hiking trails around Jackson are still seeing a lot of action. With the gracious extension of trail usage this year (open until November 30th!) many locals are taking advantage of our beautiful fall weather and hitting the trails on foot and bike. Last week the colors were amazing. Sailor, my 85 pound Mastiff-Pitbull-Pointer (a Teton hybrid if you will) and I, went for our routine after work hike up the Butte and were in awe of the bright oranges, burning reds, golden yellows and hints of green that surrounded us. To be honest, Sailor may have been more focused on the Sage Grouse he kept flushing from the brush, and the Chiselers squeaking from just out of paw's reach in the Aspen trees, but I was in awe with nature's paintbrush . Needless to say Fall has decided to stick around a bit longer this year, and this girl and her pup are excited about it! cafe This weekend Sailor and I stopped by the Snake River Dyke, on our way to Pearl Street Bagels in Wilson. Everyone and their labradoodle were hot to trot. Sailor had too much excitement sniffing all the furry friends and had to run down to the river to cool off, I must admit that by the end of our 5 miles I was wishing I could join him! Yesterday after work, we stayed a little closer to home and went up Cache Creek. The trails were clear of the snow we had two weeks ago, and though slightly muddy in places, they were mostly dry. About 3 miles up in we decided to turn around and were greeted by a spectacular Teton sunset and an epic mountain bike wipe out. Don't worry the rider was fine, Sailor ran up the butte to investigate while I snapped a picture, the photo simply does not do justice, but trust me the view was well worth the hike down in the falling darkness. Fall is always an amazing time in the Valley, the Elk are bugling, the town has quieted down from the busy summer, and everyone is taking advantage of the peace that surrounds as we prepare for the coming winter. If you have never visited Jackson in October or November, I might say you have never truly seen Jackson in all her glory.