Even though we are living at the very edge of some of our nations most expansive wilderness, there is also plenty of art and culture just 38 miles to the south of our temporary homestead in the town of Jackson, Wyoming. Another perk for being employed with the Grand Teton Lodge Company and Vail Resorts, is free admission to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. This castle resembling building, just on the edge of town, (straight across from the National Elk Refuge) is dedicated to artist who have spent their lives capturing the beauty of native wildlife with everything from videos to paintings to sculptures.

A short drive and a walk down a wooden sidewalk brings us past the saloons and the famous “Million Dollar Cowboy” right into the heart of Jackson, where even the furniture stores resemble art galleries.

With everything from Cat Ballou’s Playhouse to re-enacted gun fights in the streets, if you have ever enjoyed a western movie – this town should be on your bucket list.

A mere 28 miles north of “our house” is Yellowstone National Park – but there is no reason to burn our gas, when the company offers guided tours on their air-conditioned mini bus. We toured Yellowstone on our motorcycle a few years ago, which was awesome, but there is a lot to be said for letting a very experienced and educated tour guide take you for a 200 mile drive through this scenic natural wonder.

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Progressive Insurance denied our claim from the wind storm in Idaho, saying that absent a black hole in the side of the motor home, that we could not prove that an electrical surge occurred.

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