Morning Coffee – Spring Raises Her Head In Jackson…

Spring Morning In The Tetons
Spring morning looking west at the Grand. Sunshine is on tap for the day!

It has been several weeks since my last post – not sure where all the time has gone but the truth is winters can be long here in the Rockies.  As we move from the depths of winter into the Spring season you can just feel the change happening.  Not only with Mother Nature but with the people of this area.  People attitudes start to change very quickly when Father Sun finally peaks out of the clouds.

So what have we been doing for the past several weeks?  Good question – but I thought I would post just a couple of things that have happened.  One of the sad notes in Jackson has been all the moose that have been killed by cars this winter.  These big beautiful animals just do not understand the dangers of the highways.  This morning after we dropped our daughter off at school in Wilson we headed for the Elevated Grounds coffee shop on the West Bank.  As we approached the coffee shop a mother and her two calves decided to cross the road and as we slowed to a stop we almost witnessed another accident.  Although this is not a good picture you can see the mother walking down the driveway just after crossing in front of our Jeep.  Her two calves followed but almost did not make it across the road.  If you visit this summer please be aware that you can be faced in a heart beat with this kind of interaction with these big beautiful animals.

A few weeks ago we made a visit to the north side of the Elk Refuge during a blustery winter day.  We came upon an entire heard of elk all moving to the east trying to get out of the wind.  This picture does not capture the enormity of this heard but we were really close.  This picture was taken with a 50mm lens and this group was almost 3/4 of mile long.  At one point we just parked on the road side and watched them.  It is really cool to see how the stronger males take charge and keep an eye on you.  To be able to experience this so close to home is really a treat.  It won’t be long before they start to move back up into the high country.  It looks like a warm Spring is about to arrive.

Our son Brock was asked to play a few of his songs at an event at the Jackson Hole Playhouse and Saddle Rock Saloon recently and it was really kind of a cool little event.  For those of you who may be planning a visit here this summer you absolutely need to make time to go to the play this summer.  The plays are really a must see event here in town.  This summer the play is Cat Ballou and the season opens June 1st and runs through September 29th.

One of the cool things about the playhouse is that you can make reservations for dinner prior to the show.  Having dinner at the Saddle Rock Saloon is a really fun family event.  The casts are your waiters and they sing and perform during your meal.  This is a really good way to get to know the cast prior to the show. The playhouse is one of the oldest building in Jackson Hole with a really interesting history.  The cast will share with you all the things that have taken place over the last 100 years at this very location during the Pre-Show event.  If you are looking for an opportunity to do something with your entire family that will stay in your memories for a lifetime then you must put the Play House on your bucket list.

Since our last post we had one of the better winter storms roll through the region leaving a solid blanket of snow.  On these mornings when we wake up to heavy snow we like to cruise the town as it turns into a winter wonderland.  The heavy snow creates such a beautiful atmosphere and one of our favorite things to do is just park and take a walk.  If you have never taken a walk in the middle of heavy snowfall then make sure you make the effort to do it at least once in your life.  Yes its cold but it is almost hard to put into words what the experience is like.

Finally I wanted to share with you that there are wonderful things to do outside of our valley.  It is a good thing when you can take even a day trip to another place.  Winters can be long and it helps if you can get away even if for just a few hours. One of our favorite day trips is to head to Bozeman Montana for the day.  On this day which was just a week ago we found the town of Bozeman to be free of snow and almost 70 degrees.  Brynn and her friend told us it was summer in Bozeman and how happy they were to see the sun.  We stopped by the Museum of the Rockies which a very cool place to visit.  The girls wanted to take a picture next to this big horse and just get out of the Jeep and run around.  Look for more Morning Coffee Posts now that Spring has arrived and as we venture from our homes into God’s country this summer.

Abby Gershuny and Brock Jennings Record Nickel Creek Cover…

Abby Gershuny
Abby Gershuny

Earlier this past year we wrote a post about one of our favorite music artists that we have come to know very well.  Abby Gershuney has stayed with us several time over the past year while she worked her magic at the Jackson Hole Playhouse.  Abby can sing, dance, act, she can do it all but when she sings she makes people smile.

Brock Jennings

All of you who know us know our son Brock Jennings.  Brock is another amazingly talented singer song writer and he has an amazing voice.  Abby was staying with over the Christmas Holiday while she worked for the playhouse.  Not sure why they do but they waited until the last day to actually lay down some tracks.  Abby had to return to New York City for while.

One of the tracks they laid down was not one of their own but a cover from Nickel Creek titled “When You Come Back Down”.  Although this is a rough, uncut, unfinished track  I wanted to share this with all of you.  I hope you like it.  If you do please let us know we would love to see these two play this summer here in Jackson Hole and maybe some other areas too.

Click on Player below to listen to “When You Come Back Down”
“When You Come Back Down” Recorded by Abby Gurshuney and Brock Jennings, Produced by Brock Jennings, Written by Nickel Creek

Teton Marketing Highlighted on KGWN Cheyenne, WY…

Recently we joined the Wyoming First Program that is run by the Wyoming Business Council.  The purpose Wyoming First is to assist companies located in this state with identification and promotion of their Wyoming made products or substantially enhance products and services.  Wyoming is a small state population wise but Wyoming is a very strong state financially and they are all about helping business within the state prosper.  You would be surprised at all the small companies in this state.

Last month we were contacted about our products and invited to provide additional information about what we do.  Wyoming Made wanted to highlight our little company on KGWN News in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  We were flattered and so we supplied them with the requested information.  Below is the clip from the show were they highlighted our little Jackson Hole Company.  Take a moment and check it out…

CBS Channel 5, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Morning Coffee – Still Waiting For Snow…

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While we still wait for the Jet Stream to drop in on North West Wyoming Peyton and I did something a little different earlier this week.  We went off the main roads onto a snow-covered dirt road that follows some power lines.  We ran smack dab into three moose that were jousting with each other.

We had Brynn with us this morning and she was loving the sights before us.  Basically we just sat in our Jeep and watched the show.  You could hear the sounds of their antlers clashing against each other and at times they looks as though they were stuck together.  The light was low and these are not tac sharp pics but you get the picture.  This was an amazing morning and fun to watch.

Wyoming Made, Made In Jackson Hole…

Wyoming Made, Made in Jackson Hole…

At a time when “MADE IN THE USA” is practically an anomaly there are still a few small businesses out there trying to create new products and services that can boast the “MADE IN THE USA” title.  Wyoming is a state that actually has quite a large number of small entrepreneurs that craft products from their home or small business and sell them to the public both within the borders of Wyoming and abroad.  One place that highlights these Wyoming based businesses is the Wyoming Business Council and they list many of these businesses on their website www.wyomingfirst.org.

Blaire Jennings

The Wyoming First Program is a way to identify and showcase great products made in Wyoming.  All of the companies listed on this website call Wyoming home and are proud of the quality they represent.  Wyoming First provides you with the opportunity to shop and locate products that are made within this state.  This post today is no exception.  I want to highlight a member of my family that is doing just that – designing and making products for sale right here in Jackson Hole.  Blaire joins others here in Jackson that also make and sell their products though retail outlets and their websites.

Blaire Jennings is a college student in her Junior year at CU Boulder in Colorado and she is studying Digital Art, Studio Art and Communications.  Blaire has always been a creative soul and she loves painting, shaping pottery, photography, pretty much design of any kind.  Over the past year Blaire along with her mother Peyton have created a unique line of hand crafted jewelry all made by hand right here in Jackson Hole.  Her latest creation is a line of wooden feather like earrings featuring very high quality sterling silver findings.  These whimsical feather like earrings are being marketed under the name “307 Wear” and they are gaining in their popularity with locals and others living outside of the state of Wyoming.  “307 Wear” simply translates into “Wyoming Wear” as the area code of 307 is unique to the state of Wyoming.  In addition to earrings Blaire is adding some of her necklace designs and currently has many new ideas under development.

What started out as an idea has started to blossom into a small business opportunity for Blaire and she is starting to make some headway.  These earrings are truly unique and one of a kind.  They are crafted from woods such as Walnut, Maple, Ironwood, Bubinga and other wood species.  Each pair is hand crafted and no two pairs are exactly a like.  They retail from $39.00 a pair up to $69.00 a pair depending on the wood species and sterling silver findings.  If you would like to find out more about these whimsical feather like earrings check out our website at www.tetonmarketing.com and see what Blaire currently has to offer.  Blaire is looking for potential retail outlets that may want to carry some of her designs.  She especially would like to find retail outlets here in her home state of Wyoming in addition to all other parts of the U.S.A.  If you would like more information about 307 Wear than contact Peyton or Blaire at “sales@tetonmarketing.com” .

Morning Coffee – Moose Again…

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This morning like most before I headed towards Antelope Flats as the amount of wildlife found there has been amazing.  One big difference was that when I went to the gym this morning early, the temperature on my Jeep said it was 34 degrees.  A far cry from -15 of the past two weeks.  But very welcome change for sure.

I found some of my favorite subjects but getting close enough to them to take a solid picture can be a challenge.  I found two cows together about 100 yards off to the west of me and on the east side of the road was a very young male.  I stopped and position myself between them with anticipation that eventually the two cows would cross in front of me.  After a while I could tell they were watching the young male and moving closer.  These four shots are from this morning.  Two of them are the same cow and she was clearly the younger of the two.  She crossed right in front of me once she realized she was being left behind.

As I was making a lens change and screwing around with my camera I looked up as I heard something strange and right in front of me was about 100+ elk at a full on run crossing the road within yards of my jeep.  I got so excited I forgot to turn my camera back on and yep – I missed any chance of catching them on film.  Very exciting to see.  Something had definitely spooked them.  Hauling chili’s would be a good description.  That is whats cool about all this – you never know what you will see.

Morning Coffee – Oxbow Bend at -15…

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This mornings coffee run took me 40 miles north of Jackson into Teton National Park to one of the most photographed places in the United States, Oxbow Bend.  Oxbow is just north of Moran Junction about 4 or 5 miles and on this morning it was -15 degrees as I arrived just before dawn.  In the summer there is always a multitude of photographers waiting for the sun to bathe the mountains with its warmth.  Today I was all alone, with the exception of my father-in-law who made the journey with me.

We arrived as it was still dark and set up for the shots I wanted, some of which I am sharing with you here.  As the sun makes its way over the eastern range it begins to bathe the Teton Range with a warm glow.  This all happens in about 12-15 minutes so you need to be ready with your camera.  Now I am no professional but you would have to try pretty hard to screw this up.  Here are a few pics of the Oxbow Bend with Mount Moran in the back ground all taken within minutes of each other.  You can see the difference in the shots as to how the sun bathes the mountains and the river.  Oh yeh – this is the Snake River for those who do not know this area.  Amazing is all I can say.  Put this on your bucket list for sure.

On the way back I took a detour and found some of my favorite subjects.  I counted over 18 moose this morning all within a few hundred yards of these shots.  I almost got stepped on when this big guy came within a few feet of my Jeep.  A few feet is no exaggeration!  I never tire of seeing these beautiful creatures of nature.  They are so unique and awesome to be this close to.  If you venture out – be careful because they can hurt you.  Enjoy!

Morning Coffee At -15 At The Flats

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As I peaked out my bedroom window last night I could see stars.  Mother Earth had just sent Jackson a small storm during the day and she left the valley with a new coating of snow.  Although it was just a few inches it was a welcomed event as we have been lacking in the snow department lately.  But when I saw the stars I knew it was going to be a beautiful morning so I made my plans to head to Antelope Flats for a few pics – along with my hot cup of coffee.

As I was hoping it was absolutely clear blue skies this morning and even though the temperature in my Jeep was showing -15 degrees It was one of those clear blue sky mornings.  I snapped a few pictures throughout my short trip but as usual there were plenty of opportunities to take some fun shots.  Antelope flats is simply a great place to visit as it is close to town and on most mornings you will find something worth taking a picture of.

This was another moose morning and I arrived early and picked a spot to stop and wait for one of the many moose in the area to cross the road in front of me.  These shots are not what I was hoping for as a visitor came roaring through in their truck just before the were to cross in front of me and a couple of other waiting photographer.  The moose got spooked and the shots we were all hoping for did not materialize.  It happens but all in all still a great morning.  Enjoy!

Morning Coffee December 20th, 2011

Mountain Sheep & Tourists Are Back In Town…

We grabbed our coffee this morning at Pearl Street Bagels and headed for another morning adventure.  First let me give props to the girls at Pearl Street Bagels as they are so nice to deal with.  They are always friendly, and these girls can crank out the coffee and bagels.  On the east side of the Snake River they are our favorite!

As we left the coffee shop we just found ourselves heading out towards Miller’s Butte to see if the mountain sheep had returned.  And, yes they have, along with the tourists.  It is a very cool thing to be able to travel such a short distance from our home and see so much wildlife.  Miller’s Butte for those of you who are not familiar with our town sits on the east side of the National Elk Refuge and you access the road just north-east of the hospital on Broadway.

This morning the fog was hovering over the valley but not too bad – just cold.  The trees again had a fresh coating of powdery ice crystals on their branches making it a real Christmas like feel.  If you like to take pictures these kinds of mornings make a great background to shoot away.  So many opportunities for beautiful shots of the trees loaded with powder and the rivers with a steamy fog hovering over the water.  The ice and the river flows squeeze through frozen banks making for some really incredible scenery.

On this morning though it was all about the mountain sheep.  The east side of the butte is all rocks and cliffs and the sheep meander around as if they are on flat land.  But on some days you will find them right on the road side and this morning was no exception.  About a dozen or so sheep traveled from their safety high in the rock to the road side in order to access the grass hiding under the snow.  A couple even are so bold as to come right up to your car and they lick the side of the cars for any salts that are deposited from the roads.  Pretty cool for sure.  They are cautious  but not too friendly making sure they keep their distance when someone tries to approach.

On the other side of the road we found dozens of elk just lying around at the base of the pine trees that start about a few hundred yards off the east side of the road.  Although I love the elk we decided to focus on the sheep and just sit and watch them interact with the public.  The tourists are returning for the holidays and this morning some of them got to see something really special.  It never gets old up here as long as you take the time to leave you home and see some of God’s wonders.  Enjoy!

A Family Affair…

Many of you who are familiar with us know that we have operated several websites/businesses for quite some time.  For me I have been in the health insurance business for more than 26+ years and we have operated our insurance website IndividualHealth.com since 1994.  Over the past several years we have ventured into new opportunities and I wanted to highlight one of them that is dear to my heart in this article.

Blaire & Tim

What started as a hobby has blossomed into a business that today incorporates our entire family.  Tetonmarketing.com is our website that showcases our hand crafted Native American Flutes and now a new line of hand crafted jewelry, all made right here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Our oldest daughter Blaire is currently a Junior at CU Boulder, in Colorado and she leads the family with her unique hand crafted designs.  She has always been a student of art most of her life and currently she is studying Digital Design, Studio Art and Communications at CU Boulder.

Recently Blaire and her mom, Peyton, collaborated on a new line of wooden earrings.  The currently focus has been on a line of hand crafted, wooden feather like earrings.  These whimsical designed earrings are pretty cool and they feature first quality sterling silver findings.  Each set of earrings are crafted from select woods that we also use in our Native American Flute lines.  Most of these woods are indigenous to North America with a limited few coming from South American forests.

Blaire and Peyton have managed to create a very attractive looking line of feather like earrings that hang lightly from the ear and with their curvy shape they hang very nicely on the face.  Currently you can select earrings made from Walnut, Ironwood, Maple and some Cedars.  Currently you have a choice of four different sterling silver findings that are available with all current wood choices.  Some have small beads that are incorporated into the ear piece.  Silver, gold, black and crystal beads are available choices and you can view these on our website here.

Blaire is currently seeking out retail locations for her designs and today you can find some of her jewelry down in the Austin Texas area.  The store Gunslinger of Banderra Texas retails her line of feather like earrings in their store located in Banderra, Texas and on their website.  Recently some of these designs were featured by Gunslinger in a full-page ad in the James Browlin edition of  “Cowboys and Indians“. You can order online from Gunslinger of Banderra Texas some of her earrings for $39.00 plus shipping.  Here is the direct link to the products featured in Gunslinger’s James Browlin edition ad.

If you own a retail store or know of a boutique that might like to carrying Blaire’s 307 Wear Designs contact us at sales@tetonmarketing.com and someone will contact them promptly.  You can also order these direct from Blaire on our website at www.tetonmarketing.com for the retail price of $39.00 plus shipping.  And finally they are currently available on www.etsy.com.  To find them simply query “wooden earrings Jackson Hole” and they will come up. These are very nice earrings and are gaining in popularity every day.

Finally, as I said in the first paragraph that this is near and dear to my heart.  I have watched Blaire grow from a wonderful child into a beautiful, strong woman and I would like people to see what she is capable of creating.  Next time you are shopping for a gift or even something for yourself check out tetonmarketing.com and see what new things Blaire is up to.  A family affair this is as all members of our family are involved including our  youngest Brynn – who of course likes to be the first to have at least one of everything we make.

Timothy Jennings Award Winning Artist, Photographer

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