Viewing by month: May 2008
Although the snow has seemed to linger a little longer than normal on the valley floors in Jackson Hole, summer is on its way. The mountains may keep their white blanket on for warmth for time to come, but that won’t stop us from finding ways to convince ourselves that it is summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This past weekend, Memorial Day weekend, marked the official open date for many seasonal businesses as well as summer activities. Snow King Resort opened the mountain for its summer season with activities like Alpine Mini Golf, the Alpine Slide, and Scenic Chairlift rides.
Alpine Mini Golf is located at the base of the beginner hill on Snow King Mountain and a great spur-of-the-moment activity, as well as a fun way to entertain the WHOLE family.
Many locals make their way to the Alpine Slide at least once a summer. It is a thrill of a lifetime and not available in many places. Definitely take advantage of this fun and exhilarating activity while in Jackson Hole. The slide winds its way down the lower half of Snow King Mountain through groves of trees and wildflower meadows. You can go as fast or as slow as you want, controlling your speed with a hand brake. One time, 5-ride, or unlimited day passes are available.
Last but certainly not least, the Scenic Chairlift is a great way to start a vacation to Jackson Hole. From the top of Snow King Mountain you can overlook downtown Jackson Hole, the National Elk Refuge, the Snake River Mountain Range, as well as the beautiful Teton Mountain Range and Grand Teton National Park.
Since early spring this year, I have read nothing but warning headlines in newspapers that say something along the lines of: Gas Prices to Reach Record Highs This Summer. Looking at my summer schedule with a weekend here and a weekend there, and then a big wedding out in California, it makes me want to reconsider my driving plans. But flying won’t be any better. In fact, flying will probably be worse not just on my pocket but on the environment. Maybe trains, although long and numbing, will be the way to travel this year.
Here’s the good news: I did a little research on gas prices throughout the country and found that Wyoming has the cheapest gas overall. I don’t have an explanation for why. But I sure can’t complain about the price compared to the rest of the nation. So, as long as you can afford to get here for your summer vacation, you’ll be living large once you’re here. And if you have to stay here because it’s too expensive to drive home, well it’s not such a bad place to remain.
The bigger picture: I still have to pose the questions “what will it take to make our nation a non-oil dependent country” and “at what point, or price, will Americans have to stop buying gas because they can’t afford it.” As much as we want to be “green” and “care about the environment” and find “alternative energy” – that’s really only realistic for those that have the means ($$$) to do so. I predict that our dependency on oil will persist until Americans become so desperate that we are forced to change, and therefore find affordable alternative fuel and energy resources. Okay okay, enough ranting! In the mean time, we may as well enjoy vacationing in National Parks and beautiful places like Jackson Hole while we can. Especially if gas stays cheap in Wyoming.
Saddle up ladies . . . Dierks Bently is coming to town this summer for the Dude Bra Brew Fest over 4th of July. After making his rounds through the South, the East, and the Midwest, he arrives in Jackson Hole for his outdoor show at Snow King Amphitheater on July 3rd. Tickets are on sale and will probably go pretty fast, so if you are a Dierks fan you better get moving.
Being the anything-but-country-fan that I am, when I first heard that Dierks Bently was coming to town, my reaction was "great, who's that." An outdoor concert at the base of the King sounds like fun but don't all country singers sound the same?
That's when it hit me, or when my friend hit me and said "Hello, remember Tennessee?" The story goes like this: After I graduated college in Washington, my best friend and I hoped in her car and headed out for a long road trip. Our first stop: Memphis, Tennessee where we would meet some friends to go to the first Bonnaroo (now that comment either makes me sound really old or REALLY young depending on who's reading this). But before we headed to Bonnaroo, we spent a little time with Elvis in Memphis and with guess who . . . Dierks Bently in Nashville. It wasn't totally random, a friend of a friend knew him somehow. Our friend of a friend wanted to go see him play one night in a local bar, so we joined him. When we arrived we met the band and were given a jar that said "Tips for the Band." It would be our job that night to bounce around the bar and try to gather tips for the band. That's it, nothing more . . . I once met Dierks and helped him gather funds. I doubt he would remember, but you never know.
So, I wonder, can I take some of the credit for where he is today? I better not miss the show!