In mid July the East Coast Barbers — son Joshua and his wife Melissa and my wife Kathy and I– headed west. The West Coast Barbers– son Adam, his wife Mizuha and their son Yoshitaka, of Portland,Oregon– headed east and we all collided in the town of Jackson, Wyoming. While much of the nation was smoldering under record heat we were enjoying warm days and evenings in the 40s-50s. We rented a home near the Snake River with a wonderful view of the Grand Teton Range.
For one week we tried to do everything Jackson Hole could offer.We gathered for family horseback riding and then broke into smaller groups for target shooting and fly fishing for Cutthroat Trout. Some of our group headed north to Yellowstone for hiking while others spent time with Yoshi at the house doing puzzles and crafts.
Shopping is huge in the town of Jackson with unique shops offering their exquisite wares to the tourists. White water rafting is big on the Snake and we couldn’t resist the class three rapids- the water being low after the spring runoff had ended. We all attended a chuck wagon dinner in a horse-drawn wagon, of course, and attended the J.H. Rodeo and watched in awe as cowboys and cowgirls busted broncs and bulls, barrel raced, roped and gave us a wonderful evening of entertainment and horsemanship. And of course there were the constant sightings of wildlife outside of town: moose, elk, wolves, bald eagles and even grizzly bear!
Evenings found us enjoying a quiet meal at home or dining in one of the area’s fine restaurants. We had a celebration evening out and supped on Prime Rib of Bison, Elk Chops and Venison Sausage!
Wow- what memories! And after a week, when the boys and their families departed for home, Kathy and I headed north for a few days of painting. We took a room at the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge overlooking the magnificent Jackson Lake in the shadow of the Tetons. I did three paintings from this leg of the trip. In all a wonderful time with our family. JMB
Visit the “Portfolio” portion of this website and click on “Wet Paint” where you’ll find the three new paintings from the Tetons!