Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 15, 2011

Hike day with friends

Taggart Lake, GTNP

September 14, 2011

Still in Yellowstone.  Too many pics to choose from

Antelope near West Yellowstone entrance

This year it's legal to bring loaded guns into national parks.  You have to get a special permit, and you cannot fire them under any circumstances.  This guy is really cool, and I feel a lot safer now because of him, douche bag
(note to NRA members: italics indicate sarcasm)

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Sunset on Yellowstone Lake

September 13, 2011

Back to Yellowstone with my friends!

Elk cows and calf crossing Madison River

Elk Bull following the girls.  It's rutting season!

sunset pool (?) Black sand basin

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 12, 2011


Moose on Moose-Wilson Road, just inside the park

Rock skipping, Jackson Lake, Mt Moran, GTNP

September 11, 2011

This kid was ten years old, ten years ago.
I was his age ten years ago.
I can't do flips on a wakeboard, and I couldn't when I was 20.
Let's hope the next ten years are brighter than the last.

September 10, 2011

Old dishwasher at the dump (cost to dump it - $3, and that was after they overcharged me by getting the license plate wrong on the way out.  It should have been $1!  Ahh, rural landfills)

September 9, 2011

Pretty, but sort of boring after my other hikes, Granite Canyon, GTNP

September 8, 2011

new dishwasher!

September 7, 2011

Osprey, Moose-Wilson road JH

September 6, 2011

Tram ride up with Mom and Dad

Cody Bowl 
Top of Corbet's Couloir

Paraglider, Jackson Hole

September 5, 2011

Some geysers and stuff in Yellowstone with my parents

Old Faithful

Point forest fire in Yellowstone

September 4, 2011

Fun in Jackson Hole with my Parents!

Big Bull Moose on hike to Cascade Canyon, GTNP

Cascade Canyon, GTNP

Snake River Float trip, Tetons

September 3, 2011

Peaches and Onions from Dad!

September 2, 2011

beer and vegetables

September 1, 2011

Packed up, ready to head out and get a beer!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

August 31, 2011

Day 2: The Climb up Middle Teton

Grant with rope to help me across the first snow field
Victory after rock climbing around third huge snow field
(Yes, I would rather rock climb than climb a steep snow field)
This easy class III hike has now become a class V climb

Me crossing a much smaller, less steep snow field, number 4 or 5?

Icefloe lake, looking down from the Saddle of Middle Teton

Melt-down rock.  "I can't f*ing do any more snow fields or bouldering.
This was supposed to be a day hike/walk to the god damn summit!"

This is as far as I made it.  The clouds were rolling in, and after having woken up to a lightening storm, we just couldn't risk getting stuck above the tree line if another round of lightning started.  I was within 1000' of the summit (we made it to about 12,000'), and probably am the first person to actually NOT summit Middle Teton upon attempt :(  Then again, most years there aren't snow fields requiring practical knowledge of an ice axe to summit (I don't have those skills.)  Stupid snow year.  This had been my goal for the past year, and I failed.
 I'll just have to do it at 31.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

August 30, 2011

Summit attempt Middle Teton:
Day 1, Backpack up from Lupine Meadows to Garnet Canyon,
and the Meadows camping zone

End of the "official trail" start of the Boulders

Our campsite in the Meadows, with Middle Teton looming behind us

Sunset, shadow of the Tetons spreading across the valley

August 29, 2011

Packing for the backpacking/summit trip up Middle Teton

August 28, 2011

Putting the Chevy 327 V8 into the red truck (65' Chevy half ton)

August 27, 2011

Trading Engines

Chevy 327 V8 out (destined for the red truck)

And the Chevy 350 V8 is out!

August 26, 2011

Changing fluids

August 25, 2011

Paintbrush Canyon Hike to Holly Lake, Grand Teton National Park

Holly Lake, elevation 9410'

August 24, 2011

Smoke from the Gros Ventre fire filling the valley

August 23, 2011

Cat, PBR

August 22, 2011

I'm putting this in my yard!