Jackson, Wyoming: We worked this morning and chatted with our very friendly neighbors – fellow Portlanders and Duck fans. They checked-in last night while we were at dinner, saw the Big “O” painted on the back of our bus and immediately waved their OREGON flag to greet us from their RV window.
The campground moose did not make an appearance this morning.
Dave and I went into Jackson for lunch at one of our favorite spots – The Merry Piglets. Their Mexican food is always good and their salsa is divine (and they sell their salsa “to go”).
Chicken Enchiladas from The Merry Piglet
I had two chicken enchiladas (ala carte) with their famed green chile sauce. Super good. They also spice their shredded chicken, so I can say this was a great combo.
After lunch, Dave and I walked through the fabulous shops surrounding the town square in Jackson.
We bought Leo (the thumb-sucking cowboy) a pair of cowboy boots at Beaver Creek Hat & Leathers – one of our all-time favorite shops in Jackson. Leo – OBVIOUSLY – needs cowboy boots to ride the ponies in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. We DID NOT buy Leo “two squirrels rowing a canoe” – for sale at another shop in town. Dang.
Every time we visit Jackson, we snap a photo under the famed elk antler arches in the town square.
Today, in Jackson
The antler arches were constructed in 1960 by the local Rotary Club. Thousands of elk winter in the nearby National Elk Refuge. Bulls shed their antlers each spring and the horns are picked-up by local Boy Scouts. The Scouts auction the shed antlers every May in Jackson.
And now it is time for the WAY-BACK MACHINE:
Last year, coincidentally also on May 20th
After a rest in the motorhome, we drove up to Teton Village (the ski resort area in Jackson Hole) for a cocktail and then we drove back to our RV park and had dinner next-door at Calico – an Italian-type place. Calico has a great menu, a full bar, a wood-fired pizza oven and a one-acre play-space for kids.
We enjoyed great salads and returned to our bus for an early night… except we met a young couple – Mark and Alison (and their Golden Retriever) who had rented one of the incredible cabins at this resort. They had just returned to their cabin with a growler filled with local brew and invited us to share their bounty.
We arrived to Alison & Mark’s cabin a few minutes later to learn they were locked-out of their accommodations. The resort was sending a team to replace/repair their lock… but in the meantime, it was getting dark and it was getting cold… so Mark and Alison joined us in the cozy comfort of the Magna Peregrinus, where the growler was promptly destroyed and their dog was promptly put to sleep via our radiant floor heaters and serious head-scratches from yours truly.
The resort was eventually able to let the kids into their cabin, but Dave and I really enjoyed hosting the refugees during their lock-out.
Until my next update, I remain, your Jackson correspondent.
RV PARK: Jackson Hole Campground – Outside of town, but very convenient to Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. We have a full-service 50 amp gravel pull-through site. Bathhouse, laundry, cable TV and free wifi. A lot of trees, but both roof-top dishes found their satellites. We are paying $68. And… that is the off-season rate.
FYI: The campground is part of (and behind) the Fireside Resort, so look for the Fireside Resort sign. There is no “Jackson Hole Campground” sign (that we noticed). RVs must drive down this little lane (below) between new adorable rental cabins, to reach the RV office.
New cabins at Fireside Resort
Dave and I poked our heads inside the cute cabins – they have a front porch with BBQ, living area with fireplace and TV, kitchenette with dishwasher, full bath and a bedroom in the back. They are really just fancy park models. Really, really fancy. (You canpurchase one and have it hauled to you.) Have a look inside. The resort also offerGlamping tents.