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Part 2 (Continued)
Great American Dog-Friendly Road TripTM
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After lunch we continued on I-80 east. Alongside the highway was a freight train, which was a common site when driving across this part of the country.
After entering the state of Wyoming, we spotted a nice rest stop along the highway which had some green grass to walk on and a playground area for kids.
This was the spot where we decided to head north on Highway 189 towards Jackson Hole, Wyoming instead of continuing east on I-80. Driving would be done on two lane roads for the next 5 or so days.  
Diamondville, Wyoming was one of the handful of small towns we passed through on the way to Jackson Hole, stopping briefly for gas. Most of these towns had a population of 1,000 or less.
Once again, road construction... This two lane road had been temporarily turned into gravel for several miles.
A small water oasis along Highway 189. Not a stopping point, just a nice change of scenery. 
The terrain became more mountainous as we got closer to Jackson Hole.
After a long day of driving, we finally made it to Jackson Hole, otherwise simply known as  Jackson. We spent several days at the 49er Inn and Suites hotel which was a basic motel with fairly large sized rooms. It was located in an excellent spot, right in downtown Jackson. 
The next day we walked all around town which consisted mainly of shops and outdoor restaurants. Dogs were welcome at many of the outdoor eateries. If you want to go inside a store with your pooch, try Teton Tails at 250 West Pearl Street. There we found supplies and gifts for dogs. 
We stopped for lunch at Cafe Two45 which allowed our dog at their outdoor tables. Ice water was brought to our table in tall wine bottles. Service was pleasant and they had a nice selection of delicious food. 
Since the city parks in Jackson did not allow pets, we drove to one of the Bridger-Teton National Forest trails about 10 to 15 minutes from downtown.
This was the trailhead for Cache Creek, a popular hiking and mountain biking trail and fire road in the national forest. Almost everyone there had a dog with them. Dogs are allowed off-leash but need to be under direct voice control. However, not everyone was paying attention to this regulation, as we saw several dogs without a dog owner in sight.
Another good hiking spot starts at the base of a mountain next to Snow King Resort, about a 5 minute drive from downtown. The trail begins near the chair lift. Dogs cannot ride on the lift, so you will need to hike up with your dog if you want to reach the top of the mountain. Starting elevation of the trail is 6,180 feet and it climbs up to 7,750 feet. Pets can go off-leash but need to be under direct voice control. Dogs can stay overnight at the Snow King Resort with you, for an extra pet fee.
For fun, we all tried the Amaze'n Jackson Hole, located across the street from the above mentioned trail. Well-behaved pooches that are good around kids can participate with you. The goal of this maze is to find three large cards placed within the maze, take them with you, and then race against time to find your way back out. If you complete the task within the allotted time you will win a little prize.
For dinner we tried the Sanchez Mexican Restaurant in downtown Jackson. Dogs were allowed at the outdoor seating area. We took turns going inside to order our food while one of us stayed outside with Toby. My daughter's food seemed okay and I should have ordered what she did. I think their food was supposed to be authentic Mexican food, which I guess I am not used to. 

Our overall experience in Jackson was enjoyable. It was nice to be able to walk to the shops and dog-friendly outdoor restaurants from our motel. The hiking trails were also nice to have nearby and the maze was fun for all of us. My only complaint was that dogs are not allowed in the city parks. We did however see some locals with their dogs in a few of the city parks.

Next Newsletter coming in February 2005: The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, including the real scoop on where dogs are allowed at these national parks.

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