JACKSON, Wyoming — First Lady Melania Trump was greeted with cheers from hundreds of onlookers when she arrived Thursday morning for a visit in this small resort town.
As the First Lady made her way from the airport to the Town Square, she met the first female Scout Master in Teton County, Wyoming, Mindy Kim-Miller. Several people held up signs dripping in glitter that read, “Be Best.”
The Be Best program is the First Lady’s three-pillar mission to combat online bullying, opioid addiction and promote personal well-being. On this particular trip, Mrs. Trump focused on personal well-being and promoting the area’s National Parks.
The First Lady had planned on visiting Yellowstone National Park on Friday, but that trip was canceled at the last minute, due to an impending storm that threatened to delay her from flying back to Washington, D.C.
During Mrs. Trump’s visit, she had planned to take a walk on the Old Faithful boardwalk, which is being rebuilt with money from the Department of the Interior. The project was announced when U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Vice President Mike Pence visited Yellowstone in June.
Yellowstone officials had planned to speak with her about education, infrastructure and recent efforts to improve employee housing, said park superintendent Cam Sholly.
While in the Jackson Town Square, the First Lady met a handful of members from the Jackson District Scouting organization, taking her time to speak with each of the children and young adults who smiled brightly at her, eagerly shaking her hand.
Mrs. Trump also spoke with Steve Ashworth, director of the Teton County, Wyoming and Jackson Parks & Recreation Department, about projects including work on the local Veterans Memorial. They discussed the work the Jackson District Scouts do for the National Elk Refuge, as well.
Mrs. Trump headed to the Snake River for a float trip with area fourth-graders and guides from the local Rafter X Ranch. As guides pointed out Bald Eagle roosting areas, the First Lady’s watercraft floated along the calm Snake River with a backdrop of the snow-capped Teton Range laced with golden aspens.
“Today was full of adventure, exploring different parts of Wyoming with students,” said the First Lady. “I want to thank the young leaders in the Jackson District Boy Scouts for their commitment to public service and protecting our historic national treasures. I applaud their dedication to such important causes. We should continue encouraging our children to experience and preserve the diverse rivers, mountains, and landscapes that make up the natural beauty of Wyoming that we had the privilege of enjoying today.”
Bozeman Daily Chronicle staff writer Perrin Stein contributed to this report.