Barker-Ewing is TripAdvisor’s #1 Adventure in Jackson Hole!

Jackson-Hole-ActivitiesThere’s no better way to feel confident in who you book with for your Jackson Hole trip of a lifetime than checking out review sites such as TripAdvisor. We’re thrilled to announce that Barker-Ewing Whitewater is rated TripAdvisor’s #1 adventure in Jackson Hole. If you’re curious about any of our river trips and want to see what types of experiences our guests have had, click here and take a look on TripAdvisor! We always love talking to you as well, but we do understand the value in receiving honest, unbiased guests’ reviews in the various public forums. A trip to Jackson Hole is truly not the same without a Whitewater Rafting Adventure or Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River!

April Snow brings May Flows for Whitewater Rafting in Jackson Hole

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Living in a mountain town is magical. Imagine a place where you can play outside all year long. In a blink, what was blanketed under a coat of white for 6 months, is suddenly appearing as if coming out of hibernation. In the next blink, however, it’s as if we are standing once again in a snow globe. While the mountain-free zones are experiencing “April showers brings May flowers,” Jackson Hole is on a different plane all together. It’s still what most would consider winter here. As we operate whitewater rafting in Jackson Hole, I like to say “April snow brings May flows.” While I grew up in Georgia and imagine a weekend of morning coffee on the porch, time in my garden and evening BBQs with friends this time of year, I do love what the long winter and late spring snows bring: a morning of coffee by the river, a day of fabulous whitewater rafting in Jackson Hole and evening BBQs with friends (just wearing a layer or two extra here!). It’s never too early to book. Jump online to jump on board with us this summer! Reserve your trip now for 10% off (better than 2013 rates) and free rentals (up to $15/person in savings). Come celebrate 51 years with Barker-Ewing Whitewater, and let us give you the trip of a lifetime.

Leta Grace Deveraux: Jackson Hole Local Turns 106

Leta Grace Deveraux, a Jackson Hole local, turns 106 tomorrow! Leta is the mother of Patty Ewing whom, with her husband Frank and daughter Heather, own Barker-Ewing Whitewater. Patty shares this story of her mother.

Leta Deveraux was born March 29, 1908 in Watonga, Oklahoma, and eventually landed in Laramie, Wyoming in 1920 with her family. She was a teacher and a wife; she’s a mother and a grandmother. Growing up, she had a horse as a house pet, could cowboy up better than any chap around, and would out-charm, out-bet and out-wit anyone that would take on the challenge!  

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Leta Grace Deveraux

Now, as Mother reaches 106, her 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 and most importantly, his empathy, good-natured teasing 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 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.

Mother loves cards and telephone calls. She never fails to remember family and old friends. Her face lights up when dogs stop at her chair for a pat or a 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. Today, Mother smiled big when I told her that the neighborhood children will be visiting the house to sing “Happy Birthday” to her.  – Patty Deveraux Ewing

Diary of a Jackson Hole Rafting Guide

I live in Jackson, Wyoming and work at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort as a liftee (not one who lifts but one who stands by lifts). Well, I’d like to believe I lift spirits as I greet skiers. Even when it’s cold out, I’m happy because I probably got fresh tracks on the way to work that morning. I’ve skied 73 days so far this winter. It’s turning out to be an epic snow year for Jackson Hole! I have 3 sets of skis, a road bike, a mountain bike, a kayak, a 14′ raft, a harness, a 1979 Subaru and a dog named Teton. In another month or two (a balmy low of 30* in Jackson Hole this morning), my skis will go back into the shed, and my paddles will see the light of day. I’m a river guide for Barker-Ewing Whitewater in the summer. I guide Jackson Hole rafting trips and scenic float trips on the Snake River. Soon enough, it’ll be time to work my arms instead of my legs; succumb to chaco tan lines over goggle ones; and, trade in my bad ski jokes for better river jokes. I can’t wait.

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It’s Easy To Be Green

We strive to be the color of a leprechaun on St. Patty’s Day leprechaunhere at Barker-Ewing Whitewater! Here are just a few ways we aim to be a “green” company: We keep our offices ship-shape and buses tidy with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Simple Green earth-friendly cleaning supplies. Our Barker-Ewing team players ride their bikes to work to cut down and help reduce our carbon footprint. Every vehicle is maintained to run efficiently and with the least amount of emissions possible. We print our whitewater rafting brochures on recycled paper, and we try to save trees additionally by opting to use online reservations and bill pay. Anything we can recycle, we do! Instead of paper products, we serve our scenic float trip meals on plate and silverware. From participating in the Snake River Clean Up volunteer day each summer to awareness in Jackson Hole’s Reduce Reuse Recycle program, we strive to do our part in keeping Jackson, Wyoming, the Snake River, Teton County and the environment at large in our minds and in our hands. Here’s to being GREEN today, tonight and every day moving forward.

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Barker-Ewing is voted Best of JH’s 2014 Best Outfitter silver medalist!

Barker-Ewing Whitewater is voted Best of JH 2014’s silver medal winner for Best Outfitter! Thank you for all your support over the last 51 years to all our friends, family, guests, supporters and colleagues. We appreciate YOU! Thanks for voting us one of the best outfitters in Jackson, Wyoming. We wouldn’t be here without YOU! Come join us for a Snake River whitewater rafting adventure or scenic float this summer in Jackson Hole! Celebrating 51 Years | 1963 – 2014

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Whitewater Rafting Is The Coolest Thing You’ll Do All Summer!

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Summer vacation planning? If you’re looking for an adventurous family vacation or a cool family reunion idea, Jackson, Wyoming is a great place to put at the top of your list! The perfect summer activity in Jackson Hole is whitewater rafting on the Snake River… a must! All of us at Barker-Ewing Whitewater invite you to celebrate 51 years on the Snake River with us this summer. We’d love to take you whitewater rafting in the Snake River Canyon or guide you on a relaxing scenic float with views of the Tetons. The great thing about a long winter in Jackson Hole is the amount of snow that accumulates and melts into big, fun whitewater rapids on the Snake River. While we enjoy seeing the snow fall for our favorite winter activities like downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, skate skiing and snowboarding, we can’t help but daydream about the river season to come. Whitewater rafting on the Snake River is the coolest thing you’ll do all summer!

 

Reflecting on Barker-Ewing’s Golden Anniversary Year

Inline image 2In 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 Inline image 1eager 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.” 

We are grateful for all of our good fortune, and you are a huge part of that. Thank You! We look forward to sharing the trip of a lifetime with you this summer on the Snake River. Celebrating 51 Years | 1963-2014

Is Whitewater Rafting in Jackson Hole on your summer calendar yet?

Whitewater-Rafting-Jackson-HoleIt’s time to put Whitewater Rafting on your calendars if you haven’t already. We’re ramping up and can’t wait for a spectacular season, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

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!

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Leta Deveraux, mother of Barker-Ewing’s Patty Ewing turns 105

Patty Ewing and her mother Leta DeverauxLeta Grace Deveraux celebrates a remarkable 105 years this Friday, March 29th.

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, and she is being interviewed for a PBS documentary on aging.