Good Ol’ Fashioned Bushwacking

The muscle cramp in my leg has finally gone away and the cut on Doug’s cheek is slowly healing, but the wonderful memories of our 5-days snowshoeing trip will live on…

On the last day of the last year we drove 4 hours from Green River, WY to the Jackson Hole area. Of course we had to stop en route at the Wind River Brewing Co. in Pinedale where Doug had to sample their darkest brews to figure out which one we should take to go in a growler. After we gorged ourselves on their famous reuben and bison burger – and incredible fries – we decided on the Out of Order Porter but were equally impressed with the Buckin’ Bitter. The sips I had of the others were pretty darn good too!

So as I said, after Doug handed me the keys to Ellie (hiccup!), we continued toward the Jackson Hole area where we loaded up on groceries at Jackson Whole Grocer. Then we drove northeast past the Elk Refuge to Kelly, WY where we exchanged money for keys to our cabin on Slide Lake.

The Budge family operate a group of cabins on this lake, called Slide Lake because of the massive landslide that formed it in 1925. On May 18, 1927, however, after heavy rains and snow melt, the natural dam burst and the town of Kelly was largely swept away. Six people also died. According to the cabin’s caretaker, Art, a man everyone dismissed as a ‘mad trapper’ had warned the town of this impending doom. Hard to know which prophets to believe, eh?

While we didn’t experience that kind of massive natural occurrence, the roads on the way in were pretty icy and I managed to slide off into a tree at about 10 miles per hour. The good news is no one was hurt, Ellie is fine other than a small catch in the passenger door when it’s opened, and if we’d been stuck we’d have had food for a week, sleeping bags, and could have sent Riker out for help with a note tucked into his collar. Also, at that exact moment a couple of other cars happened upon us and a good samaritan from Utah helped to push us back on the road while his wife stood there snapping photos. Thanks, lady!
When we first arrived we were afraid we wouldn’t have enough snow for our snowshoeing plans, but mother nature quickly obliged with three solid days of light powder. The lake was frozen enough to support us (and the annoying skidoos that buzzed up and down it) and there was plenty of backcountry to explore. So we did. Where no skidoo dared follow.
The first couple of days we took it easy, getting used to snowshoeing again after a couple of years off. I swear there are muscles you only use while engaging in this particular sport! By Sunday, our last full day there, we were ready for a major expedition. Loading up our packs with chicken soup, hot chocolate and lots of snacks for us and the dog, we headed out.
As you can see, we also headed up. Way up. According to Doug’s GPS we climbed 1,553 feet in loose powder. If you’ve never done it before, think of dragging 10-lb ball-and-chains up a surface where you slide back with every step you take. Pretty exhausting! But with our make-shift walking sticks in hand (we pillaged them from the dead wood lying around) and frequent breaks we made it up to a gorgeous view of the snow-capped Tetons shrouded in clouds.
We kept going up for a while after this because the GPS indicated the summit was “only” about another 900ft elevation gain over a 1/3 of a mile. What it failed to indicate, though, was that this route went straight through a multitude of downed trees = major tripping hazards when your feet are the size of large baking dishes. So we decided we’d reached our own personal summit and found a log to perch on while we slurped down our soup.
I’ve always found going down is more dangerous than going up. After all, you’re more tired and generally a little giddy with the climb. In this case, there were times when it was really fun to let loose and go tromping down the hill with great, loping steps. Then there were times when there were lots of trees in the way or a stream to tumble into…
Of course the last bit was the trickiest, with close underbrush and downed trees. At the very end I just took off my snowshoes and tossed them down the hill ahead of me, picking my way down in my boots. The last 8-foot drop to the access road was a doosy, but I managed to shimmy partway down a tree and then swing myself off a large branch in true bushwacking style.
After our four-hour expedition we were all pretty pooped. Doug decided to take a catnap on the lake while I figured out the best way to hurl myself down the steep bank to join him. Then back to the warm cabin, a hot shower, a cup of tea, and a cozy couch.

5,038 thoughts on “Good Ol’ Fashioned Bushwacking

  1. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this web site. Reading this information So i am happy to convey that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make certain to do not forget this website and give it a look regularly.

  2. Here are the top sites similar to If you seek features similar to Statarea predictions as well as helpful tips, then VitiBet could be one of the sites to look out for. Its market collection is among the most diverse and widespread, and loading the homepage would leave you feeling like a professional. All the information you need is at your fingertips, categorized under tips for Today or 7 Days. Step 2: Installing Statarea Soccer Predictions APK If you seek features similar to Statarea predictions as well as helpful tips, then VitiBet could be one of the sites to look out for. Its market collection is among the most diverse and widespread, and loading the homepage would leave you feeling like a professional. All the information you need is at your fingertips, categorized under tips for Today or 7 Days. Now, Green has broken down the Chelsea vs. Manchester United matchup from every angle and locked in his coveted Premier League picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green’s picks. Here are the EPL odds and betting lines for Manchester U vs. Chelsea: After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper, and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his expert soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe. We at Saints Marching are thrilled to see the 2021-2022 campaign get underway. To get in the mood for the season, we’ve done a little round table of our season predictions for the Saints. Read our predictions below!

  3. Captivating views of Lake Lure with the forever wild Chimney Rock State Park Mountains as a backdrop. Build your dream home on this enchanting property already enhanced with septic and city water. The original home and foundation built in the 1950’s form the footprint for lake living at its finest. The possibilities are endless. Near the Town of Lake Lure city center and less than 3 miles to Chimney Rock Village. In the heart of everything! As Western North Carolina’s local real estate leader, GreyBeard Realty can help with everything you need to know about Lake Lure real estate. Contact GreyBeard Realty today. “In the past, many people have viewed buying a vacation home as a combination of a family amenity and a revenue opportunity,” said Wedgeworth. “These days, with fears of Covid, some may not like the idea of opening their home to outsiders and possibly investing more money in cleaning. However, for those who are willing to rent out their vacation homes, there is a greater demand for such getaways, particularly if they are within driving distance of a larger metro.” Share on Social Media Copyright В© 2005 – 2018 Movoto, Inc. All rights reserved. CalBRE #01517281 END UNIT RANCH JUST BECAME AVAILABLE for this development. This new construction ranch style condominium is under construction at Winchester Heights Condominiums – our newest 55+ neighborhood. The Leyland Plan is full of natural light with open concept layout featuring cathedral ceiling spanning the Kitchen/Dining/Living area. Enjoy one floor living with 2 BR, 2 BA, large composite deck, attached 2 car garage and first floor laundry. Your cook’s kitchen comes complete with Kemper cabinets, quartz counters, stainless gas range, dishwasher and microwave. Amenities include Walking Trails, RV storage area, Community Garden. You stopped by just in time to see these new condos for sale. Add a comment or question

  4. Laws, producers, sale, consumption control. Г‰ducaloi also receives support from: Both the LRA and AEPA constitute labour relations regimes that have been recognized to respect constitutional rights of freedom of association. However, the AEPA differs from the LRA in that, among other aspects, it does not provide for a right to strike or lock out employees or require the negotiation of a binding collective agreement. Passed the Gaming and Liquor Statutes Amendment Act on May 30, 2018 to clarify rules for enforcement. Saskatchewan and Yukon: No amount has been set. Since the Cannabis Act came into effect on October 17th, 2018, it has come with new regulations that have replaced the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes). While recreational cannabis laws were one of the main focuses of the act, new regulations were put in place for medical cannabis across Canada. backhoe filling dump truck bed with marijuana A legal weed store at Prince George Airport (YXS) is thought of as just the first step in a large project to make the substance available to air travelers throughout Canada. Copilot Cannabis has chosen this international transport hub of British Columbia because of its size. Commercially produced alcohol containers are accepted as checked baggage providing they are in their original retail packages and conform to relevant Canadian laws. The percentage of alcohol by volume must be is 70% (140 proof) or less and cannot exceed five litres per person for alcoholic beverages between 24% and 70% alcohol by volume. Alcoholic beverages containing 24% alcohol or less are not subject to these limitations on quantities.