"There are few places where you can buy a Cartier watch and a silver, rodeo belt buckle as big as a dinner plate on the same street. Still fewer spots where you can have your lunch out of the modern equivalent of the chuck wagon (the food truck) then later enjoy an expertly prepared haute-cuisine dinner in a luxury lodge. In Jackson, these sorts of charming dichotomies abound."
I'd been running the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for about 10 years when I first discovered Alaska's big rivers: the Alsek and Tatshenshini. Up until that point, if anyone ever asked me if I wanted to go anywhere else to run other rivers, I always said "No way! I love the canyon and can't imagine any place I'd like half as much!" I was so naive!