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GRAND TETONS, JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING AND SALT LAKE CITY

November 23, 2011

GRAND TETONS,  JACKSON,WYOMING  AND SALT LAKE CITY

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Thinking of you in the Grand Tetons

 by ARIOSTO

Thinking of you in the Grand Tetons
stopping by the roadside

snapping pictures across a field of yellow
those craggy peaks
outlined against a hard blue sky

Came down from Yellowstone
a camp on Bear Claw Mesa
heating supper on a fire that wouldn’t burn
looking that night at a sky of scattered diamonds
glittering ten feet above our heads

We paused for a photo op
on the way across the Rockies

a glowing sunset
the bridge in Arco
and the racoons mourning for their dead

John met us late that night
stayed awhile in Ketchum
saw some movie stars
ate dinner at the Evergreen

Kiss the mountains for me
we’ll be back
some roads never end

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OUR LAST RIDE

by Rhoda Sivell,

We drifted out West together,
In the light of the dying day;
The town faded far behind us,
Bath’d in its gas-light ray.
The smell of the rain-swept prairie
Blew up to us strong and sweet,
And all the music we needed
Was the ring of the unshod feet.

We thought of the days that were over,
We thought of the days that would be,
We thought of the present in silence,
When you said good-bye to me.
I see you face in the shadows,
Just as I did that night,
Though it’s years since we drifted together
Out in that fading light.

The smell of the silver sage brush,
The moan of the Western wind
As it blew around our faces,
It all comes back to my mind.
We said good-bye and we parted—
And your trail new-cut and strange—
Drifting apart to meet no more—
Our last old ride on the range.

Yet I never see a sunset,
But that ride comes back to me.
In the wave of the silver sage brush
Once more your face I see.
The South wind calls me to you,
So warm, and strong, and sweet,
And your voice is till with me, tender and true,
In the music of unshod feet

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UTAH

by Minnie Hardy.
Utah I’m glad to be here where the mountains rise
Dazzling white ‘neath the clear blue skys
From crimson dawn ’til the dear day dies
Way out west in Utah.

Where the mountain air is pure and sweet,
Where fresh, cool water flows down the street
And the climate! Friend, it can’t be beat;
Delightful, magnificent Utah.

God made Utah and He made it grand,
The beauty spot of His glorious land,
Where plenty supplies with a generous hand
All of our needs and wants in Utah.

Mighty mountains, sylvian vales,
Picturesque canyons and rugged trails,
Joy’s your companion, health never fails,
Happiness dwells in Utah.

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Grand Teton National Park islocated in northwestern  Wyoming.The Park consists of approximately 310,000 acres (130,000 ha) and includes the major peaks of the 40-mile (64 km) long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole.  Only 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park, the two parks are connected .These three protected areas in conjunction with surrounding constitute the which at almost 18,000,000 acres (7,300,000 ha), is one of the largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems in the world.

Human history of the Grand Teton region dates back at least 11,000 years, when the first nomadic hunter-gatherer paleo indians,  would migrate into the region during warmer months in pursuit of food and supplies. In the early 19th century, the first cauasion explorers encountered the eastern Shoshone natives. Between 1810 and 1840, the region attracted various fur trading companies which vied for control of the lucrative beaver fur. Organized U.S. Government explorations to the region commenced in the 1870s as an offshoot of exploration in Yellowstone. The first permanent settlers in Jackson Hole arrived in the 1880s. Efforts to preserve the region as a national park commenced in the late 19th century and by 1929, Grand Teton National Park was established, protecting the major peaks of the Teton Range. The valley of Jackson Hole remained in private ownership until conservationists led by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in the 1930s began purchasing land in Jackson Hole to be added to the existing national park. Against public opinion and with repeated congressional  efforts to repeal it, much of Jackson Hole was also set aside for protection as Jackson Hole national Monument in 1943. In 1950 the monument was abolished and most of the monument acreage was added to Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park is named for Grand Teton which is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. At 13,775 feet (4,199 m), Grand Teton rises abruptly more than 7,000 feet (2,100 m) above Jackson Hole and is almost 850 feet (260 m) higher than Mount Owen, the second highest summit in the range.

GRAND TETONS

GRAND TETONS AS SEEN FROM THE SNAKE RIVER

GRAND TETONSAS SEEN FROM COLTER BAY

Chapel of the Transfiguration, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This tiny chapel built in 1925 on land donated by Maud Noble is still a functioning Episcopal church. Couples come here to exchange vows with the Tetons as a backdrop, and tourists snap photos of the small church with its awe-inspiring view.This chapel is used regularly for services and has two beautiful stained glass windows and a long window in the rear that looks out over the mountains. If viewed in a large size the times of services can be seen on the board in front and the name over the door.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson is a major gateway for millions of tourists  visiting nearby Grand Teton, and Yellostone National Park. Jackson is also in proximity to several ski resorts.

Jackson Hole is a valley encompassed by mountains. The valley is 48 miles long and 8 to 15 miles wide, and the valley floor slopes from 6,779 feet above sea level in the north to about 6,069 feet at the southern end.

JACKSON HOLE TOWN SQUARE

JACKSON HOLE ONE OF MANY GALLERIES IN THE TOWN

JACKSON HOLE WILLOW CREEK HOME FURNISHINGS STORE WITH SKI RUNS BEHIND THE TOWNJACKSON HOLE THE MAIN SKI RUN IN THE BACKROUND

JACKSON TRADING COMPANY

JOLLY JUMBUCK LEATHER AND SHEARLING COATS

JACKSON HOLE PLAYHOUSE

THE SADDLE ROCK FAMILY SALOON

AMERICAN LEGION POST #43 JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

ANVIL MOTEL JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

SCULPTURE BY VIC PAYNE "MEMORIES"

DINNER, DANCING AND A SING-A-ALONG AT THE LONE STAR MOTEL JACKSON MOTEL, WYOMING

DANCING AT THE LONE STAR MOTEL JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

ONE LAST DANCE AT THE LONE STAR MOTEL JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

National Oregon/California Trail Center at Montpelier, Idaho - The NATIONAL OREGON/CALIFORNIA TRAIL CENTER, located in MONTPELIER, IDAHO, offers visitors a unique and entertaining interpretive indoor adventure; simulating an actual wagon train experience of the 1850s. Re-enacted entirely within our comfortable center, this interpretive experience features historically accurate interpretive areas and live actors. Patrons will go back in time to visit a gun shop, mercantile, ride in a covered wagon and spend time around the evening encircled wagon train at the Clover Creek Encampment.

MURAL AT THE NATIONAL OREGON TRAIL CENTER MONTPELER IDAHO

SALT LAKE CITY

Ushered into the spotlight by the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City (SLC) has been building on the momentum ever since. It’s a modern city with charming anachronisms and a stunning mountain setting – its location prompted pioneer Mormon leader Brigham Young to inform his weary band of emigrant settlers, ‘This is the place

SLC is the headquarters of the Mormon Church, though only about half its citizens are Latter-day Saints (LDS). It surprises many that the city is politically progressive (compared to the rest of the state) and has a sizable gay and lesbian community.

The proximity of the Wasatch Mountains is a huge lure for outdoor enthusiasts year-round. World-class hiking, climbing and snow sports await less than an hour away, and it seems like the soaring peaks loom over you from all points in the city. Add in a thriving university, wildly eclectic restaurants and a flourishing arts scene, and you might second Brigham Young’s pronouncement.

MORMON TEMPLE SALT LAKE CITY

MORMON ASSEMBLY HALL SALT LAKE CITY

NAUVOO BELL MORMON TEMPLE

NAUVOO BELL MORMON TEMPLE

PLAQUE ON THE NAVOO BELLMORMON ASSEMBLY HALL SALTLAKE CITY

MORMON TABERNACLE

MORMON TEMPLE

DOWNTOWN SALT LAKE CITY

SALT LAKE CITY OFFICE BUILDING

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY TRAM

 

 

 

PHOTOS BY:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

JANELLE BURGESS

 

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Salt Lake City: best of  (VIDEO)

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