Mountain Views

These are the final mountain views from eclipse week in the Tetons.  Stunning views!

This is a view of the mountain called “Sleeping Indian.”

These were taken from Signal Mountain.

Here is an interesting pic Sarah got with her GoPro.

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Family Fun

Here are some of the family photos I took in Jackson the week of the eclipse.  Paul had headed back to Buffalo but Chris and Sarah and I lingered a bit longer.

I know this looks posed but I don’t think it was.

Neither were these.

They managed to throw a football around a little before we headed back home.  Fun!

Back in the Saddle

Following a painful bike wreck earlier in the summer, I was still eager to get back on my bike while we were in Jackson Hole.  It was terrifying at first, but I loved riding through the National Park with Chris and Sarah.

It was a great day to ride along the lake.

What can be better than mountains, water, kids and bikes on a pleasant summer day?

Games

We had fun hanging out with our friends in Jackson.  There’s plenty to do, even without wifi or TV.  In this photo we’re playing Left, Right, Center.  My goal was to get rid of all the candy bars I had left over, and the scheme worked for me.  Everyone else won rounds of the game except me.

There’s plenty of time to sit and admire the mountain views.

We took our friends to see the Cunningham cabin, and I couldn’t avoid taking a few “through the window” photos.

We also drove them through the National Park.

Then we returned home and shot some pop cans with a bb gun.  We all found out it isn’t easy to shoot from a moving swing, but it was a lot of fun.

 

 

 

Mountain Eclipse

Chris and Sarah watched the eclipse from Cascade Canyon in the Tetons.  They had quite a different experience from ours, but equally thrilling.  They found a great spot to watch the whole process.

The totality was great to view from the mountain.  They said when it cooled off the mosquitoes came out for a few minutes!

They didn’t have a colander to use, but the lid of a salt shaker worked quite well.

They used a welder’s glass to get some interesting photos.

One of the crazy things that happened that day on the mountain was that Sarah watched a snake catch a trout and eat it!  I had no idea that was possible.

 

 

 

Eclipse

We had a great opportunity to watch the full eclipse of the sun at my dad’s home in Jackson Hole.  Some friends from Kansas–Gretchen and Jim–came to join us, as well as two of our kids.  Thankfully, the weather was great that day.

Paul and Jim set up tripods for their cameras and we watched the entire process with great enthusiasm.  We had free glasses from the library.

We saw the crescent sun in the shadows from a colander we had on hand.

And also in the shadow of the trees.

But the most exciting moment, of course, is when totality arrives and the beautiful horizon lights up in all four directions.

We could clearly see the corona effect.  Then, very soon, it was daylight again and it was cool to see a jet that had apparently come across the Tetons to view the total eclipse turn back to the North.

 

 

A Quilt and a Shark

I recently made a new quilt for Sarah–a lap quilt for her couch.  My plan was to match her gray couch with its lime green pillows.  It turned out very nice.

She opened the birthday gift here, then took it home to Houston.  It wasn’t long before I received a Snapchat from her that was similar to this photo:

One of the things we both liked most about the quilt was the elephant fabric I’d found to use for the backing, which can be seen below:

I also did some sewing for Chris’ birthday.  I was looking for something related to sharks (since he’s been fascinated with them since he was a child).  Lo and behold, I found a pattern for a shark pencil pouch, and I decided to give it a try.  It turned out great!  Here is the link for the free pattern.

I think he was pretty happy with it, but he especially enjoyed lunch out with Mom and the dessert provided by the restaurant.