We arrived on Wed. before the show in order to set up our own campsite which we found Gros Venture to be the perfect spot. Just outside Jackson Hole and far enough away that we had a young moose wonder through camp around 6:00 am the next morning. He had been kicked off his mom when she probably became pregnant again and knew that she would have a new little one again.
Most of the drive was bleak the first few hours as it goes from flat and dry to valleys and pines. The entire trip up took us 8 and a half hours from Greeley to Jackson Hole. There are beautiful ranches along the way though that have taken advantage of the beautiful rock formations to choose their locations...course the wind probably had a great deal to do with that decision.
This was a shot of the Tetons that I just could not resist using.
You can tell by the pictures of our tents set up that it was the beginning of the morning and this was just a small percentage of tents in my area...I think there were around 150 tents with over 800 entering the juroring.
This was my tent set up and we had a variety of weather, hot (86) and then wind and rain so we got to test our fortitude. Yes the sandbags are a distraction which we solved later but were required (100 lbs on each leg) in order to handle the gust or micro burst we experienced.
Like I said I could have stayed all week and just taken pictures. The flowers were the cream on the top of the mountain shots. Just gorgeous.
Small note, we had to put all our food items in a steel box called a bear box in the campground so that we did not intentionally attract a bear. That also included toothpaste, soap, deodorant etc.
This was a show that even though I did ok it will be debatable as to whether it would be one that I would drive 8 1/2 hours again to attend. The crowds were ok and the views tremendous and maybe you just have to think that, hey I had a great vacation and made sales also so what do I have to whine about.
As I have always said the greatest thing that I can say I enjoyed was meeting the patrons I met and the other creative people that were around my tent...that is what makes a trip enjoyable.
Back home again I begin the process all over again and prepare for the Chessman Art Festival in Denver...at least I can sleep in my own bed this time even though you can not beat the fact that I went to sleep one night watching the most beautiful full moon slip its way up through the trees over the Green River.