Monday, August 30, 2010

Holly Lake Backpack

When we emerged from the fog this is what we got! Being in the Tetons is pretty magical, that's for sure.

Trev hiking up from Holly Lake toward Paintbrush Divide.

Looking down at the cloud we just hiked out of.

Trev stoked on life being back in the mountains.

Glamour shot? Ha, sorry for the cheesy pose, but isn't it pretty?

We even ran into some snow patches up high that are still hanging on!

Almost to the top of Paintbrush Divide.

I think at this point I kind of wanted Trevor to stop following me around with the camera!

And we made it!

We had a quick snack at the top, but then seeing the dark clouds moving in quickly we knew we needed to book it out of there so we didn't get caught at the top of the Divide in thunder and lightning, scary stuff.

This is the darkness we were afraid of! Hiking as fast as we can down the other side of Paintbrush Divide into Cascade Canyon.

We didn't beat the storm, but at least we made it off the top. When the thunder and lightning started up, we dropped our packs and huddled under a large boulder with a bit of an overhang, the safest place to be in lightning (get low). It continued to rain buckets and even hail for a while before it let up (check out the dusting of snow the Grand got, right behind Trev's head) and we were able to walk out the rest of the way down the canyon, wet, cold, and tired. Still an awesome trip and makes you stoked to live where we do and have this beauty right out our door!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

At least once a year

We try to take advantage of the beautiful mountains we live in and Trev and I do a backpack in the Tetons. This weekend we took off to do an overnight trip, hiking up Paintbrush Canyon to Holly Lake, camping overnight there and then hiking up and over Paintbrush Divide and down Cascade Canyon the next day.

'Tis the season for huckleberries! On our hike up we couldn't stop picking and eating and trying to keep some of them...we did end up filling a waterbottle full which we will really appreciate when we pull them out as waffle toppers on some cold winter day! Trev is the resident expert on these sweet tart berries, claiming them as one of North Idaho's own.

Six miles later with packs too heavy for just an overnight backpack (we travel in luxury), we reached Holly Lake right as the sun was going down.

We set up camp, grabbed a little glass of wine (I told you we traveled in style) and ran over to the lookout right behind us to watch the sun fading down Paintbrush canyon with Leigh Lake (the smaller and closer one) and Jackson Lake below.

Then we looked up to see the mountains ablaze in the last of the sun, so amazing.

Trev doing our dishes in the neighboring creek.

Then we woke up to fog and rain. Not what you hope for when you are sleeping in a tent and backpacking. But it looked so cool, kind of eery and mystical.

And the wildflowers were loving it. There were still abundant at this elevation (Holly Lake 9,410, which I know because I took a picture of the sign)

We huddled in the tent in the morning and read and drank tea until the rain stopped and then we decided to book it...we still had a divide to climb over and we definitely did not want to be up there with thunder and lightning. So we set off into the fog, just wait to see the views that are to come!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Oh Tahoe, you are so fun

Here is a quick look at some of the other fun stuff (besides the wedding) that I got to fit in during my Tahoe visit...

A panoramic I pieced together of the lake from mid-way up Diamond Peak in Incline Village, a hike me and Trev did with Liz and Anna.

On our hike Anna taught us one of her favorite poses, the Triple Downward Dog, which we thought, what better place to pull it out than in front of a graffiti Diamond Peak sign?

After the collapse.

Jumping for joy at the beautiful view!

The buffness that is Anna Goodman.

A huge group gathered to play beach volleyball for Paul's birthday and we played game after game until it got too dark to see the ball! So fun!

Anna and I hit the beach too, layed in the sun, swam and...

Worked on our hair-flipping skills! This is me and Katie Hitchcock with Anna as our professional photographer...I swiped this pic from Anna's awesome blog which you should definitely check out!

Ahhhh...I love it here.

And then back to the flowers at my mom and Joe's place, they are amazing green thumbs and they actually started a business "Lucky Me Farms" and are selling their goods at their local farmer's Market in Minden, if anyone is in that hood, go check them out!

Bye Tahoe, it was so fun!!! Until next time...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Kat + Josh Wedding shots...

Jordan, Katharine's niece, getting ready for her flower girl debut!

Cinching it up!

The beautiful bride looking radiant!

A gathering of everyone at the wedding who was on the Squaw Valley Ski Team

Love these two...and I think they love me too!

A thoughtful, contemplative moment with the bride.

Me and Sabrina, who I might had is looking AMAZING for being 7 months pregnant with her 3rd child!

A bit of the first dance...isn't the clear tent cool?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Take a breather

Me and the Zebra hanging out at a wedding a couple of weekends ago here in Jackson. The wedding circuit that has been the Summer of 2010 has officially gone quiet. Chels is going to one more in Kauai in October ( I get to be in beautiful Cheyenne, WY for a week of work instead).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Katharine + Josh Tie the Knot

This weekend Trev and I went to a great wedding of a really close long-time friend of mine, Katharine Lange to Josh Transue. It took place in Squaw Valley, so I made a trip of it and stayed in Tahoe nearly a week to soak it all in and hang with friends and fam (Trev flew in for a quick weekend)...times like these make me wish I lived closed to everyone here! Fun fun. Here are some pics I swiped from my mom's camera of the big event!

Katharine looking amazing as she walks down the aisle with her dad, Andrew.

Reverend Lizard officiating her 5th wedding! For those of you who didn't make it to our wedding, she started her side-career with us!

Here I am, a bridesmaid in brown, walking with Katharine's brother, John.

Me and my momma!

Trev and I getting a special smooch from the Reverend!

Look at this handsome fella I picked up

The bridesmaids and the beautiful bride as Charlie's Angels

The newlyweds, Josh and Kat, congrats guys!

Time to Start Thinking Sledding

It is hard to believe, but it's that time of year when the snow community is already thinking about winter. The first edition of Powder has found it's place on top of the white throne, and yes, the latest installment of "Slednecks" is in the DVD player. Slednecks 13 is a good one and got me fired up for the winter, but it's not as good as Slednecks 12. I guess I am ready for winter, didn't summer just start?????

Scope this video from last April of a deep pow day on the sled.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Good Read

I got delayed flying to Tahoe on Thursday for 8 hours. Hmmmmmmmmmm, it was perfect because this book is a must read! Krakauer has done it again and told a fantastic story that I read cover to cover in a day sitting in the Jackson and Salt Lake City Airports.

It's certainly sobering, sad, and makes you angry with our government and the propaganda machine during wartime.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hangover Helper

Sometimes a day on the river will cure a big night better than Gatorade could ever hope to.
We had a 4 boat crew descend on the Snake Sunday after the wedding festivities.

This was a nice cuttie that liked my rapalla in a slow eddy.

Catching the fading August sun on the Deadmans to Moose section.

Teddy indulging in one of the many swimming holes we hit up along the way.

Good buds, fish, and hanging out on the river. Pure bliss.

Suns out guns out?

Our bud Chad from Sun Valley happened to be in town and hit up the Snake for the first time.