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

If your Life was measured in Summers, where would you spend them?

If your Life was measured in Summers

View of Teton Range interior of the Bar BC Ranch

IF YOUR LIFE WAS MEASURED IN SUMMERS #djawest Tired, perhaps even a little sore you rise for another morning; one more cup of coffee and a tense commute to the office…the trip home will likely be more of the same.  Undoubtedly, the sacrifices have all been worth while; the kids are in college or have transitioned into promising careers, the mortgage is manageable and a little personal time for reflection seems to be more of the norm.

So what will be next in the grand scheme of things?  If you are like me, “quality of life” seems to occupy my thoughts more than I’d care to admit.

Pausing for just a moment, go find a tape measure; put your left thumb on your current age and place your right on 72.  This approach provides a great visual for really comprehending the number of quality years remaining as contrasted to say an average person.  Now let’s take that number and convert them into summers.  And so there it is…if your remaining life was measured in summers, where would you spend them?

For me remote jagged mountains and blue skies speak to my most inner passion and love of life.  There are few other places that really affect me as deeply and spiritually as does our unspoiled western landscapes of the Rocky Mountains; and very few that speak as loudly as Jackson Hole’s Bar BC Ranch http://www.barbcranch.com/ (see pic inset).

Humbled describes best how I feel when visiting this very special community; an historical 1,400 acre Ranch located in one of Wyoming’s most scenic corridors and at the confluence of the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers.  It doesn’t really matter what your life’s circumstance may be…the Teton Mountain Range, Teton National Park and blue skies for as far as the eye can see will absolutely command your attention.

In final word, I find it comforting knowing that some things are difficult to measure in years or inches; that there are ridgelines and river bottoms I may never walk, snow flakes and fish I’ll never catch…and just knowing that they exist certainly adds to my quality of life; God willing…the remainder of my summers will be spent in the splendor of our beautiful American West.  http://www.djawest.com/