In the hustle and bustle of a summer in Jackson Hole, our blog fell off the face of the cyber planet. When fall came knocking on the door, we were busy trying to catch our breath. Then, in a flash, snow arrived and Thanksgiving came and went. Taking pause to reflect on a monumental 50th year at Barker-Ewing Whitewater, we owe an infinite number of thanks. Thank you for being invaluable team players and working with us. Thank you for sharing a part of your summer vacation memories with us. Thank you to the Ewings and Barkers who paved the way before us. We would not be here with you.
Two men who loved the great outdoors and, even more so, running rivers began floating Jackson Hole’s infamous Snake in the late 1950s. Their names were Dick Barker and Frank Ewing.
Once each man came to the realization that he could make a career out of guiding eager guests doing what he loved best, Dick and Frank began guiding guests down the Snake River in 1963. After some time, Barker-Ewing quickly established a strong name not only in the Jackson Hole valley but internationally as well. Recognized for ingenuity: Frank and Dick envisioned and designed a raft, the Snake River model, that would become the craft of choice still used today. Recognized for trailblazing: Frank was “on the oars” on that fateful day the rapid Three Oar Deal was named and remains just one of Frank’s many adventures in the Snake River Canyon. Recognized for setting a standard of excellence: “We’re more than ever dedicated to our core principles: close attention to detail, insistence on quality and safety, belief in the wonder of what we offer, and a firm grounding in the reality of the rafting trips we are privileged to share with our clients. These principles have served our clients, our staff and our family well. They won’t change.”
Here’s a shot from June of 1985 to get you in the mood for some whitewater rapid action. Can anyone name that Barker-Ewing river guide?
If you have any old photos or stories to share, please do!
Barker-Ewing Whitewater | Celebrating 50 Years | 1963-2013
Leta Grace Deveraux celebrates a remarkable 105 years this Friday, March 29th. This is Leta’s story, written by her daughter Patty.
Mother’s good health combined with sound mental acuity and an active sense of humor (which my husband Frank engages with his teasing every day) has allowed her to live another comfortable year in our home. While she requires much more physical aid, she still walks short distances with a walker and our support. Frank is earning the world’s best son-in-law award: his physical help certainly, but most importantly, his empathy, his good-natured teasing, silly comments and engaging stories keep Mother smiling and laughing, even though she may not hear or understand all his words. Without Frank and our daughter Heather’s support, we could not keep Mother at home. We are also grateful for the loving, caring ladies who to come to provide much needed aid and respite time. Our daughter Shannon, my brother and Mother’s son Jay Deveraux & his wife Cynthia plus other family members make special efforts to come see her as often as possible, which we appreciate.
Watch the TODAY Show this Friday the 29th. We hope Willard Scott will, once again, send Birthday Wishes to Mother. I have also enrolled her in a Centenarian Project. Mother loves cards, telephone calls (difficult for her to hear or be heard, so I always have to be on an extension to repeat and prod). She never fails to remember family and old friends. Her face lights up when our dogs and visiting ones stop at her chair for a pat or sit in her lap. She enjoys short drives in the car for wildlife watching and visiting friends. A very gentle person, Leta has arrived at this time of her life with a great deal of grace and dignity, a lifetime of memories and friends. Each night she wants her bed raised so my Daddy’s photo, her late husband’s, is the last thing she sees and thinks about before going to sleep.
-Patty Deveraux Ewing
This is a huge honor, and we are so grateful for the recognition! From horseback to fishing to biking outfitters, we were voted by locals and beyond for 2013′s Best Outfitter Silver Medal. Thank you to everyone who participated! We are Celebrating 50 Years this summer, so this just adds icing to the cake. We appreciate your loyalty and your confidence in us as a river outfitter and hope you’ll jump on board a raft and celebrate with us this summer! Ready. Set. Go… Rafting! 1963 – 2013
We value TripAdvisor as much as you do! Being travelers ourselves, we know what a great tool it is. Here’s just one example of someone that had a fabulous time on the Snake River with us last summer. For more reviews, check out our Barker-Ewing Whitewater profile on TripAdvisor @ http://www.tripadvisor.com. We value you, and we will go above and beyond to give you the trip of a lifetime this summer. Celebrating 50 Years | 1963-2013. Jump on board the fun for the coolest thing you’ll do all summer!
There’s not much to add to the glowing remarks, they’re true. Tristin is a great guide, fun but very in-tune to the safety of his “crew”. I am not a swimmer, but sat in the middle and had a good time. We went ion afternoon trip n July. Although it was nice warm weather, we rented we suits and was glad that we did. We’re from Phoenix, so we’re used to hot weather. Restroom available before you take bus ride to the river and then when you end the raft trip down-river, there are restrooms and a place to change into dry clothes or get out of wet-suits.
Jason Crockett, our extraordinary operations manager, is putting some new skills to the test. Congratulations are in order for him and his wife Danica who have added another family member to the mix! A healthy baby girl, future marathon and river runner, Amada Grace Crockett was born last Wednesday, January 16. Good luck, and enjoy this new adventure in life!