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North Winds

A new wilderness

North Winds

North Winds

North Winds

North Winds

Ice

Me @ North Winds

North Winds

North Winds

Tracy @ North Winds

Tracy @ North Winds

North Winds

Tracy @ North Winds

Tracy @ North Winds

North Winds

Creek

Trail Lake

Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake

Tracy snowmobiling

Tracy snowmobiling

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Tracy snowmobiling

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Tracy snowmobiling

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

Wyoming Range

North Winds and Snowmobiling

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The weekend of 20 Feb 09, Tracy and I headed up to Jackson, WY, to see what the winter up

there would be like.  On Saturday we got on Highway 26 and drove over to Dubois, WY.  It

dawned on me that we had never driven that stretch of road, and I wanted to see what it was

like.  Well, it was actually really nice, and I can't believe we had never checked it out.  There

was a lot of snow up high at Togwotee Pass, as well as some great views back down towards

the Tetons.  But the best part was when I decided to check out one of the northern most

trailheads of the Wind River Range in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness.  We went to the Glacier Trail

(Google Map) outside of Dubois, and it was great.  The drive to the trailhead was completely

dry, and the trail itself was almost completely dry.  It was amazing to hike in the Winds in

February without having to deal with snow.  The weather was warm, and we just had a very

relaxing day hiking.

On Sunday we drove to Alpine and rented a snowmobile for the day.  We rode all day around

the west side of the Wyoming Range outside of Alpine.  There was definitely a learning curve

with riding the snowmobile, but we had a lot of fun...it was more secluded than I thought it

would be.  I think we decided that snowmobiling was definitely a good mode of transportation

in the mountains in the winter, but we didn't see ourselves ever doing it as a play activity.  It

was fun to explore and see the backcountry in the winter, but we wouldn't really enjoy just

playing in the snow with them.  We did get it stuck at one point...that wasn't all that much fun!

But we had a great weekend, and I definitely want to hike more in the northern Winds, and I

would like to snowmobile some more out to Forest Service cabins.