Antler Obsessed

By sheer happenstance and dumb luck, we were in Jackson, WY for the annual “Antlerfest” (aka Elk Antler Auction). Every spring the local Boy Scouts scour the Jackson Elk Preserve acreage for shed antlers & carcasses which go up for auction along with the sale of thousands of other antlers by locals. It’s a trip!

I never knew of this antler market world, but now I want in…

AntlerFest 2015. #nicerack

AntlerFest 2015. #nicerack

Stylin: antler-style that is!

Stylin: antler-style that is!

Boyscouts showcasing "the goods". It was a bidding war!

Boyscouts showcasing “the goods”. It was a bidding war!

Nice rack!

Nice rack!

I’ve now decided that my next home (cabin) must have everything made out of antlers (door handles, chandeliers, wine racks, tables, bed posts) – we’ve seen it all, and it’s bad ass! They even make dog chews…

They make great chandeliers

They make great chandeliers

They make hat & coat racks!

They make hat & coat racks!

They make table legs!

They make table legs!

They make table decorations!

They make table decorations!

I’m starting my collection! #antlerobsessed

Yellowstone: the Africa of the U.S.?

Ok, so maybe the animals at Yellowstone aren’t quite as exotic as in Africa, but you also don’t have to travel as far. I have been blown away by how many close encounters we’ve had with cool animals at Yellowstone in just a single day (and by close, I mean CLOSE – I kept thinking about the girl who was gored by a bison here just a few days ago, although she was being an idiot). I have a healthy fear for things that weigh 2,000+ pounds with 40mph speeds! I’ve seen the look in their eyes…

I see bison...everywhere!

I see bison…everywhere!

See what I mean by the look in his eyes...?

See what I mean by the look in his eyes…?

Today alone we’ve seen bison (literally hundreds), big horned sheep, pronghorn sheep, red fox, coyote, elk, mama black bear (with cubs), and bald eagles. I just needed a wolf, a grizzly, and a moose and my list would be complete! Tomorrow is another day…

Mama bear. Cubs are climbing a nearby tree. She's HUGE!

Mama bear. Cubs are climbing a nearby tree. She’s HUGE!

Red fox on the hunt - so cool (and so sly)!

Red fox on the hunt – so cool (and so sly)!

Big horn sheep (female) in her herd (starting to shed for the summer).

Big horn sheep (female) in her herd (starting to shed for the summer).

The animals have their own paparazzi here! (I can only imagine this during high tourist season)...

The animals have their own paparazzi here! (I can only imagine this during high tourist season)…

The geysers are cool, for sure, but my favorite part of this park is the less-traveled northern areas with rolling grassy hills that go for miles and rivers, streams and waterfalls that all create a happy home for thousands of wild animals. You just never know what you’re going to see next.

Geysers are pretty awesome, don't get me wrong! Makes me want a steam bath badly...

Geysers are pretty awesome, don’t get me wrong! Makes me want a steam bath badly…

Yellowstone is vast and breathtakingly beautiful

Yellowstone is vast and breathtakingly beautiful

I have some cool videos I’ll post too. Right now I’m sitting in the car writing this b/c it’s pissing down rain with blistery cold winds in our campsite, so I’m happy to have a few bars of cell coverage (and a glass of wine) and this blog to distract me!

Moving to Wyoming…Who’s With Us?

You don’t have to be here long to realize the perks of Wyoming, although I would definitely need to re-develop my Michigan-Winter skin (I’m such a wimp)! But I undertand why it’s constantly rated one of the best places to live (low taxes, high quality of life), especially for the outdoorsy, adventurous types.

The top of Snow King Mtn & Ski Resort. #magnificentview

The top of Snow King Mtn & Ski Resort. #magnificentview

I'd have an excuse to buy this awesome winter coat. #sowrongbutsowarm

I’d have an excuse to buy this awesome winter coat. #sowrongbutsowarm

The sunsets are stunning! #rememberwhatmatters

The sunsets are stunning! #rememberwhatmatters

I can see myself skiing/snow mobiling all winter and hiking/kayaking all summer. The views of the Tetons would NEVER get old, the town of Jackson is so quaint, and I would LOVE to see this place in the Fall when all those Aspen trees change colors!

You can ski into town! #heaven

You can ski into town! #heaven

The hiking is glorious. #hikersheaven

The hiking is glorious. #hikersheaven

The views...did I mention the views? #nevergetsold

The views…did I mention the views? #nevergetsold

And, unlike Utah, these people have high octane coffee and local brews. My kind of peeps!

They make their own local whiskey! #needisaymore

They make their own local whiskey! #needisaymore

The clincher: they actually had an independent order of odd fellows! #iwantin

The clincher: they actually had an independent order of odd fellows! #iwantin

And wildflowers in the Spring. #youknowyouwantto

And wildflowers in the Spring. #youknowyouwantto

More views..from today's hike up Death Canyon around Phelp's Lake. Looking for bears & moose!

More views..from today’s hike up Death Canyon around Phelp’s Lake. Looking for bears & moose!

So, I’m thinking we buy a big plot of land, throw down a bunch of Yurts and start a commune. Who’s in??!