Monday, July 29, 2013

The following are a few shots of the prime real estate from the Reservation.

       We spent about 6 hours yesterday traveling on the worst road we have been on since we have been here. The ruts , rocks and just plain awful road bed seems to be a theme when on Reservation land. Even though the Park Service controls the access to these areas they seem to not to care much for the areas that have no fee camping. OH well you know it's all about the Sequester. So much for my rant. The area we were in was very beautiful and very stark. You know how the Government always gave our First Americans all the prime land and the best of everything.               G

The following Petroglyphs are from the Whisky River part of the Wind River Reservation.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

      We were supposed to do some traveling last weekend but it turned out to be a hang around town event. I had taken the Truck and the Kia in to get the oil changed during the week and noticed the Kia was in need of new shoes. These were the tires that had come with the vehicle and needed to be replaced. The only day open was Saturday and it blew the whole day. As we pondered the next two days they just slipped away as we did some food shopping and just chilled out. The weather here is finally cooling down and we are spending more time outside socializing with the other Volunteers. On Thursday Evening we went to a little Town called Victor in Idaho where every Thursday in the Summer the Town  sponsors free Concerts in their park. The group we went to see was March Forth, we had seen them at Musikfest a couple of times and we knew it would be a great show. They did not disappoint and for two hours did a great performance. They have been all over the States and have done Mardi Gras in New Orleans and in Mobile . Just very awesome. The town has a population of just over 1900 and there were 4000 people in the Park. It was one of the biggest crowds the have had there in the last couple of years. It looks good for us to head out shortly to look for some Petroglyphs outside of Dubois  on the Wind River Reservation.                                                  G
We had seen this group at Musikfest a couple of years ago.

This concert was at the Community Park in Victor Idaho, population 1900 people, the Concert had over 4000 people there.

One of the Stilt Walkers, he was awesome

The show was all high energy with the music and show.

The movements were just one right after the other. I took over 125 shots. Way to many to post.

Two Magpies on the fence at the Miller House where Lauren Volunteers.

I failed to mention that it is their mating season and she is indifferent to him, he is on the right.

A little love peck to get her attention.

She was not amused  by his forward advance.

Ok , we are all right with this. There we further actions but they were X rated.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

         We have been busy this past week and only had a little time for doing some roaming. We would do our Volunteer shifts and hide in the RV as it has been hot here in Jackson. I know the heat is not supposed to be as bad with 15% humidity , bull crap, it's still hot at 7000 feet above sea level. Still there were some good moments as usual with the Hawks and the Ravines always at odds with each other. The Hawk catching the Chislers and the Ravines always trying to steal the bounty. We have also been entertained by the Coyotes and their pups who are growing very fast. Their nightly serenades are something to hear as we figure at this time there are at least 15 to 20 of them. We did go out in the late evening last night and got the shots of the hand gliders. We sat and watched them for some time and at one point there were 18 in the air at one time. It looked like they would crash into each other at any time but they were better than that and it was just cool to see them ride the Thermals up and down  over and over. It was just like watching the Hawks ride the thermals over and over . Today we had Volunteered to man and information table for the Refuge and the Miller House where Lauren does all her Volunteer time at the 100th anniversary of the Moulton Barn on Mormon Row, a historic area in Grand Teton NP. It was really some thing as there were over 100 descendants of the original Moultons'  who had been the first Homesteaders in that area of Wyoming. It's interesting because at that time when you filed a Homestead Claim and fulfilled the necessary time as required the claim papers that came back from the Government were signed by the President of our country at the time. Do you think that would happen today. We have no idea what we will do tomorrow. Maybe another trip into Yellowstone or another ride over to Dubious to look for Petro Glyphs . So many choices, a true quandary .                 G
Our resident Chisler aka ground squirrel.

Lauren, myself and our friend Jim at the Moulton Barn 100 hundredth celebration.
The Raven wants the Chisler that the Red tail is eating.

There is no giving up

The final breath of the Chisler. The hawk was moving fast and I cut off his head in the shot to get the poor Chisler.

The girls watching the ground squirrel leave after he knocked on the door.

He was looking for a hand out.

Commando is just to tired to watch the ground squirrel any more.

I'm just burned out

No matter how tired she is still on watch.

The Sandhill  Cranes across from us.
Last evening the weather was perfect for the hang gliders at the back side of the Refuge for some fun.

It was rather late in the evening for some of them.
We were manning an information table for the Refuge at the 100 hundredth anniversary of the Moulton Barn on Mormon Row today. One of the most photographed barns in the West.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

This is the Historic Miller House where Lauren is an Interpreter when she is doing her Volunteer Shifts.

So do you think the EPA would allow this to happen today. The pool is really nice and heck of a long walk from the trail head.

This water fall is a half mile down stream from the hot spring.

You can't see the road that leads up to the trail head for the hot spring.

From where we stood it sure looked like a Pyramid to us.

We crossed over this stream to get to the hot spring pool.

He just flew by us and stopped to have his picture taken.

Some giant Queen Ann's Lace by the hot spring.

White water rafters on the Snake River. An area called the lunch counter as more than a few people lose their lunches here as they are thrown around by the rapids.

Another view of the rapids.

The puff balls are really large here.

              When you go to see a particular place here and some one says it's just up the road it is almost as bad as Texas. We had seen Sacajawea's grave site on the ride in and when we asked about how far it was back to the Wind River Reservation. we were told it was just a little passed the little Town of DuBoise WY. Ok, a short ride from where we are, 3 hours later we arrived at the Reservation and another half hour of trying to find the grave yard and as luck has it we saw from a distance a number of flag poles and what looked like a Native American Grave Yard. If you have never seen one they appear unkempt but that is they way they all are as nature is their way of presenting there loved ones. Some of the Crosses are very plain wood with a name and some are just Beautifully painted and very ornate. Very few large head stones , which made Her site stand out.
            We also did some more of the Canyon explorations and I will be posting some pictures when I finish the post.                                                            G
We had seen a sign on the way into Jackson when we were passing through the Wind River Reservation that Sacajawea  was buried there so we went to find her grave site. This is the statue they have erected in her honor.

Her head stone and the surrounding stones are her family.

One of the many road side historical markers that dot the road sides.

A better shot of Crowheart Butte.

Have crossed the Divide so many times in the last month I though it was time for one of the signs.

Gods rays over the Grand Tetons.

The Moose are finally moving down into the Refuge.