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.
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.