Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sublime Teton Summer

When summer finally arrives in Driggs, it's beyond brilliant. The valley is suddenly green, water rushes, flowers bloom, birds sing, and sky is impossibly blue - with snowcapped peaks framing it all.

Time has been made for some Idaho high country fishin'.

Mountain bike racing with buddy Garth - we grabbed 4th overall as a duo at the Boise 9-to-5 race, back in early June.

Golfing, family reunion style.

Finishing the Leadville Silver Rush 50-mile mountain bike race, in mid-July. It was the toughest race I've done, including a 4-mile wrong turn...but I still qualified for next year's full Leadville 100, which is a bucket list item.

Continuing with the mountain bike theme: I had a great time racing with my buddy James last week, at the Galena Grinder event near Sun Valley. Beautiful day, rugged & challenging course, awesome people.

Some nice weekend getaways with Melissa - biking, running, dining, taking in music, relaxing.

Bridger loves summer in the Tetons, too.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

From Driggs to Desert: Spring Adventures

It's been a busy couple of months, with adventures and work from Driggs to Tucson, Salt Lake to Chicago...and countless private Idaho moments. I'll let photos tell the story.

Spectacular spring biking, with buddy Garth in Grand Teton Park.

Wild Mustangs on a work trip in Challis, ID.

Steelhead fishing on the iconic Salmon River.

The pristine Lemhi mountain range, central Idaho.

Jostling with bison, Yellowstone Park. 

The snowblower - ready for summer hibernation. 

A favorite section of Arizona Trail. Epic. 

My buddy John hugs everyone; it must be the Tucson sunshine. 

Colorful riding. 

A resident Cooper's Hawk visits the backyard fountain, Tucson.

Helping guide a few guests with Southwest Trekking. Kinda like herding cats, but fun. 

Taking in nephew Corbin's soccer game; my brother Mark is a proud dad.

Work meetings in Chicago, including dinner at Ditka's on NFL Draft night. I love my job and co-workers. 

Back in Idaho: South Fork of the Snake River "Bench Trail," Swan Valley.

Summer arriving in my Driggs backyard.

A drive over Togwotee Pass, and a grizzly...of course.

Memorial Day smiles & horseshoes, with beautiful Melissa and handsome Romeo.

Mamma teaches Romeo to be a river dog on a getaway to Lander, WY.

Vintage Teton Valley, Idaho...and summer has just begun!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Teton Valley Marching

In typical Driggs fashion, March held a little bit of everything...and a lot of snow.  What started out as a light snow year in Eastern Idaho ended up being above normal, thanks to February & March.

A couple of trips outside the valley helped mix things up, too.  This photo is from an amazing weekend on Antelope Island in northern Utah; the scenery & terrain were Baja-like. 

Enjoyed some nice family time while in SLC, too. Mark, Annie, and their 3-year old bundle of energy Corbin are all doing great. 

As the month rolled by, adventures piled up like the snow banks around town. And Romeo loved it all. 

There were some nice snowbike rides, too.  Morning "crust cruising," whether on skis or fatbike, was exceptional during most of March. 

A mid-month work-related week around Fruita, CO brought sunshine, singletrack...and smiles. Big time.

Back home in the snow, we attended the Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb on a sunny weekend.  It's an event that my former winter clothing business used to display at...and it was awesome seeing lots of old industry friends, from all over the country.  The snow conditions & racing were exceptional this year, too.

Adieu, March.  Only two more months of snow around here!

Monday, March 3, 2014

February: Winter Variety in the Tetons

In late January, we were all wondering where the snow had gone this year around Driggs...and in most of Idaho, for that matter.  High pressure & bluebird days dominated most of the month.  It all changed by the end of February, but more on that later.

Teton Valley Trails & Pathways is a local non-profit organization that grooms over 30K of trails for both classic and skate nordic skiing each winter. My favorite area is the Alta track, where Teton Views meet local farm & ranch land. I especially love this section with the horses grazing nearby. 

Melissa & I took advantage of yet another clear winter weekend to take the dogs snowshoeing. I've always loved the simplicity of just getting out there and meandering around in the woods while floating on snow; or you can get after it and hike aggressively, with low-impact downhills. There are so many nice canyons around Teton Valley, in every direction, and odds are you won't bump into another soul out there.

The local snowbiking (a.k.a. "fatbiking") was absolutely stellar during December & January. I took this photo on my longest ride of the year, on the Pinochle-Jackpine loop north of Tetonia.  It was 26+ miles of riding on groomed snowmobile trail, in the shadow of the Tetons, in silence and with no one around.  Two days later I blew out my calf playing basketball in Jackson, and was glad I had busted out this big ride while healthy.

As February progressed, storms begain rolling in more regularly. And the elk moved down into the valley...including a few days right around my house.  I've always loved these animals, and how majestic & elusive they are. The native name of Wapiti ("ghosts of the forest") suits them perfectly. 

A nice, snowy Valentine's dinner with my gal.

I had a great, rare week with Bridger at the end of the month.  I forget how big he is, and how much he likes sticks.  He'll be 7 years old on March 8...and he's a damn good dog. 

The last 3 weeks of February were almost constant gray, wind, and cold...with the exception of one day.  My buddy Eric & I pounced on it impromptu style, and did a sweet snowbike ride with plenty of climbs and Teton views.  Not a bad way to close out the month - and my calf is finally feeling better.  

And then there was this stunning, simultaneous sunrise & moon set , looking at the Big Hole Mountains west of Victor.

Bring on March!  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Mid-Winter: Teton Valley Idaho & Beyond

December & January have been action-packed and beautiful here in Driggs & beyond. Holidays, snow outings, work, travel, family, friends...adventure.

High pressure bluebird days have been plentiful this winter.  I've taken advantage with several choice snowbike rides up picturesque Teton Canyon, practically right out the front door.  So sweet.

Christmas, with siblings Mark-Lisa-Curt in Salt Lake City. It was great seeing the family.

My old Bountiful High School basketball team.  We played another old high school team down in SLC, and had flashes of "not too bad."  Awesome catching up with these guys.

Cousin Brent x-c skiing in Park City.  He's a beast on the bike and fast on skis, too.

I connected with Brandon & Sarah for a beautiful fatbike ride on Antelope Island on Christmas day. They're former Teton Valley-ites who now call Ogden home, and they're rockstars.

Mom & dad. 53 years together and still going strong.  They hosted a houseful over the holidays, and kept on smiling.

Yep...got me a new fatbike.  It's carbon, and I'm happy.

Photogenic Melissa & Romeo on a sunny New Year's hike, kicking it off right.

Loaded up & heading south for some work and a Walkabout. I need that sometimes.

A day later it was spring in January. Ahh, Utah's Dixie

Bootleg Canyon mountain biking, just beyond Vegas in Boulder City, NV.  It had been on my list for a decade, and I finally did it.  Absolutely epic!

Farther south, it just kept getting warmer. There was no spa time, but I liked the sign.

My longtime buddy Tom and his ageless dog, TJ.  He's visited me in every place I've ever lived, and I finally returned the favor.  We're different, but brothers.

A final desert ride en route back north. I mean - wow.

And then there was ice.  The City of Driggs was in the middle of its 3rd Annual "Snowfest" week when I returned, and the snow sculpture contest is always impressive.

Sublime x-c skiing on the Alta track, east of Driggs.  Even the dogs stopped for these Teton views.  Happy 2014!