Limited to paved trails for the dogs. Understandable but I would have enjoyed hiking more if dogs were allowed on trails.
Went swimming several times in Jackson Lake. Dry camped at Colter Bay. Stayed 3 nights for price of one night camping at the RV campground. They wanted $77 a night!
Loved the lodges. Hung out at Jackson Lodge for dinner, drinks, and observing willow land and lake. From lodge balcony one can watch all kinds of critters. Glad to have binoculars.
Mosquitos not a factor. Met two nice young couples from Ventura CA, camp neighbors. Oh to be young and in love! Geysers were beautiful. I touched geyser water and it was perfect spa temp.
Geyser soaking not allowed, even for old geesers.
Visited Jackson library and read up on Teton Jackson, notorius horse thief and trader who became filthy rich. He found a way to remove a brand and stamp his own on it. He had his own gang, was in and out of jail, and supposedly killed only one man. I ask several local people of Jackson about who their town was named for. A fur trader who trapped for one year in this area.
There remains a controversy about this! In a book called Teton Jackson- Horse Thief, it claims while providing all kinds of supportive documents that Jackson Hole was named for Teton Jackson. Very interesting. Sounds like history revisionism. Not too charming for your town to be named after a criminal. I can see the incentive here to re-appoint the namesake. On the other hand, there is no disagreement about the mountain range named The Grand Tetons. The french translation is Big Boobs!
Stayed one more night in Jackson. Parked on the street. Free camping! No problems or hassels. Saved a little money. Took dogs on night walk up to graveyard beside a ski slope. Beside a grave marked "Taylor", three deer walk out, very peacefully towards dogs and me (grave name is my mothers side of family!).
Dogs froze. GG growled. Deer came closer! They looked curious. Friendly. I know my dogs, so I restrained getting any closer than 15 feet. I know my dogs would attack and get hoofed. Theres no way to see Yellowstone in 5 days. What would be cool is to spend a summer exploring and living here. Cousin Jim kindly forwarded my mail to general delivery at Wilson, where I picked it up and went along my way, south along the Snake River to Alpine.