Mountain Women

On our bike ride through Grand Teton National Park, Cathy and I stopped to see the Geraldine Lucas homestead.  It has the most amazing view you can imagine.

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In the early 1900’s Geraldine divorced her husband, returned to college as a single mother, and then eventually headed West to retire, building this cabin in 1913.  At age 58, she became the second woman to make the summit of the Grand Teton, which, incidentally, was the highest peak right outside her window.

Click here to read more about Geraldine and to see the famous photo of her on the summit.

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We tried to imagine what it must have been like to live here in the winter.  This is the very toboggan she used to go back and forth to town.

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These carriages were near Menor’s Ferry, which will be featured in my next post.  This is one of the Robert and Grace Miller wagons that was used to cross the pass into Jackson Hole in 1888 — imagine that!

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The Miller home is on the National Elk Refuge.  I have shared a post about it previously.  Here is a photo of the home.


Grace Miller became famous in 1920 as a member of the nation’s first all-woman city council — she was elected Mayor — and the five of them were known as the “petticoat rulers.”

Other carriages here (near Menor’s ferry)  include ones from the Bar B C Dude Ranch and the JY Ranch.

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Cathy and I were thinking that any of these wagons would’ve been a pretty rough way to travel, especially in those days.  These were truly rugged pioneer women!

Best Bike Ride

One of my favorite bike rides is a 13-mile ride in Jackson Hole.   Take a look at these photos and you’ll see why I love it so much.  My friend, Cathy, and I started at the beautiful String Lake at the base of the Teton mountains.

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We rode along the front of the mountains, stopping for several photos along the way.

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Here you can see the North Face of the Grand Teton.

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Yes, there is phone service in the valley.  Cathy’s husband happened to call while we were stopped to admire the view.

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This is a view of the South Teton, the Middle, and the Grand.

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We noticed a new sign along the rode — a noise monitor.  I saw in the newspaper later that its purpose is to try to stifle the noise, especially from motorcycles.  As the Jackson Hole Daily said, “officials at Grand Teton National Park are trying to remind bikers–and other makers of noise–that the rumbling of internal combustion engines isn’t what people love about the national parks.”  They pointed out that although it’s exciting to ride bikes through the park, low-frequency sound can have a harmful effect on wildlife.  Well, we certainly do see a lot of motorcycles in the summer, especially during the Sturgis bike rally.  This year there were over a million people in attendance.2015-08-13 11.45.21_500

Below is one of my favorite spots in the Park.  Wasn’t this a gorgeous day?  We really enjoyed our bike ride that day.

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The Old West

The first morning in Jackson Hole my dad took us to the Historical Society and Museum.  Here, he is explaining something to my friend Cathy.  He has been a volunteer for the Historical Society for many years and knows more about the original homesteaders than anyone else in town.  He has given many talks at this museum, and has given many historical tours in various places of the valley.  It’s always fun to hear his stories of “old timers” in the old west.

2015-08-12 10.15.44_500The museum has a wonderful display of articles from the past.

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Here are some items from the dude ranches.

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There are displays pertaining to early hunting and mountaineering.

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Ranch life is well represented as well.

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I love this sculpture by our local friend, D. Michael Thomas called “The Coats of Winter.”  In addition to the coats of the horses and cowboy, you can see a small dog on top of the hay on the sled.

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I also enjoy looking at the old musical instruments that were used at various dude ranches in the early years of the 1900’s, including this beautiful upright piano.  It makes me wonder how many stories this piano could tell if it could speak.

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It’s always good to travel across our state to Jackson Hole, where the beautiful Teton Mountains are stunning every time I see them.  My friend, Cathy, and I went to Jackson to visit my dad and get a little relaxation — quilting, biking, walking, talking.  On the way, we stopped by one of my favorite quilt shops — “Sheep Camp” — near Shoshoni.

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Soon we arrived in the beautiful Teton valley.  Here is Mt. Moran.

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This view of the Tetons is referred to as “The Cathedral View.”

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How can you not relax when you wake up to this site every morning?

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“The Grand,” as we call it, was wearing a funny sort of nightcap when I looked out the first morning — interesting cloud cover!

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Step Into My Shoes

What is the opposite of poverty? Is it wealth? No — at Compassion International we believe the opposite of poverty is not wealth but enough. Compassion has developed an excellent four-step experience by which a family, church or school can walk alongside a family living in poverty and discover God’s idea of enough. Below is a video that presents “Step Into My Shoes,” and below the video is the link that will take you to the website. This is life-changing for any family, church, or school that will take advantage of the resources it provides.

Step Into My Shoes

Tutors and Mentors

What difference do tutors and mentors make in the life of a sponsored child?  Take a look at this short video.  You’ll be amazed to see what a difference one person (including the sponsor) can make in the life of a child living in poverty.

Innovations in Kenya

How to deal with drought in developing countries — that is the subject of this informative video from Compassion International.  I love this — take a look at what’s happening in this energetic and open-minded community.