Camp is a classic coming-of-age experience for many kids. Some of us may even have kept our faded camp T-shirts and the lanyards we made while sitting on splintery picnic benches. It's so pivotal that Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding aimed to create such an environment at Strides Day Camp, which provided special accommodations for kids with disabilities so they could have an otherwise typical camp experience. Read more about what the pilot program meant to the kiddos and their parents in this week's cover story.
Also be sure to check out the profile on Dave Hodges, who offered up the following quote about his early days as a deputy assigned to patrol Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: "When I got in the lift lines it was like all of a sudden there was a turd in the punch bowl." It ain't easy being a ski cop. Hodges shares the story of how he got to Jackson and became a detective in this week's Close Up profile.
To round out the week, two of our columnists write on creatures that often give people the creeps: bats and bugs. Far Afield columnist defends the former following a report of a rabid bat in Grand Teton National Park — "Healthy bats are a valuable part of the ecosystem," he writes — while Mountain Gardening columnist Marilyn Quinn explains a bit about the latter saying "Ants and aphids have a symbiotic relationship." And if you need help sleeping after reading those, check out the Shut Eye column by Martha Lewis. — Melissa
“OK, everyone, we’re going to play a game.”
Program Director Nealy Angell mostly held the attention of the children circled in the Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association barn. Morning rain had pushed them inside for their warm-up activity. Angell held a rubber kickball plastered with images of farm animals. Read more
Summertime, and the living is easy ... unless of course you’re in the local labor force coping with super-busy workdays and summer’s extra-heavy traffic. Read more
Dave Hodges laughs when he thinks about his early days as a deputy in Teton County. Read more
A recent report of a Grand Teton National Park visitor being bitten by a rabid bat calls to mind some past writings about bats. Read more
An afternoon hike to Ski Lake with a friend started a most interesting conversation about aphids. Yep. Aphids. Read more
Going back to school usually means back to schedules and routines. But the transition from summer to the routine of the school year isn’t always easy. Read more
45 years ago ...
• David Owen and Pete Feuz returned from the National High School Rodeo competition in Wisconsin ranked as one of the 10 top dally roping teams in the country. Owen also placed in the top 20 bareback riders. More than 1,400 students from 28 states and two Canadian provinces attended. Read more