So yes, yes I did drag my converted trailer/camper behind the dead-dinosaur chewing V8 truck all the way to Wyoming and back.
Met up with Sarah and g/f flew in due to work commitments a day after we arrived.
I decided back in December to book Fireside RV resort rather than camp dry. The place is not cheap and in addition to RV pads they also have cabins -- which are obscenely expensive (two nights is roughly $1,500 with fees and taxes!) For those who know nothing of the general area there is more dry camping than you can shake a stick at in that general area and much of it is absolutely zero-cost. However, "dry camping" is, as the name implies, zero services, you pack it all both in and out and that includes water sources. This can be a fairly serious pain in the ass depending on where you are, but it is what it is and when it comes to showers you get creative because whatever you have available is all there is (think "military style" rinse/off/soap/rinse/off again.) Never mind having to either have facilities on board or digging catholes for #2s and using a generator if you want 110 power. I decided that since we intended to run a half-marathon having hot showers and such would be worth the money, especially split three ways. We spent a week there and the people and place were nice; the loudest noise was the birds -- exactly how it should be.
As regards Fireside I really only had one complaint: They were working on the building with said showers and such and the laundry was offline. Meh. Is that catastrophic? No, just somewhat of a pain in the ass having to go into town and get raped by their idea of a coin laundry. Don't get me wrong -- it was very clean with new machines and efficient. It was also $4.50 to run one load of washing. The clientele was all, except us, non-English-speaking people. In other words not only is the base $500,000 tiny sub-1,000' house ridiculously unaffordable for the "hired help" the fine people of Jackson then shove it up their ass and break it off to tune of $4.50 a load to have clean clothes. Nice.
Then again Jackson is well-known as a rich boy playground (The Fed holds its annual conference there) so what else would you expect? Frankly I'm surprised the people who work at places like the Albertsons (grocery store) and such will show up at all. Whole Paycheck had signs up trying to hire people at salaries from $30-40k/year; there's no possible way to survive on that pay in that town. It's not the food that's a problem provided you stay away from the "wokester" beef at $30+/lb, -- the rest is no worse than anywhere else. The problem is housing. But so long as there's no revolt by the working class telling employers "well since you love being a rich boy's playground you can pay us $100,000 a year so we can live here", and the wild escalation in price that will force on all goods and services in the community doesn't occur there's not much you can say. You're not a slave if you consent and consenting they are.
Speaking of insanity there are bike and running (no motorized vehicle) trails all over the place. The no motorized vehicle part is a bad joke; they are absolutely full of people with eBikes and while they might be peddling you can bet they have the electric motor going too. Tesla-ism has invaded Jackson, but gee, there are damn few Teslas there. I wonder why? Might it have something to do with the next town being several hours in mountain terrain and, well.... running out of power would suck severely, especially in winter. Yeah, that's a problem. I like the running/biking thing but find it utterly stupefying that people take the intent (get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors) and pervert it with a battery pack on their alleged "bicycle" -- and despite "no motorized vehicle" signs everywhere not one cop writing tickets or confiscating said "bicycles" for their use on same was to be seen.
The race was awesome but for a bit of a revolt that one particular body part engaged in, forcing me to make a couple of unscheduled stops. I'd yet to be bit by that during a distance race although I've seen plenty of other people get nailed. It was almost-certainly something I ate during the previous couple of days; a bad salad or some-such. Other than the additional few minutes on my time I would have been even more-happy; I wouldn't call it my best performance by any stretch but the race was fun, the course was beautiful and the advertising of the profile accurate (unlike Yellowstone we did last year which was called "a bit technical"; they've since revised that.)
The course was a "park at start, bus back" which I don't prefer, but its ok. I much prefer "bus you to the start, finish at the vehicle" if its not an "out and back" or "loop" course. Why? Because at the end unless you all run close times if you're in a group you get to come back separately and then meet up (beer is in the cooler at the vehicle, you see) which is not awesome, but it is what it is. Overall I liked the course and the race a great deal; I'll give Vacation Races 8 out of 10 points overall and the only reason I docked them 2 was that they could have run it the other direction ending in the parking lot where your car was likely to be. (In addition had it been run the other way it would have been a materially faster course since the back half was slightly uphill -- slightly downhill, but not seriously so, would make it a potential PR course for nearly everyone -- myself included.)
Sunday was a "screw this" sort of day after the race, and then it was hike time. The second hike got aborted due to snow part way up that made attempting to summit where we were headed wildly ill-advised, especially without crampons (which we did not have); in addition it was melting which meant nothing was solid and we often went through. Nonetheless it was damn pretty and fun besides; I'd like to come back there toward the end of summer, but before snow flies and do that one again -- and dry camping for that will be just fine.
Of course much depends on the general level of stupidity in the economy. $5 gas does a lot to dampen the ardor of those who would otherwise drag a camper around and I'm no exception. It would be nice (and a serious mitigation of consumer pain!) if intelligence was widespread when it came to high-ethanol content fuels, but outside of the Wyoming area specifically (and parts of Nebraska) it flatly is not.
Oil may be high priced but tell me why E-85 is priced at $4.35 when gas is $4.80; that makes no sense at all because (1) the ethanol is cheaper and (2) it has less energy content so it is clear it is being priced at that differential or less to appeal to "greenies" rather than economics. In Wyoming, on the other hand, E-85 could be had for $3/gal -- which I bought at every opportunity since my truck is flex-fuel. Yeah, I get mid 9s towing instead of high 10s but at $3/gal its a significant win. There are a decent number of vehicles that are flex-fuel capable and yet the pricing in the Midwest and Midsouth is pure stupidity, especially since it is oil that is expensive, not ethanol. At least not yet.
One other note: Truckers, with rare exception, were not slow-rolling. There's a hell of a difference in fuel burn between 60 and 70-75mph when you're operating something about as aerodynamic as a brick, and a truck -- or a SUV pulling a camper -- is just about that. Time is exchangeable with money, and yet at least thus far I could count the number of trucks running at 60mph for the express purpose of cutting fuel burn on the fingers of one hand no matter where I was.