Is it snowing in Jackson Hole?

I don’t remember where I first saw the link to this magical place.

It’s just an intersection in a town in a faraway state. I cannot tell you how much joy I derive from this live feed. For anyone else (minus the 288 people currently watching, make that 290) it’s probably akin to watching paint dry. I get that, I really do. (down to 278)

Although there’s not a lot of pedestrian traffic whenever I seem to check in (granted, mostly middle of the night), I’ve gotten in the habit of making up 10 second stories about the denizens of Jackson Hole if I check in mid-day.

Typical tiny stories:

*Oh, I see Linda is out in her red coat. Looks like she’s been supporting the local economy on her 2nd dead husband’s money by the number of shopping bags she’s carrying.

*Look at that cute family coming through the park! I think they have a toddler. Aw cutie pie. Oh, it’s a dog! Aw, cutie pie! It’s wearing a sweater!

*Jane is late for work. Again.

*Mark has been standing outside that kiosk/shed/shack for 20 minutes. Looks cold. He doesn’t appear to have gloves. WHERE ARE YOUR GLOVES, MARK?

And while it’s easy enough to google what’s in the immediate area to see what shops & businesses are in the vicinity, or watch the 24 other live feeds of Jackson Hole, it’s more fun to just work with what I have on the screen. The only thing I know for certain:  if you want the Teton-Yellowstone National Parks, hang a left. Only because there’s a sign next to the traffic light. Everyone seems to be courteous to  drivers & pedestrians alike at Heaven’s Little Intersection, and weirdly enough, I have yet to see a law enforcement vehicle.

One morning when Chris was at work & I was sitting in the kitchen, drinking coffee at 5am (2am in JH), I clicked over to see what was happening in my new favorite location. It was so picturesque, this currently deserted crossroads, with the lights from the park & softly falling snow. I may have sighed with contentment.

In a time where my feeds are overwhelmingly angry, sad & confusing, I need these little moments of tranquility. No doubt it’s the same reason many tune into the Cape May live feeds, which I’ve never viewed. Why would I? I know when I can find my friend John Cooke down at the Cove walking Joy, his gorgeous golden retriever, and shooting the sunrise. I forget that my everyday existence in the seaside town where I grew up is someone else’s vacation dream or few minutes of escape.

So enamored, I checked possible vacation itineraries at a variety of local inns, lodges & AirBnbs. I burst out laughing with my findings. “It’s like Cape May, but in the mountains!”

Little moments of peace, little moments of serenity. I’ll take ’em where I can find ’em. Even if it’s as a peeper from 2,229 miles away.

7 thoughts on “Is it snowing in Jackson Hole?”

  1. I had seen an article about this very webcam a couple of months ago. When my friend, Lesley, was driving cross country from Portland, OR to NYC, she said something on FB about stopping there. A few minutes of, “Where are you right now?!” “I just parked across the street from the town square.” “Walk over in front of the arch!” “Are you wearing a long coat?” “I CAN SEE YOU! I CAN SEE YOU!” It was a couple of minutes of social media comedy/coolness. I’ve been to Jackson Hole; but, it’s been many, many years. There is something special about small towns & I think it’s kind of nice to get to see through a window to watch them.

  2. Really does open up the mind to wonder about other people. No, that’s not about you. It’s about what other people are up to. When I walk the beach I often think what are the cargo ship crew’s doing. Where are they from, who are they missing?
    When I worked at the airport I thought the same thing. Sometimes I would feel sorry for people who had to travel on holidays. Weird?
    Now, in the travel biz, I am glad some of them still do travel on holiday.

  3. Love this little tiny story. Like Brandee commented above, Rick & We call our friend/neighbor whenever we are in front of the Cove Cam, Henry’s 2 Cams and even at the point. They log on to the live feed (which really is about a few minutes delay) and we wave to them. They always say, “we feel like we’re there with you guys”. Great stuff!

  4. Remarkable how we all enjoy this similar experience. I have a constant feed of The Butterfly Rainforest at the Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. I love to watch the reaction on people’s faces both young and old as butterflies land on them! Sheer joy!

  5. Or our ski valley; this is kind of cool as you can control the cameras. Also, you might want to check in on Xmas and New Year’s eve, to see the magic of our towns top skiers skiing down the mountain, in the dark, carrying torches. It’s phenomenal, serene, energizing……

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