In Nature

The days of Summer are whizzing by!  I hear that summer has not yet fully arrived for some and for others that it has been a “real” heat wave. At 8,400 feet in the Wyoming wilderness, it is turning towards Autumn (already). My cabin has a wood stove and thankfully there is a good supply of fuel. Getting up at 5am in the cold is bracing for sure!

In these photos I have captured some of the local scenery and animal friends. I have developed a serious appreciation for the photographic talent necessary to get a really good “Animal in Nature” shot.  Rarely do they co-operate!  Recently I have taken to leaving bits of food for a visiting fox. If  luck is with me, I will have a photo of it soon.

Sending love and blessings to you all! I hope your Labor Day and the end of summer will be happy and fruitful.

Welcome to Pinedale!

Wyoming is a beautiful and vast frontier. After living in metropolis areas for most of my life, it is different to be in a place where the nearest town is 36 miles away. That town is Pinedale, Wyoming which has a population of 1,400. Eighty miles to the west there is the ski resort of Jackson. To the east, it is 100 miles to the next town of Rock Springs. Yes, it is in the middle of the vast frontier!

In this post you can get a taste of the offerings of Pinedale. Surely it is a modern version of a Wild West town. Since I am only able to visit Pinedale on my days off from the Ranch, I feel certain it will satisfy my needs for civilization until my return to a larger city.

I hope your summer is fabulous! Possibly you can take the time to get to some vast open space for your own blessings from Nature. I send you all best wishes  and a hearty “Ye-Hay”!

Please click back and forth for a better view.

On a Ranch in Wyoming

Here we are in July 2010. That means half way through the year! Where does the time go??

I have been lucky in securing a job on a Ranch in Wyoming. This is a part of the country I had never visited and therefore a deciding factor in my accepting the job. The DC Bar Guest Ranch is situated in the Bridger Wilderness of western Wyoming, 30 miles from the nearest town, and 80 miles from Jackson Hole. The Wilderness is in a huge valley at 8,500 feet altitude, surrounded on three sides by mountains; vast, desolate, and beautiful!

The Ranch offers various services to its clientele. There is a school to train persons to be Wilderness Guides enabling them to take guests on overnight camping trips in the mountains. For Ranch guests there is an on-site pond stocked with trout, horse back riding, and canoe trips down the nearby Green River. For more information on the Ranch visit their website http://www.bwo.com

My job title is that of housekeeper, consisting mainly of preparing cabins for arriving guests. As in any job of this nature there is the necessity to be flexible in duties which can also include meal prep, kitchen clean up, and grounds work. The hours allow for me to arise early and get in my yoga and meditation practices before breakfast. By day’s end there may be time for catch up with computer and Facebook, but often I find myself wanting to sit in the solitude and breathe. Air quality at its finest!

My intention is to post more info and photos from the Ranch and of my travels throughout Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park is a 3 hour drive from the Ranch and I will definitely visit there, although not during tourist season 🙂 . I welcome your comments and would love to hear from you all! What is your summer news?

Blessings for a safe and happy July 4th celebration!