Birthdays, Bison and Beth (Dutton that is)
My globetrotting life with family and friends and homes in several countries and time zones means I can enjoy a three day birthday every year – three days of love, memories, hopes and dreams.
And this year, we spent it in Jackson, Wyoming. Our second trip to the tranquil, understated, peaceful Amangani.
With daytime explorations of Snake River, Jackson as far as Yellowstone (not that one – it’s in Montana – but the original). Big blue empty skies, forests turning yellow, brown and orange, unseasonably warm 70°F days – horses, cattle spread all around us and an up-close-and-personal, unforgettable time with a huge herd of bison roaming free and grazing at the foot of the Grand Tetons. What majestic creatures they are.
And then stumbling across three gigantic moose – antlers ‘n all, in woodland near a creek a few miles outside of Jackson. Real old Western pioneer feel.
In the evenings around 6pm, up and about in Jackson Hole’s social and authentic restaurant scene.
The Blue Lion – our favourite – Elk and Bison and an old acoustic guitar player – 18 years at The Blue Lion – playing all our 60’s, 70’s and 80’s favourites. The soundtrack of our lives in Jackson Hole – who knew?!
And then Coelette – snow trout flown in daily from Japan, the fish still alive, one of only four restaurants in the US to be honoured with this delicacy – two pounds of heaven.
And finally, a classic French dinner – escargot and frogs-legs of course, at The Bistro – Paris in Jackson (at half the price).
Trudy channelling her inner Beth Dutton in two different Western outfits every day, buying four amazing kitchen knives from New West Knifeworks (https://www.newwestknifeworks.com), including the world’s best fish filleter (according to The Blue Lion chef) and me adding to the Dutton (John) vibe by buying a vintage grey Stetson.
A (three day) birthday to remember. Livin’ the Western Dream.