Saturday, June 25, 2011
I've been in Jackson Hole Wyoming since Sunday with what seems to be about 150 immediate and extended family members. Lots of hiking biking and amazing scenery.
We have all been feeling the effects of the 6000+ foot altitude. My first bike ride on what the locals call the "easy" trail nearly did me in. The trail even has the somewhat dismissive name of "Putt-Putt". It started with a climb and never let up. No chance to recover. Since then, we have been slowly biking a dirt road most of the way up, then biking DOWN the single track. Much more enjoyable that way.
Tomorrow we head to the Laramie area with a much smaller group of people. The cabins we will be staying in there are at 10,000 feet. That should make the lack of oxygen here look like child's play. Unfortunately the Minnesota budget crisis has torpedoed my Dad's plans to join us there. Another reason to despise the current crop of GOP nutjobs in the state legislature. Thanks assholes!