Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Wave...worth doing...worth repeating

Thank you, JT and Little T for providing our permits to this wonderful hike.  Wildbound and Wild Kids went much fun...I loved it all, even the sucky sand valleys.  
The campground did have a pool, but it wasn't heated.  The worst part about camping was the MOSQUITOES!!
The gorgeous sunrise as we drove to the trailhead.

Bags ready to go at the Wire Pass Trailhead

Our own "Rocky Ridge"

"The map says to go over that ridge, but the GPS says the other saddle...Wait a minute, it's that one.  No, it's that one.  The GPS is flippin."
"Hey GPS Bob, if you don't stop flippin with that GPS, we will be flippin you!"

Tadpoles in the Water Pockets.

Top Rock Arch

Remnants of the flash flood a couple of days before
On the hike in....sand, sage and rock features
Human Sand Timer

Lots of critter tracks
Yay!  Water Pockets!

Our campsite wasn't too bad.  However, the second afternoon it was so windy and dusty, we packed up and went to St. George and spent a much more comfortable night with Bethany.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Jackson Art Trip

Artist Bob and I went on a trip to Jackson in late June, where Bob took an art workshop.  I took the opportunity to sight see and hike.

The view from our motel at the elk refuge
Here is a bear for Bob's bear stories.
This was a REAL stuffed zebra.
The second day I hiked to Jenny Lake.  It was cloudy and rainy, but eventually cleared up.
My pal for the day...Jeff, posing with me at Hidden Falls.  Then, we rode the boat back over the lake.
The next day, I hiked solo around String Lake. It was beautiful and had much more solitude than Jenny.
Beginning of the String Lake trail
You know how I love to photograph water and rocks
Canadian geese visiting String Lake
Look in the eye of the tree and see the goose...
I made friends with a marmot. We hung out together for about 20 minutes.
The view from the "other" side of String Lake.
Self  portrait on the String Lake trail
String Lake
The view from Bob's workshop at Wilcox gallery back towards Jackson.
The 4th day I took a drive around the loop of Grand Teton NP. This is Buffalo Fork of the Snake.
Oxbow Bend on the Snake
Near Oxbow Bend
Jackson Lake
Tetons with Arrowleaf Balsamroot in the foreground
Backlit Arrowleaf
I had to lay on the ground to get the blue Lupines in the foreground.
The trail to Taggart Lake
The most common wildflower I saw
Cottonwood creek on the way to Taggart Lake
I also took a side trip up Gros Ventre canyon and was surprised when part of it looked like the red rock country of So. Utah.  I saw the country where the Gros Ventre slide happened in 1925.  Quite a story.
Bob doing a portrait from a live model
We did have time for some evening fun...saw Jeff in the shootout at the town square, then later in "Annie Get Your Gun". It was a GREAT show!  Good job, Jeff as Buffalo Bill.
Excellent meal at the Playhouse before the show...Trout, fresh veggies and wild rice pilaf.
Our last evening, we took three other ladies from the art class to the Bar J Wranglers.