Len and Jackie Grumm are enjoying their retirement years. Well deserved. This past weekend they rolled though Jackson Hole on one of those “Older Folks See the American West!” tour buses. Great visit. Took them up to Teton Pass and later got some pictures on nearby trails:
Pretty, and pretty exerting 5-mile hike yesterday, originating at the Coal Creek trailhead. Plenty of parking off of WY-22, just on the west side of the Teton Pass. Coal Creek runs through the Jedediah Smith Wilderness, which is part of Targhee National Forest on the west side of the Teton Range. (Targhee borders Grand Teton National Park.)
The Coal Creek trail was perfect for a 2.5-hour workout. A lot of uphill as I ascended from the trailhead to a saddle-back ridge called the Mesquite-Coal Divide. The hike offers a great mix of being under the forest canopy (there was gradually less of this as I ascended, including a nice aspen grove) and sloping mountain meadows. Plenty of wildflowers. Today was a warm, partly cloudy day. Good hiking day, and I saw 5 other parties on the trip. No woodland creatures though, which was a surprise.
The past few months have been a drag. I ran into health troubles, and after some fits and starts in getting well I ultimately had to step away from my career. It took a couple of aimless months to figure out a good next step. But I got it sorted out in April. So, after stints in Philly (I grew up there, but also practiced law until 2005), DC (2005-13), and Chicago (2013-last week), the next step is, naturally, Driggs, Idaho. Driggs!
Driggs is nestled right up on the Rocky Mountains, just over the mountain pass from Jackson, Wyoming. It’s a starkly pretty place, and it’s got just what I need right now: a bunch of breathtaking natural beauty and a whole lot of space. It’ll be a good place to think about next steps, professionally and personally.
What this blog will be: I miss the legal aid community already. I’ve worked with those rascals for almost 15 years. So I’ll use this blog to stay current – and to keep others current, too – on news and developments. I’ll also broaden the scope to include related public policy goings-on. And I’ll blog about this new life in the mountains: hikes, runs, pictures, people, adventures. And music. And Philadelphia Phillies baseball.