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 Clepsydra Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Clepsydra Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 
 the  Absaroka  cuff and  Alexandrine  and  Diamond Highsmith  rings.

the Absaroka cuff and Alexandrine and Diamond Highsmith rings.

 
 Cathedral Lake, Grand Teton National Park

Cathedral Lake, Grand Teton National Park

Sonia and I first went west together two summers ago. I met her in Colorado, and we drove to the Rocky Mountains. I was very much a hiking novice (wore my tennis shoes the whole time!). But being in the mountains, it was hard not to want to climb one, so we did some shorter hikes, and then climbed Mt. Ida. It was really beautiful! And I saw my first marmot.

 
  Azure Sapphire and Diamond  and  Mitla  rings (I don’t have a good picture, but Azure Lake is not too far from Mt. Ida in the Rockies)

Azure Sapphire and Diamond and Mitla rings (I don’t have a good picture, but Azure Lake is not too far from Mt. Ida in the Rockies)

 
 Hyalite Reservoir in Montana

Hyalite Reservoir in Montana

 
 Grand Prismatic Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Prismatic Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 
 the  Teton Opal  studs

the Teton Opal studs

 

We drove instead to Grand Teton National Park, stopping for a swim in Jackson Lake, and hiking up to Cathedral Lake. It would have been impossible to leave these mountain views to head back to Chicago if we didn’t already have plans to move west ourselves. But whenever I see photos of Grand Teton anywhere, I turn to Sonia and ask “When can we go back?” I’ve checked and the drive from Santa Fe is a lot less than Chicago!

Read more about our time in Wyoming and Montana here and in our travel book STRATA.

 at the top of Mt. Ida

at the top of Mt. Ida

 
 in the forest

in the forest

 

We went back last Fall, before moving to New Mexico. We drove to Yellowstone National Park and stayed in Mammoth Hot Springs for a few nights before heading north to Bozeman Montana for a week long artist residency. After we got home, we made a book about our trip, looking at climate change and the west called STRATA. The wildfires were raging all across the country while we were there, and the smoke was really bad in Bozeman. We had planned to visit Glacier National Park once the residency was finished, but the fires got too bad and we headed south instead.

 
 our travel book  “Strata”

our travel book “Strata”

 
 one last look at the Tetons on our way home

one last look at the Tetons on our way home

 on the way to the top of Mt. Ida

on the way to the top of Mt. Ida

 
 Sonia in the  Sapphire Teton studs  and  Hyalite Diamond  necklace

Sonia in the Sapphire Teton studs and Hyalite Diamond necklace

 Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

 
Grand Teton National Park
 the  Absaroka  and  Fuller  bracelets

the Absaroka and Fuller bracelets