Monday, September 28, 2015
Anyway I was able to move over to another spot and started to take image after image.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
A strong stationary front was bringing heavy rain and snow but we managed to drive out of it as we headed over Togotee Pass, (the east entrance to Grand Teton National Park). On the east side the winds were gusting to fifty miles per hour and we were glad we were empty and not hauling a camper.
He lightened our billfolds of a considerable amount of money but we did end up with three pieces of apple green jade. Across the street the Rock Solid rock shop beckoned and we added lepidolite, amazonite and a piece of good adventurine.
The rock shop has been completely redone and sitting proudly out front is a 2740 pound Wyoming Jade boulder. It was found two years ago and is on sale for only $27400 dollars. We didn't have room in our truck and definitely didn't have the money so we settled on other stones.
Lepidolite has been a big seller for us and we actually ran out so we purchased ten pounds of the purple mica. We also bought some more dinosaur bone and some really pretty Tiffany stone, which is also called Bertranite, (the mineral from which beryllium is refined and is used for nose cones of rockets).
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Its about seventy five miles to Driggs and the first part is easy as we drove to Alpine and then down the Snake River Canyon. The leaves have just started to turn so its not really colorful yet. Still there is a hint of the beauty soon to be here.
Crossing the Big Hole Mountains we reached Victor and then Driggs where we stopped at the Teton Jade Store. There Renita and I picked through boxes of Wyoming jade slices and before we left we had a small but expensive box of green and emerald Wyoming jade.More weight for the long long trailer!
The most frightening story was told by Ted Majors, the founder of the Teton Science School. He told our group, we were taking a winter seminar on winter survival and avalanche rescue, of how he and his son had had their jeep swept off the road. The avalanche buried their vehicle, leaving only one tire visible which allowed the rescuers to find them, He survived in an air pocket but his son passed during the ordeal.
Climbing up the road was steep and slow and reaching the top we stopped to enjoy the spectactcuar view. Above us loomed an avalanche chute and a tree nearby told of the force that stripped its limbs from the roaring snow.
Heading down the east side we stopped for images of the road far below. The descent was just as steep and the Pass is one which I would never pull a trailer. On the way down a tow truck was towing a motor home up the pass, reminding me of our friends Jim and Nancy. Their big motor home had broken down in Grand Teton National Park and the towing service had their rig carried over Teton Pass, (a decision made by some flat lander sitting safely in a office. as it was cheaper by a few miles to require such a route).
It was a great day of a new road traveled, a new pass crossed, and of course more rocks! Thank you God for this days blessings and the blessing and beauty of each new day. Clear skies
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Day one arrived and we set up our pendants and bracelets as it started to rain. Luckily we have a nice tent with sides and so we were able to raise and lower the curtains to keep everything dry. Unfortunately our customers aren't ducks and so only a few brave souls were all that showed up.
However we did have several other rock hounds bring their unknown stones for me to attempt to identify. I think I got most of them right, anyway Fred and Jeff both seemed to be happy. I didn't set up my equipment to demonstrate cabochon grinding but I promised to set our equipment up the next day.
Sales were brisk but we still had a very successful day. As we work with unique and special material we cater to special buyers. They must be able to realize the rareness of what they are seeing. That of course is what sets us apart and if you are going to make and sell something you need to have a "hook".
We also had a special visit by two traveling pastel artists. Sharon and Allan. We met them years ago in Texas and later that evening they showed us the plein air pieces they had started in this years summer adventures at Glacier and Yellowstone parks
By the end of the third day we were tired and so when the wind picked up we decided to close up early. If you missed us we will be back here next year and if you can't wait Raven Lunatics Art Gallery has examples of our work for sale.
The show ended up being the best show we have ever done but we don't just rate a show as successful by the amount we sell. As important to us is the people we meet, especially the people with the same interests. It was nice to meet you all, so please stop by again! Clear skies
Thursday, September 3, 2015
We had driven through it last year, barely making it though the ice and avoiding the five hundred foot drop to the valley floor below. There was no ice or snow, this year. Reaching a hair pin curve we stopped to check the topographic map, and now we were positive of our location, we were driving along Poison creek.
We drove a ways down the LeBarge road, hoping to find some fishable water. Lebarge Creek does hold some Colorado Cutthroats, but the stream here was tiny. It had taken us three hours to reach this spot and time was pressing so we turned around and headed down the Grey's river road.