I’m taking a long weekend away from the Law of the Sea Convention and other related issues here in Jackson Hole, WY. My view from the Jackson Hole Gondola was a bit less clear this morning than in this picture, but it was wonderful nonetheless.
I’ve learned since arriving that it is common knowledge that this is Dick Cheney’s “undisclosed location.” Apparently, occasional visits by Air Force 2 accopanied by Black Hawk helicopters and a convoy of military vehicles did not go unnoticed in Teton Valley.
Another interesting story: after the 2000 election, cell phone service drastically improved throughout the valley. The rumor among locals is that the White House, knowing that Cheney planned to retreat here regularly, paid to vastly upgrade service. I don’t know if it’s true, but it seems utterly believable. Either way, the seemingly boundless availability of White House discretionary funds boggles the mind.
Back next week with more.
— Scott Paul