Keith's Road Trip Summer 2007
Week 2



Sunday, August 5, 2007

Today I decided to check-in at the Snake River Anglers Fly Shop because I hired a guide to fish the Snake River north of Jackson in the Grand Teton National Park tomorrow. After lunch it began to lightning and thunder and rain VERY hard, so I decided to drive north of town and wander off into the hills to see if I could see any wildlife. I was hoping to see an Antelope or a Buffalo.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Lunch at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar


Sunday, August 5, 2007

As you leave town you pass the National Elk Refuge.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Starting the middle of September the Elk begin to migrate out of the mountains to find shelter and food during the harsh winter. Soon there will be about 30,000 elk here.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

As I drove up into the hills along the Gros Ventre River I noticed a mother Moose with 2 calfs. The calfs were playing in the river and having lot's of fun.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

A few minutes later she came out into the open long enough for me to take a picture.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

I continued driving north along the Tetons.


Sunday, August 5, 2007


Sunday, August 5, 2007

I turned onto a dirt road and began to drive up into the mountains. I noticed a large herd of buffalo off in the distance.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Wow, these animals are beautiful.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

And HUGE


Sunday, August 5, 2007

On my trip back to my room to get ready for dinner I spotted 3 osprey nests, all with birds in them.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Nest #2


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Nest #3


Monday, August 6, 2007

Today I fished with Lucas from the Snake River Angler Fly Shop. We drove about 40 miles north of Jackson into the Grand Teton National Park and floated the Snake River inside the park all day. We also walked up a spring fed creek to fish. I caught about 12 fish today, 3 very large cutthroat trout. The weather was warm with a few afternoon sprinkles. We saw a large herd of Elk on our drive into the Park.


Monday, August 6, 2007

This was the view from where we stopped the boat to have lunch.


Monday, August 6, 2007

We saw two bald eagles today.


Monday, August 6, 2007

This is the 2nd eagle. He's watching us closely.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007

This morning I stopped by the Fly Shop, High Country Flies to pick up some supplies. The owner helped me, turns out he moved to Jackson from Danville 14 years ago. What a small world it is.

Next I decided to drive up to a secret lunch and fishing spot. It's about 30 miles south of Jackson way up in the mountains. I found this spot about 10 years ago and have been back every time I come to Jackson.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007

It's at the intersection of the Hoack River and Granite Creek. I caught 6 fish this afternoon and stayed on the river until 7:30 pm.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Today I floated the Snake River with Greg Faulk of Upstream Anglers and Wildlife Adventures. Greg has become a great friend, I've floated with he and his son for the past 12 years. We've had a lot of adventures together. We floated the section of the Snake River that is closest to Jackson Hole. This is the section of the river that I float every year. Today was a day more for eagles than fishing, it seemed like there was always an eagle in the sky.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

We started the day at 7:30 and immediately saw an amazing sight, a female Bald Eagle with triplets sitting on a log in the river. We were much closer than this photo shows. It seems that Bald Eagles rarely give birth to more than 1 or 2 chicks, triplets are quite a rarity.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The fishing was pretty good today, I caught a total of 15 fish, a few nice fish and turned a couple of much larger ones.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

This was the view from where we stopped the boat to have lunch.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The day was filled with a sky full of eagles. At one point we saw a bald eagle chasing and fighting with an osprey. We also had an osprey dive into the water close to the boat trying to catch a fish.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

If you look carefully you can see the white head of a Bald Eagle in the tree.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Another Bald Eagle


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A huge Eagle's nest, if you look closely you'll see a baby eagle sitting in the nest exercising his wings. Mother or Father Eagle watches from above.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Greg and I ended the 12-mile float of the river at 6:00 pm and went downtown and had dinner at a nice seafood restaurant, sitting on the deck. A great end to a great day.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

It was a little after 9:00 pm when I returned back to my condo. As I drove in there was a mother moose and her young calf. She's a little hard to see in this photo, she's dead center in the middle of this photo, you can see the reflection from one of her eyes.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Today I fished with Nate, who guides for Greg of Upstream Anglers and Wildlife Adventures. We had a great day. I caught 13 fish today, although the fishing was a little slower than yesterday. The weather was a little cooler and much windier. We saw an osprey dive into the river right near the boat and fly away with a fish larger than anything I caught today.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

As I was awaiting for Nate to arrive I saw these huge Military helicoptors flying by. We'd seen them yesterday too. I'd also seen Air Force 2, Vice President Dick Cheney's airplane on the runway at Jackson Hole Airport. It looks as though our Vice President was going south to go fly fishing. Isn't he supposed to be taking care of our countrys business?


Thursday, August 9, 2007

This was the view from where we stopped the boat to have lunch.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

All during our float today I kept wondering where all the eagles had gone. At the end of our float we found all the juveniles sitting near the bank, some were feeding on an animal carcass. This looks like a juvenile bald eagle.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

If you look carefully you'll see 2 juvenile bald eagles here.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

There are 3 juvenile eagles here.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

After we got off the river I drove downtown to watch the nightly shootout. This is a really fun event that has been performed 6 nights a week for over 35 years. I remember seeing it when I visited Jackson Hole as a child.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

The shootout began as a result of the bad guy kidnapping one of the dance hall girls.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

The bad guys shooting it out.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

The shootout continues.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

The End.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Today is a day off and I got to sleep in a little. I woke up to find a moose grazing through my back yard. She was only about 15 feet from me.


Friday, August 10, 2007

She turned out to be a mother moose and her young calf.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Here she is wandering around the back yard. Look at how long those legs are.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Stopped by High Country Flies to replace some equipment. Talked to the owner and his wife, they are the ones who moved to Jackson from Danville 14 years ago. They really like living in Jackson. Maybe it's time for me to move to Jackson Hole.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Got up early and went to Flat Creek. This is a world famous creek for fly fishing. It's right in the middle of the National Elk Preserve. It was very difficult fishing and I didn't catch anything. But it's one of those places that you have to try just to say you did. I saw a blue heron today as well as a red-tailed hawk.


Saturday, August 11, 2007


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Picked up a deli sandwich and drove south of Jackson and up into the hills to my favorite little spot at the intersection of Granite Creek and the Hoback River. Caught 4 fish.

This is the view from my lunch spot today.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

I've had visitors all week that I've been feeding peanuts.

Tonight is my last night in Jackson Hole and I'm sad to leave "The Hole".

Tomorrow I'm driving through Jellystone Park so I should have lot's of wildlife photos posted tomorrow night or Monday morning.


On to week 3