Teton Valley Wrap Up

Teton Valley Wrap Up

We just made it to Alaska, but before I get too behind, let me recap our first leg of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Zero Landfill Tour in Wyoming/Idaho (Teton Valley). We really love this area—and are reminded of that each time we return—but our 3 weeks there went way too fast!

Official Stats:

21 days

18 events, which included repeat events, like the Van Life Festival and the Jackson Hole Parade, but new additions like teaching awareness workshops to employees and others. A nice variety keeping us on our toes!

Oddly enough, we were rear-ended in the parade (before it even started). Isn’t a parade driver’s only job to avoid hitting whatever is in front of you???
Why yes, cats can live in vans too!

2105 miles driven

15 nights camping

Biggest game changer at camp for washing dishes: Rubber gloves!!
Justin is up to 12 comments/questions about his down poofy (or goofy) pants

4 showers

2 loads of laundry

26 miles hiked

Black Bears Spotted: 6

Grizzly Bears Spotted: 2

Moose Spotted: 5

Too many elk & bison to count … and lots of gridlock traffic.

We get it. Wildlife is exciting. But you can’t just PARK on the road people.

Money found on the ground: $0.59

4 visits to the grocery store

5 Netflix movies

3 Netflix TV shows

3 postcards mailed

55 card games (every meal!)

Weight of Personal Trash: 2 lbs 2 oz

Weight of Compost: 8.5 oz (1/2 lb)

Recycling: 3 lbs 8 oz

Terracycle: 6 oz (.4 lbs)

We weighed everyone’s trash (all 150+ people) at the VanLife Festival. Compost (54 lbs) & recycling (78 lbs) outweighed landfill (63 lbs) – WOO HOO!!

Strange Encounters: I guess we are never surprised who we run into while on the road, given the fact that we are all over the place and have met 100s of people along the way. But we had quite a few in the Tetons. Examples: we ran into someone who was in a Leave No Trace Awareness workshop we taught this winter at Colorado University, a woman with whom we took our Wilderness Recertification Training in Boulder, our rep/friend from National Geographic Maps, my cousin and his wife and several people we met last year on the ZLI tour!

3 responses to “Teton Valley Wrap Up”

  1. Jamie La Vigne says:

    Nice kitchen setup! And yes what’s up with Justin’s poofy pants!?

  2. misti says:

    I love the poofy pants! I need some!

    And you don’t have to be in a national park for wildlife traffic hold ups—we get them in our neighborhood when the deer are near the road, especially when it is fawn season such as right now. Everyone slows down to oogle the babies!

  3. Mary says:

    My poofy pants come with me on every shoulder season trip! Best invention ever.

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