Colossians 4:2The Message (MSG)
Thursday, July 24
We were up early today ~ to be at Dave Hansen White Water by 6:45.
We had chosen the more comfortable (for me), scenic, thirteen-mile float down Snake River.
Many of these people were going white water rafting after this excursion.
We were blessed to get the guide leader, and he chooses to go last.
There were eight in our raft ~ three couples (Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania), a young girl from Utah, and the guide who was originally from eastern Texas.
Our guide described them as a cross between a beaver and a squirrel.
Like I said, our guide likes to be last.
Some of the eagles were in the shadows because of the rising sun.
We were pleased to see this one near the end of the trip.
Ariel is the daughter of friends of ours from back home. To those of you who live in our area, she is Dick Myer’s granddaughter. Her mom is Dick and Martha’s daughter Sue.
I wouldn’t have liked to walk too far in this kind of path. We felt like we had to make noise so we wouldn’t startle a bear or moose.
I didn’t have to use my zoom very much as these two were right beside the road. I rolled the window down, but stayed in the car.
We wanted to see more scenery before leaving this area in the morning, so headed south to Alpine, which is on the Idaho border.
While driving through Jackson, we went by the Anvil motel where we had stayed the past two nights. It was not a fancy place, but it was nice and clean and right in town, making it possible for us to walk to many places we wanted to see.
Neither of us was real hungry ~ even though we had not eaten since our 11 AM breakfast. There is a Dairy Queen near our motel and we thought that sounded appealing – and away from the busyness of town.
I got a small chicken wrap (which I ate in the restaurant) and savored this piña colada long after we got back to the motel.
Oh, what a wonderful day.
Tomorrow we head to Cody where we will spend the weekend.
Wednesday, July 23
Though I am posting more than my usual limit of twenty pictures per blog, I eliminated most of the 362 pictures I took ~ to give you the highlights of yesterdays relaxing, delightful day.
Our second stop was at the airport to get air in one of our rental car’s tires. The indicator light on the dash told us that a tire was low ~ and the mechanic on duty did find a low tire.
If you look closely you can see two buffalo between the tree on the left and the barn. There were also several buffalo to the right ~ just beyond the picture.
Later in the day someone told us that thistles came to the area through hay that was brought in to feed animals.
I chose to post this picture because both are here. Cerwin liked the horns on the antelope on the right.
Jeff, the people you know who used to run this are now outfitters to the south of here.
Sometimes I just stopped walking and breathed deeply.
I am not sure if I have seen it since our trip to Alaska eleven years ago.
By evening we were back at Jackson Hole, and after putting our few traveling things in our room, we walked to the town square for a picture of the celebrated horn arches (there are four arches ~ one on each corner of the park.)
From there we went back to our motel, with the intention of walking back to the town square for ice cream, but we are still not used to Mountain Time, and sleep soon seemed more appealing than ice cream.
Tuesday, July 22
I am keeping this online “diary” of our trip – for my benefit and memories.
Hope you enjoy it too.
We flew American because we had enough air miles to make it a free trip.
Just after I went through security, and was waiting on Cerwin, a man came up to me and asked if I go to White Oak Church of the Brethren.
It was Jim Keller – Hershey Keller’s son. His friends teased him about finding relatives already! …and we are third cousins.
We had a three-hour layover in Dallas, so relaxed, walked, recharged our cell phones and my computer, and shared an Annie Anne’s container of pretzel-wrapped mini hot dogs and lemonade.
We had an interesting seat mate – a pilot from USAir who was going off duty (still in uniform) and flying to Jackson Hole with his family. They go to Yellowstone every summer, so he had lots of information for us and often described what we were seeing below.
On weekends he is a solo stunt pilot! He showed us pictures of his plane.
We had the most fun talking to a couple sitting next to us. The tables were real close, so it was awkward to not talk.
They are in their fifties and getting married today (Wednesday) here in Jackson. Both were married previously and just wanted a simple wedding. He is from Michigan, and she is from Illinois.
When they asked where we were from, we said between Lancaster and Harrisburg, PA. He said the only place I know in there is Manheim! That got our attention, because that is our hometown.
He and his first wife adopted a girl (20 years ago), and a Mennonite couple from Manheim were fostering her. I asked who the Mennonite couple was. It was Lamar and Ruth Zimmerman. We know them.
It’s a small world some days.
It was a delightful night to walk back to our motel.
I am posting this at 8:40 AM ~ Wednesday, July 23
We are not getting an early start today, as we schedule some things for tomorrow, and Cerwin wanted to sleep in. He just now got some breakfast at the motel office, and brought me the orange juice I requested.
We have the same motel for tonight, and plan to get oriented to the area today and see what we can see.
1 Peter 1:18-21The Message (MSG)
This is my prayer for myself as we enjoy God’s beauty and meet new people during the next few days.
I will just post a few pictures from our day, as we landed in Jackson Hole about 7:30 PM Mountain Time, got our luggage and car, found our motel, then went for supper – even before unloading our luggage, because the closest restaurant was closing at 9 PM.
It is now 10:17 PM Mountain Time (12:17 AM to our bodies).
I would have loved to get a picture of the Tetons from the air, but the sun was behind them, causing them to be shadowed. Maybe I can get a picture from the air when we leave, as that will be morning.
The weather is fabulous, so we are looking forward to seeing the Tetons tomorrow.
I am going to post more pictures than usual tonight to bring you up to date in our lives.
Monday and Tuesday: At our house – the Daryl Bollinger Company did a great job of installing fascia and soffet in the spouting/roof area of our house. They also installed a gutter guard in the spouting (to keep leaves and sticks from getting inside).
Now no more painting under the roof, and hopefully Cerwin will not have to get on the roof to clean out the spouting.
Tuesday: It was a beautiful, foggy morning as I traveled to and from the post office.
It’s fun for me that my sister and I have granddaughters who are good friends.
Friday Evening: Jere’s invited us for supper.
While we waited for supper the boys showed us the boats they made with Legos.
He usually wears contacts, but at times needs glasses and his old ones were getting too small.
Jere grilled the chicken and steak to perfection!
Jared was roasting mine ~ and I told him that I like them melted the whole way through.
After the Hershey’s left, we refreshed the table cloths and prepared for our Sunday school picnic.
That brings you up to last night ~ and we have big travel plans for tomorrow, so stay tuned.