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Candid Photos I’ve Taken On Trips That Have Inspired, Surprised And Puzzled Me

March 13, 2013 • By


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Beautiful art figures from the First Nations People at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

I’ve noticed that one of the things that I tend to do while I travel is to snap photos for no good reason.  Usually, I am on a tour bus or casually walking along a city street that I decide to immortalize my surroundings by capturing random scenes through my camera lens.

It doesn’t have to be something massive or particularly significant; I’m usually moved to do so because of how I am feeling at the moment.  I’m usually overwhelmed by the people, a particular circumstance, an unusual building….something that captures my attention that compels me to document it.

Of course, those pictures usually turn out to be a blurry mess and sometimes in rarer moments, they become unforgettable treasures.  I decided to share a few with you dear reader in the hopes that you could appreciate the method to my madness: “Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned ones”.

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We were on a tour bus that departed Santiago, Chile, destined for Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. It was early in the day and I thought I was seeing things but took the pic anyway. It looked like a cardboard house sitting on the hillside with a distinctive Mondrian palette. I have no explanation for this. This is not…..I repeat….this is not photoshopped and I am glad that I was able to capture it as the tour bus whizzed by.


North America, Reviews, Trip Reports

Discovering the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park with Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools

June 25, 2012 • By

Last summer, I spent an entire day exploring two of our best known National Parks.  They’re the ones that everyone learns about in school but nothing prepares you for what you actually witness up close and personal.  We were fortunate to be the guest of the Teton Science Schools which has two campuses in the Grand Teton National Park and in the city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The school’s mission is to educate about natural resource sustainability and conservation and they offer six innovative programs to do that:

  1. Educational Programs are offered year round to students and youths to learn “geology, ecology, weather or plant and animal adaptation” .
  2. Graduate School “develops leaders in place-based teaching, field ecology and experiential education”.
  3. Teacher Learning Center “combine nature-based and outdoor education with innovative leadership strategies of educational reform.”  Science teachers throughout the country come to hone their skills by studying this delicate eco-system.
  4. Journeys School is a pre-k to 12th grade program that “consists of four critical pillars that act together to empower students to change the world”.
  5. Conservation Research Center “was formed in response to the growing need in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for responsible conservation and land stewardship”.
  6. Wildlife Expeditions ” has a well-earned reputation of locating all kinds of wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Geo-ecosystem and providing fascinating educational experiences in a fun and relaxed environment”.


North America, Reviews

A Review of the Best Western Plus’ The Lodge at Jackson Hole

December 18, 2011 • By

Themes.  I love the idea of indulging in whatever a particular region is best known for.  When I was offered the opportunity to be the guest of the Best Western Plus’ The Lodge at Jackson Hole, images of dense forest, roaming deer and pristine lakes flowing over jagged rocks popped into my head.

I was certainly getting used to the idea of how great the Best Western brand was turning out to be after my sweet revelation in Sedona, Arizona.

One common theme regarding the buildings in Jackson Hole was that they were mostly timbered facades of varying shades of the seven colors each were limited to.  The city proper is rather densely populated with businesses meant to attract tourists, so nothing is too far out of reach to walk or take a short drive to.  So, I was surprised it was so easy to find the Lodge even though it was slightly hidden off the main drag.READ MORE

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Bucking ‘n Bronco’ n In Wyoming At The Jackson Hole Rodeo

November 25, 2011 • By

You know the old saying: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. The same holds true when visiting the wild west. Not because someone would challenge you to a duel in the town square, but because you’d want to experience everything that makes a particular region special or unique. We were invited to attend the Jackson Hole Rodeo and absolutely jumped at the chance to experience something so exciting and new. We took a few short videos to illustrate exactly what happens when attending such an event.

As usual, the bull wins!

This bull is in therapy for anger issues, not that I blame him.  Wouldn’t you be upset if someone was always riding your back?

Warm-ups before the games began. I was surprised to see so many kidlets in the rodeo.


North America, Reviews

Learning to FlyFish with Will Dornan, the Snake River Angler, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

October 9, 2011 • By

Unrealized childhood dreams.  When it came to the subject of fishing that was mine. My dad was in the habit of taking each of his children to the local lake for fishing lessons. I eagerly awaited my turn but it never came. Fast forward to the present and the opportunity to learn how to fly fish presents itself in freaking Jackson Hole, Wyoming, no less!

I jumped at the chance to realize something that I thought I’d missed out on. I wanted to experience the sport and would be taught by none other than Will Dornan, a well-known fisherman from Jackson Hole who has over 30 years of experience under his belt.

He owns the well-established Snake River Angler, a full service fly fishing shop and guide service. Be aware that there are many ‘guides’ in the area. However, they are limited to a very narrow part of the Snake river because they do not have permits to work as official guides. On the other hand, the legitimate guides like Will can work the entire length and breadth of the river located in the beautiful Grand Tetons.

snake river


North America, Reviews, Trip Reports

Rafting the rapids with Dave Hansen Whitewater in Jackson Hole, WY!

September 13, 2011 • By

Boyhood visits with his parents to Jackson Hole made an indelible impression upon young Bud Chatham. So much so, that he made a resolution to continue his family’s tradition as a young adult. Life and circumstances took him to other places, but his heart was firmly ingrained in a little town in Wyoming.

He never forgot the rolling mountains dotted with Cottonwood trees that clustered along the riverbanks; nor could he get the exotic wildlife and expansive parcels of land out of his system. Once he decided to permanently settle there, he started out working odd jobs on his uncle’s campgrounds, Snake River Park KOA. After putting his in his time toting that barge and lifting that bale, he along with his wife, Kelly, purchased the campgrounds. Continuing his quest for world domination, they purchased the legendary Dave Hansen Whitewater eight years ago.

What’s the legendary Dave Hansen Whitewater, you ask? Well, he’s a guy…obviously. But what makes him uniquely special is that he was the first to get permission to raft down the Snake River. He started his company in 1967 and became one of the first owner’s of a commercial whitewater rafting company in Jackson. He is responsible for naming two of the humongous rapids on Snake River, the big kahuna and lunch counter probably because he was the first to live to tell about it. Dave worked side by side with Bud for one year as they transitioned ownership of the business.READ MORE

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My Jackson Hole, WY Trip Report

September 6, 2011 • By

I confess. I’ve always had a love and affinity for westerns. I grew up watching shows like Bonanza, The Big Valley, Bat Masterson, The Rifleman….you name ‘em, chances are, I saw ‘em. So, it stands to reason that someday, I would have to go exploring and see the west with my own eyes. I saw some pictures of Jackson Hole, Wyoming online one day and decided that it would be the first place on my list as I tore a swath through the wild blue yonder.

I think sometimes, we are attracted to things that we don’t get to see on a regular basis. I was intrigued with the idea of roaming areas unaffected by commerce and developers and Jackson Hole fit that bill to a “T”. Surrounded by mountains, Jackson Hole is 48 miles long and 8 to 15 miles wide, and its floor slopes from 6,779 feet above sea level in the north to about 6,069 feet at its southern end.

The Snake River, originating in the high country of Yellowstone, meanders through the valley, fed by the Gros Ventre River, Flat Creek and others. To the west, the famed Tetons soar into the sky without the preamble of foothills. The Grand Teton, the highest peak, is 13,772 feet above sea level. To the east of the valley, the Gros Ventre (Big Belly) Mountains rise more gently from the valley floor.READ MORE

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