Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch - Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch Entry Gate – Jackson, Wyoming

Architect’s Journal Entry

BAR BC RANCH – Jackson, Wyoming:  Greeted with warm smiles and hardy handshakes, I was recently welcomed as a visiting Architect and well received guest at a Ranch House BBQ hosted by Hillwood; a Perot Company http://www.hillwood.com/ and Sotheby’s International Realty of Jackson, Wyoming http://www.jhsir.com/

To say that I felt at home and amongst friends would be an understatement; this group of top-notch professionals shared in conversation and aspiration as though I had been a valued acquaintance that could be measured in years.  But then again the Bar BC is no stranger to camaraderie, laughter and the simple enjoyment of people gathered at a magnificent setting.  Fact is…stories of Bar BC Cowboys and Cowboy want-to-be’s began in 1912 and by the 1920’s was known as one of the most famous Dude Ranches in the region.

Embracing a rich heritage and the significant remembrance of place held within the hearts of generations, Hillwood concluded that all ranch improvements would be rooted in stewardship and an absolute appreciation for the land.  Roads and trails would blend with natural scenery, scenic overlooks and majestic views.  The dual mission would also conserve wildlife corridors, while also providing for private use and enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind setting.

Upon leaving and thanking my hostess for a good time had by all, a small herd of elk was seen grazing in the lush grass found in abundance surrounding a larger pond located interior to this unique community.

When you have the time, drop by and visit the Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming http://www.barbcranch.com/ and check out Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ schematics prepared for your enjoyment and preview found within the yurt located at parcel 12; or alternatively at the gate house leading to the few remaining parcels expected to be sold in the near term.  #djawest

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Mountains of Montana

Mountains of Montana

Headwaters Camp Trail – Pioneer Mountain View

Architect’s Journal Entry

MOUNTAINS OF MONTANA #djawest :   Well the day finally came.  I had postponed the dreaded walk since the very day I had arrived early last week.  My discomfort in taking a quiet trek near the origins of the Gallatin River by way of the Headwaters Camp trail wasn’t due to impossibly deep snow; where only a couple of inches had accumulated and that in the heart of winter would have easily equaled several feet.  Nor was there any concern for Grizzly Bears known to frequent these parts; that during a period of hyper-aphasia or storing of last minute calories may have decided that I was the equivalent of a Happy Meal.  No, the real crux of the problem was that I had saved this one remaining experience over a week long visit in review of completed works for my last day, and now that day had come all too quickly.

Words cannot possibly begin to convey a feeling or emotion well enough to be shared or understood by others.  How does one capture the sense of place, song, passage or remembrance that moves the heart or soul?  Such things are often deeply personal and occur in a moment of silence; the kind of silence I had experienced while in the palm of Lone Mountain, the Pioneer Range and Cedar located deep within the confines of the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana http://www.yellowstoneclub.com/  I was once again humbled and pretty sure that it was a hapless snow flake that had caused my eyes to blur in a swell of appreciation, admiration and respect for this magnificent place.

Front page news of the economy, war, politics and paying the bills have been too much of a distraction for all of us in recent days and during this final walk of solitude the mountains gave me pause, perspective and demanded my full attention in a way that only this kind of place could.

During this time of uncertainty may we all think of the Mountains…for our walk in life can sometimes be too brief and may pass all too quickly; be grateful for family, friends and distant places.  For true value resides in such things; events and circumstance will change by the day, however may the things that matter most to you and yours remain forever like the Mountains of Montana!’  http://www.djawest.com/