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Local App Turns Your Smartphone Into a Tour Guide

by Teri McCarthy

TravelStorysGPS is a must-have mobile app for discovering Jackson Hole and the Parks.

If you have ever wondered what the stories are behind the Jackson Hole area's sites and points of interest? TravelStorysGPS turns your smartphone into a historical tour guide. GPS-triggered audio tours, photographs and video snippets automatically come on as you walk, drive, or float past a site of interest. Story Clark, founder and CEO of TravelStorys "It's not an app to say . . .what time businesses are open or where to find hotels. It's about telling the story of the landscape, the community, the culture, art, history . . . about enriching the travel experience."

Currently there are two Jackson Hole tours: a Highway 22 tour and a Teton Park Road tour. More tours are in the works: Jackson to Moran, Teton Village Road, and Yellowstone National Park. They are also working on an historical tour of downtown Jackson with help from the Jackson Hole Historic Society and Museum, as well as a cultural tour of art galleries, Jackson Hole Airport tour and a tour called Teton Adventures which will include interviews of athletes in the area.

For more information and to download this free app TravelStorysGPS.com

 

How Old Bill's Fun Run Helps Jackson Hole Causes

by Teri McCarthy

Old Bill's Fun Run For Charities

In Jackson Hole, the season of giving begins long before winter. Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities is a Jackson Hole tradition, celebrating philanthropy and community through a spirited and innovative challenge to raise money for more than 200 local nonprofit organizations. Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities is held the second Saturday of each September on Jackson Town Square. This year’s events will take place on September 7th. 

Jackson Hole WY Old Bill's Fun RunThe first Fun Run and donation-raising campaign took place in 1997 when an anonymous couple known only as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill put forth a philanthropic challenge to the community of Jackson Hole to raise money for nonprofit organizations with the promise of matching the community’s donations. 

The first year, they matched the community’s efforts donating almost $800,000 for a total of just over $1.8 million. Since then, Old Bill’s Fun Run has become a Jackson Hole tradition and the annual donations raised have increased year after year, with a total of $8.3 million raised in 2012.  This year, we’re going for $9 million, an amount that would bring the total raised since the event’s creation to more than $100 million.  

How does the Fun Run benefit nonprofits?

This truly unique and impactful fundraising challenge begins with a donation of $500,000 each year by Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill. This donation is then matched by the Jackson Hole Community Foundation using funds from donors called Co-Challengers. 

Nonprofits that meet the necessary qualifications are then able to raise individual donations, of which the Community Foundation will match the first $25,000. Additional funds are given to nonprofits through a semi-annual competitive grant.

kids paint on old bill's horse

The Fun Run and Walk is the culmination of the months of effort from nonprofits, donors and community members to raise money and raise spirits in Jackson Hole. On the day of the event, the community comes together to celebrate with friendly competition, entertainment, food, and festivity. 

Runners and walkers can participate in a 5K or 10K race. The event features a recreational division for runners and walkers that just want to have fun and a competitive division where participants are timed. 

Registration is free for both recreational and competitive walkers and runners if registered prior to race day. Registration on the day of the race is $20 and is available for recreational participants only.   

Making a donation

You can donate to a nonprofit online through the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and make a donation directly to the organization(s) of your choice.  All Jackson Hole non-profits are listed on the website. After you donate, you’ll receive a tax receipt from the Community Foundation and 100% of your donation will be given to the organization(s) you choose. 2013 Old Bill's donations are accepted through September 13, until 5 pm. 

Your family or business can also donate by becoming a Co-Challenger, contributing to the pool that will match, along with Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, the total raised by the community. Co-Challengers can donate at the $25,000, $35,000, $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 level. 

The season of giving in Jackson Hole has already begun. Join in the spirit by making a donation, and we’ll see you at Old Bill’s Fun Run on September 7th. 

Bear Watching - Grizzly Bear 610

by Teri McCarthy

Bear Watching - Grizzly Bear 610

Grizzly Bear 610, one of Grand Teton National Park’s most famous grizzly bears, recently separated from her three male cubs.  This separation is natural for grizzly bears, which are weaned around June of their third year.  Young boars set out to stake out their own territory, while young sows may stay near their mother for another year and share her home territory.  


Grizzly 610 has been preparing them for life on their own by taking the cubs on big looping tours of the parks, and two days before they separated she took them on one last trip hunting for food.  Grizzly 610’s mother, 399, did the same with her when she was a cub.  610 and her cubs have been spotted roaming apart from each other, but in the same area, since the split.

Wonderful video of Grizzly Bear 610 Spring 2013


In July of 2011, Grizzly photographers saw that the 2 grizzly bears, 610 and her mother 399, exchanged cubs, which had been tagged with different color ear tags and made the swap easily noticeable.  The swap is a rare occurrence but most likely takes place when a disturbing incident, such as an encounter with another bear, scatters the cubs and another mother steps in to take care of them.  It is believed that 399 had an altercation with a male grizzly and her daughter, 610, was able to better care for the cub because of her younger age.  

The bears are very comfortable in the area near the park roads, which allows tourists to see them and has made them so popular.  Tourists and locals will continue to enjoy watching and keeping up with these beautiful bears.    

 

Why You Might Want To Have Bear Spray In Your Kayak

by Teri McCarthy

Bear Encounter While Kayaking

I was writing about Bear 610 and her cubs when clients told me about their bear encounter while kayaking in Grand Teton Park this week. Here's their story.

kayaking in grand teton park

On vacation in Jackson Hole this week. Spent an afternoon kayaking on  the Snake River oxbows - calm water with wildlife sightings (moose,  eagles, otters, pelicans and other waterfowl) frequent. 

grizzly bear in grand teton national park 

This time, we  had a surprise. We were drifting through a slough 10 to 15 feet from  the shorelines when Karen said she saw a black bear. I readied the camera and as I drifted past, the bear raised his head ... not a black  bear but one of the grizzly adolescents that are in the area.

hi there grizzly bear

I  captured a few images as the bear came to the water's edge to check us  out. When the bear splashed the water, I splashed the water too - with  a few power strokes of the paddle to get clear.

Cheers,
John & Karen

Teton Science Schools Jackson Hole Summer Science Adventures

Adventures at Teton Science Schools offer amazing summer programs for students of all ages, from entering kindergarten through 12th grade, offering students opportunities in leadership, exploration, science and more. 

Teton Science School Xseries gives high school students the opportunity to earn high school credit by exploring national parks and pristine wilderness, while cultivating relationships, improving communication, and building confidence and leadership.

Two legacy field education programs are being offered this summer to high school students. 

  • Xpressions in Nature and Art  - Grades 9-11, July 7 -26
  • Jackson Hole Science Xpedition – Grades 11-12 and graduated seniors. June 30 – July 26

Kids build life-long friendships while learning from highly motivated and educated teachers and living in a restored, historic dude ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Many of my part-time clients plan their summer vacation around these programs for their kids. As you can imagine, Teton Science Schools Jackson Hole Summer Science Adventures are extremely popular, and the classes fill up quickly. Here is the complete list of summer programs at Teton Science Schools.

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!

 

Pamper Yourself With A Relaxing Spa Treatment or Massage

by Teri McCarthy

Days Spas in Jackson Hole

Of course there are some great spas in Jackson Hole and this seems like a good time of year to treat yourself to a marvelous spa treatment.  In Teton Village, try Solitude Spa at the Teton Mountain Lodge for a relaxing experience with aromatherapy oils, eye masks, and Vichy waterfall shower.  Avanyu Spa at the Snake River Lodge and Spa offers an array of pampering treatments, including relaxing scalp massages, body wraps, exfoliating treatments, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and fitness center.  Try the couples-only massages suite with fireplace.  I highly recommend it!

The Four Seasons Spa bills itself as a luxury wilderness getaway.  The Wilderness Adventure Spa at Spring Creek Ranch, located 700  feet above the valley floor with some of Jackson’s best views of the Snake River valley and the Grand Tetons.  In town, you have some options as well - visit the Body Sage Spa at the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa and treat yourself to the an aromatherapy steam bath with the Signature Eh Wah Kee Mud Wrap, hand crafted from the Big Horn Mountains, or relax in the traditional Finnish sauna at the Alpine House Country Inn and Spa, conveniently located only a few blocks from the Town Square. Now that sounds quaint and relaxing.

Jackson Hole On-line Winter Trail Maps

by Teri McCarthy

Get interactive Jackson Hole and Teton area trail maps for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King and Grand Targhee.  What a grand idea!  

The Mountain Pulse, an on-line resource for Jackson Hole’s outdoor community provides this free service. Access Winter Trail Maps+, an interactive Google Earth Travel Guide, with information about skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing,  that allows you to virtually explore winter in Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Alta, Grand Teton National Park, Togwotee Pass, Teton Valley and beyond. Get out there an enjoy the snow and Spring-time in the Rockies!

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