Thursday, January 6, 2011

Second Day of Snowshoeing: Bridger-Teton National Forest

The second day of snowshoeing, Kati, Bryan and I went down past Hoback Junction to the Broken Arrow Ranch, where Kati used to live.  She got permission from a guy she knew to snowshoe through his field and into Bridger-Teton National Forest.  When we snowshoed in the park it was on a pretty established trail; there were a lot of people snowshoeing and x-country skiing.  This was not like that.  There was a lot of "post-holing" which I found out is what they call it when you pretty much fall up to your thigh in snow.  You're making a hole for a post, I guess, like building a fence.  It definitely gets tiring when it happens a lot of times in a row, but it can also be kind of funny; it keeps you on your toes!

Bryan was super sweet and bought me a pair of waterproof snow boots early in the season, but did not get himself a pair.  So, he put plastic bags around his hiking boots so they'd be waterproof.  I love this man.

Snowshoes!  Bryan and I have the all-plastic ones, Kati has the more traditional aluminum-framed ones.  I loved the ones we used; too bad they're over $200 a pair!!  Way cheaper to rent ($10/day, $25/week)

Who doesn't love your mom?  She is awesome.  Yeah, I'm talking to you.

The rainbow is called a sun dog.  Pretty pretty pretty.

On our drive back to Jackson, Kati pointed to a ridge where a lot of Big Horned Sheep graze.  And like magic, there they were!  This one was right on the side of the road.

This big horn sheep was being a bit fresh to his female companion...