I am so excited to be assigned to the Spring Creek Ranch easement just up Spring Gulch Rd. It is so close to town yet it feels like being miles and miles away from civilization. The turn-off is a little dirt road that takes me just far enough away where I don’t even hear any traffic. Instead, I hear a myriad of bird song including a woodpecker. More times then not I see a buck and I like to think it is the same one and that he might be getting used to me setting up my easel. To get to my first painting spot, I followed a steep trail up the hillside. Thankfully, all my painting supplies fit in a backpack because it is quite the climb! After about hiking for about 15 minutes, I am rewarded with a stunning view of the Tetons and the sprawling valley of cottonwood trees below. Perfect spot to begin my first painting!

– Alissa Hartmann