I said goodbye to Matt near the border of Colorado, and he headed back to Jackson. Ok, I really used to think fishing was boring, like golf. But.., after fishing in such a beautiful area, I realized its not really about catching fish to me anymore. I got the opportunity to camp and explore remote places searching for a fishing spot I would have never seen passing through. Spending time out in nature is good medicine. There is a special tranquility about being on the water, with no one around but a beer and a friend.
I meet Matt at a Coffee shop in Jackson. We found out we were both bumming it, and he was fly fishing around. I ended up camping with him, cooking pancake breakfasts and learning to fly fish for the next week. We hit a few bars with my college friend Kelsey, and fished a few rivers and camp spots. A few days later we tried for Yellowstone again. The bus broke down in the EXACT same spot by the south gate that I got turned around last time. So while the bus was in the shop Matt and I took his car up there and hit up all the popular Yellowstone spots.
Though Yellowstone was amazing, I favored the Tetons beauty, and the experiences I had there were superior. After exploring Yellowstone and retrieving the bus from the shop, I headed south towards Colorado. Matt came with and camped with me and we kept fishing. It took a week for me to catch my first fish, a brown trout.. Matt was a patient teacher. We came across small towns like Dubois, welcoming you in with a "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" right underneath the official welcome sign. And towns like Jeffery City, with a population of 40. Jeffery City had thisone crazy potter who let us make clay pots and then shoot big holes in them with his 22. In Jeffery city we also got a trespassing tour by a local of an abandoned uranium mine.
Driving into Wyoming was a breath of fresh air. Driving over the Teton pass on the 22 was crazy hard with the school bus though. Once arriving in Jackson, I got to meet up with an old friend from college,
who gave me all the info I needed to go to Yellowstone that day. I drove all the way through the Tetons to the south gate of Yellowstone only to be turned around. The south gate was closed due to a natural forest fire. Turned out great that I had to head back to Jackson, because that's where I meet Matt.