Onto Into Utah

Indeed! It is Park City, Utah; essentially a suburb of Salt Lake City, just 25 miles up into the mountains. Judging by the pricey restaurants, the number of Lexus, and the amount of observable cosmetic surgery, I would guess we have the Utah equivalent of Beverly Hills or La Jolla. Having never spent time in a ski resort, as we move into the shortest days of the year there is the potential here for an interesting winter. A local joke, “What do you call a snowboarder without a girlfriend?” Answer, “Homeless!!”  Ahhhh…..

In this first post from Utah I have focused primarily on the mascot of Park City, the Moose. Apparently the animal lives in the surrounding area and on occasion wanders through the neighborhoods in search of foliage. These art works were auctioned by the City in a fund raiser some 15 years ago. They are a delightful addition to the local color.

The resorts have the snow machines in full gear. The City is in preparation for the population explosion. And the weather seems to be aligning itself with predictions of snow, snow, and more snow. For a resident of Southern California, I anticipate a bit of a wintery learning curve!

For larger viewing images, click back and forth on the photos.

I wish for you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving, remembering the inter-connectedness of all life in your prayers.


Glacier National Park!

Near the northwestern corner of the United States is the national wonder, Glacier National Park. A definite benefit to seasonal work is the availability to some of the most scenic areas of our country. Montana happens to be home to two of  the more spectacular National Parks, Glacier and Yellowstone. These blog posts may encourage some of you who have the luxury to travel (and it is indeed a luxury) to include Montana as a vacation stop.  Maybe I should write tourist literature for the state of Montana?

My friend Karla from Sacramento came to share with the exploration of Glacier Park. The photos speak for themselves! Our first two days were spent in the VERY remote village of Polebridge, MT, twenty miles from the Canadian border. During the first night of our stay, a black bear broke out the rear window of my car. There was no food in the car, but I had left my hiking boots in a white plastic bag in the rear floorboard. The bear broke into the car, took the shoes out of the bag, and left the shoes in the car having ascertained that they were not edible! Luckily the replacement of the window was not too expensive, however driving five hours back from the Park was a bit breezy. This is such an unlikely occurrence, I feel fortunate that my “bear karma” has been dispelled so easily. As a reminder to anyone traveling in wilderness areas, follow the Park safety guidelines and take bear spray!

From here I will be employed in the ski resort town of Park City, Utah.  Next post from the bunny slopes! Be sure to use the “Back Button” to get the full photo views.

Best wishes for a happy autumn. Please find time to enjoy the Nature around you wherever that may be.

Crow Summer Pow Wow

We are nearing September and the summer has flown by! I have really enjoyed participating in the many outdoor activities offered in Montana.  As home to seven Native American reservations, with an enrolled population of over 4000, Montana in summer offers its Tribes the opportunity to get together and celebrate. This was my first experience of a Native American Pow Wow and I was truly enthralled! The Pow Wow was held on the Crow Reservation in southeast Montana, just 2 miles from the site of the Battle of  Little Big Horn. The festival involved Tribal dance competitions, a rodeo for adults and kids, and daily parades.

Since this was a party for people of Native heritage (of which I am not), I tried to be respectful with the photography. These photos were taken in full sun and are not the best quality, but you get an idea of the pageantry.  It was an amazing event! I appreciate the Crow’s willingness to allow for “pale face” observers. Do click back and forth on the images to get the full view.

Enjoy the remainder of your “dog days” and have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!