September 12 - 21, 2010. Yup, there are a lot of "on the road" pics and a lot of wildlife pics. I know it interests some people to see the change in scenery that happens on a road trip. All pics shot on either a Canon PowerShot SD1100 (Pinkie) or a Nikon D80 (The Beast). Pics by Katherine Plumer and Bryan Kabe (as indicated on each photo, though I've left my name off some of mine...) and a few random people to whom I handed my camera.
9/12/10: Packing light? Uh, no, I do not know this concept. Good thing I wasn't flying. ;-) Oh yeah, and that's THE pillow right there... figured since I likely wouldn't find any cowboys on the trip I'd better bring my hunky cowboy pillow.
Where I drove on 9/12/10. Wilton, CA to Wells, NV.
9/12/10: Driving east over the Sierras toward Nevada.
9/12/10: Somewhere in Nevada, heading east on I-80.
9/12/10: Most disgusting rest area ever at some little podunk town in Nevada. Pit toilets and no sinks, hot weather... ewwww. If you ever stop there without realizing where you are, get back in your car and keep going. Really. Trust me. You'll thank for me warning you. :-[
9/12/10: Somewhere in Nevada, heading east on I-80. I see smoke.
9/12/10: smoky view out the back window, somewhere in Nevada.
9/12/10: If you're not sure you're in Nevada, you can usually tell by what's being advertised on the billboards.
9/12/10: Somewhere in Nevada, heading east on I-80. Are you getting the impression that Nevada goes on and on and on? Yeah...
9/12/10: Nevada, heading east on I-80. At least there's good old "Death Star Valley" (as Jan and I mis-read it back in June) to give me a chuckle.
Where I drove on 9/13/10. Wells, NV to Jackson, WY.
9/13/10: Leaving Wells, NV, heading north on 93. I did not particularly enjoy my stay in Wells, and would not stay there again. The hotel was pretty grody, and by the time evening rolled around there were dudes sitting in lawn chairs outside a lot of the rooms. I know what you're thinking... Katherine needs a dude, woo hoo! But no, the last thing I wanted was for random dudes to figure out I was traveling alone. It's kind of strange traveling alone, but kind of nice too. I was happy to hit the road in the morning.
9/13/10: Wells, NV in the mirror. Heading north on 93.
9/13/10: Nevada, going north on 93. That's an overpass for migrating deer. Really!
9/13/10: Nevada, going north on 93.
9/13/10: Idaho! Going north on 93.
9/13/10: Somewhere in Idaho.
9/13/10: Blackfoot, Idaho. I went for a little walk on a trail at a rest area, it was nice to get out of the car for a while. Rocks, sagebrush, and the smell of juniper...
9/13/10: Somewhere in Idaho. It's a potato... uh, barn? Hut? Shed? I don't know the terminology. There are lots of these. And fields of potatoes. And fields of grain, mostly barley I think.
9/13/10: Somewhere in Idaho. And as I notice now, a weirdly rectangular cloud. Oookay.
9/13/10: Somewhere in Idaho. This was starting to feel familiar. Not that I'd been here before (last time I was in WY I flew) but the area where I stayed in eastern ID two years ago was rolling farmland like this.
9/13/10: Somewhere in Idaho. This was a really pretty farming valley.
9/13/10: Somewhere in Idaho. I think that's the Snake River that I crossed.
9/13/10: Palisades Reservoir, Idaho, off of Hwy 26. I actually had no intention of going past here, but I stopped following my directions and just followed the signs that said "Jackson" and that's where it took me. Added some time to my drive that day but that's okay, I like to see new stuff. Instead of going over Teton Pass that day I came up through Hoback Junction into Jackson, which confused me so much I had to pull over and figure out where in the heck I was and how to get to where I needed to be!
9/13/10: I missed the welcome sign but I'm pretty sure I was in Wyoming by this point. The trees were just starting to turn colors, more apparent by the time I left a week later. It was SO PRETTY up there.
9/13/10: Somewhere in Wyoming.
9/13/10: Jackson, WY, at this point heading west on 22. First glimpse of the Tetons as I rounded the bend going away from town and toward the house where I'd be staying with my friend Bryan. This was the instant where it felt like it hadn't been two long years since I was there, it felt like I'd just barely left. Heart skipped a beat...
9/13/10: The view from the deck of the house where I stayed with Bryan and his roommates. Hard to tell with all the trees, but those are the Tetons in the background. I sat out on the deck for a long time just soaking up the view before he got home. :-)
Everything on 9/14/10 happens in and around Jackson, WY.
9/14/10: This was a free day for me, a day to recuperate from being on the road and get ready for the three day show. I spent much of the day walking around downtown Jackson, looking at galleries and shops. Here's a moose sculpture, in pieces...
9/14/10: A sculpture in Jackson, WY.
9/14/10: Town square in Jackson, WY. There are actually four of these antler arches. This one is probably the most photographed.
9/14/10: The view of the town square in Jackson, WY from the balcony of the Wyoming Gallery.
9/14/10: The view from the balcony of the Wyoming Gallery, Jackson, WY.
9/14/10: Me and some random guy, town square, Jackson, WY.
9/14/10: The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. I was told I needed to see this place, so I decided to eat lunch there. I didn't venture in last time I was in town. I had a buffalo quesadilla for lunch, that's a first.
9/14/10: Inside the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Gotta love those barstools!!! Unfortunately I did not find a cowboy there. Foiled again!
9/14/10: Inside the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. That side of the room was actually closed for service, the other side was bustling with people.
9/14/10: The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
9/14/10: One of the antler arches in town square, Jackson, WY.
9/14/10: Oh yes, those are real shed elk antlers.
9/14/10: OMG, look at that tusk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9/14/10: Wow. Just wow.
9/14/10: That evening Bryan and I went to the Bar J Chuckwagon for dinner. I wasn't sure what to expect out of this. Well, let me tell you, if you ever are in that area, GO THERE. It's open all summer, and is pure awesome. It's a chuckwagon dinner followed by entertainment in the form of western music and comedy and OMG I loved it!!
9/14/10: There are interesting things scattered around the Bar J Chuckwagon.
9/14/10: After a BBQ dinner, the entertainment began... The Bar J Wranglers. These are the same guys who were selling tickets and serving food. They are AMAZING singers and so funny! I was grinning and tapping my toes the whole time.
9/14/10: Okay, that one there in the middle in the green scarf... his name is Danny, and he made my heart go giddyup. If I could have found a way to take him home I would have, but that seemed a little too forward to ask... ;-) Seriously though, *swoon*.
9/14/10: There he is singing Old Man River. Yes, they pick on each other quite a lot during the performance, it's quite funny. Sigh... ;-) What a fantastic evening!
Everything on 9/15/10 happens in or near Jackson, WY.
9/15/10: This is the sight that greeted me out the kitchen window that morning.
9/15/10: They're kinda cute!
9/15/10: This was the first day of the part of the Western Visions show in which I was a participant, and it kicked off with the Ladies Luncheon at the Shooting Star resort. I was a little surprised to find that we were all set up outdoors. Thank goodness the weather was nice...
9/15/10: All the jewelers/artisans getting set up for the Ladies Luncheon.
9/15/10: Talk about background scenery! This tent was pretty crowded when the ladies showed up for the luncheon...
9/15/10: Hey that's me!
9/15/10: Driving back from the Shooting Star after the first day of the show.
9/15/10: The Tetons. I photograph this view several times because it's so striking. This is taken on the way back to the house, late afternoon.
9/15/10: I needed to clear my head that afternoon, so after a short nap I went for a drive on a route suggested by one of Bryan's roommates.
9/15/10: I love those Tetons.
9/15/10: The Tetons.
9/15/10: Crossing over the Snake River, heading toward Teton National Park.
9/15/10: A moose family taking a nap along the Snake River.
9/15/10: The Tetons. Photo taken while walking back to the car after photographing the napping mooses. ;-)
9/15/10: The Tetons. I drove down Moose Wilson Road, which took me through part of Teton National Park.
9/15/10: A moose in the water on Moose Wilson Road.
9/15/10: A particularly pretty stretch of Moose Wilson Road. Unfortunately the light wasn't so great, it was getting on into evening by that point.
9/15/10: Elk near Teton Village.
9/15/10: Yup, there's that same view again as I'm heading back to the house. It was around 7pm at that point, I'd been out driving for almost two hours. :-)
9/15/10: I pulled into the driveway and to my utter surprise there were three mooses in the driveway! Lucky for me I had both cameras handy. The light was quite poor by that time, pardon the gritty pics. Since people like to point out that mooses could kill me (I know) let me clarify that this series of pics is shot either from in the car, right next to the car, or right by the front door of the house. That bull was clearly in a state of excitement (ahem), I didn't want to upset him.
9/15/10: Mooses in the driveway!!!
9/15/10: Mooses in the driveway!!! I think that expression says "I could kill you." Or maybe "do you have any treats for me?" One or the other...
9/15/10: Mooses in the driveway!!! There were three, though the pics may make you think there were more.
Everything on 9/16/10 happens in Jackson, WY. This was a long day, the second day of the show.
9/16/10: The view from my table, setting up for the second day of the show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY.
9/16/10: All the jewelers/artisans getting set up for the second day or the show, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY.
9/16/10: My table, pretty classy looking eh? ;-) National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY.
9/16/10: Hey that's me! I ate lunch on the back patio of the museum, overlooking the elk refuge. Dang it was windy! Three days in skirts and clunky boots! Always good to get back into pajamas and socks at the end of every day! ;-)
9/16/10: Panorama of the National Elk Refuge, Jackson Hole, WY. The elk aren't there yet, they don't move into the valley til later in the year.
9/16/10: Things were hoppin' at the Wild West Artist Party that night. Great band, great food, lots of fun.
Everything on 9/17/10 happens in and around Jackson, WY. This was the final day of the show.
Bryan and I at the Ranch Breakfast (for artists and their guests), Spring Creek Ranch. That was fun!
9/17/10: Driving toward the museum for the third and final day of the show.
9/17/10: The reception that evening for the Miniatures and More Show and Sale (which is really the show I'd like to see my work in, not the jewelry/artisan section). However, I sold some stuff, made plenty of good contacts, can't complain too much. ;-)
9/17/10: New friends Missy Allison (L) and Harriette Allison (R) of Lucky Star Gallery, Reno, NV. Thanks Bryan for the pic!
This is where Bryan and I went on 9/18/10, from Jackson, WY to Cooke City, MT. Brace yourself for a lot of photos! :-D
9/18/10: The Tetons. Can you tell I'm totally in awe?
9/18/10: Panorama of the Tetons.
9/18/10: The Tetons.
9/18/10: Since I'm lousy at taking notes, I'm not sure if this was in Teton National Park or in Yellowstone. Teton, I think.
9/18/10: Somewhere in Teton National Park or Yellowstone...
9/18/10: Mule deer in Yellowstone.
9/18/10: As opposed to deep dish? Heh heh. Here we are at West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone.
9/18/10: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone. (West Thumb Yellowstone Lake)
9/18/10: Bryan at West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone. (West Thumb Yellowstone Lake)
9/18/10: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone. (West Thumb Yellowstone Lake). I'm slightly embarrassed to admit I'm not sure what kind of duck this is... but I think it's a Barrow's Goldeneye.
9/18/10: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone. (West Thumb Yellowstone Lake). Barrow's Goldeneye, I think.
9/18/10: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone. (West Thumb Yellowstone Lake). Okay, watch the photo credits, we're getting into "dueling cameras" here. ;-) I had The Beast (Nikon D80), Bryan had Pinkie (Canon PowerShot), and it was interesting to compare shots afterwards!
9/18/10: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone. (I LOVE this and the next photo! Those colors, OMG!)
9/18/10: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone. Bryan getting artsy photos, me getting sneaky photos.
9/18/10: Bison in Yellowstone (map location approximate).
9/18/10: Yellowstone (map location approximate).
9/18/10: Lower Yellowstone Falls, Artist Point. Oh yeah, here we go with the dueling cameras again. ;-) Gotta say I think Bryan won this round with the little pink camera.
9/18/10: Lower Yellowstone Falls, Artist Point
9/18/10: Bryan and I at Lower Yellowstone Falls, Artist Point
9/18/10: Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
9/18/10: Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls (Anything that involves leaning precariously out over a guard rail to take a photo you can bet was shot by me). ;-)
9/18/10: Brink of Lower Yellowstone Falls
9/18/10: Lower Yellowstone Falls
9/18/10: Lower Yellowstone Falls. The pics really don't convey the jaw-dropping depth of this canyon. Every time we'd get to one of these overlooks I was in awe.
9/18/10: The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (map location approximate, as most of them are)
9/18/10: Somewhere in Yellowstone (map location approximate).
9/18/10: Somewhere in Yellowstone (map location approximate). Sticking my arm out the window so the camera was over the pickup wasn't an easy way to take photos! Got a lot of these crooked ones!
9/18/10: Somewhere in Yellowstone (map location approximate). You drive through a lot of different types of terrain up there, some wide open valleys, lots of mountains, lots of trees. That surprised me the first time I was there how many trees there are. But more than that you may be surprised how many trees are dead (relics of the big fire that swept through in the late 1980s), and how short the "new" trees are because the growing season there is so short. These here are particularly tiny, perhaps a more recent fire here?
9/18/10: There was a fire up there at the time. All roads were open and there was no threat to visitors, but it was impressive. It was pretty smoky in some areas, even more so the next morning.
9/18/10: Helicopter scooping up water and dumping it on the fire. Map location a guess.
9/18/10: The helicopter.
9/18/10: Close to Tower Fall, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Near Tower Fall, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Tower Fall, Yellowstone. Basalt columns seen here on the cliffs. It's a fascinating landscape.
9/18/10: Tower Fall, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Napping bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs.
9/18/10: Napping bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. And the man in the orange vest who puts cones around elk so nobody approaches them.
9/18/10: Napping bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. Isn't he cute!
9/18/10: Napping bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. Not exactly "wilderness" right here...
9/18/10: Bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs.
9/18/10: Bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. Hee hee, an animal scratching itself! It's kind of a "you had to be there" thing, but two years ago we kept photographing animals scratching themselves, so this was a laughable moment. I think the other people standing around thought we were nuts. ;-)
9/18/10: Bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. I love this pic!
9/18/10: Mammoth Hot Springs, demonstrating that Mother Nature indeed has a sense of humor. Giggle giggle snort! I'll just leave it to your imagination to figure out what we call this particular geological feature.
9/18/10: Pronghorn Antelope in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. (Map location approximate).
9/18/10: Pronghorn Antelope in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. (Map location approximate). He's scratching his head on the plant!
9/18/10: Pronghorn Antelope in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. (Map location approximate). OMG that baby is so cute!
9/18/10: Somewhere in this photo there are a few wolves. Really. You won't find them though. You can't actually see them. But they're there. I never saw them at all with my camera, only through somebody's gazillion power telescope. But they're out there, near the middle of the photo.
9/18/10: Bison in the distance, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. It sure was smoky!
9/18/10: Bison, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: It's a Yellowstone traffic jam! Those tourists are closer to the bison than I would recommend...
9/18/10: Bison in the road, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Bison by the road, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Bison in the road, Yellowstone. Aww, so cute! :-)
9/18/10: Soda Butte, Yellowstone.
9/18/10: Somewhere in northeast Yellowstone. (Map location approximate).
9/18/10: We stayed the night at the Elk Horn Lodge in Cooke City, Montana. That's the strangest alarm clock I have ever seen!
This was the route we took on 9/19/10, from Cooke City, MT back to Jackson, WY, seeing some different places than the previous day.
9/19/10: Early morning in Cooke City, Montana.
9/19/10: The cabin at the Elk Horn Lodge. Cute place, clean and comfortable. I'd stay there again!
9/19/10: Somewhere in northeast Yellowstone (map location a total guess).
9/19/10: Wolves in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. There are two in this picture. Not great pics, sorry... these were WAY far off and this was the best a 400mm lens could do!
9/19/10: Wolves in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone. There are four in this photo.
9/19/10: Come on Mister Fisherman, some of us are trying to photograph those wolves!
9/19/10: How many animals do you see in this photo?...
4 pronghorn (maybe more?)
and probably other things I can't even see!
9/19/10: Petrified Tree, Yellowstone. The sign said there used to be three of these, but people chipped the other two down to nothing, wanting to take home something to remember... That's why this one is fenced now. It was a redwood tree. Pretty neat.
9/19/10: A "road bruiser" Bison in Yellowstone. (Map location a guess).
9/19/10: Near Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone... I think.
9/19/10: Somewhere in Yellowstone...
9/19/10: Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone. This cliff is named for the Shoshone Indians, who ate bighorn sheep. The cliff is formed by basalt lava that cooled in columnar form 500,000 years ago. Neato! Yellowstone is a geologically fascinating place.
9/19/10: Raven at Sheepeater Cliff, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: Somewhere in Yellowstone. I have no idea where this was, so I won't even try to map it!
9/19/10: Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: Firehole Lake Drive, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: Old Faithful, Yellowstone. I could swear that last time I saw it the geyser lasted longer when it went off. I shot a pretty cool video too but I guess I can't post a video here, too bad! Old Faithful is pretty impressive!
9/19/10: Old Faithful, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: The inside of the Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone. I'd never been in there before, it's impressive. It was built to look like an indoor forest. Built in the early 1900s. This would be a fun place to stay some day.
9/19/10: There are lots of other geysers and springs around Old Faithful, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: There are lots of other geysers and springs around Old Faithful, Yellowstone. I love this photo!!!
9/19/10: There are lots of other geysers and springs around Old Faithful, Yellowstone. This one is "Heart Spring."
9/19/10: There are lots of other geysers and springs around Old Faithful, Yellowstone. That's "Pump Geyser."
9/19/10: Coyote near Old Faithful, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: There are lots of other geysers and springs around Old Faithful, Yellowstone. We never figured out which one this was but it went on and on and on for a looooong time.
9/19/10: There are lots of other geysers and springs around Old Faithful, Yellowstone. This is Beehive Geyser, and what a tease! When we walked past the first time, nothing was happening. On returning maybe 15 minutes later, the indicator (the little spurt to the left of the big mound) was spewing water, which indicates the geyser may go off. This one is unpredictable, but is said to be one of the most impressive in the whole park, shooting 200 feet into the air. Waited a long time, and sometimes it would shoot a small burst of water, but nothing grand and eventually we had to hit the road. Probably did its thing 5 minutes later... we'll never know...
9/19/10: There are lots of other geysers and springs around Old Faithful, Yellowstone. That's Beehive Geyser getting our hopes up. Everyone would gasp and grab cameras and then it would fizzle. I think I heard it chuckling...
9/19/10: Ravens near Old Faithful, Yellowstone.
9/19/10: Ravens near Old Faithful, Yellowstone. Hee hee, bird butt!
This is where I drove on 9/20/10. Jackson, WY to Elko, NV.
9/20/10: My last view of the Tetons, driving away from the house early that morning. Oh it was so hard to leave, it always is. *sniff*
9/20/10: Farewell Tetons. You can bet your sweet bippy (as a certain of my relatives would say) that I will be back!
9/20/10: Heading up over Teton Pass.
9/20/10: Teton Pass. Pretty!
9/20/10: Overlook of the Jackson Hole valley. I was the only tourist there that windy morning.
9/20/10: Last look at the valley. Sigh. Man it was hard to leave. Are you under the impression that I love it there? That I want to stay there? Yes and yes. It calls to me, as much or more now than two years ago. I know, I know, there's that issue of winter. ;-)
9/20/10: Heading down Teton Pass. 10% grade on that pass, wow! Definitely need to down shift. :-) What's with all the skid marks though, that's disconcerting...
9/20/10: Idaho! I quite like eastern Idaho too. Two years ago when I was up there doing a lot of the same things I did on this trip (minus the art show) I stayed with Bryan in Teton County, ID, looking at the other side of the Tetons. :-)
9/20/10: Somewhere in Idaho.
9/20/10: Snake River overlook somewhere in Idaho.
9/20/10: Black-billed or American Magpie, as opposed to the Yellow-billed Magpies seen around here in CA.
9/20/10: So I got a wild idea while looking at the map the night before I left Jackson, and decided to take a scenic route back to Nevada by going through "Craters of the Moon" in Idaho. It's a desolate road getting there, an odd place with lots of signs that indicate that it was (is?) some sort of area with nuclear activity. It's the kind of place where you have this feeling some government agency is watching your every move. Random black SUVs parked in fields, etc. Seriously.
9/20/10: On the road toward "Craters of the Moon."
9/20/10: Random. How could I not photograph that?
9/20/10: Hey Chris, this one's for you! You can even get biscuits and gravy in Arco, Idaho. Okay well actually I was photographing the backside of this large wooden frontier man for myself (not quite a cowboy, but pretty close) when I saw the sign. ;-)
9/20/10: Craters of the Moon National Monument.
9/20/10: You'll want to magnify this image. Panorama of part of the Craters of the Moon National Monument. WEIRD. It was caused by volcanic activity when the earth's plates shifted a gazillion or so years ago.
9/20/10: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. I didn't feel like paying to drive around in the park (I would have if I'd been staying, not just driving through). So I just drove on by.
9/20/10: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho.
9/20/10: I have no idea what this means, but it made me laugh! Trucks falling on... chimineas? Gourds? Errr, something else? ;-)
9/20/10: Back in Nevada, oh boy...
9/20/10: Heading south on Hwy 93, Nevada.
This is where I drove on 9/21/10. Elko, NV, to Wilton, CA.
9/21/10: Somewhere west of Elko, NV. That was a much nicer town to stay in than Wells was. I must remember that for next time, even though Wells gets me farther down the road. There were some even more podunk places on 93 too.
9/21/10: You might have to zoom in to read those... Again, you can usually tell Nevada by the billboards!
9/21/10: Ooh, a "budget" rest area! ;-)
9/21/10: Somewhere in Nevada.
9/21/10: Okay, driving my little car through these barriers freaks me out. I can't imagine doing it in a truck or motor home or pulling a trailer. Gah!
9/21/10: Heading west over the Sierras on I-80.
9/21/10: The road to home.
Okay, let me sum up the trip.
- I'm pleased with how the show turned out, though I'd like to see my work shown with the fine art and not the jewelry. Considering the work I'm showing and the people who need to see it, it would make a lot more sense. Fingers crossed for next year.
- My art totally belongs in Jackson.
- I love Jackson. And Yellowstone. And that whole part of the country. Some day I'd like to go there and just stay, because it gets harder to drive away every time I'm there. :-)
- You might think I'd be tired of all this driving, after this and the cross-country drive I did with Jan back in June. Nope! I really like it! Makes me not want to fly anymore!
- I have awesome friends. I really do.
- The internet rocks, but nothing beats spending some face time with my favorite people. Nothing. Only wish it could happen more often!
- Inspiration abounds. :-)