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2005 - Jackson, Wyoming

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So what exactly is the difference between Jackson, Wyoming and Jackson Hole, Wyoming? I found it confusing at first, but Jackson is the name of the town, whereas Jackson Hole (sometimes also called Jackson's Hole) refers to the whole area that is a 50-mile long valley surrounded by high mountains. Jackson's elevation is over 6,000' with the land area only 2.8 square miles.

Bar-T-5 Chuckwagon Cookout and Wild West Show
The Bar-T-5 ranch is one of the few remaining locations that offer the "Old West" experience of riding in horse-drawn covered wagons to an outdoor dining area adjacent to a beautiful, clear mountain stream. The ranch is located in Cache Creek Canyon near Jackson, Wyoming.

To reduce discomfort caused by the old iron wagon wheels, the wagons are equipped with regular tires. On the trip up the canyon, we were warned by a "scout" that there were "wild Indians" ahead that might attack our wagons, adding a little excitement to the highly impressive natural setting. For those few minutes, one could almost believe we were in the old west.

Bar-T-5 Wagons, Jackson, Wyoming
Bar-T-5 Wagons, Jackson, Wyoming
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Bar-T-5 Wagon Train Scout
Bar-T-5 Wagon Train Scout
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Delicious food was all prepared and ready for us to eat when we arrived at the end of the canyon. Entertainment included lots of comedy and lively cowboy music by the Spirit of the Bar-T-5 Band. On the way back down the canyon, the wagon drivers enhanced the ride with lively conversation and fun songs. The whole experience was truly memorable! Read more about the Bar-T-5 Ranch, their history, and how they got started on their website.

Bar-T-5 Chuck Wagon Entertainment
Bar-T-5 Chuck Wagon Entertainment
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Downtown Jackson
The photo below left shows an intersection in downtown Jackson while the photo on the right is a mule-drawn stage available for rides. The cart was parked on the street adjacent to the town square (see section below).

Intersection in Downtown Jackson, Wyoming
Intersection in Downtown Jackson, Wyoming
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Mule-drawn Stage, Downtown Jackson, Wyoming
Mule-drawn Stage, Downtown Jackson, Wyoming
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Jackson Town Square
The Town Square is one square block in downtown Jackson, with each of the four entries displaying an arch made in 1968 entirely of elk antlers shed on the National Elk Refuge.

Jackson Town Square Elk Antler Arch
Jackson Town Square Elk Antler Arch
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Wyoming Veteran Memorial in Jackson Square
Wyoming Veteran Memorial in Jackson Square
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Situated in the center of the Town Square is a Memorial for the Teton County Veterans in all wars (see photos above right and below).

Wyoming Veteran Memorial Sign
Wyoming Veteran Memorial Sign
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Kiri and Baily In Their Jeep
Kiri and Baily In Their Jeep
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Family in Las Vegas
Our long journey was nearing its end after we left Jackson. Our last stop before reaching home was Las Vegas to visit Christina, Fred's daughter; her husband Bret; and their two children, Bailey and Kiri. Bret's Mom, Laura, was visiting as well, which was an added bonus. It's always good to see them all!

This year their family size was increased by one. Although she's a lot hairier than the rest of the family, we all love her anyway! They named her Daisy.

Daisy
Daisy
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All Great Things Come to an End!
With this trip, we were once again blessed with the ability to experience many amazing and beautiful sites; the opportunity to meet new people; and, of course, the chance to visit many of the people we love and hold most dearly in our hearts. Despite a few challenges here and there, we arrived home safely and look forward to our next adventures!

And so until next time, Happy Travels to you!

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