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20 Garage sales galore 22 Two wheels to freedom 28 Six daring things for Teton adventure 34 Teton Valley biking and hiking trails 38 Teton Valley all-terrain vehicle trails 44 The invasive river rat 46 Staff picks: Shannon Clay


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Plans for the summer? Every summer I stare at the Grand and think about standing on top. Maybe this summer.

What keeps you here? A balance of work and play. And, I’m pretty sure the Tetons have a kind of magnetic pull.

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A venturesome minority will always be eager to set off on their own, and no obstacles should be placed in their path; let them take risks, for God sake, let them get lost, sunburnt, stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive under avalanches – that is the right and privilege of any free American. —Ed Abbey

Describe your perfect Teton day? My perfect day would include fresh snow and skiing. Sometimes I feel like I’m only tolerating summer, but summer here is short so you have to pack in as many activities as you can. It would start with coffee on my patio made with beans roasted down the road at Teton Coffee Company. A big breakfast at home with farm fresh eggs or green chili from the North End Grill in Tetonia. If there is still enough snow, a boot pack up Targhee. I’d follow that up with a float on the Teton River, a round of golf or a downhill bike ride off Teton Pass. Most likely there would be a margarita or huckleberry lemonade along the way. Elk steaks on the grill for dinner.

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am sure that at least one point in our life as children we all heard our parents yell the phrase “get out and play.” We hesitantly walked outside with no idea of what to do. We are older now and no longer have to be forced outside. But at times we are still not entirely sure on what to do or where to go. This magazine was created for that very reason. It exists to help guide you on your next adventure. Don’t get stuck riding or hiking the same trail. Check out our piece on hiking and biking trails (pg 34). You can even push yourself out of your comfort zone and check out “Six daring things for adventure” (pg 28). There is so much to see and do in this valley, it’s up to us to get out and enjoy it. Whether you are a visitor or local, this is the only guide you will need to plan your next thrill-seeking excursion. If you need help planning your summer schedule look at pg. 58. It lists all major events happening before the snow starts to fall. Before you head out the door be sure to bring this magazine along. Its content is a must have for any outdoor enthusiast. I think mother natures vagabond Everett Ruess said it best “while I am alive, I intend to live”. There is no better place to live and feel alive than here in beautiful Teton Valley. Scott Anderson, Publisher

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what kind of rider are you? What to look for in your new bike Scott Stuntz Get Out! Staff

Unless you work for a bike company, or weld your own frames in your garage, walking into a bike shop looking to either upgrade or get your first bicycle can be intimidating. That’s especially true given how many options, from suspensions to wheel sizes now exist.

“Now there has to be 50 different categories of bikes, with niche companies, the fat bikes, it’s out of control and it’s unfortunately confusing to the consumer.“ said Michael Woodruff, mechanic at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor Woodruff has worked as a mechanic for around 20 years, and has seen new technologies come onto the market, like 29er’s or bikes with 29-inch wheels. When they originally debuted, he said he did not have a whole lot of fun on the first model he tried, but as they evolved in the following 8

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Top: Peaked Sports mechanic Gary Larsen. Bottom: Bikes on display at Fitzgerald’s. Right: The women’s specific Juliana from Santa Cruz at Habitat. Center: Michael Woodruff.

years, they have become “playful,” and easier to maneuver. The larger wheel can roll faster, and roll over larger obstacles than the familiar 26inch wheel size that many people grew up with. To complicate matter’s even further, along with having to choose between hard tail or full suspension, and all of the variations in those categories, a new wheel size has recently become popular, the 27.5 inch wheel or 650B. “I think 650b splits that gap to where you don’t have try to convince somebody you’ll get used to the bigger wheel size or convince somebody you’re going to want this smaller wheel size ‘cause it’s more playful. Stick the 650B. It’s the best of both worlds,” Woodruff said. Even with all the flavors of mountain bikes on the market, customers do not need to know if they want 80 or 100 millimeters of front suspension travel, or how the chainstay length of the bike affects its performance, or even what a chainstay is, to find the right bike. In fact, they just need to be able to answer one simple question. Gary Larsen at Peaked Sports said, “There are so many different categories of bikes, what are you going to do with it?” Someone who wants to bomb down Targhee and a person who wants to ride a bike path most of the time but take a ride on the Sheep

Bridge trail or Rush Hour in Victor, don’t need the same bike. “You have to ask questions. I can’t just assume when you walk through the door what kind of customer you are. I want to know your background, what kind riding you’ve done,” Woodruff said. Troy Olson at Habitat High Altitude Provisions said that if a consumer knows what they are after and engages with the salesperson, things go smoothly. “Twenty minutes into a conversation they’re answering their own questions,” he said. He also cautioned people not to “under purchase,” meaning that if they are planning to hit the more challenging terrain in the valley, a certain caliber of components are needed, not only to have fun, but to be safe. Larsen said that people should be sure about the bike they are going to buy and that they should take a few bikes out for a test ride, and not chose a bike just because it’s on sale. Olson, Larsen and Woodruff said while many factors need to be considered before selecting the right bike, wheelsize (26, 27.5 or 29 inches) does have an influence. “If you have a BMX background, I might lean more toward the 26 and 27.5,” explaining that those wheel sizes are a bit more responsive. The skills that BMX riders learn translate more closely to them, said Larsen.

Larsen said taller riders may feel more at home on a 29er. For smaller, riders including women, a 27.5 inch bike does give some advantage over the traditional 26 inch. “She gets the benefits of bigger wheels without having to fight a bigger frame,” he said. What about a second bike? If you already have a mountain bike, and are looking for an addition to your arsenal, what would be a good second bike for the Tetons? “If I lived somewhere else it would be a road bike, but here it will be a cyclocross,” Larsen said. A cyclocross bike is similar to a road bike in how it’s built and what it looks like, but the tires are slightly larger, though not as large a mountain bike tire. “Road bikes just don’t make sense here,” Woodruff said. He explained there are many different types of bikes that have a larger, knobbier tire, like a cyclocross. He said that includes touring bikes and “gravel grinders” that can take the rural roads found in the valley. The mechanics say additions like a carbon front fork or carbon seat post can help dampen the vibrations from the road and make a smoother ride, that’s especially helpful in Teton Valley given that even the places that are paved sometimes are rougher chip-seal roads. Olson said the most important thing in all of this is to build a relationship with the place you buy your bike from and for customers to “hook up with someone they know, trust and can ask questions.” ■ in Teton Valley


Did you know? The township of Haden had the first post office, schoolhouse and road district in the valley. But according to one local writer, they were lacking three things “that I suppose we will have to have before we amount to very much, they are a doctor, a real estate man and the small pox.”

Did you know? Teton Valley was initially populated by The ShoshoneBannock and Northern Paiute Indian tribes before Lewis and Clark made their epic trek across the area in 1805.

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JASON SUDER Where are you from? Texas, but it’s more like a mindset than a location When did you get here? Before the crowds. Favorite spot? Kwik Way Favorite spot to hang out? West Side Yard Must do? Fight a bear. Only here? Where else in the world would it be socially acceptable and almost applauded if you build a bumper out of a fallen tree? Plans for the summer? Fly a plane with Harrison Ford.

Describe your perfect Teton day? With bluebird skies looking down over 65 degrees of aridity, I’m switching gears on a singletrack in the Big Holes. Faster and faster I fly down the mountain, kicking up a dustcloud as I grab the back brake around each bend, barely maintaining balance on the bike as my heart rate elevates past cardio levels. I’m almost flying by the time I hit the side of the singletrack and actually take off over the handlebars. Supermanning through the air, I tuck and roll with a laugh and scratch on my shoulder, only for my buddy to pull up behind me. “Come on, man. They’re waiting for us at the campsite, and you need a cold beer after getting juiced like that.” That would be my perfect Tetonic day. Best rest day activity? Reading outside with the saturating smell of sage rich in the air. Best meal? I haven’t cooked it yet. What keeps you here? Have you looked around yet?

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The side view of Jeremy Holmestead and Marinna Elinski's van/ home named “Gus.”

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Jeremy Holmstead in his van “Gus,”where he lives with his fiance Marinna Elinski.

"Gus" has a bed, shelves and a three-burner, 10-gallon propane stove.

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Hotels in the valley wait for the summer season to pack their rooms with tourists. They rely on the yearly flush of bikers, hikers and climbers to make ends meet, but not everyone wants to pay for a hotel, and some people want something longer than living out of tent for a only a week or two. These are the people who sometimes call themselves and their friends “dirtbags”, and don’t mean it as an insult. They are fine driving 14

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eight hours to the City of rocks, with a their toothbrush balanced on their dashboard.

On a sunny day at the end of April, Jeremy Holmstead is parked outside of Habitat High Altitude Provision in his yellow 1972 Ford Econoline van, named Gus. He’s had an apartment this winter, but is gearing up to drive to Mount Hood with his fiancé Marinna Elinksi. “Pretty much from here on till I come back to work for Targhee, we’ll be living out of here,” he said.

He’s going to Oregon to learn how to drive a snow cat, for his job next season at Grand Targhee Resort. During that time the two will live out of Gus. Even though the van is small, it has touches that make living out of it more than just a hardship. The floors are hardwood, and match the table with a 10 gallon propane stove inset in it. Shelves and cabinets are tucked into almost every corner, giving them as much space as possible, and hand forged hooks and

hangers dispense paper towels and give them space to hang clothes.


“Organization is key, we definitely have a system,” Holmstead said, admitting there are sacrifices to be made and that no matter how well organized they are, there is a limit to how much stuff they can fit into Gus. But that’s not always a bad thing.

“We don’t need a lot to live. It’s funny to see friends collect a lot of junk they don’t need, things just accumulate over the years,” he said. He said that even given the small amount of space, sometimes he needs a little help from Marinna in stopping himself from buying things. She has had to tell him, “Yeah, well it’s got to fit in the van, if you can’t fit it, you can’t have it.” Holmstead said living in such tight quarters, as he and Marinna have for two years, can be tough and would be near impossible with the wrong person. But with Marinna, she’s been so open handed about getting into the outdoors, she has no problem getting dirty.” They plan on being back in the valley by July 12 for their wedding. Holmstead does admit that living out of a van does pose unique challenges. One being that even though Gus has an onboard stove and bed, it still lacks some things, like a shower. “You’re always going to be dirty, you just wear the same clothes and jump into a lake to clean up,” he said. Holmstead also remembers the time they pulled over in a residential neighborhood for the night, and they got a visit from a cop. Far from hassling them, the visit turned out to be quite helpful. “They were super nice, they actually told us there was a campground down the road,” he said. Teton County Sheriff’s office communications manager, Mitch Golden, said his office does get calls from people concerned about “suspicious vehicles.” While there are no numSummertime continued on page 16

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bers on how many of those calls are caused by people living out of their vehicles, he said that at least some of them are. “Be aware of your surroundings and just, if need be, get permission,” he said. Golden stressed that the number one thing people living out of their cars for the summer should do is to ask permission if they are staying on private property, The campground that the policeman directed Holmstead and Elinski to turned out to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Many areas to car-camp in the Teton Valley are on federal lands. Jay Pence is the district ranger for the CaribouTarghee National Forest. He said there are rules, including specific limits on how many days people can camp in any given forest. For Caribou-Targhee, he said, after 16 days people have to leave the their campsite for at least a week and move a significant distance away, at least one drainage away. The reason for these limits, Pence said, is to give everyone a chance to experience the forest and make it so one person or group “can’t take the primo spot Holmstead in his van, named “Gus.”


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and monopolize a campsite.” He said the limits vary from forest to forest, or change according to which specific agency manages the federal land, whether it’s the U.S. Forest Service of the BLM.

business called Anicca out of Gus, sticking backpacks between the bed and the stove. Elinksi is an artist. She decorated both the inside and outside of Gus with her work.

Author Brendan Leonard also knows what its like to not just live out of your car while on an extended vacation, but to actually carry on with your life. While he was crashing in the back of a Subaru Outback, he filed stories for publications like Outside, Men’s Journal and the High Country News. He also writes the outdoor blog “Semi-rad” and since published a book, “The New If you work in American Road Trip Jackson and Mixtape” about his live out of your time living in his car.

In addition, to the 16-day limit for the Forest, he said places like Teton Pass and Moose Creek have shorter time limits since they are used so heavily. He also advises people to be aware of restrictions on specific areas. “If it says no camping, they mean it,” he said. Pence said it is not illegal for people to live out their cars as long as they follow the rules, but it is illegal to actually “reside” within a National Forest. He said that unlike the day limits on camping, this is a clear, nationwide federal rule, and it’s clear when someone is living at a site, not just camping there.

campervan, you’re in violation of federal law. ----------------------

Since then, he has traded up for a 2005 Chevy Astro van that he shares with his girlfriend. Leonard climbed pretty heavJay Pence, “If you work in Jackily while living out Caribou Targhee son and live out of of his station wagon National Forest your campervan, you’re but he was also writin violation of federal ing professionally. He law,” Pence said. said he had a realization while working on The BLM land that marketing copy for an Holmestead and Elinski camped in, they said, offered outdoor gear company at Pearl a much better place to stay than Street Bagels in Jackson. the neighborhood they originally “I was sitting there and I’m like, parked in. ‘They have no idea that I’m this “I was so glad those cops told us, dirty and where I am, in my piece that they stopped and talked to of sh*t car,’ and we hung up and I us,” he said. was like, ‘This is no different than They settled near a meadow that being in my kitchen working, they had a stream running through have no idea I could get away with it. Holmestead said they have this,’” Leonard said. learned how to make the best of a good spot.

Gus only gets around 13 miles a gallon, maybe 15 on the freeway, so once they find a good spot, they use the bikes strapped to the back of the van for their everyday transportation needs.

Leonard did say that sleeping in your car, curled up in a “Z” shape due to the lack of legroom, and with the window fogged up from your breath can be uncomfortable, and a little odd when you have a conference call for your job at 9 a.m.

While living in the van allows them both to live closer to the outdoors, both Holmestead and Elinski are not putting the other areas of their lives on hold. He runs a small custom backpack

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ith all the potential dangers lurking in the mountains, even a pleasant sunny hike can take a dark turn, but what danger is the most likely to strike here in Teton Valley? A wolf attack? A bear mauling? Caribou-Targhee Ranger Jay Pence said that by far there is one threat that causes search and rescue to be called out the most in summer months. 18

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“Falling is number one. You fall off a horse [or] you fall off a rock,” he said. That is not to say Pence is telling anyone not to be “bear aware,” it’s just that he says people shouldn’t think the only thing that could hurt them is startling a mamma bear with her cubs. Some risks are not as dramatic, he said, but more controllable. “If they’re going to hike Table Rock in shorts and flip-flops, they’ve most likely failed before

If they’re going to hike Table Rock in shorts and flip-flops, they’ve most likely failed before they ever left the car. Caribou-Targhee Ranger Jay Pence

they ever left the car,” Pence said. People packing improperly or not wearing the right shoes can cause them to get stuck on the trail all night. Pence said in his time as district ranger, bears and wolves have not killed anyone, exposure has. Actually, other, smaller animals are more of a threat. Pence recalled a time from when he was a wildland firefighter and a man was bitten in the forehead by a rattlesnake while another crewmember was stung by a bee helping the first man. Pence said the bee-sting victim was actually in worse shape than the man bitten by the rattler because of an unknown bee allergy, and had to be air-lifted first. It’s not enough to be prepared for the obviously dangerous parts of the outdoors, but also the smaller things that can combine to sneakily injure someone. Talking about the number one threat, falling, Pence said the wrong footwear or a few too many beers at the summit can cause someone to twist an ankle. That, with the unpredictability of the Tetons, can lead to problems. “It can snow any month of the year, especially up high, so if you’re not prepared for snow, don’t go,” he said. Also, things that seem harmless can suddenly become anything but, namely trees. Pence said while he has not seen a fatality from falling trees in this area, he has plenty of pictures of tents smashed flat by dead limbs or toppled trees. He added, when hanging a bear bag, select the tree carefully, saying more injuries, though they are more minor, have come from falling branches than from bears.

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Kate Koons is in a perfect position to have seen just what unfortunate ends, mistakes and miscalculations can lead to in the outdoors. She is the program supervisor at the Teton Valley branch of the National Outdoor Leadership School and said the more “sexy” backcountry risks like wolves and bears get the most attention. Though, she said, NOLS teaches the skills to be able to handle a variety of risks regardless of their “sexiness.” She said one of the cornerstones of how NOLS teaches safety in the outdoors is a Venn diagram with humans represented by one circle and objective hazards (wolves, cliffs, exposure) by the other, with the overlap indicating where accidents can occur. Koons said that diagram reminds people that it is not necessarily bears or steep cliffs that create risks, but how people choose to interact with the world around them. She explained even relatively safe things around camp can morph into potential hazards if handled wrong. “Stoves become a risk because you’re adding a 14-year-old that doesn’t listen to you,” said Koons. Koons said solid organizational and planning skills are the foundation of not just preventing bear attacks, but even more seemingly random dangers, like lightning. Often times minor issues like people forgetting something at base camp or having to stop and get more water cause timetables to get pushed back and groups to be stuck at high elevations when bad weather blows in. “At that point we’ve taught people what to do

in a lightning drill, but hopefully it doesn’t get to that point,” she said. Those dangers can be more deadly than large predators. “People die all the time from lightning climbing the Grand,” she warned. Koons said unlike a single specific threat, general preparedness and good decisionmaking are things that can’t fit on a checklist. “Here’s a list of everything you need and here’s what you do, but you can’t include everything in a pamphlet,” she said. Koons said that experience is the only real way to be able to recognize how serious a mistake is and if it can lead to a “cascading error effect,” eventually triggering a catastrophe. That’s true even on an organizational level. Koons said, ”The school started in 1965 and you can be sure back then nothing was written down.” Above all, she said recognizing the human factors that lead to mistakes is what leads to successful trips in the backcountry and that people should “recognize in ourselves sometimes those human facts that [cause us] to push ourselves to those wild and beautiful places.” ■

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second-year Teton Valley resident, and a nearly decade-long wanderer, I have moved more than my fare share of times. Sometimes, just across Austin, Texas, to enjoy a new change of pace, and others, clear across the country to see what mountain life is all about. Either way, I have decluttered, downsized, and packed more times than I’d like to remember, leaving myself with, “Now where am I going to get a new couch and new dresser?” The answer: garage sales.

I am a sucker for a good buy; and throw in an opportunity for a good DIY refurbishing project later, sold! Thankfully it is summertime in Teton Valley filled with weekends boasting an abundance of opportunities to peruse garage and estate sales to snag my next great find or just supply my kitchen. Before the summer gets into full swing, here are a few of my secrets to help navigate your shopping efforts. One of which is a year-long must, so get ready for a season of garage sales galore and hopefully you’ll find your next treasure for a fraction of the cost.

Peruse the Papers Of course we all know to look in the papers to be in the know. But for a small region, the opportunities to stay informed are prevalent. Don’t miss the Get Out! Guide’s Teton Valley News in print and online for classifieds listing all the latest events or give them a call to find out how to list your garage sale. Make sure and mark your calendar for events you don’t want to miss. I make note of all the upcoming garage sales when I see them, and cut down depending on the busyness of the weekend. Be sure and not pass up community-wide or school-run garage sales. Not only will you have tons of options from larger numbers of people, but the money you spend goes right back to the community we 20

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Timing Is Everything

On my last garage sale venture, I had one distinct goal: find a couch! Knowing that many people might just be in need of the exact same item – and there would probably only be one, maybe two – I made sure to be an early riser and hit the sale first thing that morning. The plan paid off and I had my pick of the full fleet, and of course left with a chair to reupholster and a knick-knack or two. But for shoppers who are just meandering for a good find, sometimes going later in the day can lend itself to better bargaining, although less options.

Be Creative Maybe what you are looking for is a new loveseat that boasts a vibrant pattern, but aren’t willing to throw down a few hundred bucks for a new one. Hit the garage sales and let your creative juices flow. Don’t be afraid to snag a not-so-perfect couch if the option to reupholster is there. With a little creativity, a visit to Pinterest, and some know-how, most any find can look brand new and fit your style. Not to mention, the great feeling that you recycled something and made it even better!

The Year-Round Sale Teton Valley is ahead of its time in the age of local online shopping and gives residents the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items without fiddling with Craigslist or don’t have enough to sell to host a garage sale. A valley resident since 1985, Denise Daigh started Teton Valley’s Garage Sale on Facebook after seeing how well the platform could work in another city where her daughter lives. Realizing she could benefit from such a concept, Daigh started her own and the page has taken off.

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With over 1,000 members and growing, Teton Valley’s Garage Sale lets members post items for sale – from kitchen cookware to homes for rent – and other members reach out with interest to buy. Eliminating the sometimeslonger distances associated with selling on Craigslist to towns all over Eastern Idaho, the group keeps it local and user-friendly.

“I always have things to sell so I started one,” she said. Perfect for getting rid of children’s clothing, baby cribs, a surplus of winter gear, and more, the group makes finding what you need and selling what you have effortless. This author has enjoyed finding a beautiful red vintage dining table and a stainless steel blender. Happy bargain hunting! ■

You never know what you'll come across at a garage sale. You can always count on clothing and ski gear but every once in a while you can get breakfast and a bouquet. Get Out Photos/Amy Birch

Rafting fun for the whole family!

Join Black Dog Raft Company for an unforgettable day of rafting on the Snake River. Our 13-mile float trip is great for families—from small children to seniors! Take in the magnificent scenery of the Teton Mountain Range as you float down the river. Three trips daily—8 am, noon and 4 pm. Muffins and juice are provided on the morning trips and a delicious deli lunch on the noon trips.

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n a motorcycle, it’s not the wind in your face or the pavement disappearing behind 600 pounds of steel, but the nostalgia, that dichotomy of 19th century American outlaw and mounted ranger carrying manifest destiny across the West. It’s freedom, unadulterated and simple. No distractions or worries; they all slip away like first loves. The pinnacle of catharsis. 22

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The natural beauty of the Tetons drives people to the valley, and with its winding roads and trail access, it is a motorist’s dreamland. Whether staying close to town or venturing for the weekend, looking for a place to power through trees or hop a dirt mound, Teton Valley has a ride for every type of biker. Teton County Sheriff Tony Liford has been riding since he was 18 years old, or for 38 years, and has hit every state in the continental U.S. He says cruising, sometimes 800 miles in a single day, helps clear his mind. He focuses on the operation of the motorcycle, shifting gears, leaning into curves; an “enjoyable sensation.” he calls it. “Riding keeps you on task, which is riding,” he said. Whether it’s just for a day trip into the park or taking weekend routes through the neighboring states, out of Teton Valley is the best he says.

up 89 until it turns into Highway 20, you’ll ride across the clear waters of Yellowstone Lake through 33 miles of national forest and as soon as you see 212, 12 miles north of Mt. Washburn, turn east. Do not miss this road. Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road dubbed “the most beautiful drive in America” by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Sixty-eight miles of Zigzags and switchbacks lead to a wide plateau along the pristine mountainscape of the Wyoming-Montana border. At 10,974 feet, you would be riding the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. However, riding through such game-rich territory makes a motorist that much more vulnerable. Stay aware that the area is home to elk, deer and even bears that can easily wander into the roadways.

Loop through Sun Valley

In the parks If it’s just a short trip, Teton National Park has the winding mountain roads that make for a quick escape. In June before the crowds of tourists arrive or come late August into September after they’ve gone, the park can offer a lonely road ripe with the natural scenery that draws so many here and can turn into a longer route that traverses three states. Highway 89 turns into 191 in Moran, Wyo., and continuing on this road takes you by Jackson Lake before leading into Yellowstone. From Moran, continue cutting

Another day trip out of the Valley offers an 11-hour loop through Salmon and Sun Valley that passes through some of eastern Idaho’s best scenery. Leaving Driggs on Highway 33, drive 160 miles passing through Idaho Falls where you turn onto Highway 20 and you will arrive at Craters of the Moon National Monument, an ancient volcanic wonderland of caves and natural features. After 30 miles the highway will split, and Freedom continued on page 24


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A tale from a desert highway

We were on the outskirts of Navajo Nation splayed arbitrarily across the tri-border intersection of Southwest Hell. There are no landmarks out here, and as the mesas roll into each other, a lone highway forms a crack across the barren floor. I was probably pushing 90 mph on my 97 American Classic and howling the words to “The Weight” while the wind sang along with me, not another soul to be seen. Just me and freedom. They came upon me suddenly, as if sent from the 1%er gates of highway dominance and pushed closer until we three were riding in unison across both lanes of the hollow road. They pushed forward, and my throttle twisted back. They inched forward, again and I strained to keep up with them. Had there been any police, they knew better than to challenge some three depraved beasts of the lonely road. We would tempt the Edge and see who flew over first. A minor tilt and wind shift sent the aching needle in my speedometer farther than I had seen it go, well over 100 mph and I knew it wasn’t fast enough. So did my cohorts. They moved farther and farther in front of me and my gas tank pissed away its fill. They disappeared into the sandy haze, and I ran out of gas. There are no winners in this sort of race, their freedom just extended beyond mine. They soared, and I, a mere pigeon flying with a set of hawks, had a glimpse at the potential offered by the road. By road or by trail, Teton Valley is a motorists dreamland










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heading north on Highway 75 will lead you to Sun Valley, only about 70 miles away from Craters. Similar to Teton Valley, Sun Valley is tucked into a mountainous horseshoe of Sawtooth National Forest where golf, hiking, biking and controlled firearms abound. Continue north on 75 and the Highway will bisect Highway 93, where you can either cut your trip into a half-day loop or pursue north to Salmon, a town at the junction of Highways 93 and 28 revered far and wide for its wild steelhead trout fishing. Turn south on 28 and you have another 200 miles of clear riding until making it back to the valley. 24

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“It’s a short season but the weather is always magnificent, [and] not a lot of traffic, when you get away from Jackson,” said Sheriff Liford.

Dirt biking the Big Holes If the scenic cruises of eastern Idaho are too slow, and your two wheels top out at a higher rpm, the Big Holes inside Teton Valley are ripe for dirt biking. It’s faster, physically demanding and, as Driggs public defender Faren Eddins says, “If you’re not crashing, you’re not riding hard enough.” Once the snows melt, he’s riding at least every Wednesday with a crew he calls “The Wednesday Night Riders,” but generally racks



SOUTH FORK LODGE Located along the South Fork of the Snake River, the South Fork Lodge is close to myriad outdoor activities. The most famous of which is fly fishing on the South Fork. The lodge is close to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, golf course, parks & pools.


Located on the west slope of the Tetons, Teton Springs Lodge offers log cabins, a full-service spa, and on-site fly-fishing. The lodge is in Victor, ID, just 30 minutes from Jackson Hole, Wyo.


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in three days weekly. This type of rider splits through the fingers in the South Fork Trail, riding over logs and through trees hoping not to fall in any of the many creeks. “The adrenaline’s a lot, A LOT, faster,” said his riding friend Eric Kunz, a chiropractor in Driggs. “If you find that you don’t get to interact with your buddies that are riding their motorcycles, you’re just driving down the highway. Where up in the mountains you have to stop a lot to wait for others or help people get through the snow or mud or something, it’s just a lot more fun that way.” On average, you can put in 20 miles on a day after work. The sun stays out until after 9 p.m., so sweating through your chest

protector and heavy boots, you can get a full, aggressive ride so long as you don’t leave any daylight. Eddins also belongs to a group of motorheads called the Skyliner’s Motor Club. Every year in late spring, they ride the trails that are slowly drying out with chainsaws strapped to their bikes. They’ll spend days clearing out fallen trees and debris that has accumulated over the winter to get the Big Hole trails ready for the extreme summer ahead. For a full map of trails in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, go to for an interactive view of the array of dirt bike access the area affords. You can also visit for more information on the club. ■

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Skiers and snowboarders take advantage of lift-serviced riding on the first day of summer in 2008 at Grand Targhee Resort.

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There is a certain subset of skiers that are not confined by season, and honestly, barely by snow.


t is now summer, and most have pulled their long neglected bicycles out of winter storage to be replaced with ski gear, but the serious snow junkies are out there chasing tracks even through the summer. Whether it is scouring the underground forums or simply having a more experienced friend lead the way, they


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continue to find lines around the Tetons. Wondering where they could be? They’re a rare breed, never meant for mass production or the reach of Darwinian thought, but they’re out there. Besides, it’s hard to miss someone hiking up the middle Teton with plastic ski boots clipped underneath cargo shorts, skis tethered to packs like satellites. Know, though, that these secret stashes might be locked up tighter than the recipe for Coca-Cola or the location of your neighbor’s huckleberry patch (if you don’t live in the valley, then you cannot understand

Don't forget... Bear Spray Avalanche beacon Wippet or an ice axe

“It’s a couple miles of trail hiking for some mashed potatoes,” he said, but having lunch on a mountain peak in shorts and skis makes the short minute ride well worth it. – Michael Duda, 25, of Driggs how we covet our huckleberry patches.)

“You’re at the mercy of the trail,” he said.

It’s a different attitude, a different vibe. Hiking into Teton National Park donning swimtrunks, ski boots and a brimming backpack of backcountry gear, skis strapped tight, offers an entirely new perspective on the sport.

However, even more harrowing than finding that ribbon of white is the extremity of where the snow can hide in the summer. Mostly, Larson says, what little snow remains will be icy and firm, and the unexposed chutes can be some of the “gnarliest” lines out there, mainly couloirs with as much as 3,000 feet of vertical drop.

Evan Larson, 24, of Victor, has been chasing summer snow since 2012. While still living in Colorado, he hiked Arapahoe Basin, one of the mountains in Colorado’s illustrious Summit County, in June and found that the ski season didn’t end just because the lifts stopped running. He found that A-Basin, as most call it, offers free uphill access passes that basically allows uninhibited range exploration, so long as ski patrol, the powers that be when playing on resort access, has not closed the terrain to the public. Grand Targhee has a similar program, where uphill travel is permitted to offer access to National Forest land from the resort. However, once you go through the warning gates into the backcountry, you do so at your own risk. Larson is an avid skier and can be found in this condition through June, although he has no qualms putting the skis to rest and getting aggressive on a mountain bike. He said that booting up a dry trail with no snow in sight “can be hellacious.” Rather than enjoying the ease of skis cutting your path across fresh snow, hiking with ski gear in tow can be more like bushwhacking. The trail can require miles of trekking, shrubs scratching exposed shins, before you get to a snow covered chute.

The novelty of saying, “Hey, I just skied in July!” wears off when facing this degree of hazard. These are trails for experts who have the diligence to hike 16 miles into the Big Holes to summit Garns Mountain for maybe 20 minutes of skiing. Even then, the ride down ranks as the most dangerous terrains out there. “You’d be amazed how quickly your skis pop off and you tomahawk,” said Larson. It is not the snow quality or the risk of avalanche that poses the greatest threat, but with such l imited coverage the ability to “self-arrest” or stop yourself on the snow drops significantly.


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or those that are undeterred and fearless in facing any descent, there are a few musts when summer skiing in the backcountry. More than anything else, pack your Wippet or an ice axe. Because a self-arrest becomes more challenging, having a Wippet can be the difference between life or death. Larson said there have been a number of times when he has saved himself from tomahawking over a rocky cliff because he was able to puncture into the ice with his Wippet. Otherwise,

he said, he would have surely ended up flying into a rocky grave. Bear spray is another essential when exploring the Tetons. Whether you are out for a ski or just enjoying nature, this is bear country. Black bears generally respond well to humans who make themselves as large as possible, but grizzlies want to attack. For an entirely different reason, bear spray could be another essential in saving your life. Also, just because there is minimal snow does not mean no risk of avalanche. As the snow reaches the melting point of water, there becomes an increased risk of wet loose and wet slab avalanches. Water flowing between the grains of snow results in very low holding strength. This is when an avalanche can occur. Wet snow avalanches move at slower speeds and are generally less predictable. They also come in a series rather than a single break. With limited snow in the summer, the biggest danger is having a wet snow avalanche break unexpectedly, sending you over a cliff. However, mitigate your risk by checking avalanche reports, bringing avalanche gear, such as a beacon, shovel and probe, and leaving on your hike earlier in the morning. Michael Duda, 25, of Driggs is another aggressive skier who can be found summer skiing. He says catching the snow as it is just beginning to melt is the optimal time. “It’s a couple miles of trail hiking for some mashed potatoes,” he said, but having lunch on a mountain peak in shorts and skis makes the short minute ride well worth it. ■

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Climb the Grand


Rising from the valley floor to 13,770 feet, it’s hard to look at the Grand Teton and not think about standing on top. While it may look intimidating, there are several routes for climbers of all abilities. Exum Guides in Jackson Hole offers several programs catered to different levels. The classic offers a beginner level group climb, though some prerequisites are required. They also offer guided climbs up more challenging routes. Jackson Hole Mountain Guides offers similar programs, ranging from two- to four-day ascents.

Learn to fly


eton Aviation Center in Driggs offers introductory flights that allow the opportunity to learn about what’s involved with obtaining a pilot’s license. They offer instruction programs for powered airplanes, as well as glider flight programs. If flying over the Tetons seems like something that might stick, they also offer a “mountain flying checkout” class, recommended for all pilots who wish to train at Teton Aviation. If you’re even more of a daredevil, they also offer aerobatic programs. Their syllabus is designed to take you from beginner through advanced aerobatic proficiency.



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Downhill at Targhee

If you’ve mastered the essential skills of cross-country riding but are looking for a little more speed and air, Grand Targhee Resort offers technical, liftserviced downhill trails. They’ve made a push in the last few years to expand their offering and were the first in the area to offer lift served biking. They now have 2,200 vertical feet of downhill trails

with more planned for this summer. If you’re new to the sport, the Targhee Bike Park offers every style of riding for every level of mountain bike rider. Gentle, banked cruisers, tight and twisty singletrack up to gnarly, rock strewn, downhill dropoffs and jumps.




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T Adventure Race If a normal hike, bike ride, or float down the Teton River seems a little slow-paced, this year Adventure racers Abby Broughton and Jason Poplisky are bringing the Teton Ogre Adventure Race to the valley. The race will feature mountain biking, paddling and trekking and competitors must rely on their own navigation skills. They are designing the course for all experience levels, with two different course length options (6 and 13 hours) available to solo competitors or teams of two or four. The inaugural race is Saturday, June 28, but look for future races if all goes well this year.

he high mountain lakes and streams stay cool all summer long. But don’t be afraid of the cold. While it might take your breath away at first, there isn’t anything more refreshing. A short hike in the Big Holes takes you to Packsaddle Lake where you’ll find a rope swing and log jump. If heights get your blood racing, Phelps Lake in Grand Teton National Park offers spectacular views and perfect cliff jumping.

Dance at Music on Main


Sure, it’s nice to sit on a blanket or in a lawn chair in Victor’s City Park and take in the tunes of Music on Main. Or, maybe chatting with your community neighbors is your reason for showing up each Thursday, but those having the real fun will be up front dancing. Don’t be shy. But, if you’re a little hesitant, take a few sips of beer from Grand Teton Brewing. All proceeds from beer sales go back to the foundation to help keep the free concert series going. ■

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ummertime and the living’s easy. Snows have melted, windows are open and layers are finally disappearing like a parfait. It might be rodeo season to some, horses saddled and the ground clear enough to run wild, while others look at the mountain, excited that they’ve traded skis and snowboards for bicycles. Whatever your daytime fancy, the night is finally mild enough to stay out late, crack another beer and get down to the valley’s sounds. It is concert season.

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This year sees the return of many proven festivals and the transition from pilot runs to full-fledged traditions. Some are free, some require tickets, some are hard to get to and others are hard to leave. For the many questions about which bands to see, when to show up, figuring out transporta30

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tion and even where to pitch your tent, we’ve compiled this music guide for the 2014 Tetonic festival season.

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Targhee Fest (July 18-20) $159-$175 Imagine this, you’ve arrived in Shangri-La. You walk out of your tent or RV to take a breath of fresh mountain air and welcome the day. Surrounding your campsite are full grown pines scattered over the rocky bosom of Mother Earth. If you’re (un)lucky, there might be a bear close by. As your eyes adjust to the daylight, a familiar twang brings you to full consciousness as you realize Tedeschi Trucks Band, Royal Southern

Jackson Hole Live Sporadically from June 22 until at least August 13, Jackson Hole Live will host a series of free shows at Snow King Ball Park in Jackson, Wyo. They are leaving one artist to surprise for the end of summer, but expect Anders Osborne, New Orleans’ own “poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene,” said Guitar Player Magazine, to open the festival on Sunday, June 22. Locals Black Mother Pearl will be the opening Act.

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Elephant Revival will play a free show at Music on Main in Victor.

Brotherhood, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and even Buddy Guy are in store for your weekend. A music festival ripe with top guitarists, sultry singers and instrumental battles and jams at the base of Grand Targhee, honestly, what more could you want?

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the past, this year with Nickel Creek, Leftover Salmon and Greensky Bluegrass taking the stage, it’s a guaranteed, heel stomping, boot sliding good time.

Imagine this, you’ve arrived in Shangri La.

(Aug. 8-10) $159-$175 Few things last 27 years. Many marriages can’t withstand that longevity, and you better check to make sure your 27-year vintage wine hasn’t turned to vinegar. However, Targhee’s Bluegrass Fest remains consistent in bringing the twang and acoustic sounds of bluegrass back to the mountains. Bluegrass was born out of the old-timey and traditional music of the Appalachians and has evolved into the unofficial music of this environment. Boasting such major players as Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth and String Cheese Incident in

Fast forward for a Fourth of July preview on July 3 with husband-wife, folk/soul duo JOHNNYSWIM sharing the stage with the travelling collaborative effort Playing For Change, that began as a philanthropic attempt to tear down cultural barricades with the power of music. The organization’s founders created videos highlighting world famous artists from across the planet, from Sao Paolo to Tel Aviv, Kingston to the Congo and even from around the U.S. to share Music continued on page 32

Music on Main Free Thursdays, June 28 -Aug. 14

“Tell me that you want those kind of things that money just can’t buy,” and I’ll take you to Music on Main. Coming into its ninth season, the valley’s free summer concert series really is just that, the valley’s. Every face, every age, demographic and taste will find their flavor at this series. Set for each Thursday from June 26-Aug. 14, except for the week of the Fourth of July, headliners come from a variety of different genres and are some of their most recognizable names, from Irish punkers Young Dubliners to indie rockers Paper Bird, seven-piece funk ensemble The Motet and outlaw country kings James McMurtry and Hayes Carll along with plenty more.

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Possibly the best aspect of Music on Main is the open atmosphere it presents. Get there early, lay out a blanket and have a good, old fashioned picnic, but it is NOT BYOB. Plenty of vendors will be set up along the park to sell you some of the valley’s best food and refreshments. From Grand Teton Brewing to Teton Thai, you won’t have to worry about sustenance at this series. Otherwise, Victor is ripe with quality eateries, grab a to-go container from Victor Valley Market, sit down at The Brakeman for arguably the best burger in the valley or maybe a pulled pork sandwich and cold one from Big Hole BBQ. New this summer is the West Side Yard, formerly the Timberline, offering a variety of beers on tap, full service, gourmet pub-style restaurant and a patio view of the scenic Tetons.

bits of a well-recognized song in video collages. Now, they have a band that spreads the love and song once reserved for YouTube and social media. On Friday, July 25 at the Teton County, Wyo. Fair, JHLive will host a show for its western roots with country music chart topper Craig Campbell, while the Black Lillies, eastern Tennessee’s outlaw poets, round out the night. One more act is set to be booked, but with Trombone Shorty playing August 13, don’t expect them to have saved the best for last. The New Orleans’ prodigy, touring internationally before his teens and eventually being invited to play for President Obama at the White House, Trombone Shorty is unquestionably one of the greatest musicians alive. He swings, he blows, he works the rod on the brass extension of his arm with such ease it’s hard to imagine he can’t trace his lineage back to Orpheus whose music soothed the heart of Hades himself. With locals Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons opening, Trombone Shorty hitting the stage with his Orleans Avenue band might very well be the biggest party in the Tetons this year.

Transportation (Targhee shuttle, start bus) No one would advocate drinking and driving, but having a cold beer on a hot day with 12,000 watts coming at you is pretty close to paradise. When trying to figure out who will “DD” or whether you want to spend the money on parking or a DUI (don’t for a second doubt that Teton County Sheriff’s Deputies won’t be posted along Highway 33, aka the gauntlet, or at the base of Targhee pass to pull you over. They’re smarter than that, and you’re no Dale Earn32

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Buddy Guy will play Targhee Fest.

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hardt), it might just be easier to let someone else do the driving for you.

Skate Park. If you do decide to drive, parking at the resort will cost $10 per day.

For either festival at Grand Targhee, the Targhee shuttle will run approximately every 20 minutes from roughly two hours before gates open to 2 a.m. or 30 minutes after the late night show. However, these times are subject to change. For a schedule of shuttle departure times, go to Targhee’s website at Otherwise, parking is available at the corner of Front Street and Depot Street in Driggs or at the 5th Street

Every Thursday night for the Music on Main showings, the public START Bus will run $2 fares from the Alta library at 6:15 p.m., and Driggs City Center Plaza at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. Return shuttles will leave Victor City Park at 9:15 and 10:15 p.m. Parking is available on Main Street in Victor, east of the US Bank building, on side streets and in the LDS Church lot.

Also, for any festival, they ask not to bring your own cooler. Targhee will sell beer tokens to take away 16 ounce pours of Coors and GTB products, while $7 will get you whatever is your libation from their cash-only full bar. $12 and you’re walking away with a commemorative silicone pint glass; refills only cost the regular price. From the Branding Iron to the Trap and Snorkels, even the General Store’s grab-n-go, all Targhee brick and mortar accept credit cards.

Camping / Accommodations

For a resort area like Teton Valley, there is no shortage of housing accommodations, from campgrounds to high-end hotels, whatever your price range, you will be able to find your mountain “home.” Lodging at the base of Targhee is always a beautiful choice with six options to put you slopeside. Rooms generally run from $189-309 per




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Trombone Shorty will play JacksonHoleLive August 13 in the free outdoor concert series at the base of Snow King.

night, but check availability as rates are subject to change. There is also camping available for $35 per adult to $60 with a weekend parking pass and up to $115 for a 22-foot or longer RV. Valley lodging offers quaint rooms, accessibility to town amenities and still a great view of the mountains, wherever you pitch your pillow. There are significant USFS camping options in Teton Canyon outside of Alta, Wyo., but space fills quickly in the summer. Teton Valley RV Park in Victor is one mile from Victor City Park where Music on Main takes place, and sells camping spots for $27 a night. Otherwise, the quaint Cowboy Roadhouse Lodge is still walking distance from the concert grounds with nights starting at $129. In

Driggs, you can find rooms at Teton Cabins and the Pines Motel, and offering mountain lodge feel and only blocks from downtown Driggs, while granting gateway access to Targhee or Victor for a better bargain.


Music on Main – FREE Concerts on the Commons – FREE JacksonHoleLive – FREE Targhee Fest – Prices go up on July 1, depending on quantities. They release 500 tickets for $159, but will go up to $175 after that date. Bluegrass Fest – Similarly, ticket prices jump from $159 to $175 after July 1, but again there are only 500 tickets available at the lower price. ■

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1. Moose Creek Trail Trailhead: One quarter mile north of the Mike Harris Campground turnoff on a Forest Service road. Season: July- September Distance (RT): Moose Lake, 16.8 miles. Elevation gain: 2,910 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trail, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Lakes and a double waterfall 2. Coal Creek Meadows/Taylor Mountain Trailhead: Signed Coal Creek turnout south of Victor Season: May-October for Coal Creek Meadows; July-September for Taylor Mt. extension. Distance (RT): 7.2 miles Elevation gain: 2,788 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trail, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Summit leads to great views of southern Tetons 3. Darby Canyon Wind and Ice Caves Trailhead: Three miles south of Driggs, follow 3000 South toward Darby Girls Camp, right at T intersection, follow signs to trailhead. Season: Late June through September Distance (one way): Wind Cave, 2.7 miles; Ice Cave, 3.4 miles Elevation gain: Wind Cave, 1,870 ft.; Ice Cave, 2,410 Regulations: Wilderness trail, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Ice formations and waterfall in the Ice Cave. Climbing equipment, headlamps and experience in spelunking recommended. 4. Aspen Trail and Spring Creek Overlook Trailhead: From Ski Hill Road, take Cemetery Road 2.4 miles; turn right at the T, then left at sign for Rapid Creek. Keep right and watch for sign to trail. Season: Mid-late June through midSeptember Distance (one way): Aspen Trail, 3.6 miles; Spring Creek, 4.4 miles Elevation gain: Aspen Trail, 700 ft. up and down. Spring Creek, 3,000 feet Regulations: None Highlights: Wildflowers (clematis), mature aspen forest, small creeks; lodgepole forest, limestone formations and views of Spring Creek Canyon.

South Teton Canyon Trails Trailhead for the next three trail descriptions: Ski Hill Road to the turn for Teton Canyon, drive to end about 4.5 miles. 5. Devil’s Stairs and Teton Canyon Shelf Season: Devil’s Stair, mid-June through mid-October; Teton Canyon Shelf, JulySeptember. Distance (one way): Top of Devil’s Stairs, 3.9 miles. End of Teton Canyon Shelf, 6.6 miles Elevation gain: Devil’s Stairs, 1,565 ft.; Teton Shelf, 2,745 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Very steep climbs, streams, views of Alaska Basin and Battleship Mountain. 6. Alaska Basin to Hurricane Pass Season: July through mid-September. Distance (one way): Basin Lakes, 7.7 miles; Hurricane Pass, 10.3 miles. Buck Mountain Pass, 1.9 miles; Mount Meek Pass, 2.4 miles Elevation gain: Basin Lakes, 2,600 ft.; Hurricane Pass, 3,412 ft., Buck Mountain Pass, 3,520 ft.; Mount Meek Pass: 2,766 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Scenic limestone benches, crossings of North and South forks of Teton Creek; possible bighorn sheep sightings. 7. Table Mountain and Beard’s Wheatfield Season: Mid-July through September. Distance (RT): Table Mountain, 12.4 miles; Beard’s Wheatfield, 5.4 miles one way. Elevation gain: Table Mountain, 4,151 ft; Beard’s Wheatfield, 2,420 ft. and 2,180 ft. elevation loss. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Views of the Grand and upper reaches of Cascade Canyon; views of Fred’s Mountain at Grand Targhee; wild carrots; multiple crossings of the North Fork of Teton Creek.

Grand Targhee 8. Fred’s Mountain Trail and Mary’s Trailhead: Take the Dreamcatcher chairlift or the cat-track that serves the lift from the ski resort base. Season: July through September. Lift service generally closes by Labor Day. Distance (one way): Fred’s Mountain Trail, 2.9 miles; Mary’s 2.3 miles. Elevation gain: Fred’s Mountain Trail, 1,720 ft.; Mary’s, 1,960 ft. Regulations: Mountain bikes prohibited beyond the ski area boundary. Highlights: Great views of the Tetons, Teton Valley and Teton Canyon; wildflowers 9. Loop trails at Grand Targhee: Rick’s Basin; Quakie Ridge; Bike Loop and Valley Overlook. South Leigh to Granite Basin Lakes and Andy Stone Trail Season: July through mid-September. Trailhead: Stay straight off Highway 33 about five miles north of Driggs. Turn right at stop sign, left at Stateline Road to the trailhead. Distance (one way): 7.9 miles to intersection with Teton Crest Trail; 6.7 miles to first lake. Andy Stone Trail: 1.3 miles to start from trailhead; 2.7 miles overall Elevation gain: 2,850 ft.; 2,570 to first lake. Andy Stone: 2,150 ft. with 425 ft. elevation loss. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Three deep lakes, access to Teton Crest Trail and Green Lakes for extended trips. The Andy Stone Trail can be used to cut a mile from the return trip.

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Trails in the Big Holes All-terrain vehicle trails:

Piney Pass Trail Distance: 17.1 miles each way. Season: July-October Trailhead: Access from just over the top of Pine Creek Pass. Turn right after the fourth guardrail on the right side coming from Victor, past the big parking lot. Regulations: Open to ATV use and UTV (utility terrain vehicle) under 50 inches wide. Highlights: Beautiful scenery; Piney Pass is one of the highest points on the trail system around the Big Holes. Nickerson Grove Distance: 3.78 miles one way. Season: July-October. Trailhead: Horseshoe Canyon midway between the forest boundary and end of pavement parking Highlights: Nice ride closer to the valley floor Packsaddle Lake Trail Distance: 1.18 miles one way Trailhead: Packsaddle Road to Forest Road 381 to trailhead. Highlights: Nice lake route

Motorcycle trails (also advanced mountain bike trails):

South Fork Horseshoe Trail Trailhead: Horseshoe Canyon Road to end of road at parking area Season: July-October. Distance: 5.37 miles Highlights: Can be combined with the Twin Creek Trail and a portion of the Nickerson Grove Trail to provide a loop for single-track motorized and bicycles North Fork of Mahogany Trail Distance: 4.41 miles one way. Trailhead: Bates Road to 3000; turn west. Season: July-October Highlights: The top of this trail intersects with the top of Horseshoe to create a longer one way ride or some variation. Recommended for mountain bikers interested in going from intermediate to advanced riding Allen Canyon/Pole Canyon Trailhead: Pole Canyon Road west of Victor on Highway 31 to end. Distance: 6.85 miles


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Season: July-September or October Highlights: Fantastic views from the ridge. Create a loop by combining with the Power Line Road Trail. Use motor vehicle use map to ensure you stay on the trails that are open to motorized use.

Big Hole Crest Trail Distance: 8.9 miles, but can be combined with three other trails to add mileage. You can loop around to Elk Flat or to exit a different way. Season: July-September Trailhead: Access from Grove Creek Trail; Cedron Road, follow south where it turns to the north; first right. The following trails are open to non-motorized mechanized, or bicycle usage: Dude Creek/Idaho Creek/Grand View Loop trails: Traihead: The major trailhead for this loop is at the base of Dude Creek Loop, about halfway up Horseshoe Canyon Road, turn right on Forest Road 140 to grassy parking lot. The trail starts in a small cluster of aspens.

Distance: Dude Creek Loop, 6.67 miles; Idaho Loop, 1.31 miles; Grand View Loop, 3.27 miles. All three intersect to create the ability to stack loops and ride trails in different directions. Season: July-September Little Pine/Red Creek/Corral Creek Loop A single loop comprised of different sections of four trails: Distance: Little Pine Trail, 1.22 miles. Combined with a section of the Corral Creek Trail and the Red Creek Trail at 2.37 miles, for a total of 9.6 miles. Season: July-September Trailhead: For Little Pine Creek Trail, turn right just after the second guardrail past the top of Pine Creek Pass.

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Left: Afton Anderson with the giant potato outside the Spud Drive-In. She said it would take 1,000 people to eat it. Right: The kids goofing at Pierre’s Playhouse.

The Spud How long do you think it would take to cook the spud? Reese: 10 hours Cannon: 15 minutes Afton: 15 potatoes ................................

How many people would it take to eat the spud potato? Reese: 100,082 Cade: 100 hungry people Boston: 103 Afton: 1,000 ..............................

Before the Spud DriveIn was here, what was in its place?

Teton Valley What’s your favorite thing to do in Teton Valley? Cade: Bike with my family to the ice cream store to get an ice cream. Boston: Swimming in a gravel pit. Cannon: Riding my motorcycle. Afton: Going to a swimming pool, and having a party for my birthday. ..............................................

Where did the name Driggs come from? Afton: From Jesus .............................................

Where did the name Victor come from?

Cade: A big store or skyscraper. .....................................................................

Cannon: From Tetonia ....................................................................

What year was the Spud built?

Where did the name Tetonia come from?

Afton: 1992 Boston: 1937 Cannon: 2 years and 1 week ago Reese: 1980 ..................................................................

Reese: From Teton Valley ....................................................................

What’s your favorite thing about the Spud? Afton: Eating candy and watching a movie Reese: Watching a movie Cannon: Eating popcorn and watching a movie Cade: Getting to stay up late and watch a movie ..................................................................

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If you could rename Tetonia what would you name it? Afton: Hot Lava Beans .................................................

Where did the name Teton Valley come from? Cade: It came from the name of the Newspaper, The Teton Valley News .................................................

Who built the Spud? Boston: Albert Einstein Cannon: Builders Reese: Cement people Afton: The fireman

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Why do you love to live hear? Cade: Because we have a pond Reese: It’s not like the city. ..............................................................

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What’s the strangest animal you have seen in the Valley?

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Reese: A worm, no just kidding. Boston: An animal with black fur, and red eyes. It was crazy! Cade: Long tail weasel. Cannon: Gremlin Gulch or a bear.


What animal would you like to see in the valley? Afton: A zebra. Cannon: A lion in the mountain. Reese: Buffalo, seen one somewhere. Also want to see a werewolf. Cade: Bat-eared fox. .............................................................

Who was the first person to the valley? Cade: George Washington Cannon: An old person Afton: Us Boston: Pioneers Reese: Pioneers

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Cannon: Blueberries and Huckleberries Afton: Strawberries, root beer, water, milk, and raspberries. Boston: Huckleberries, milk, a little bit of butter.

Cade Anderson at the Victor Emporium.

Cade: Huckleberries and milk. Reese: Huckleberries, sort of a little bit of butter, milk, and sugar. ................................................................................................

Pierre’s Playhouse? Who is Pierre’s Playhouse named after? Afton: The holy ghost. Cannon: The guy who plays in the playhouse. Cade: Pierre built it. Boston: The capital of South Dakota. ■

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and back again, the Earth reminds us on a yearly basis that our lives are a cycle that undulates with the waxing and waning of time. For those truly initiated, the springtime represents not only a new beginning—but a returning. A reemergence to a time when all things are possible and the future stretches out like a road that leads many places that whisper of glory and redemption.

The Spring is life‌ Just like the bear, the devout come out of the woodwork to participate in this glorious season. As the snow melts and the rivers rise, a different kind of bohemian prowls the streets and mountains, seeking free campsites and places to park their trucks. This particular invasive species is known by many names: dirtbag, bum, squatter—but most commonly, these animals are referred to by their given moniker: River-Rat.


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Those who’ve had a river-rat sighting report ridiculous “Z tans,” questionable odor quality, changing in public, and a penchant for the word “bro.” This species is reclusive and only comes out in large groups when there is the prospect of free food/beer. Additionally, River-Rats can be spotted by their tangled hair, sun-bleached hides, and their raccoon-like eyes. To the River-Rat, the spring not only represents a time of plenty—but a time of feast. Like the hungry carnivore binging after a kill, the RiverRat embraces the spring in full decadence and hedonistic style. Whether crushing waves or frolicking in after-hours debauchery, the River-Rat feeds on the spring, sucking the vitality out of everyday experiences.

To a River-Rat, the winter is a time of solace and reflection. Oftentimes, those that don’t hunker into hibernation migrate toward the warmer climates of the southwest and southeast. However, in the spring and summer months, River-Rats are invasive to the Rockies, defecating and fornicating in every nook and mountain cranny as far as their Chaco hooves can take them. If you have a River-Rat sighting—don’t panic! While ornery in the mornings, River-Rats are reasonably welltempered during the day, and become downright friendly as the evening turns to night. If you’re in the Teton district this summer, and you happen upon a River-Rat, go out of your way to be friendly and

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understanding. This species is constantly migrating and knows little of the comforts of an everyday life: be compassionate—they’re the one tossing your throw bag! If for whatever reason one of these animals makes you feel good—don’t hesitate to

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buy them a beer or slap a wet twenty into their hand, but for god’s sake, under no circumstance should you introduce any of these invasive species to your daughter…! Sam Morse is a whitewater rafting guide. ■

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Sh an non Clay Where are you from? I am originally from Kansas City. When did you get here? Nov. 2011 Favorite spot? Swimming or floating in the Teton River or hiking a mountain. To relax, I enjoy a nice shaded area near a creek. The neighbor kids have this great tree house on the edge of the woods by a little creek. It is great to stretch up there or read a book. Right now there is a robin’s nest there and they are being very aggressive toward intruders. Must do? Get on the river! Bike to Targhee. Enjoy the Targhee Music Festival. Use the bike path and ride to get treats like ice cream or stop into MD’s upstairs cafe for a drink and free WiFi. Only here: Teton Valley has one of the last Drive-in Theaters. Cowboys sitting with yoga instructors.

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“If they are looking for scenery, the North and South Teton trails are the best, [but] the price you pay is crowding,” he said.

“I try not to deter people from the popular hikes, I just give them a word of caution,” said CaribouTarghee Wilderness Manager Chad Grossenberg.

With so many people hitting these three hikes, Grossenberg said it’s important that visitors are respectful and responsible, so they don’t degrade the routes for the hikers coming after them.

hike is a great way to see the Tetons in the summer, and there are a few “can’t miss” hikes, but popularity can come at a bit of a price.

The three most popular hikes in the valley, he said, are the North Teton trail to Table Mountain, the South Teton Trail to Alaska Basin and the Darby Canyon trail.

The easiest way to do that, he said, is to observe the guidelines of “leave no trace.” Those include:

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Plan Ahead This not only makes hikes safer and more enjoyable, by ensuring that people have enough water and the proper footwear, it helps people get what they want out of the hike. Grossenberg said one of the best things to do, planning-wise, is to call the local ranger station to see what hikes are in good condition, and which ones are crowded.

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Stay on durable surfaces

Take your lunch on a rock.

Grossenberg said that with Chad Grossenberg, so many visitors it is imporCaribou-Targhee tant for hikers to stay on Wilderness Manager the trail as not to damage plant life, which includes not creating switchbacks. That becomes especially important an the Table Mountain trail above the tree line. He said the vegetation is extremely sensitive at that altitude. “If you look at Table Mountain you can see the scar from the biscuit,” he said. This principle is also important at lower elevations. He said on the Darby trail so many people pause for a snack at the monument, that the area around it is being damaged.

Hidden Gems Grossenberg also said that if people are more inclined for solitude and the opportunity to see wildlife, there are other options apart from the big three. Those include the Bitch Creek trail. “It’s not as scenic but in my opinion it’s the wildest of the trails,” he said, noting that grizzly prints are often found along the route. It also has the benefit of being a flatter trail. Another “hidden gem” is South Badger trail, which can be accessed from the Indian Meadows Trailhead. Grossenberg said this hike, while remote, has great scenery like the more popular trails but also offers a measure of solitude not found at Table Mountain or Alaska Basin. Plus, it has other distinguishing features that make up for the long drive to the trailhead. “It’s unique in that you drop down into the wilderness,” he said.

“Take your lunch on a rock,” he said.

Grossenberg said all of the trails provide users with a great experience as long as they know what they want from the wilderness, from scenery, to views of wildlife or a chance at solitude. ■

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“The era in which people littered is over,” he said, explain that human waste is now the real problem. People often times choose out of the way, shady spots to do their business. “Sometimes those are the same spots people want to take lunch on a hot day,” he said. Most people do bring toilet paper on hikes, he said, but they also need to pack a small lightweight trowel to dig a six to eight inch “cat hole” when nature calls.

Other “Leave No Tr ace” Tips Preserving nature around the hikes includes wildlife, Grossenberg said. He said that means making sure that dogs don’t chase animals. While leashes are not required in wilderness areas, Grossenberg said that if a dog is excitable, they can be a good idea.

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Unlike in years past, Grossenberg said trash is not the waste product that most hikers are leaving behind.

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Seasonal, sensational:

Tomato Pie

Southern entertaining from a Texas transplant Kate Hull Special to Get Out!


outhern cooking is an art, a buttery, caloric-filled art. Most of the time, it seems to be meat with a side of something-fried-to-perfection, or any comfort food at its finest. I love it. I love cooking it, I love eating it, and I love the deep-seated family nostalgia within each recipe. But, I must confess. I grew up in Texas, with a rooted southern heritage, but it was not your average Texas childhood. You see, I grew up….gasp…vegetarian. Yes, a meatless Texas upbringing. One with a father who found bliss in the kitchen after a hard day’s work exploring new recipes and sharing his secrets with me; his meatless, veggie-filled secrets. Nowadays, I have introduced limited amounts of meat into my diet – hey, we are in the Tetons, for goodness sake. But I admittedly turn to veggies for a majority of my cooking and often call home for tips or new recipes. So, as the summer warmth sets in and our gardens become lush and beckon to be harvested, I would like to share one of my favorite recipes: our take on the Southern Tomato Pie. Here is what I love about Tomato Pie: the possibilities are endless and the fresher the tomatoes, the better the taste. Bonus points if they come from your own garden! Traditional tomato pie boasts a flaky homemade crust, plump tomatoes, and a mayonnaise-concoction plopped on top. Some add bacon, cheddar, and ParmigianinoReggiano cheese for an extra savory flavor perfect for meat-lovers. But we Hulls like to keep it simple, and dress it up a bit to add some flare. Nix the mayonnaise for fresh goat cheese, add some basil, and Dijon mustard and you get a tangy, tart, creamy masterpiece begging to be enjoyed on the patio with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc with family and friends. A person from another part of the country may in fact say, “Now wait, that is just a quiche!” Or, “That sounds like a tart to me.” But no matter, I am sticking to calling it a pie. It’s in a crust, there is a filling; therefore, it is pie. Tomato pie, that is.


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Tomato Pie Ingredients • 1 9-inch piecrust (no shame if you cheat and buy a pre-made crust like I do! If you don’t, please give me your recipe.) • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I prefer any of the old-style grain versions for extra flavor) • 1 and 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (seeded if you choose) • Salt and pepper

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1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Now, grab your favorite summer wine, pour yourself a hearty glass. Sip. Sigh in pure happiness. Now get back to cooking! 2. Cut your tomatoes, not too thin but not too thick. I trust you will get it! I like to seed about half of them so it isn’t too runny, but feel free to seed them all or none if you wish. (Isn’t this the best way to cook?) 3. Brush the Dijon mustard at the bottom of the piecrust. Arrange the tomatoes, and whatever sautéed veggies you may have decided to throw in the mix, overlapping slightly. Season to taste. Roughly chop the basil and scatter over the veggies. I love basil, feel free to get carried away if you so choose. 4. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and goat cheese, it will still seem clumpy but that’s just fine. Pour over the tomato and herbs. Drizzle the olive oil over the filling. Get festive and add a little extra basil if there is any left! Can you have too much basil? 5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the top is golden brown. If your crust edges get too brown too quickly, cover the edges of the pie with foil. Sit back, relax. 6. Applaud your efforts and give yourself a heaping slice. Serve with another glass of wine (and maybe an arugula salad) and enjoy outside on your patio watching the Teton Valley sunset. Happy cooking and happy summer! ■ in Teton Valley 51

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They called the pilots to inform them there would not be a rally this year, but all 14 of their old friends said rather they would camp out on Breffeilh’s front lawn and have the event pro bono. Coming from as far as Washington St., Illinois and Albuquerque, transporting 99,000 cubic feet of hot air balloon is not cheap.

TVN staff Balloon Rally Takes Flight The backdrop is set with a 5:30 sunrise over the Tetons. Propane burners by the dozen send out 15-foot columns of fire, and as the fabric canopies inflate in nostalgic wonder, it signs the commencement of the annual Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally.

Now in its third year under the guidance of the Hot Crew, the rally is still going. Although they admit that they cannot bring all of the amenities that Anheuser-Busch’s corporate sponsorships or the Chamber of Commerce’s grants could afford, they have expanded the event for countywide inclusion.

“This is an iconic event that has helped define Teton Valley,” said Teton Valley Balloon Rally Event Director Virginia Powell Symons. Now in its 33rd year, the Fourth of July weekend rally celebrates the oldest form of manned flight. This is the primary reason Margaret Breffeilh and her “Hot Crew,” short for hot air balloon crew, continue to put on the event. Since 1981, the event has been a hallmark of the valley. Originally, August “Auggie” Anheuser Busch, III, former Chairman of Anheuser-Busch, was an avid balloon meister and began the celebration under the auspices of his corporate sponsorship. The Driggs Chamber of Commerce took over and 54

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funded the event as a not-for-profit entity with state grants, but stopped hosting in 2012. In Feb. 2012, Symons asked Breffeilh to meet her for coffee for the first gathering of the Hot Crew.

Starting Thursday, July 3, Downtown Driggs will host the Teton Science School’s booth presentation of the science behind ballooning, while, weather permitting, canopies will open under inflated balloons for tethered tours. Restaurants will open with specials while an art walk showcase and the Sons of Bannock play on Main Street. Event Director Virginia Powell Symons said they are also working on an outreach program with the high school art students and a landing zone map project that they’re working on in conjunction with the county. With 12 pilots shooting off their burners 15-20 feet into the sky, Victor will celebrate the Fourth of July with a candlestick glow and block party

along Birch Street. The highlight is, of course, the balloons themselves, launching at 5:30 a.m. the mornings of July 3-6, for $275 per person advance tickets. However early, or expensive, the Hot Crew says it is well worth it. “There’s a certain sense of calming that happens on a balloon and a certain sense of nature that cannot be replicated,” said Breffeilh. Surf City All Stars return to Celebrate America Hotdogs, fireworks, live music, the basics for any summer celebration, and while the weather continues to warm toward America’s 238th birthday, the Huntsman Springs estate prepares for its annual “Celebrate America” pre-Fourth of July fiesta. In its fourth year, the Huntsman Springs Celebrate America beach party will take place June 28, with a return of the Surf City All Stars, various local food vendors and a fireworks display that rivals any in the country. The annual event, held the Saturday before the Fourth of July, shocked the staff last year when they welcomed nearly twice their expected 20,000 attendants. The Surf City All Stars are the only tribute band to have actually played with the artists they are imitating. Al Jardine and David Marks both played rhythm guitar for the Beach Boys at different points, and surf rock pioneer Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean will be on the lineup. Chad Hammond, president of

marketing firm IE Productions, says another band will be released soon, and Glenn Beck will not be coming back. Following their performances, party-goers will be invited onto the Huntsman driving range, while it is encircled in a “ring of fire,” says Hammond. “It’s by far the best fireworks display,” he said. The pyro-technician, who has coordinated fireworks for the Super Bowl and Olympics, will run mortars of full rapport along the lengths of the driving range with large showings of patriotic footage screened on giant displays on either end of the temporary amphitheater. “We try to bring a whole new level of patriotism,” said Hammond. The whole family is invited to the free event, but coordinators encourage donations at the gate because all proceeds from the event go directly to cancer research through the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Victor America adds to traditions The City of Victor will add a few new events to their annual Fourth of July Celebration. Along with the parade and craft fair that have been standbys, this year will see the addition of a small fireworks display and free music at the City Park stage and the Mud Lake Challenge running race. The day begins with a breakfast in City Park. The parade is slated for 10:30 a.m. with plenty of ac-

tivities until a free concert and fireworks display. Among the festivities for the day are a bike decorating contest, dodge ball tournament, giant bubbles, hot dog eating contest, pie eating contest, potato sack races, three legged races and all day craft fair. Events run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. On the July 5 the craft fair continues. The Mud Lake Challenge will begin at 8 a.m. leaving from the city. Registration is online at The evenings free concerts will begin with local family band, Sweet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. VanLadyLove will headline. VanLadyLove hails from Provo Utah, home of bands such as Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons. The members pride themselves on sincere song-writing, lyrics and the ability to bring a lot of energy to live performance. They are inspired by classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd as well as current acts such as Mumford and Sons and Sigur Ros. The band is currently striving to create a new sound for a new generation with a mixture of classic sounds and a fresh sonic imprint. The Knotty Pine Supper Club will host the 18th Annual “God Bless America Festival,” featuring five bands and plenty of bar-b-que. This year’s mix of music includes Whitewater Ramble, The Earful, Cure for the Common, The Maw Band and The Greg Creamer Experience. The festival funs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free. ■

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rains, and with a slight tilt of the neck, it will keep dust from spraying into your face. It goes even deeper into seasonal trends, those built for winter thick felt or wool can trap in heat, while summer’s preferred straws let heat escape without exposing you to the UV rays that filter through breezy visors. It truly is the perfect headwear.

The hat you happen to be wearing during the first introduction may very well be the most memorable piece of the encounter, so you want to make sure you’re wearing a good one.

For over a century, the cowboy hat has been associated with the Wild West, from the iconic (and ridiculous) ten-gallon hat to General Custer’s cavalry cap and Stetson’s “Boss of the Plains.” We know them all and either scoff off the poor reputation cowboys are gaining in modern culture or nod in respect to a man who knows the land and exactly how he earned each crease in the bill.

haking a first impression is one of the more difficult aspects of society. Princeton psychologists say it takes only a tenth of a second to form an opinion of someone, and even with prolonged exposure to that person, it is difficult to skirt the original assumptions.

Personally, I feel naked, exposed and incomplete if I leave the house without the proper headwear, and to match fashion with function, no accessory has ever proved more effective than the cowboy hat. Its bold, wide brim complimented with the delicacy of a properly chosen band immediately renders feelings of nostalgia for the spirit of the Old West outlaw poetry sung around campfires, tough yet gentle. It shields the eyes from a glaring sun while working on the range or walking through town. Properly constructed, it stops the 56

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Don’t expect these men with crust under their fingernails and calloused palms are devoid of fashion though, similar to whites after Labor Day, come May Day, it is time to dust off the straw Stetson that has been sitting in the closet since the previous September. Of course, if it’s a cold night or especially hot day, no one would be faulted for wearing the wrong fabric.

Of course † he hat isn’t † he end-all to sun protection, bu† if you’re anything like me, then it beats the greasy sunscreen smeared all over your face when trying to enjoy a mountain hike.

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But then, the benefits to a straw hat are countless, namely, you can find them anywhere for a much more reasonable price. Imagine buying a leather jacket, the fabric is much easier to come by and even more so to weave and mold into its desired shape.


With the Tetons rising over two miles above sea level, the sun’s intensity rises drastically and increases the risk of skin cancer, cataracts, immune system suppression and premature skin aging. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “UV intensity increases with altitude because there is less atmosphere to absorb the damaging rays. As a result, your chance of damaging your eyes and skin increases at higher altitudes.”

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Of course, the hat isn’t the end-all to sun protection, but if you’re anything like me, then it beats the greasy sunscreen smeared all over your face when trying to enjoy a mountain hike.

of these hats, a custom fit otter skin western with a rattle snake band, red tail hawk feather tied to it. A gift from an old friend meant for one of my past loves, but as soon as the hat was on my head I knew she would only wear it on occasion while I believe bound to it.


his fashion-wise form of protection has even been adopted by the stylish urban dwellers of Brooklyn and San Francisco. Donning some form of a rancher’s hat has become a fashion statement, as the ironic mustache women pasted on their upper lip has given way to a rural self-image. Companies like Goorin Bros. have capitalized on the resurging industry with cheaper quality hats that will withstand any city challenges for years. But, a real hat, the kind an old man with spry white hair steams then shapes with the crook of his chin, the kind that costs more than a month’s rent, will last a lifetime. Ramble

through the small towns in West Texas and you will see young cowboys with a dusty hat that is clearly older than they are. Like

beer mugs at the Royal Wolf, they are best inherited, and can easily become a family heirloom. One of my most prized possessions is one

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Friday, June 20 Victor Farmer’s Market, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grand Targhee Dreamcatcher chairlift opens for the summer season. Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds North of Driggs. 8 p.m. Admission $8, kids 6-12, $5 and kids 5 and under free.

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Friday, June 27 Driggs Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Victor Farmer’s Market, Get Out! photo/Bridget Ryder 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tin Cup's first pie baking contest. Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds north of Driggs. 8 p.m. Admission $8, kids City All Stars. Old-fashioned street fair 6-12, $5 and kids 5 and under free. and patriotic concerts. Free.

Saturday, June 28 Huntsman Springs Celebrate America, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. featuring the Surf

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Teton Ogre, a 6- or 13-hour adventure race in Teton Valley. Available to solo competitors or teams of two or four. for more information. Wrun for Wray Targhee Hill Climb at Grand Targhee Resort, 10 a.m.

June 28-29 Women’s mountain bike camp at Grand Targhee with pro rider Amanda Carey.

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City of Victor pie eating contest, 3 p.m. Live Music at City Park stage on Main Street in Victor, Sweet Thursday, Wes Urbaniak, VanLadyLove, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., City of Victor Firework display, 10 p.m.

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Friday, July 18 Balloon Rally night glow in Victor, 7 p.m. Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds North of Driggs. 8 p.m. Admission $8, kids 6-12, $5 and kids 5 and under free.

Saturday, July 5 Mud Lake Challenge Race, 8 a.m. register at Country Music night at Victor City Park with Brian Morris, Vince and Mindy, 7 p.m. Victor craft fair, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 10 Music on Main in Victor, Young Dubliners with Brian Maw Band

Friday, July 11 Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds north of Driggs. 8 p.m. Admission $8, kids 6-12, $5 and kids 5 and under free.

Saturday, July 12 Community Arts Bison 20L Celebration, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate the Teton Arts Council’s 20th anniversary and the completion of the Driggs outdoor plaza. Music, dancing, comedy and visual arts. Grand Targhee , MTB series 1, Grand Fondo. Race as a 22-mile lap or 44mile two-lap race. Register online at

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Saturday, July 19 Tin Cup Challenge, a nine-week philanthropic campaign culminating in 5K and 10K run, 9 a.m. starting in Driggs City Park. Register or give online at

Thursday, July 24 Music on Main in Victor with James McMurtry with the Alta Boys

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Craig Campbell The Black Lillies WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 5:30 PM People’s Market with DJ Vert-One at 4:30 PM

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Thursday, July 31 Music on Main in Victor, The Motet with the Deadlocks

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Friday, Aug. 1 Driggs Art Walk A walking route to featured businesses to experience a variety of art from visual to musical. Visit the Local Galleria for more info. Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival awards ceremony and gala, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 2 Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds north of Driggs. 8 p.m. Admission $8, kids 6-12, $5 and kids 5 and under free.

Thursday, Aug. 14 Music on Main in Victor, Elephant Revival with Black Mother Jones

Friday, Aug. 15 Driggs Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Victor Farmer’s Market, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds North of Driggs. 8 p.m. Admission $8, kids 6-12, $5 and kids 5 and under free.

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Friday, Aug. 8 Driggs Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Victor Farmer’s Market, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Aug. 15-17 Mountain Man Rendezvous in Victor. Celebrate Teton Valley’s history, mountain man camp, cowboys, Native Americans, food, crafts and local artists.

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Saturday, Aug. 23 Friends of the Teton River, 14th Annual River Party and Auction, 5 to 9 p.m. at Moose Creek Ranch.

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Driggs Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Victor Farmer’s Market, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Grand Teton Relay, six- or 12-person relay, 180 miles in 24 hours.

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Yellowstone Teton Races Running with the Buffaloes. 100-mile and 50-mile road races that traverse from West Yellowstone, Montana along the beautiful Scenic By-way to the door step of Teton Valley, Idaho and the base of the Teton Range.


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so my all-time favorite trail is the scenic Ashton-Teton Trail on my cyclocross bike; you can’t beat the views!

Favorite spot? Sheeps Bridge Trail with my pup!

Describe your perfect Teton day? My perfect Teton Valley day would start with early morning coffee and a quiche outside of Pendl’s Bakery with good friends and my pup. After, a day spent on the South Fork floating my favorite section from Conant to Cottonwood is perfect no matter how it’s fishing. You can’t beat the beautiful canyon views. To end out the day, I would head to Forage for a glass of Cinder wine, a gourmet dinner, and a Teton Valley sunset. Quote you live by?

Favorite hang out? Warbirds Café or my backyard. Must do? Stand Up Paddle Board the Teton River – and, if you’ve really got your balance, bring a fly rod! Only here? Everything I loved about the city – arts, culture, and amazing food – tucked away in the serenity of a small town, outdoorsy sanctuary. Plans for the summer? When I am not busy working in the Marketing Department at Grand Targhee Resort, I plan to test my green thumb with my newly planted vegetable garden, fly fish as much as possible, and spend the evenings on the trails with my spirited cattle dog, June! Favorite trail? I am road biker at heart,

Best meal? I will never turn down an evening at Forage! The risotto with a fried egg paired with a perfect wine is pure bliss. What keeps you here? This place is home, without a doubt. I am thankful for a community that welcomed me two years ago; I am grateful to be a part of it! (The amazing fishing doesn’t hurt, either!)

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Romance of fly fishing a result of skill and knowledge


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am no expert, but I really do enjoy getting out on the river to fly fish. Besides the occasional tangle, which can be irritating, I enjoy most everything else about it. Time seems to bend, as does a river, and passes along side it. Observing the currents, ebbs and flows; reading the landscape you seek out the fishy spots. Think like a fish and where you would be; behind a rock where still water meets the current or in a bubbling riffle that drops into a deep wide bend. Tucked under the hanging roots of a willow in a deep, dark hole... There is an undeniable excitement when you get a tug on the line and a fish is either flying into the air fighting your pull or swimming hard into the current working to get away. With patience and steady intake of the line with just enough tension to keep the fish on but not tear its jaw, you bring it into the boat to see what species and size it is. All of them, even the white fish, have their own beauty. The spotted brown or the orangey flash of a cutthroat. The translucent pink of a fighting rainbow trout. I most Fly fishing continued on page 68


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In my beliefs, these fish are some of the healthiest fish you can eat on this planet. Little runoff goes into these headwater rivers and way less heavy metals than in the oceans.

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Examples of each kind of fly. Starting from the top left: stonefly nymph, salmon fly dry, worm, caddis fly, then middle left: prince nymph, grasshopper, beetle and flying ant. Bottom left to right: scud, mayfly, sculpin streamer, and the grey drake.

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often let the fish go. However, occasionally on the South Fork of the Snake River, after you catch three rainbows of the same size you figure, “Well, this one I will take home.” In my belief, these fish are some of the healthiest fish you can eat on this planet. Little runoff goes into these headwater rivers and way less heavy metals than in the oceans. Sun is setting and you pull off the water. Get home and throw your fish in the oven with some butter and lemon juice. What a treat. Although it is even more rewarding when you thank the fish and let it return to its watery home. Cash for a catch In fact, there are rewards for killing off rainbow trout as they are considered to be an invasive species in this area. 1200 rainbows in the South Fork have tags in their heads for a rewards program. That is really a small number as there are around 6,000 fish per mile on the South Fork. If your fish has a tag you could be rewarded up to $1,000 by Idaho Fish and Game. Etiquette In smaller rivers, such as the Teton River, there is a consensus amongst guides that catching and releasing is the best practice for this smaller ecosystem and good in any ecosystem where there is an abundance of fly fishing. Ask Dave The sport is not all romance, there is a lot of technique, skill and knowledge that goes into 68

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being a successful fly fisher. I visited with Dave Heib at the Three Rivers Ranch (TRR) fly shop in Driggs to ask a few questions about fly-fishing and specifics about this area. First we talked about the most common techniques used to catch fish in fly fishing. The first is the most sought after and romanticized technique: using a dry fly. Dry Fly Dry fly fishing uses a fly that sits on top of the water. These flies are mostly simulating the adult phase of most bugs. In the Rocky Mountain region this refers to bugs such as caddis flies and mayflies, as well as terrestrial bugs such as grasshoppers, beetles and ants. The fly used is most often based on what is currently hatching in the area. “You get to watch the fish eat it and watch yourself hook them. Its the most exciting because you actually get to view it,” explained Heib. He describes it in three stages: “At first it is just your dry floating on top of the water with no fish in sight. The second stage occurs when a fish appears, swims up and gulps the fly in with its mouth. The third stage is when you set the hook and your rod bends. Fish on!”

nymphing. This method uses flies that are in their nymph phase before they surface as adult insects. “The nymph phase is after the egg and before the adult,” said Heib. There are other flies you can use such as a scud. Scuds are emulating shrimp which are found in our alkaline reservoirs and lakes. You use a strike indicator to float on the surface while the little flies are tied on below, drifting through the water. Dave indicates that “80 percent of what fish eat is subsurface” but “many clients travel to this region for the dry fly experience, however, when the dry fly feeding is not on, guides will encourage their clients to nymph. Nymphing is the hardest method for beginners because you can’t see the bugs, or the fish, and you have to manage slack in your line.” This is where the phrase “mend your line” comes to mind. In both dry fly and nymphing you want to make sure your drift is floating with the current and not being pulled by your line that is also floating in the river also. This is where you will “mend your line” meaning you lift your line but not your strike indicator or fly in order to make your bugs look natural as if they were floating along with the current and not dragging. Streamer fishing

For clarification, 'hatching' is when bugs are emerging from the water not actually hatching out of their eggs.

The third common method is called streamer fishing.

Sub-surface nymphing Another common technique used is sub-surface

“In my humble opinion, [streamer fishing] is easier than nymphing because you are throw-

ing a fly that looks like a small bait fish, or a juvenile trout, that has movement and play. You don’t have slack in the line which means an immediate tension when the fish eats the fly.”

to stop in one of the many creeks capable of being fished going into Palisades or into Teton Valley. Rivers are a great place to see wildlife,too! Meet a moose on the Teton River, see a bald eagle scoop a fish on the South Fork or a beaver on the Henry’s Fork.

Basically, you tie a fish-like streamer on to the end of your line and throw it into area where a big fish would be, perhaps along the bank, and coax it to come after your streamer through twitching it and giving it lifelike movement as you strip in your line. You strip your line all the way in and then cast it out there again. Famous Hatches Next we move on to what the most famous and common hatches occur in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. First and foremost, there is the salmon fly hatch. “This is the most sought after hatches in this country and abroad,” said Dave. “Which lasts roughly three weeks. One month out of twelve. It is the biggest stonefly that occurs. Fish will eat 50 percent of their entire years diet in this hatch.” Doug Gibson, a well know fly tier in the area, enters the shop and helps us list off the other hatches. Other than the salmon hatch, the hatches begin with the caddis fly hatch usually occurring in early spring. Then there are mayfly hatches, duns and drakes. There is also the important source of food such as flying ants, grasshoppers. I asked Dave what the most common questions he gets in the shop. “People come in to get fishing reports for the whole region; what the water levels are, where there is good clarity,

A moose on the banks of the Teton.

Follow the rules Make sure to pick up a fly fishing license at any of the local fly shops, Victor Emporium or Corner Drug. Also make sure you read the rules and regulations. Going out with a guide is sure to put you on fish and also allow you to access areas you might not otherwise be able to find on your own. Make sure to bring sunglasses (polarized are best), a hat, sunscreen, rain gear and insect repellent. Dave ads that if you want good pictures or footage bring a camera and/ or your video gear such as a GoPro.

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The author with her catch.

what is working where. That’s what I do, 77 times a day.” Spin to win You don’t have to fly fish in order to fish in the area. You can also use a spinning rod, of course! Fishing is a great way to get out on the water and see local valleys from a different perspective while practicing not only a sport, but a survival skill. Turn a hiking trip into a multisport trip by bringing a rod along

Many of Teton Valley’s organizations and businesses work to make fly fishing in Teton Valley, Idaho ,what it is today. Fly fishing shops include Three Rivers Ranch, Habitat, the Emporium and WorldCast. There are several fabulous lodges in the area, including Orvisendorsed fly fishing lodge of the year, Palisades Lodge ,as well as Natural Retreats South Fork Lodge, Teton Valley Lodge, Three Rivers Ranch Lodge, Trout Hunter, and Henry’s Fork Angler. None of this would be possible with out the help from our local non-profits the Henry's Fork Foundation, Teton Regional Land Trust, TroutUnlimited, and Friends of the Teton River. The valley also touts its very own online gear sourcing company Pro-Guide Direct. ■

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Get Out! in Teton Valley Summer 2014. A publication of the Teton Valley News.

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