If you haven’t spent a solid amount of time in a mountain town, I highly suggest that be your next move. Find a place that you can leave your car unlocked without question; a place that when you wake up at 6am you spring out of bed without ever looking back. You’re outside before the sun comes up and your neighbors yell “morning!” with stoked faces as they hurriedly secure the bikes to the rack and the rafts to the trailer. Open your guidebook and load your daypack, you have an ample amount of time to go exploring before work. Don’t worry about not knowing anyone, within the first week you’ll be connected to everyone. Prepare yourself for the most overused phrase that you will undoubtedly want to adopt immediately, “I moved here for the summer. Fifteen years ago…” Also, prepare yourself for little communication with the “outside world” as you will be entranced by the easy life. Phone dead? You’ll know which direction and you’ll find who you’re looking for, and when you get to where you’re going, open your eyes and ditch the mind because this is peace.
Jackson Hole, WY Summer 2012
I take time every night to acknowledge the moments, people, and places that entered my life throughout the day. May it be writing, meditating or just a quick moment of awareness, I dedicate my heart and my mind to whatever it might be. In an effort to encourage others to do the same (in their own way, of course) I wanted to blog it. Everyday amazing things happen to all of us- Big BIG! or small (maybe minuscule.) Rather than sharing in 140 characters or less the things that make our lives insufficient, let’s change it up and begin to recognize the treasures. Post them or keep them private, regardless, the universe will hear it and beautiful things will come your way.
*Waking up to crashing cars and legos hitting the wall.
*An 8am ski ride in absolute silence.
*Jackson terming me his “coach” despite my beginner status.
*Meeting our mountain neighbor-60 year old Cliff who spends every single day skiing the backcountry and never fails to be at his 10am hot chocolate post.
*Decaf after 7pm.