Friday, September 28, 2012

Rainbows, almost full moon, and cowboy music

After a lovely day spent meeting one friend for coffee, a few other random tasks, and photo editing and chatting with another good friend, I was invited to join my friend Tom for a chuck wagon dinner and to listen to his music. This rainbow greeted me when I parked at the ranch, and then was followed by a beautiful moonrise over the Sleeping Indian.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Clouds and Owls

I live in such a gorgeous area! We finally got a little rain which washed some smoke out of the air. As I was driving to work, the clouds were lifting off the mountains and looked beautiful.

Later in my shift at work, this fledgling great grey owl spent some time hanging out around our buildings.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Crossfit "Fight Gone Bad"

My friend Seth is a coach at our local Crossfit gym. His mom and I watched several rounds of "Fight Gone Bad" this morning. It's a pretty intense workout. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hidden Falls & Inspiration Point

My friend Seth's parents and uncle are in town for a visit and yesterday we hiked to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. It's fun to have a chance to get to know family members of my good friends. The Bill Walters family are all a lot of fun to be around!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Canoeing the Snake River

This afternoon, my friend Bryan and I canoed a piece of the Snake River. It was beautiful though still smoky.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Delta Lake

My friend Lexie and I hiked to Delta Lake today. I've never been there and it's really beautiful! The water is a different shade than almost all high alpine lakes I've ever seen.

This last shot is of the North Buffalo Fork fire which is clearly getting growing today. This is north of town a bit and has been burning since May. It's burned over 20,000 acres so far.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Static Peak

This afternoon my friend Justin and I "accidentally" hiked Static Peak. At 3:30 pm we started out for a small afternoon hike. After making several spur of the moment decisions at trail intersections, and continuing past several points where we should have turned around due to the time, we found ourselves just a few hundred feet from the peak. So we climbed it. The view up there is amazing, even with all the smoke in the area! And then we hiked in the dark for a while to get out. The NPS describes the hike to the divide this way, "Static Peak Divide, 16.3 miles RT, 10 hours, 5250 ft total climbing, VERY STRENUOUS." The peak is just above the divide. We completed it in 6 1/2 hours, even with going pretty slow for the hour and a half of hiking that was in the pitch dark.