See it? About 10 minutes out from the TH, I encountered a mama moose and her calf. Couldn't get a good shot cause, you know, didn't feel like getting trampled today, but it's always (well, usually) a treat to see these magnificent animals out there and especially cases like this where I got to watch as the calf fed off it's mama. Who needs a zoo?!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Here's a question instead:
What is this?!?!
I found this thing out on my porch railing one morning this week and was pretty impressed with not only its large size, but also its ability to be comfortable as I macro-photo'd it from varying angles. (or if it wasn't comfortable, it never gave me any indication)
From what I found through a session of intense and extremely thorough research, this is a Pachysphinx Modesta moth. Here's a link if you want to know more. Pachysphinx Modesta
I happened to give it my own name. The Behe Moth. You know, cause it's so big, right?
Sunday, July 25, 2010
...The Crest Trail. It's beauty is enhanced by it's peaceful solidarity. Tucked away far from where the masses congregate and in some places, particularly on the southern portions away from the main peaks, tucked away from just about everyone.
It may not have the grandeur of the Grand Canyon's Rim to Rim to Rim. It may not have the mystique of Rainier's Wonderland trail or the length of the John Muir Trail and the Colorado Trail. But I have found myself drawn to it more and more every year since I first ran it in 2006 and I'm sure it has become even more special to me during that time for no other fact than it's pretty much my backyard. How sweet is that?!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, after work, I was at it again, racing up Table Mtn, then cutting over to Alaska Basin and out South Teton Canyon. It's the same loop I did two weekends ago, but I knew this time there would be much less snow which would make for a much faster trip. So after parking at the winter trailhead and cruising the 4 miles to the base of the climb in 30 min, I tore into the ascent and ended up arriving at the summit in 1:17:30. A full five minutes faster than my previous best. I was also pleased with how much less snow there was compared to two weeks ago. These were all very important details that not only would help me cover more ground quickly on this particular outing, but it also confirmed that a full-length Teton Crest Trail journey was ready to be prepared. I decided fairly quickly that Saturday would be the day.
My marmot friends were out to say hello as usual.
Catching the late sun on a warm rock is apparently a popular evening marmot activity.
A horse group above Hurricane Pass at 10,500ft.
Sunset Lake. At sunset.
Teton Crest Trail just north of Alaska Basin with Buck Mountian standing watch.
This huge tent group ended up with a decent camp site.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
It's that time again! The 3rd annual Tin Cup Challenge occurs this Saturday and after having to miss last year's event because of my work schedule, I'm back at it this year and excited for another opportunity to run the marathon!
This is a unique event and a very special one to many of the residents of Teton Valley as it has become one of the most popular and successful events of the year and arguably one of the top fundraising opportunities for forty of the valley's non-profit groups.
This year is particularly special for me as I will be running in support of the Teton Arts Council to help "garner" some much needed funds which will help support the popular ceramics department as well as be able to continue and expand the hugely successful Kids Art Class program. These programs have not only been extremely popular and fun for the participating children, but it also provides them with a great opportunity to learn about a variety of artistic styles. And the parents have also recognized what a value these summer classes are. At $30/week for 3 hours/day from 1-4pm, it's a deal better than any childcare service and the only way to make this possible and continue to offer this amazing program for the community is through the ongoing support of donors!
If you are interested in making a donation of any kind to support the Teton Arts Council, click here!
Remember, any donation made to the Teton Arts Council through the Tin Cup Challenge website through 5pm, Monday, July 26th, will go 100% to the Teton Arts Council and will also include matching funds from the Community Foundation of Teton Valley which makes your support go even further!
Monday, July 12, 2010
So after breakfast and witnessing the fall(s) of Lance during stage 8 of the Tour, I did some light cleaning up of the place, took the pooches out for a walk, caught the first half of the World Cup Final, and gathered myself together for a run up Darby Canyon to my main destination: the summit of Fossil Mountain.
For some reason, I have not stood on top of this peak during my entire (almost) ten years in the region and I actually feel sorta ashamed that it took me this long to do it. It's very accessible as the summit is only about 6 miles and 4,000ft up from the trailhead. The approach goes right past Wind Cave and the amazing waterfalls that are usually present. And it offers just about the most incredible views of many of the Teton peaks as it sits near the geographic center of the 40 mile long range.