Cutting Christmas Trees!
Two weeks ago we bought our tree permits from the Bridger Teton Forest Service office and three of us headed into the Gros V backcountry in search of the "perfect tree", well, actually five of them to be exact. I'm a little slow getting this blog posted but wanted to get it out there, I just love the Holiday season! Thanks to a much warmer than normal Fall and our dearth of early season snow (it's since snowed like crazy, over 128" at JHMR as of Dec 9th) and our luck in beating the winter road closures into the forest (by just three days!) we were able to drive a significant ways into the forest so the pickings were fantastic! Nice, big, full trees, a lovely sunny afternoon with views of the surrounding mountains and the Grand Teton range in the distance. We were even treated to a close-up sighting of a couple of gorgeous ram Big-Horn Sheep! We made it back to Jackson before sunset and set up the lobby tree, looks great! The next day we set up all the other trees, most had really prickly needles, ouch! My hands were so sore from putting on lights, but the results were great. We put approximately 700 lights on every tree, over 1,500 on the tree in the lobby. It's always fun to get out all the decorations, people start to help just out of excitement and it all comes together to make the hotel look fantastic for the holidays. Poinsettias everywhere, Santas, snowmen and reindeer and the annual Gingerbread House (this year it even has a ski lift!), it really looks great. A tradition that's always fun and the results are fantastic, beautiful freshly cut Christmas trees that fill the lobby with the scent of pine!