"Some people do not have to search, for they find their niche easily in life and rest there seemingly contented and resigned. At times, I envy them, but usually I do not understnad..and seldom do they understnad me. I am on of the searches. There are, I believe, millionsof us. We are not unhappy, but n neither are we completely content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power and unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests, mountains, deserts, hiddern rivers, and lovely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as our laughter; to share our sadness with the ones we love is perhaps as great a joy as we know. Unless it is to share our laughter. We searchers are ambitious but only for life itself and anything beautiful it can provide. Most of all, we want to love and be loved, to live in a relationship that will not impede our wanderings and prevail our search. We do not want to prove ourselves to others or compete for love. This passage is for wanderers, dreamers, and lovers who dare to ask of life, everything which is good and beautiful." ~Found in the door of a deserted store in Colorado

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mom and Dad come to Jackson

WOW! Words really can't describe the time I had with Mom and Dad here! They came to Jackson for a week and we had a blast! They were able to stay in one of our cabins that we manage, so they were right in the village which was perfect. We did so many fun things like dog sledding, snowmobiling, dining at 10,000ft, eating, eating, and then some more eating...it was all FANTASTIC! They saw my house for the first time, met all my friends, saw were I work, and so much more. I loved sharing with them my new home and sharing with them all the wonderful things I love about this place :) I truly believe that they knew why I was here before they came but now I know without a doubt that they completely see why I am here and why I am in love with my life here...and that means the world to me. My friends here fell in love with my parents and didn't want them to leave...nor did I...but hopefully they will be back in the summer! As usual pictures do not do this place or the experiences we had justice...but below are some of my favorite pics from their trip. Enjoy :)

Mom, Dad, and I dining at the Granery...one of the best views of the Tetons in all of Jackson. Not to mention a gorgeous sunset!

Inside their cabin (which I made home for the week) Dad and I in the kitchen getting ready to go out to dinner.

Reese was able to enjoy a little bit of the good life as well!
Mom and I outside the front door of the cabin...such a cute place...it could not have been more perfect :)
Mom and I
Mom and I enjoying the snow fall on town square...she thought it would be funny to shake the tree branch and make the snow fall on us...ha ha :)

Dad and I enjoying the snow as well!

The famous antler arches...a must photo opportunity

Dad and Mom just outside their cabin...what a view of the slopes in the background!

Mom getting ready to go skiing *wink *wink ;)

Dad and I getting ready to hit the slopes for the first day! We received about 11" of snow over the course of our first day of skiing...AMAZING!

Dad and I
Dad shredding on our first day hitting the slopes...like riding a bike :)

And that's ME :)

So we skied the first day and then we went dog sledding the next day. This was the first time for all of us...and it was absolutely one of the neatest things I have ever done. We toured with Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours Company...the owner has ran the Iditarod 8 times and his highest placement was 6th place...which is incredible. So needless to say, we were in good hands and our experience was one I will never forget. Mom and Dad had their own sled and I had my own as well. To have 6 dogs pulling you through beautiful national forest to natural hot springs where we ate steak and trout...is something truly unforgettable! This day it snowed all day and was probably one of the coldest days but it was a very unique way to see the natural landscape of Jackson Hole. I loved bonding with the dogs...they are so smart and loyal! Here are some of the pictures from our day dog sledding! Enjoy :)

Me with my sled

The view from Mom and Dad's sled

Mom and Dad driving their sled!
The natural hot springs we stopped at for lunch...so beautiful!

A couple of the dogs we toured with

This was my sled...we are actually turning off the trail to do something a little different...so much fun and a lot of work but I loved it!

Mom and Dad at the hot springs

Jenny, Mom, me, and Dad just after having one of the best dinners at Snake River Grill just off the square...that's a buffalo (or is it bison? ha) between us.

Jenny, Jay and I being silly with the buffalo.

Mom and I at the Grannery :)

Dad and I at the Grannery. Anybody want to talk about my gnarly goggle tan line...wow that is bad!!!

The view of the Tetons from the Grannery

A night shot of the famous antler arches

So, on Wednesday we went snowmobiling with all of my roommates which was a ton of fun...interesting but fun! I hadn't been snowmobiling since like 7th grade so this was like my first time all over again...I felt like a little kid. So the trip went great except for a few hiccups...ha...for those of you who were there, you know what I am talking about. Lets see, we had 2 people flip off the back of their snowmobiles (no one was hurt too badly), we had one of the other people (not in our group) run off the side of the trail into a tree (she was fine as well...but scary), and then another person not part of our group apparently didn't know how to let go of the throttle and ran into another snowmobile. Yeah, I know what you are thinking...crazy! Fortunately everyone was fine! We rode about 28 miles in to Box Y Ranch where we had lunch and then we rode back...it was a full day trip and sooooo much fun! We even saw 2 moose :)

Our group...Tori, Justin, Megan, Mom, Dad, me, and Jenny

Mom and Dad getting ready to gooooooo...careful Mom, it's dangerous to stand up and take pictures of moose while pressing the throttle ;)

Mom and I at one of the stops

Dad, me, and Mom...what a view...BEAUTIFUL!

One of the moose we saw

The moose taking a dip in Grey's River


All of us at lunch...YUM!

After lunch...Tori, Mom, me, Jenny, and Megan...love these girls :)

So, maybe while playing in the designated play area, we stopped for a quick photo opportunity with the roommates on our sleds. (shhhh don't tell anyone, but we took several of these posed typed shots) ha :)

Mom taking in the amazing view

Me, Megan, Tori, and Jenny

The end of our day snowmobiling...so much fun!!! Justin, me, Dad, Mom, our guide, Megan, and Jenny...a GREAT day!

One of our afternoons we went to the National Museum of Wildlife and this is Dad and I just outside the museum with Sleeping Indian in the background.

Mom and I with Sleeping Indian in the background.

Mom and Dad riding the Gondola up to eat dinner at the Couloir (elevation 10,000ft)

Dad and I riding the Gondola up

Mom and Dad with Corbet's in the background...one of the hardest inbounds runs in North America!

A closer view of Corbet's...one day I will ski that!!! :)

Dad, Mom, and I at the top of the Gondola...beautiful view this evening!

The view of the valley

Another view of the valley at sunset...AMAZING! You should ALL come see it for yourselves :)

All of us at dinner at the Couloir...BEST dinner of the week! There was stiff competition but I think this one took the cake :)

Dad and I at dinner

Well, I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I love sharing all of my experiences with everyone through my blog and I appreciate all of you who are continuously checking it out and sending me your thoughts! I really, really, really loved having Mom and Dad here...we had such a FANTASTIC time and I loved spending so much time with them...I miss them constantly. Having them here for such a short time and then having to say goodbye made my heart hurt. I miss them so much! I am beyond thankful they were able to make it out here to visit and for me to share with them all the wonderful things Jackson holds and why I love it so much. Some of my friends parents have yet to make it out here and they have been here much longer than I...so I am absolutely blessed to have them come and WANT to come!! I know this was a very long blog but it was so hard to pick what I wanted to share...I wanted to post everything!!! I guess that is all for now...I love and miss you all more than you know! XOXO :)

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