Remembering to be Thankful

Each day I go about my life, it is fairly similar. I work, hike or snowboard- sometimes both, play with my rescue dog, hang out with the love of my life, eat something yummy and locally sourced, take a clean hot shower, cuddle up in my bed to rest 8 hours and rise again the next day. Rarely do I think about the reason that I am able to do these things. Occasionally when the price of gas is astronomical, I might wonder what is going on oversees to cause the escalation. Or if I catch Bill Maher and there is a segment on the military, I generally pause to send a few prayers over to our men and women. To be honest, I tend to push all these “unpleasant things” to the back of my mind, and live in my little Jackson bubble.
Scrolling through my FaceBook over breakfast this morning I came across a post from my Aunt, she is the proud mother of an Air Force Academy graduate and USAF pilot. The quote struck me as I believe it was meant to, especially on this day, 
                     “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”                                                 George Orwell. 
I am one of those peacefully sleeping people, and I am not nearly as thankful as I should be. I take for granted this “American Dream,” I am so blessed to live. Just as easily I could have been born in other place or another time, and my life would not be so easy. I cannot imagine rising each morning “ready to do violence.”
My cousin, is just one of many who have and are currently serving both in my family and in my life. I am proud to say that my Great-Grandfather was one of the few pure-blood Hohokam Native American men to serve in the Navy during World War Two. His son, my Great Uncle Michael, was a Drill Sargent during both Korea and Vietnam. He was brutal to his men during Basic, but had the highest number of returnees due to their strenuous training at Camp LeJeune. One of my best friends dropped out of college sophomore year, forgoing his full ride soccer scholarship to stand amongst fellow Marines in the War on Terror.Each one of these men, and so many others like them have given up their everyday freedoms, in order to protect and defend the activities I daily take for granted- to watch football, see loved ones, sleep in comfortable beds, eat delicious meals... the list is never-ending.
What is worse, not one of these men has returned unscathed. Each one has seen and done things I could not fathom or even begin to handle, nor would I ever wish anyone ever have to. Every serviceman gives enormous parts of themselves that they will never get back, and they do it for people they will never know. Physically, emotionally, psychologically, or some combination, these men and women are forever changed. They will always be soldiers.
A very good friend recently completed three terms as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. Three times, breath was bated as his return was anticipated. He does not talk about his time in the Middle East. By glance you would never know he was a seasoned soldier, he appears more as a nerdy oversized teddy bear. The summer of 2011 he married the girl of his dreams, this fall he quit is desk job in finance because he just can’t sit. His plan is join the police force, to resume his ability to daily protect and serve, to handle the situations other just can’t. Nothing could be like Iraq or Afghanistan. There is nothing he couldn’t fight through. I will never be able to express the depth my thanks should be to this man and all the others, for how they have changed and all they have given up for me.
Today I will offer my thanks that I am able to live my life in bubble, to not think on things that are appalling, terrifying and deadly. I offer my thanks to every single brave man, woman, and in some horrifying instances- child who rose up ready to do violence. Tomorrow I will work, hike, play with my rescue dog, hang out with the love of my life, eat something yummy and locally sourced, take a clean hot shower, cuddle up in my bed to rest 8 hours and rise again the next day, because these soldiers allow me the freedom to do so. 
0 comments    |    Posted by Marisa on Nov 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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A Few of My Favorite Jackson Hole Winter Things

The past couple of mornings I have noticed the classic Sound of Music tune, My Favorite Things has been playing in my head as I walk out to my car to drive into work. Especially this verse:

“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things”

As a born and raised Seattleite there were a few things that stereotypically announced the coming winter to me: the first of those is fairly continuous rainfall and no sight of the sun, second would have been the additional layer of sweaters and knee high boots to my wardrobe, and the third and most Seattle of all was the debut of Starbucks Christmas cups and Gingerbread Lattes, you see them EVERYWHERE in the Seattle area. Here in Jackson my three things have varied throughout the years but generally have included the unearthing of my snowboarding gear and additional under layers of the merino wool persuasion, the hunt for the perfect gloves to keep my fingers unfrozen as I go about daily tasks, and the countdown to opening day (currently: 21 days, 22 hours, 58 minutes and 3 seconds!)

My snowboarding gear has been unearthed, merino layers taken up real estate in my closet and my perfect gloves were received for a Christmas gift last year- Kinco Leather, waxed and branded with the Wyoming Cowboy. (You too can have a pair of your own, as these gloves are custom branded by a local here in town, and sold at the Jackson Hole Resort Stores.) Winter in Jackson Hole is definitely a completely different experience from my wet youth in the Pacific Northwest. It may be a few degrees cooler here, but it is not the bone chilling wet cold, and I can certainly do without the months of sunless days and drizzle that Seattle winters always brought. There is however something to be said for the joy a Starbucks Christmas Cup can bring to your morning routine...

To be clear, I am not one to say that old Howard Schultz has created the perfectly roasted bean, in all honesty there are many other local coffee shops that I generally frequent, and would guide you to should you ask, perhaps because I am still very bitter over the loss of my beloved SuperSonics. However, should you ask our team here at Snow King where the Starbucks is, we can now guide you to a bonafide location just a few blocks away on Town Square. Starbucks has come to Jackson! Now I have a lovely combination of my Seattle and Jackson winters...

…Steamy Gingerbread Lattes in red Christmas cups
Devinely warm gloves that keep my fingers toasty
Endless powder riding that leaves my soul satisfied
These are a few of my favorite things…

The snow has begun to consistently fall in Jackson, though the accumulation hasn’t been enormous, the temperatures have been perfection for creating that one thing all of us adore- powder. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort already reporting 55” of snowfall on the mountain, and they have begun snow making efforts throughout the resort. Storm fronts are rolling in one after the other causing the entire town to gear up for what we hope will be a year of epic snowfall and incredible riding, in the shadow of our glorious Tetons! If you have yet to plan your adventure to Jackson we are standing by to help you with all your adventure needs. It is going to be one of those years and you certainly don’t want to miss out!



Our winter packages are already being booked, so take a look and see which one works best for you and your family, you and your ski buddies, or maybe just you depending on how you like to spend your time in the mountains. Click to learn more about our Ski and Winter Adventure Packages. Or give us a call 800.522.5464 and we will happily walk you through all the options and help you find your best fit, maybe even give you a couple more local tips and tricks, like where to get the best RPK3 and what exactly that is.

See you out there this winter, I'll be the one with a face full of powder singing " and these are a few of my favorite things..." 

0 comments    |    Posted by Marisa on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The Bewitching Hour is About to Begin!

Our trick or treaters may have to wear their snow boots as they canvas the town with over a foot of snow and climbing that has fallen in town since Tuesday, but these festivities and fun are sure to keep their spirits high even if their feet are cold.

For the littlest witches and wizards:

Totally Toddler Halloween Party. Teton County Recreation Center invites all those 5 and under to join them for a Spookatacular time of Halloween games, crafts, and snack. $2.50 per person, children under 2 years of age are free.

Toddler Time, Story Time, and a Halloween Parade. Teton County Library invites you and your toddlers to join them for song, finger puppet, flannel board fun, followed by 4-6 stories with a Halloween theme, and concluding with a costume parade around the library for treats!10:00am to 12:00pm.

Fun for all ages:

Trick or Treating on Town Square. The shops around Town Square will be handing out tricks and treats from 3:00 to 5:30 today, bring your little ghosts and goblins and enjoy this festive fun! A costume contest will take place at 4:30pm

Harvest Party. Teton County Library will host a free Harvest Party from 3:30 to 5:30pm. There will be seasonal crafts, music, laser lights, and harvest themed refreshment available, costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Trick or Treating at River Rock. Bring the kiddos to the assisted living center in Rafter J, the residents enjoy seeing all the costumes and the children will get to add to their candy stash without having to manuveur through the snow! 6:00pm until the candy is gone.

Thriller Workshop. Kate Kosharek will be teaching the choreography from Michael Jackson’s classic music video “Thiller” with a rumored ‘Flash mob” of zombies on the Town Square after class. This will take place in Dancer’s Workshop Studio One, at the Center for the Arts. The cost is $20.00 for a drop in, or $10.00 with a class punch card.

The Haunted Maze hosts Circus of the Undead at Amaze’n Jackson Hole from 7:00pm until 10:30pm, a child-friendly version of the maze will be open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The cost is $10.00 per soul at 45 East Snow King, just down the street from the Hotel.

For the older Warlocks and Sorcerers:

Dia De Los Muertos. The Rose and The Pink Garter Theater, along with Vert-One and Richie Beats are throwing at 21 and over Costume Party from 9:00pm to 2:00pm. Halloween drink specials will be available, there is no cover.

All Hallow’s Funk Fest with Sneak Pete & The Secret Weapons. Join Sneaky Pete on All Hallow's Eve for a night of freaky dancing, crazy costumes, and the weirdness that only happens this one night a year.Join in the baccanalian debauchery and spread the good word about Halloween Night! $5.00 cover, 21 and over.  

From all of us here in Jackson, we hope you have a spooky and safe Halloween, we look forward to seeing you here this winter, enjoy this little teaser photo from the top of the Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort taken on Tuesday: 

Top of the Tram 10.29.13

0 comments    |    Posted by Marisa on Oct 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM