Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Geezer VI, Driggs, Idaho - Wednesday

We awoke to another cold and cloudy day and they are predicting rain and snow this evening.  That didn't bother us as it makes things a little more interesting for us Californians who don't really see winter weather very often.  John, Greg, Val and I decided to drive into Jackson, Wyoming today and visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  Jack came down with a cold so he and Steph decided to stay at the house.

Before we could leave I had to wait and deal with the Internet repair person (Nick) who arrived around 9:30.  Unfortunately it was not an easy problem to solve as it turned out to be in the internal wiring of the house, but he finally got it working and we were on our way by 11:00 AM.  It was interesting talking to Nick while he worked on the Internet as he was born and raised in the Teton Valley and didn't plan on leaving.  His family had a cattle ranch and he certainly looked the part.  He talked about the problems with the wolves now that they had been introduced back into the area.  He said there is tension between the ranchers and the environmentalists, which is understandable. The wolves are killing the ranchers livestock. He also told us about a 4-wheel drive road that sounded interesting.

It's only about a 45 minute drive from Driggs to Jackson, but there is a world of difference. Driggs is a quiet, laid back town in the middle of rural and scenic Teton Valley, and Jackson is a busy, crowded tourist town at the edge of Teton National Park.  We decided to eat lunch at the Q Roadhouse just outside of Jackson that had been recommended to John and Greg by friends.  Unfortunately we will never know how good it is because they didn't serve lunch so we started looking for another place to eat.  Jackson was very crowded and parking was very hard to come by.  We finally found an inviting looking sandwich place with parking so we had lunch there and it turned out to be a good choice, we had a very good lunch.  It was called the Great Harvest Bread Company; they had a friendly and helpful staff and if you are looking for a sandwich in Jackson I highly recommend it.

After lunch it was on to the Wildlife Art Museum.  I am not very big on art museums, but I have found some can be quite interesting and this was one of those.  There are paintings and sculptures by over 550 artists and they are all just beautiful to look at.

Greg, Dave and John with one of the outside metal sculptures.

The museum has a great view overlooking the Elk Refuge.
The museum is built right into the side of the hill.  That rock wall on the right
is the outside wall of the museum.

After going through the museum it was time to head back to the house as it was very cold and overcast and starting to drizzle a bit.  The drive from Jackson to Driggs is very beautiful as it goes through a mountain pass with great views of the Tetons.

We got back to the house in late afternoon and John and Greg decided they would take us out to dinner, which was fine with the rest of us.  Last year they took us out to the Fuego Grill in Driggs and we had a great time.  Unfortunately when we got into Driggs we found that the Fuego Grill was closed either temporarily or permanently.  However, across the street there was a new Mexican restaurant called Agave so we decided to give it a try.  Although we didn't think it was as good as the Fuego Grill, we had a great meal and a good time. Thanks, John and Greg!

When we left the restaurant it was raining outside as we headed back to the house for dessert.  We wound down the evening working on a Teton puzzle that Jack and Steph brought and then called it a night although Jack and I sat up quite late talking as we tend to do sometimes.

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