Online reservations… up & running for this summer!

I have been doing my own online searching for a great place to stay when I go to my friend’s wedding in Phoenix this spring.  In my perfect world, I’d like to stay somewhere convenient to the wedding yet in a cool neighborhood, inexpensive yet with nice amenities, quiet yet with a fun atmosphere.  Hmmm… maybe it’s too much to ask?  As I search online, I’ve actually found a couple places that could work.  My favorite based on the above criteria, however, had a reservation system far from quick, easy and intuitive. Uggghhh.

Maybe you’re in vacation planning mode too… it seems as though summer vacation planning alway starts around the holidays when we all have some time off!  As for me, I will continue my search for the perfect wedding weekend getaway room.  Hopefully, you’ll find our online booking process a little more user-friendly and efficient!  Truly, who needs more on their plate over the holidays?  Not me!

Online Booking available soon for Summer 2010!

We are currently fine tuning our Whitewater and Scenic river trip schedule for this summer season. We will start rafting Memorial Day weekend and float on through mid September. Thank you for your patience as we make our trips available online… it won’t be long! We’re more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have over the phone, and if you’d like to reserve your trip now, we can do that too!  Please call us at 800.448.4202 or 307.733.1000. We look forward to the possibility of taking you down the Snake River!

BERT goes rafting… 80 miles on “The River of No Return”

The Main Salmon, otherwise known as “The River of No Return,” is home to bear, bighorn sheep and beavers, mountain goats, marmot and moose… and from October 1 through October 7, guides, managers and friends of Barker-Ewing River Trips! The Main Salmon runs through the heart of the 3.2 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, and the 80-mile float through this wilderness section begins 2.5 hours north of Salmon, Idaho at the road’s end.

A mere 104 years ago, Lewis & Clark’s expedition to find an easy water route to the Pacific Ocean, at the request of President Thomas Jefferson, led them to this Salmon River country but found the river too difficult to navigate. Read more about their expedition at http://idahoptv.org/OUTDOORS/shows/riverofnoreturn/lc.cfm

Where the road ended… our 6-day float began! 5 boats, 12 friends, 1 perfect river dog and more gear than I believed could fit on the rafts. The Salmon is a classic big water, western river. Even in our late season float, there were plenty of wave trains, holes to avoid, rock walls to skirt and rapids to soak us. Perfect weather, delicious meals (thank you, Lindsay Long for a great menu and the huge grocery shop!), token “costume night,” natural hot springs, pristine white, sandy beaches, sleeping under the stars, lots of Vitamin D, fun group dynamic and the great outdoors! This was my first multi day river trip… but definately not my last.

The only thing that would have made our trip better… no snowfall welcoming us home. It’s only October!

Off Season… but not Slow Season! Barker-Ewing River Trips

The season is complete! Everyone is going different directions… but which way? 5 BERT guides, 1 BTNF river ranger, 1 BERT office manager, 1 former BERT guide, 1 former BERT operations manager and a few “related” to the river family will be taking off at approximately 7:30am (if all goes as planned!) from Jackson to the Salmon River for a 7-day, 80-mile trip on the Main Salmon. We are leaving behind 3 BERT managers: 1 who is currently floating the Green River; 1 who is teaching a ceramics class at the Art Center; and 1 who is packing for a trip to Kenya! So, we are busy, even in the off season! Enjoy your week while I’m away, but stay tuned for my Salmon River rafting experience – it’s my first multi day, and I can’t wait! Signed, the overly-excited, river-happy Christa

Winner of the BEST “close, quick & budget-friendly” meal deal

Every time I approached the front door, the universe was working against me! Luckily, it was working for the company, and that is obviously what’s more important! After the 3 phone lines stopped ringing, the 4 friendly walk in customers left and the internal -canyon crew to office- radio chatter stopped, it was time to run across the street and get my slice of pizza! Then, I looked up and the clock’s hour hand was all of a sudden closer to dinner time that I realized, so I quickly decided (before I passed out!)  to get an app of homemade chips and ama-ZING salsa from Sanchez Mexican restaurant instead. It was the perfect “tie me over” treat before my dinner outing. I did, however, check out the size of the slice of pizza I would have gotten had it been 2 hours earlier. Literally, a quarter of an entire pizza for $5…I will definitely go back for a late lunch (opens @ 3pm), or dinner, or a late night midnight craving!

The question that each office staff ponders everyday…

 

What should I eat today?

There have always been a few no-brainers that are tasty, budget-friendly and close therefore easy to pick up and go for those busy office days on the Town Square – D.O.G. breakfast burrito $5 right across the street – Pearl Street Bagels bagel sandwich $5 just down 2 blocks – Bill’s Burgers big, fat burger $6 around the corner – but the variety for those of us on a budget…

Sure, there are other options, but they are either dine in or dine in prices! I take a little of that back. Backcountry Provisions for a hearty sandwich but only budget-friendly if you split it (then you have to fight over the pickle!) Sweetwater for a variety of delicious-ness but at least $10 when you walk out of there. Same with Silver Dollar Bar & Grill and Shade’s Cafe. All places that I love that are close to the Town Square, but just a little more than I want to spend and more sit down than pick up!

Can Jackson get the walk in Gyro joint for $5? Or a burrito for less than $8 – it’s beans, rice & cheese! (for $4.50, Missoula has an amazing fish burrito!) How about Thai for less than $12, a sandwich for less than $7.50, BBQ for $8 that includes hush puppies and brunswick stew or Indian at all?!

Ok, Cafe Ponza does have pizza by the slice right across the street, so maybe that is where I’ll go today. I’ll let you know what I think! Signed, a one starving Christa

Trivia Night A-Team!

Team BERT takes 2nd place on the 10th! A 2-week hiatus for Dornan’s Hootenanny, and we’ll be back for more Monday night! Losing key members of our team (Kelsey, Ellen & Amanda – back to teaching in MO, KY & MI respectively), Janet, Christa and Heather will lead the team to future victories…fingers crossed! We miss you girls!

Teton Views Float Trips

Don’t miss out on one of our Teton Views lunch picnic or dinner cookout floats! Baked turkey on ciabatta rolls, fresh fruit salad, chips and homemade cookies fresh out of the oven for lunch. BBQ tri-tip, corn on the cob, fresh salad and strawberry shortcake for dinner. This is the last week for these delicious trips! If you’re visiting us in September, you absolutely must take in the vibrant yellow of the Aspens and Cottonwoods that parallel the riverbank. We offer morning Teton Views float trips daily, and you won’t be sorry! Fall in Jackson Hole is spectacular!

Natalie sings at Dornan’s Hootenanny!

Wow…what a voice! Some of the BERT troops (Michele, Ian, Amanda, Christa) showed up to cheer on our fellow office chic for her last appearance on stage at the Hootenanny. She sang “Every Little Kiss” by Sara Evans and “How Great Thou Art.”To hear such a sound with the Tetons towering as a backdrop was quite an experience. Thank you for sharing, Natalie. We will miss you! Until next summer…

Legends of the Snake

LEGENDS OF THE SNAKE…stories and photos galore!

The Legends of the Snake becomes more legendary every year!  2009 marked our 5th trip, with over 100 participants to attend the the celebration of the Snake River Fund and our recent success with the Wild & Scenic designation   The Legends included many of the pioneers of the rafting and fly fishing industry in Jackson Hole: Jack Dennis, Frank Ewing, Charlie Sands, John Simms, Denny Becker, Paul Bruun, Dick Barker, Bill Guheen and Wayne Johnson.  In addition to the many volunteers that helped make this evening happen, a big thank you to our two big sponsors, Jackson Whole Grocer and Patagonia.

The following faces are all people and moments that are true to the heart…magic in every one of them!  I look forward to next year!  As the photos continue to trickle in, we will continue to share with you this amazing evening.  A big THANKS to all my fellow outfitters who helped with the evening. Look forward to seeing everyone and then some next year…until then, cheers!

Heather Ewing, Operator/Owner Barker-Ewing River Trips;  www.barker-ewing.com

Board Member, Snake River Fund;  www.snakeriverfund.org


All photos taken by Barker-Ewing’s own Janet Monahan with Legend/husband Bill Guheen’s new birthday camera!  Thanks Janet & Bill!