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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Just about every morning I start my day by going to my local gym. After I get finished with my morning workout I almost always make my way to my favorite coffee shop for a cup of morning joe. Now most mornings after getting my needed cup I head back home to read the paper and check my email. But about 3 days a week I get in my jeep and head north of town to see if I can find some of my favorite neighbors.
We are blessed here in Jackson Hole to have a fairly large number of wild buffalo (Tatanka) available to us. Just drive north of town and you might be surprised at who you might run into. On this morning I drove north of town and finished my coffee with one of these very beautiful creatures. Although there were many buffalo to visit with I especially like this guy. He was a large male that probably out weighed my jeep. I am alway cautious when I am around these awesome animals but on this day we kind of hung out together and when he had enough of me he just mosied on by and headed to the rest of the herd immediately to the west. Pretty Cool!
Welcome to our first post to Jackson Hole Tim. This blog site is being dedicated to all the wonderful things that the State of Wyoming and Jackson Hole have to offer. If ever there was a place to put on your bucket list of things to see and places to visit – I think Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one that every person should be able to say they visited just once. There is truly few places on earth that offer such spectacular scenery, wildlife at every turn, awesome mountain vistas, wild river rides, real dude ranches and for some – modern conveniences.
Here in Wyoming we call this state the “Forever West” state. In Wyoming you can still find a place where solitude still exists, a place where you can come closer to God and all that he has to offer. You can see his magic in most everything you see. In Wyoming, true western hospitality is not just a punch line but a way of life. So please come back from time to time and see what new and exciting tales we will share with you. And, if you ever plan to visit our state come, plan to come through Jackson Hole, Wyoming and pay us a visit. I am sure it will be a memory you will have for a lifetime.