What a few days it has been! Our final Yellowstone Expedition of the summer wrapped up today with what was literally a once in a lifetime grand finale. After finishing off our time in Yellowstone with some spectacular fishing in the Lamar Valley we made our way back south to Jackson, WY for an action packed three days.
Our first day back in Jackson we started with a trip to the Teton Rec Center. A dive in the pool and hot shower could not have been any more refreshing. By the afternoon we were all ready for our whitewater rafting trip down the Snake River Canyon. Since one of the group members had to head home the next day to start school we finished the day with our banquet dinner.
After 15 days of enjoying all the greater Yellowstone ecosystem has to offer, we spent the 16th day helping give back to the community. We typically spend this day volunteering with the Bridger Teton National Forest on some stream or trail restoration projects, but every national forest employee was already occupied preparing for the full solar eclipse that would be happening the following day. So instead, we helped out the town of Jackson with their efforts to accommodate the estimated 400,000 people that would be descending on the area to take in the view of the first full solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in over 90 years.
Which brings us to the highlight of an already great trip. Our final day of the Yellowstone trip we always spend the day floating down the South Fork of the Snake River with guides from World Cast Anglers. The experience is always one of the most memorable of the trip, but the chance to view a total solar eclipse from the boats while floating through the scenic Swan Valley was truly an experience none of us will ever forget.
It is hard to believe the trip and with it so has our summer season. Thank you all for an amazing summer!