Ropers sentimentalize it.
Photographers glamorize it.
Being a city boy, I left my first branding experience with a wildly greater appreciation for the meat I consume from restaurants and grocery stores.
Placing intrinsic value on wild game is easy. I’m directly involved in the transition from living animal to food, and because of that, it’s almost a given I’ll have a certain reverence towards it. Until recently, I had never interacted with livestock on a personal level, creating a disconnect between cattle and my own dinner plate. Spending time around progressive ranchers who are attempting to disrupt an industry that is infamous for lacking a moral compass changed that.
I want to know where my meat comes from. I want to know who I’m supporting — consumers possess political power at the checkout line. Easier said than done, for sure.
Travel 🛣 day!
Headed to Moab and probably won't have reception for a bit, but will check in if we do! Taking this little lady over a real mountain pass for the first time, so wish me luck!
She's been lovely so far, and we are so grateful for her. The family before us seemed to really love her, and so do we. I updated the interior a bit, and slowly making modifications to have her help our needs. It's been so much fun, but tons of work 😂 I'm hoping to do an interior video soon, so stay tuned!
I am looking to name her though. Something vintage like "Dottie" or "Pearl". Anyone have any suggestions? 😁
Here you can see the “sink” where the river goes underground. We were going to camp right here, but the rushing river made us nervous with three kids and a water loving dog. Here is some information from the park’s website:
Sinks Canyon is a rugged canyon at the base of the southern Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. Located on the eastern slope of the mountains, the canyon is named for a unique geologic formation, “The Sinks,” where the river vanishes underground near the mouth of the canyon.
The canyon proper begins at the falls, where the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River flows over a granite escarpment in a series of cascades. The river follows the widening canyon down into the Lander Valley. This valley is a part of the larger Wind River Basin.
The Popo Agie joins the Wind River in the basin. The Wind flows into the Yellowstone, which drains into the Missouri and ultimately the Mississippi then the Gulf. The river begins in snow fields and alpine lakes near the Continental Divide. The Wind River Mountains get enough snow to support small glaciers.
Some years, the high peaks can get over 200 inches of snow. The water in the river is pure since much of this area is a protected wilderness. Snow and rain falling on over 190 square miles flows into the Middle Fork watershed.
Sinks Canyon is part of a magnificent ecosystem that stretches from the sagebrush and juniper covered foothills, through conifer forests, aspen meadows, to alpine habitat at timberland.
An amazing diversity of birds and wildlife can be seen in this area, as well as world class geology, and a dazzling variety of wildflowers and other plants.
As the first plan for Sinks Canyon State Park said: “Within the canyon walls are found unspoiled symbols of the best of Wyoming. The mountains, the river, fish and wildlife; sage, wildflowers aspen and pine trees, a rugged country of tranquil quiet under blue skies.” #thatswy#visitwy#visitwyoming
It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough - to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go. -Anthony Bourdain
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
— Don McCullin.
Gabe at his home in Moran, WY.
Oh hello Instagram!
We've missed you!
It has been an absolute WHIRLWIND of a couple months! We've sold our house, purchased a tiny vintage rig, and then found out we will be moving to JAPAN! And that's just the short of it!
So now, the kiddos and I (mama) are traveling the country in our cute little rig, making the most out of our time here in the USA. 😍 We are currently in the Grand Tetons, camping and exploring this beautiful park. I've been to Yellowstone many, many times before, but have sadly never experienced the Tetons! But oh man, what a wonder to behold!
Does anyone have any favorite trails, sights, or activities in the Tetons? We rode the gondolas yesterday, and that was a BLAST! Hoping to hit up a trail today!
Thanks once again, for sticking around, and supporting us! This journey has been such an incredible ride, and I'm so GRATEFUL that you're here with us.
Be BRAVE with your one and only life 💜
When you have a sensitive soul, the impulse to run away for awhile is never far from your thoughts. When you sense and see too much around you, you’re tempted to take on responsibility that is simply not yours. I know this, and I’m working on it, but I’ll never not see. So I’ll always need to run.