Thursday, June 28, 2012

This was no Orvis photo shoot!

 Fifteen summers logged here in Jackson now and I am still experiencing rad new adventures all the time!  Even though I think there are no more than about 5 people who look at this blog, this posts location will will be withheld!  Suffice to say, it was a pretty amazing day of adventuring in the backcountry of Wyoming.  

Yep, that is one massively fresh Grizzly track.

Tiny little creeks with rising fish that never see any flies are about as sweet as it gets.
 This area is deep enough that it really only makes sense to ride moto's to get there.  I had been in the area in the middle of winter on the sled before, but when a couple of buds were headed that way, I tagged along.  Moto's and fishing, like I said, it most certainly wont grace the pages of Orvis and or Sage's new magazines!
This area, like the Hoback has about a two week window where there is enough water in the small creeks to support big fish in them.  Once the water starts to warm and drop,  all the fish head down to  bigger watersheds.

 Wyoming is the least populated state out of all 50 and we are proud of it!  

 There were over 100 fish caught by the three of us in the day, epic!  Jeff getting into a big cuttie on a little 3 weight rod.

And yes, that is a .44 mag strapped to Jeff's board trunks in fine Wyoming fashion.

 Those there are wolf track sonny...

 Base camp.  We rode to the edge of the motorized area and then hoofed it from there.

Jeff hammering on the quad.
The bomb!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Drop it like its hot.

Seems there is never a shortage of things to explore and do depending on the time of the year.  The Snake River is still too high and dirty to fish right now, so, last weekend we headed over to the Hoback River and nailed it.  The Hoback can be wade fished all through the summer, but to float it is another story.  It is normally about a 10 day window for floating each summer when its clean enough to fish and when it gets too low to take a raft down.  It's a sweet little river that has awesome fishing.

Cody, with a lil cuttie.
 Where you might see 40 boats on the river in a day on the Snake......., we didn't see a single one on the Hoback in 8 hours of floating.  There are no established boat launches, so, you have to locate pullouts from the highway and winch your boat down to the river.

Upper reaches of the Hoback River near Bondurant, WY with the Gros Venture's in the background.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Giving to Get a Lil'

 I was lucky enough to get a random email from a bud a couple of weeks ago informing me of a group, who is getting a grass roots non profit off the ground to help keep moto trails in Teton County alive and well.  "DIRT" is awesome!  It was formed a couple of years ago as a way of advocating for moto trails locally as they seem to be shrinking more and more.  Last weekend I went up with the all volunteer DIRT crew and did a "DIG" day up the Gros Venture on Horsetail Creek.    The pictures are a bit out of order, but this is the finished product.  A moved bridge, and a "re-route."    The excavator managed to throw in a couple new water features too.  

 The basic premise of the group is to get the Forest Service to allow us to maintain and improve moto trails that are already in place with the hopes we can prove to them we are capable and willing to build our own moto specific trails in new areas in years to come. 

New location of the bridge and improved trail before and after the bridge.

Before picture!  
An excavator and an amazing operator made for some kick ass re routing. 
 Yanking the bridge up from it's old location. 

 The supply quad. 

Side hill pre any digging and new singletrack. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Slide Lake

 We sneaked in a quick overnight in Rex up to Slide lake last weekend.  Caught a killer  sunset.

 Everything is super green and lush right now, but sure the brown and the dry is going to invade soon enough.
Brandi cutting glassy water.

 Chels and the Browns.

Wyatt, aka "Bucky" holding court.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Almost enough time for everything

A couple of sweet shots from riding moto over in Idaho tonight after work!  I managed to sneak a road bike ride in at lunch, then golf and moto after work.  These long days are one of my favorite things about summer!  

My Droid phone crapped the bed a couple of weeks ago and I decided to try the iPhone to see what the noise was all about.  I am still learning it, but for pictures and "artsy" type apps, it is pretty tough to beat!  I took both of these shots from my iPhone tonight with the Instagram  app. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jackson Cruisin....

Some of the local kids got the go ahead to paint some murals in the bike path tunnels a couple of weeks ago.  It came out pretty sweet!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Whole lotta Moto

 Seems the moto has been getting a serious work out the past week.  The trails are starting to clean up and there has been enough daylight after work to get in some miles.  The love of the sport grows with each passing mile.   
Drew, chasing the sunset back to the trailhead in Victor, ID.
Sweet Huh!  Epic switchback section coming from the top of Flemming Canyon and dropping into Dry Canyon.  Was stoked to be going down this and not attempting going up.

 Drew, tapping the brakes, setting up for a big ol mandatory, must make hairpin turn.

A lot of the trails up high are still a bit slimy.
 Ridgehopppin in the BigHole Mtns.

 Hard to believe with a below average winter and one of the warmer springs on record for these parts snow banks like this are still around.  Go away snow, please!

Just another night of adventures after work, not sucking. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 Josie's to Snow King hiking loop never, ever, ever, ever gets old.  We nailed the loop before it started to snow last weekend.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

As good as it gets.

Between the pretty funky weather last weekend, Drew and I managed to get a moto ride in over in Idaho down near the S. Fork of the Snake River.  Me, in the distance, trying not to fall off a big cliff.....

Monday, June 11, 2012

Flower Time

 It is that time of year again...time for beautifying our back patio with some flower planting!

Our selection.
 Whoever said I can't mulitask? Clearly proving them wrong.

 Stevie wanted in on the action!

 Stevie and Trev, obviously very excited about our new colors!

 Nice to see some life out here again!

Admiring our it is time to fire up the BBQ!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

4 Stroke Stoke

None of the moto trails are open as of yet on the Wyoming side of the Tetons, so, the moto mischief has been centered over in the Big Hole Mountains in Idaho between Victor and the Swan Valley.  The riding over there is epic.  Still some snow up high.  This was the first and only shot unfortunately from an insane ride last weekend.  Camera crapped the bed after the first radiator deep stream crossing and was being difficult the rest of the day.  Guess I will have to try it all again this weekend.  Darn....

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


For years and years the fishing crew has been talking about making the short driver to Ririe, ID to go chase bass.  Jackson doesn't have the fun critters anywhere in the valley.  Bass normally like warm water, and.....well, Jackson doesnt have any!  So, Cody and jumped ship and headed to Ririe last weekend for a day of bass fishing.  It kicked so much ass!  Temps were almost 90, catching bass on wet flies, and enjoying life!

Cods, with a small mouth bass.

 Ririe Reservoir a little over an hour drive from Jackson and a world away!  Bass, warm, desert, Idaho hillbillies.......all awesome things. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


"Josie's Ridge", our favorite in town hike literally right out our back doorstep opened up a couple of weeks ago.  It's the best!  Crooked or artistic?
 Post work happiness.

Jumpin for joy, summer in the hole has arrived.