Is It Jackson Or Jackson Hole?

July 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I have a question for folks who live in Wyoming, is it called Jackson or Jackson Hole?  This question vexed me for the duration of our six hour trip to Wyoming to visit the Tetons.  We'd never traveled there before and with that much time to kill in a car my kids stretched the conversation with me as far as they could, about three minutes.  To find the answer we asked our server at a restaurant we were visiting, who happened to be from Colorado.  Normally I would have immediately disqualified his answer by being from another state, but I realized that although I live in Idaho I was born and raised in California, so I let it slide.  The answer he gave was that the city of Jackson Wyoming has its own name, and the ski resort located at Teton Village some 10 miles away is called Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but everyone just refers to the area as Jackson Hole because that is familiar to most people.  I did a little research and found that the "Hole" in "Jackson Hole" is derived from early trappers who entered the wilderness from the north and east slopes giving them the feeling they were in a "hole" as they worked their way to the valley floor.  With that question answered I was ready to take some photos.

Great pains are taken to make sure visitors are aware of the wildlife present by posting signs all over the roads warning us to all "Be bear aware."  I don't possess the "Be bear aware" skills required to venture into the wilderness so I opted out of any serious wildlife photography, instead choosing nature photography that was much closer to home.  We did however go to many wonderful places in and around the Teton Range, but never during the golden hours (this was after all a family vacation), but that doesn't mean you don't take the shots because it isn't during golden hour.  So here are some of the shots I took while visiting a wilderness I most certainly will be going back to visit again.  Until next time.  

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