Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hiking in Greer

One of the things we did while in Greer is to gather the kiddies and go on a hike.  The weather was nice and cool.  The kids were excited to get out of the cabin and so were the adults.  We saw a couple of deer, lots of cabins, downtown Greer, and a kid selling lemonade for which we all had to have some.  All and all, it was a nice walk.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunrise Ski Resort

Sunrise may be a ski resort, but it also has lots of activities in the summer as well.  I have been to Sunrise a couple of times with friends to try my hand at skiing.  It didn't go as well as I hoped.  Apparently, I am not built for skiing, but did enjoy the lodge and brewskies.  It is a popular place for many Zonies (Arizona natives) and visitors to ski.  But, did you know there are summer activities as well?

How about checking out the Scenic Lift Rides?  You hop on a ski lift seat and soar to an elevation of 10,700 feet above the Blue Spruce trees.  The views are breathtaking on the way up and at the top.  From the top of the Sunrise Peak, you have views of the White Mountains in all directions.  The Eagles Nest Cafe is at the top for you to grab a bite to eat or have a cool beverage.  The lift is opened Thursday-Monday from 10am to 4pm.  It was $18 for my trip up the mountain and totally worth every penny.

Other things to do at Sunrise in the summer are zip line tours, downhill mountain biking, nature hikes, tubing slide, airbag jump, archery course, disc golf, Sunrise Lake, culinary workshops, horseback tours, and fly fishing clinics.  The Sunrise Park Resort is a fun place to go in the winter and summer too.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Butterfly Lodge Museum

The lodge was built in 1914 and got its name "Apuni Oyis" (in Blackfoot) for all the butterflies in the nearby meadow.  The building was the home of James Willard Schultz (1859-1947) and his son, Hart Merriam Schultz, known as Lone Wolf (1882-1970).

James was a talented writer, grew up in New York, and made his way to Greer as a middle-aged man.  He came from a wealthy family and left in 1877 by way of a steamboat to Montana.  He loved the area and the Blackfoot Indians who lived on the land.  There he became a hunting guide, trapper and an advocate for Indian rights.  In 1879, he married a Blackfoot maiden, Natahki, and together they had a son, Lone Wolf.  After his mother died in 1903, Lone Wolf who was raised with his Mother's people, moved to the southwest due to health problems.  He ended up at the Grand Canyon as a wrangler/guide and did many paintings while working there.  He later went to the Art Students' League School in Los Angeles and the Chicago Art Institute.  All of his paintings are adorned with his signature wolf-head.  Along with the almost 500 paintings, Lone Wolf has bronze sculptures in museums as well.

Lone Wolf was a talented artist and his father, James, was an equally talented writer.  He wrote about 37 books before he died 1947, just before turning 88.  His books were written for children and some for adults.  They had the adventure in American West theme which reflected his life.

The Butterfly Lodge Museum is inside a log cabin where you will find many artifacts, pictures, paintings, and items from the time when James made this place his home.  There is a gift shop in the back where you can find an array of interesting items.  Also on the grounds where the museum is located is the Applewhite Events Pavilion where many different events and activities are held, where money is raised for the museum and any ongoing costs or maintenance.

I got this framed photo at the gift shop.  It is titled "Lone Wolf" and looks great in my room.