This morning as we got ready for our morning journey into Jackson Hole I filled my cup twice… once for a quick wake up cup and a second time to fill my thermos cup before heading out. We were heading into Jackson Hole for a very very important appointment… that is to say Peyton had an appointment with her favorite hair salon…Tori’s Salon. As usual I made the choice to find other things to do while she was beautifying her locks… So I with camera in tow headed to a local coffee shop for a refill and then north out of town.
It was late morning already and the sky was clear and bright so not really the best light for picture taking although stunningly beautiful in all directions. Where should I go I thought and the next thing I knew I was headed up the Gros Ventre River. This river runs a long ways back into the wilderness. Over 74 miles long it is. It’s final destination is a meet up with the Snake River. The Gros Ventre river drainage was at one time one of the main routes in and out of the valley that is now Jackson Hole.
Before 1800, the only people who traveled into Jackson Hole were the Native American tribes who spent the summer months hunting the wildlife in the valley and the area surrounding it. Among the tribes that trailed through the valley were the Shoshoni, Crow, Blackfeet, Bannock, and Gros Ventre. THIS is Lewis and Clark country! For those mountain men who hunted and trapped in this area, names like John Colter, Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, David Jackson, William Sublette and later on men like Beaver Dick called this area home for a time.
Today the Gros Ventre drainage is one of the most beautiful places to travel to fish, hunt, hike, explore or just chill by a mountain lake or stream and just enjoy the moment. Today I only had an hour and a half to get some pictures. These are some of what I saw during my short journey into this mountain range. The only bad things about this trip was I quickly ran out of coffee and time… in just that order too. It was time to head back to Jackson to pick up my bride and head home. Below was my view back to civilization. I am sure the Gros Ventre will be waiting for my return… very soon I hope.
THIS IS AUTHENTIC WYOMING!
Once again we ventured out here in Afton Wyoming. Coffee in tow… A truly magical place! Around ever bend is another surprise by Mother Earth. This brief vignette is a moment in time experiencing the wonder of Janee Falls. A magical little spot on the road up what locals call Swift Creek. As an added treat imagine sitting in this spot and playing your Native American style flute as you meditate you troubles away. Flute music is played and composed by Brock Jennings… a little song he calls “CHAKRA”… enjoy.
This morning Peyton and I decided to head up what is known as Swift Creek. This beautiful creek (river for those of you in Arizona…LOL) cuts through a limestone canyon that eventually opens up into the town of Afton, Wyoming. I will be posting quite a few videos of this beautiful canyon and the creek that runs through it. The scenery is stunning and offers so many opportunities for the photographer to capture. This little spot is at the base of a large rock outcropping where the crystal clear creek meets the rock and then meanders around it to further its journey toward the valley floor. Such a peaceful spot!
This same creek is also the path that you follow to discover the world-famous Intermittent Spring that hides up this canyon 4-5 miles in. The Intermittent Spring or Periodic Spring as some call it, is one of but maybe two in the world Cold Water Geysers that cascades out of the bottom of some spectacular cliffs. In the fall and through the winter it ebbs and flows starting and stopping every 18-20 minutes or so. Hiking up to the end of the box canyon is exhilarating and so beautiful. When you get to the end of the climb take a moment to receive Mother Natures reward… fill your bottle up with some of the best water on the planet. Recent reports say the water exiting the bottom of the cliff is more than 2,000 years old. I will save this journey for future post.
Morning Coffee Meditation… Filmed on the Gros Ventre River north of Jackson Wyoming
I really have enjoyed writing my Morning Coffee posts over the years and will continue to do so. I love sharing our little Wyoming adventures we take from time to time. I want to add something new to the mix now. Often when I travel around the Yellowstone Basin with a cup of joe in my hands I will stop and enjoy moments of time at different places that reach out and speak to me. I love visiting the rivers and streams in our area as I find that the sound of the moving water helps calm my spirit. Not to mention the eye candy that surrounds me daily.
Morning Coffee Meditation will be 1 minute+ or so snippets of time taken at special locations around Wyoming. Nothing added and nothing taken away. Just one minute+ of recorded time in nature as it exists at that moment. I would like to bring a sense of calm and maybe even a smile to your face from time to time.
I woke this morning as I always do which is to say early. On this morning my plans where to head to the gym and then after I would enjoy my typical morning cup of coffee. Somewhere in the process I changed my mind and decided to grab my camera and drag Peyton out of bed to ride along with me. Needless to say she thought I was out of my mind… waking her up that is. We got ourselves together and started the truck. It was still dark outside but I could see to the east hints of morning light on the horizon. We needed to get moving…
Afton Wyoming sits at the very south end of Star Valley. If you read the history of the west you will read that Star Valley was considered settled in the 1870’s by Mormon Pioneers. The real history in part is that long before the trails heading west the Shoshone Indians considered this valley part of their sacred hunting and fishing grounds and they had spent their summers here for many generations before. But since the introduction of the American Western Pioneer this valley became home to many Mormon families and they have been part of our community fabric since.
Star Valley is over 50 miles long and 14 miles wide at it widest point. Alpine Wyoming makes up the northern border of the valley with Smoot at the southern border just before going over what is called South Pass. Smoot is where the Lander Cutoff (Oregon Trail) emerged and the trail west made it’s way back north through what is now Afton before heading west again towards Fort Hall in Idaho. A year or so ago the Mormons built the first temple here in Afton Wyoming and it sits in a majestic place along Hwy 89.
Small by other temple standards it is still a very beautiful place of worship for the Mormon community. I drive by this temple on a daily basis and I have always said I wanted to stop by and snap some pictures. Why not this morning? So we grabbed our hot freshly made coffee, with just the right amount of sugar and cream and headed for the temple. This image at the top is the result of this Morning Coffee for Peyton and I.
It is time again to get back to my Morning Coffee posts. One of the most enjoyable things I have done when it comes to blogging is simply sharing one of my daily adventures which starts each morning with a great cup of coffee.
For those of you who know me know that last year we moved from Jackson Wyoming to Afton Wyoming in order to obtain horse property for our daughter. Although we now live in the Star Valley area Jackson is a frequent adventure in itself.
For those of you who may be new to our blog posts Star Valley is rich in western history. It was for centuries a place with the Native American people who lived within travel distance came to hunt and fish during the summer months. Then in the mid to late 1800’s the area was settled by those heading west.
The Oregon Trail in its many facets came right through was is now our back yard. On this morning I decided to adventure not far from my home to an old homestead I pass all the time. Each time I pass by I say to my wife and myself that I need to stop and take a few photographs. Although I really have no idea of the history of this quint yet humble home I just love it’s setting.
I wonder by whom and when this home was built. What about the large tree setting next to the this humble cabin? Did the family that built it plant it and if so was it for shade or maybe just aesthetics. Did they have children and if so whatever happened to them? As you can see today it is a much different place. The home is empty and the stories that must have surely been told throughout the years are now secrets of this lonely yet beautiful setting.
Wyoming is truly a magical place. Some great adventure abound just about everywhere in the state. Star Valley is rich in Western History some good and some not so good. But on this morning I did stop and take the time to watch the sunrise, enjoy more than one cup of coffee, ponder the past and took some pictures… enjoy.
Just completed are our new business cards and collateral rack cards. After creating a new business card with a new theme and changing it many times I have settled on final design. Although these images do not do these new collateral advertising pieces they came out great. I wanted to capture the some of the flavor that Wyoming and the Yellowstone Basin delivers. Wyoming simply offers some of the best eye candy God ever laid his artful hand on.
If you would like one of my business cards sent to you or some of our collateral rack cards for your store or gallery let me know. I want to share with the world what I see every day living here. I want to share “Authentic Wyoming” with you! Contact me by email “Sales@Jacksonholetim” or call me (307) 690-0427.
After carefully reviewing hundreds of images I have select these 7 new images to add to our Greeting Card Collection. This brings the choices to a total of 16 cards in all. Again these are 5×7 Folded format cards with envelopes. Each card will ship with their own protective clear sleeve. $3.85 per card plus shipping.
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The flute continues to take its path to final form. Here is an updated picture during the finishing stages of this flute. Here you can see how the Maple rails and totem look against the jet black finish. The Elk Antler Cabochon is about done and ready to set into the flute body. This flute in person is beautiful. This piece will be available for purchase at the 2018 Western Design Conference the first week of September held in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Would love to hear any feedback! Enjoy.