Friday, August 2, 2013

July Already?

Resident bison herd on Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park

I should probably always end the title of my posts with "already?".  My last post was about winter 2013, and we are well into summer,  already booking into winter 2014!  Our guests have traveled from Arizona, Virginia, Mississippi and Georgia so they are completely happy with the 80 degree days and cool 50 degree evenings. I hear a chuckle when I mention how hot it is!  The wildflowers are amazing, the rivers are running fast, and the wildlife have been kind enough to show themselves on drives through the valley.

We have both return and new guests this summer.  We met a few new pets this year, including a very friendly conure! We have had 3 guests that are here for extended stays, visiting their children, yet wanting their own space.  It has worked out perfectly.

Full velvet deer, grazing on the side of the road, Grand Teton National Park

 It is so nice to share the valley with people from all over the world.  My aunt and her friend recently visited.  We went on an amazing wildlife drive through Grand Teton National Park.  We saw deer, bison, moose and a beaver! (and no elk, we had to wait for Yellowstone for that, who would have thought!!)  The next day, we had a wonderful trip to Yellowstone.  We stopped at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone and saw rescued bears and wolves before heading in to the park.  I love the west entrance to Yellowstone.  Following the river to the Madison Campground is unbelievable!

Beaver on Moose Wilson Road, Grand Teton National Park

Monday, March 4, 2013

March already?

Winter has flown by... and it has been an interesting one weather-wise.  January was FREEZING, which in hindsight was a good thing since it kept the snow from melting away.  We just had a good few days of storms.  I think the skiing is going to be just fine this spring.

One of the benefits of a low snow year around town is the ability to witness wildlife at work. I was walking the dogs the other day and came across the "tracks" of an owl hunting for dinner.  The field was barren of any animal activity except for 2 holes that looked something like this:

Owl activity in the snow
We began to receive calls for summer rentals a couple of weeks ago.  I was so happy to hear from our return renters.  Frenchie and Jackson are both bringing their parents back! (ha!!)  That, combined with the fantastic tenants we had this winter, have made this year wonderful.