All posts by Timothy Jennings

Based in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I have worked in both the Domestic and International markets for most of my adult life. During the past four years the United States has seen a complete change in direction when it comes to accessing health care and obtaining mandated health insurance coverage. I have been an agent selling in the U.S. markets for more than 30 years. Today I work exclusively serving the needs of our International health insurance clients. If you are outbound or inbound to the United States I can help guide you through the process of selecting proper International Cover that is right for your family.

Morning Coffee, First Day of Winter…

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As I woke up this morning and looked out the window all I could see was stars!  Then I realized that today was the first day of winter.  As I laid in bed contemplating where I wanted to go this morning I realized that with clear skies I would have a nice shot of the Teton Range as the sun came up.  If you have never witnessed the early morning dawn in the Teton Range you are in for a treat.  These pics do not do justice to the beautiful scene that unfolds right in front of you.

I headed out early before light and got my much-needed companion, my coffee.  And once again headed north out-of-town, only this morning I was alone.  The elk hunt is still going on for a few more days so I chose a safe spot to watch the magic unfold.  Incredible!  I never get tired of seeing this.  As the dawn arrives you can start to make out the features of the Teton Range.  Then as the sun makes its way over the horizon it bathes the range with its warm glow.  Truly a beautiful morning!

I have also added a few shots from yesterday morning.  This past week has been a real treat for professional photographers (which I am not – obviously) but there has been almost 20 moose to choose from, males fighting, and 6 grizzly bears to view.  Two sows with their cubs.  Yesterday I finally got close enough to one to take the shot above – I wish I had a bigger lens but this is what I got.  She was digging around in the sage brush all the while keeping an eye on those who were watching her.

I have never seen grizzly bears this close to town before but this fall and now winter they are seen on almost a daily basis.  Griz in the wild is awesome to see.  In yesterday’s paper there was an interview with Tom Mengelsen  who is one of Jackson’s premier wildlife photographers, where he sat and watched the two mother sows fight over a fallen buffalo  while the cubs sat an waited for a victor.  These two sows were mother and daughter and mother apparently won.  National Geographic kind of stuff.  Come visit Jackson this winter and see some of what we share.

Happy Thanksgiving From Jackson Hole…

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I woke up early today, not sure why but it was still dark out.  Wow today is Thanksgiving I thought!  I looked out the window and it looked like it was going to be a beautiful morning, although cold here in Jackson.  I got dressed and headed for my first cup of coffee.  This morning it was a challenge finding a place that was open but I managed to secure a cup and off I went.

The elk hunt is still on so you have to be a bit careful where you go.  Today was a fairly interesting day. It was a beautiful morning with some light clouds and there was plenty to see.  North of town around antelope flats was full of animals and other photo opportunities.  There were two grizzly bear sows with cubs in the area and some photographers with huge lenses got some great pics.

Over the sound of hunters shooting for their elk I found a spot with 17 (as I counted) moose just hanging out.  Over the sound of gun shots you could hear the sound of clashing antlers as at least 6 large males were jousting with each other.  I also found a few lone elk who had made it though the gauntlet to safe ground around the elk refuge.  All in all I had a great morning and wanted to share it with you all.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Signs of Wyoming…

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Not sure what got into me today but I just decided to take some pictures of all the signs we have here in Wyoming.  This gallery of pics is a small example of the signs we see everyday in our state.  Call me crazy but I had a lot of fun this morning.  I saw many animals but today it was the signs that grabbed me.  Enjoy…

Morning Coffee….

Moose on the Loose

As we move ever closer to the start of the winter of 2011 we are blessed with a variety of beautiful days here in the Rockies.  On this morning we were blessed with clear blue Wyoming skies and almost no one on the roads north of town.

Our plan was as it is most mornings, grab a cup of coffee and just drive.  On this morning we decided to visit a different coffee shop that sits on the West Bank of the Snake River in the business center at the Pines . Elevated Grounds is a very cool eclectic place to visit.  The coffee is good and HOT!  If you are visiting or living in Jackson try a cup from Elevated Grounds.

As we left our daughter at school and turned onto the Village Road (heads to ski resort) we passed a mother and her two calves helping The Grand Peaking Over The Topthemselves to some tall grass right on the road.  We turned around as went back to take this quick shot of the young family.  As the temperatures drop the moose move to any place they can find food to fatten up.

This time of year the Moose Wilson Road closes just north of the resort so the only way to the north part of the town is that you have to travel back through Jackson and back north alone the East Bank of the Snake.  It was absolutely gorgeous this morning and as we turned onto the road that takes you to Kelly, Wyoming I took these next two pictures.  This area is a favorite spot for us to view antelope, bison, deer, moose, coyotes and birds of prey.

The Tetons Show Their MajestyI usually don’t find any compelling reason to take pictures of the Tetons from here but on this day the Grand seemed to be barking at me.  So I stopped and took a couple a pics.  I think the contrast between the browning grass and the fresh powdering of snow on the Grand against the blue sky is what grabbed me.  These smaller pics do not even grab the brilliant colors that existed this morning nor do they show how really blue the sky was but they should give you a feeling of the beautiful solitude that exists just north of Jackson Hole.  Morning coffee in Jackson Hole can be a really fun adventure you can take when you visit.  Almost any day and any time of year you will find something you will want to snap a picture of.  Enjoy…

Abby Gurshuney’s “Alive Again”

“Alive Again” Recorded by Abby Gurshuney,
Produced by Brock Jennings, Written by Zack Hess

Click on Player below to listen to “Alive Again”

Abby Gershuny
Abby Gershuny

Earlier this summer my daughter Brynn was involved with the Jackson Hole Playhouse and she had a small part in the production “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”.  Abby Gershuny was one of the stars of the show and Brynn and our family became very close with Abbey.

Towards the end of the summer Abbey made the hard decision to extend her stay here in Jackson Hole rather than going back to New York City for auditions and finished the extended part of the show. Abby stayed with us and for the entire month of August and our home became a home away from home for Abby and many other actors and actresses from the show.

What we did not know was how uber talented all of the kids really were.  Abby, Kyle, Ben, Brock, Zac and a few others worked tirelessly to produce a few new songs and recording of these songs in time for Abby to take them back to New York.  “Alive Again” is one of the songs they completed and we have posted her song in our MUSIC section for all to hear.  Abby is not only a wonderful person but an amazing voice and everyone needs to listen to this song.

To play this song click on the player above or go to the Main Page of our “Jackson Hole Tim Social Network” and in the right hand column of the “MAIN” page we have added a music player towards the bottom.  Look for “Alive Again” and play it as much as you want.  When you have listened to it a few times give Abby a shout!  For me – this young artist is one to keep on your radar.  We were blessed to have her in our home for the time we did.

Jackson Hole Tim Goes Social….

Blog Author

As you may already know Peyton and I have been blogging for the past year or so and currently we maintain 3 blogs in our family.  “Insurance Simplified” (insurancesimplified.wordpress.com), “3 Feathers Flutes” (www.3feathersflutes.com), and “Jackson Hole Tim” (www.jacksonholetim.com).  This has been a journey for sure that has developed and grown each and every month.

Jackson Hole Tim has been a very enjoyable blog for us to create.  Our goal has always been to share all the wonderful things that we enjoy here in the Jackson area as well as all things that have to do with Wyoming.  As many as 3 million people can come through the parks area each year.  People come to visit Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone Park.  Then in the winter people come for the incredible skiing and snowmobiling.  Many people don’t know that Togwotee Pass is one of the top 5 places in the world for snow mobiles.  But how can just two people share everything there is to know about an area as unique as this.

We have always wanted to be able to grow Jackson Hole Tim to include other people who share the same passions for this area and be able to let them participate in all the things that go on up here even if they have only visited a time or two.  We have been searching for a social network platform that would allow us to open this up to anyone who has an interest in Wyoming and more specific the Jackson Hole area and we think we have found it.

This week we pushed live our new social network site called “Jackson Hole Tim” and now you can join as a member for FREE and participate in sharing your experiences with others on the site.  Create blogs posts, upload pictures, participate in forums, upload video, music, advertise – what ever.  I think you will find many of your friends will eventually be members and so it really is a community that you can get involved with.

So please take a moment and visit http://jacksonholetim.ning.com and if you like what you see join our membership and share your stories about Jackson Hole, Teton National Park, Yellowstone Park and any Wyoming story that stirs fond memories.  We will still be maintaining this blog page as well so if you just enjoy our posts nothing will change here.

Morning Coffee After Overnight Dusting…

Here I go again!  Another morning coffee story.  The past couple of days have been leaving us with the feeling that our beautiful fall days had come and gone.  Last week we had snow in town, the first snow of the season, then rain, then wind, then more rain, you get the picture.  This morning when I woke up and peaked out my window it was really hard to tell how the day was going to be.  It gets dark early and light late these days.

So I climbed into my jeep and headed for the gym.  Still dark out but I could see stars so I was feeling good about the prospects of another beautiful fall day.  As night turned to day my expectations were confirmed.  I rushed home from the gym as I do every morning to pick up Peyton and Brynn and we headed out to drop Brynn off at school.

By the time we left her school it was clear that this was a morning we needed to get our coffee and find a place of solitude and enjoy the many wonders this valley offers.  So off to our favorite coffee shop, grabbed a bagel, a latte and a large coffee and we headed north of town.  There is a favorite spot of mine where we can park right in front of the Grand Tetons and this time of year you have this spot all to yourself.

For the next hour or so we sat in front of the Grand Tetons and this was our view this morning.  The sky was blue and clear.   The smoke from the summer fires were gone and it was crystal clear in every direction.  It had rained and snowed the day and night before this morning.  The clouds were all nestled against the mountains as if they did not want to leave.  Kind of magical in a way.  As you can tell from the last picture here there are still a few trees that are not wanting to give up their leaves but sadly in another week or so they will all be gone.  But what a morning and what a great way to enjoy a cup of coffee!

Fall Ends With First Snow…

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Not more than a week ago I posted some pictures that I took while up at Oxbow bend and then a few days later I post some pics from the Moose Wilson Road.  I was trying to share some of what we experience here in Jackson during the Fall colors.  The word on the street that we were hearing was that you needed to get your shots taken as the first storm of the season was moving in from the west.

Well the storm arrived yesterday in the form of a pretty solid rain.  Kind of nice since we had not seen much rain this summer.  But rain quickly turned to snow and for the past 24 hours it has been a mix of both rain and snow here in the valley.  This morning we took another drive out to the Moose Wilson Road in Teton National Park with hopes if showing the contrast from earlier posts.

This morning was cool as there were 3 black bears roaming around, 1 sow and her two cubs.  But the Park Rangers were closing the road and asking everyone to leave and let the bears feed alone.  Then this afternoon we heard that a Grizzly Sow and her cub made a visit to this same area.  Although this could be a rumor it would not surprise me with the snow fall.  They get pushed down looking for food.  You never know what you will see on one of your morning adventures.  Enjoy!

Cattle, Empty Roads and Heavens Above…

It is that time a year again when those of us who live in Jackson Hole have mixed emotions.  Summer has come and gone and the fall weather is upon us.  The beautiful colors that we all look forward to have changed and are quickly disappearing.  But if you keep a sharp look out you will see things here that can stir a man’s (or woman’s) heart.

Jackson Cattle Drive

On this morning after we dropped off our daughter at school we headed once again for the coffee shop and on the way we passed a typical fall morning where we passed some of the local cowboys moving their cattle from one pasture to another.  What better way than to just run the heard right down the highway.  It is kind of nice to have to stop on the road side as part of the American West passes you by.  Unfortunately for some of these cattle they are heading to the pasture to fatten them up before they hit your plate.  But for those in the city – this is a real as it gets.

Moose Wilson Road

After passing our bovine friends we headed again north of town for one of our morning coffee drives.  One of the incredible things about living up here is you never know what is going to jump out at you and speak to your heart.  As we headed north of town we turned into Moose Junction and made our way to one of our favorite morning drives, the Moose Wilson road.  Like I said you never know what to expect and as we made our way to the turn off – BAM!  We pass this spot all the time but for some reason I felt the need to stop and take this picture.  All alone on the road, just after a brief morning sprinkle, and the leaves starting to fall we stopped and gazed at one of God’s most spectacular works, the Grand Tetons.   Truthfully there are no bad views and all are worthy of taking a picture or two.  This picture does not do a good job of conveying how absolutely beautiful this morning was.  We are blessed to be able to see this on any given morning and we never tire of the views.

Heaven Shines On The Grand.

As we got back in the car we headed down the road a bit and we came to this place only to see the clouds break open and heaven shined upon the Grand as you see it here.  The weather has certainly changed in the past few days and it is clear what Mother Nature has in mind for us in the coming months.  But for a few more weeks we will have days like this where we only need a light jacket to help ward of the chill, a hot cup of coffee to keep our insides warm.  And, more important to share a moment with our creator that has blessed this valley with some of the most spectacular scenery in North America.  Every day we see a new painting on the canvas set before us.  It is our hope that by sharing some of our mornings with you it will inspire you to come visit Jackson Hole Wyoming and come see for yourself what a simple morning drive with a cup of coffee in hand can do for you well-being.  Enjoy!

In The Trees At Oxbo Bend…

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This morning a friend of mine, Robin Elledge and I went into Teton National Park to see if we could get some pictures of the Fall colors. Because of several fires in the area there was a strong haze in the valley making picture with the mountains in them not possible. So we decided to venture into the trees and take some pictures of just the trees. These are a few of the ones I took this morning.

These were taken at Oxbo Bend in the park.  This is one of the most photographed places in Teton National Park because of a beautiful bend in the Snake River happens here with an incredible view of Mount Moran in the distance.  Today was about trees.  Spectacular morning.  Enjoy.