August 23, 2016
It is hard to believe that I am sitting in a comfy leather chair in the Jackson Library writing my final trip update of the summer. It feels like yesterday that I was in North Carolina gearing up for the first trip of the summer. With all of the excitement that was the last few days of the Yellowstone Expedition it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that my summer flew by.
After exiting the Yellowstone Backcountry we made our way to Victor Idaho in preparation for one final day of fishing. Early the next morning we met our guides at World Cast Anglers for a float fishing trip on the South Fork of the Snake River. Everyone in the group has been looking forward to this day for the whole trip, and luckily for some colder nights and some sprinklings of rain, it did not disappoint. Everyone caught several fish with many of the participants catching their biggest of the whole trip.
After our float trip we made our way over the pass and back to where this whole trip started, Jackson, WY. The next drove out to Granite Creek, a tributary of the Hoback and subsequently the Snake River for a volunteer project with the Bridger Teton National Forest. Our crew of hardworking teenage boys made quick work of the project. Before we knew it we had done in a few hours what would have taken the Ranger we helped days to do on her own. Naturally we followed up the service project with some ultimate frisbee, ice-cream, and heading to the rec. center for some swimming and showers.
Our final day together flew by in the blink of the eye. We spent the morning cleaning all our gear and packing our stuff before heading to the Snake River for some whitewater rafting. The class two and three rapids on the Snake provided lots of opportunities to cool off during the hot afternoon, and before we knew it we were back in town for our final banquet. The rest of the night we sat around the campfire reminiscing about all the great times we had together. It was a perfect ending to a great trip, and amazing summer. Click Here to view all the pictures from the Yellowstone Expedition II.
Thanks to everyone who made it possible!