a rainy Christmas…far from Home

There’s no doubt about it…you can’t beat summer in western Wyoming.  The sunshine and clear blue skies that frame the towering mountain peaks make me smile with joy, every single day.  And then comes winter:

Slopes near Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Alta, Wyoming

Some folks around here LIVE for winter.  The powder days on the ski slopes or in the back country.  The snowmobiling into the national forests.  The rest of us joke about how long winter is:  “well, sometimes it starts in October, but then those dry years it doesn’t show up until November…Of course, June can be good weather, but I’ve been caught in a snowstorm when backpacking the first week of June, so…”

My husband and I decided to take a trip and visit family near Seattle, Washington for Christmas this year.  It was so GREEN when we got here!  And RAIN! Wow.  It’s been great visiting family we rarely get to see because of the 800-mile gap between us; but hearing the sound of rain on the roof, and walking around in a light jacket feels strange.

We’ve found ourselves longing for that cold, dark, snowy, icy, place we call home.  Maybe it’s because of the “closeness” that a snowy winter brings?  Casual dinners with friends, Sunday afternoon football, a fire in the wood-burning stove…ahhh…just warms me up thinking about it.

Can’t wait to get home to shovel out the driveway in time for the New Year.  And only five months left of winter (or maybe it’s six?). Time to pull out the skis and snowboards.

Auld Lang Syne!

~Laura Huckin


Wildly Scenic is a blog by Barker-Ewing employees and fellow river enthusiasts.

Established in 1963, Barker-Ewing Float Trips has been sharing the beauty and wonder of Grand Teton National Park with visitors from around the world for over 40 years, floating beneath the Grand Tetons on the headwaters of the Snake River.



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