Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What a view! It's astonishing that such a beautiful camp site can be found only twenty minutes outside of Jackson. 

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land. I found this slice of heaven roughly two miles from the entrance.   

I've outfitted my Ford Escape with everything one could need.  A lifted cot keeps me comfortable, weeks worth of food makes for a happy stomach, and five gallons of water quenches my thirst. With food, water, and shelter covered, home is where I lay my head.

With over 3,000 miles of road to discover and hundreds of trails to hike, this summer will be filled with new discoveries.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Making a Home in the Tetons

Nothing tops waking up across from the Grand Teton. New mountain ranges are humbling for even the most seasoned camper.

My name is Jake Ploen and I am the newest employee at Teton Backcountry Rentals. I have a unique opportunity to share my experiences and new adventures as I discover the West. 

I grew up in Naperville, Illinois where the world is flat and life is fast. College is the standard, accompanied by eye gouging student loans. After graduation, I faced a world of unknowns and endless possibility, a trip to the Yellowstone Ecostystem gave me a sense of where I belong.

Last year I discovered Jackson, Wyoming, where I felt an incredible sense of being. The land is beautiful and the residents thrive in the outdoors. Millions of people visit each season creating and ebb and flow of tourist traffic. Summer being the busiest time.

For the next several months I will be archiving my way as I make a home under the Tetons. I'll keep updating as I discover new things!