, to sandwich bar, veggies, baked goods. Hot chocolate to vino. This will be the thing you remember most about Wyoming. I haven't even talked about the llamas which only add to the charm of the whole thing. We have been to many places with our kids, roughing it to adventure to luxury, from Europe to Central America and all over the west--and to child they all said this was their favorite thing that they have ever done on vacation. Some day, we will be back.
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