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.

 

 

Fire Links

We have been experiencing an unprecedented amount of fires in the west this summer.  Even our homes are filled with smoke at this time, and many homes have been damaged throughout Montana, Wyoming and other states.  We need to pray strongly for rain to put these fires out; it seems to be the only answer for such wide-spread problems.  In addition, we want to remember those who have lost everything.  Below are some links I would suggest for donating to the cause:

Fire Relief–Red Cross

It’s really sad to read this report from Montana.  She says, “We are in a huge mess over here. Devastation everywhere & the fire is all around us out here in Lolo. Most of Lolo is either evacuated or on warning. Please help if you can. Thank you.”  Here is where you can help these families:

Lolo Fire Relief — Montana

In addition, I want to honor these brave firefighters that have died this summer alone in Montana:

Brent Witham, 29

Trenton Johnson, 19

All fire-related deaths across the nation

We certainly owe a huge “Thank You” to these men and women that continually lay their lives down for us!

Here is a map of current fires in Montana and Idaho:

This is a story about a local fire that has been very close to Sheridan, WY:

Sheridan County Fire

Earlier this summer local firefighters were battling 17 fires at once.

So let’s keep praying and giving for those in need…the summer of fires is not yet over!