The Last of the Old West, Wyoming | My Family Travels

When you come through a mountain pass that has a sign that says "Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Last of the Old West" you can't help but wonder what your going to come upon. For me it was heaven on earth and breathtaking views with a bit of the past entwined in it all. My family has lived here all my life and when I got the chance to work in the Grand Teton National Park I took it. I needed a break from the heat in Arizona and boy did I get one. I've never had such a adventure, every morning I'd see the sun I knew that something new awaited my arrival outside. From grizzly bears roaming free in the mornings to the freezing snow run off water in the lake I knew this could be possibly the prettiest place I've ever seen. As I explored in more detail the land I came upon Mormon Row, My grandpa had told me that it was just a lane of old farmsteads and that there wasn’t much to it, well to me it was a time machine into the past. The minute I stepped onto the dusty soil I could actually almost see what the old farmsteaders saw. The buildings have withstood tons of snow and other seasonal attributes. One in particular stood out one that was pink stucco, yes pink stucco. To think that there were people who actually lived off this land in freezing temperatures in the winter and dangerous animals in the summer as well, completely showed me how strong people were then. Now days there is no way someone could be thrown on a piece of land and survive with no car, cell phone and a town miles away especially having to take a wagon to get there. There are about six homesteads on this piece of land, these people grew their food and lived off the land. Only one family still owns the property and still lives there, the rest have either moved or past away and the land has gone to the park service. I think its so neat that they keep places like this. There are other homesteads in the park that have been preserved as well. Even a few ranches that are still owned by the airs’ of the original family members. These places showed me a new world, made me find myself and showed me how grateful I am in life. Once the summer simmered down after seeing all wildlife I could possibly see (for example, grizzly bears, moose, buffalo, elk, deer and tons more), I was sad to leave. I couldn't believe that places like this existed in the world. Knowing that my grandparents wake up every day to that makes me jealous. The land looks like someone took a green crayon and colored the ground there is nothing but breathtaking views and clear blue skies. I want to live there and go to college, I found that it has the culinary classes I want I knew it was fate. I’m proud to say that I have gone there and anyone who asks me about it I know exactly what to say. My family and I share the love, they enjoy all the outdoor activities and sight seeing as well as the scenery. We are planning to visit here again this summer and I can't wait. It means so much to me that I got to see this place in case I don’t ever get to see it ever again. I can't wait to call this home one day, it's truly amazing.

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