I am fortunate enough to have spent the past week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming...an experience I will not soon forget! In addition to the stellar skiing (especially by my East Coast standards), I spent an entire day with a scientist who spotted the wide array of wildlife that live all over the wilderness that surrounds Jackson Hole, including bald and golden eagles, thousands of elk, big horn sheep, trumpeter swans, bison, coyotes, mule deer, and even a population of African aquarium fish that were dumped into a naturally warm spring about 30 years ago!
My trip ended with a 150 mile snowmobile trek inside Yellowstone National Park, which as you may know, is the caldera of a supervolcano, measuring 1500 miles in area! Not only did we see a female wolf, elk, and bison, I'd say the most fascinating part was the geothermal activity. It's a friggin' volcano, for crying out loud! It boggles the mind. The highlight was Dragon's Mouth, a rhythmically steaming, bubbling, breathing cave where you'd swear a dragon resides.
If you love nature and wildlife, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is heaven on earth.
By AFAR Traveler
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