Hi! I am embarking into the journey of my life. I graduated college 1 year ago, and I moved away from my home and alma mater within a few days of graduation. I left Memphis, Tennessee headed West for Grand Teton National Park. I crossed the great Mississippi and traded for these rugged, jagged, majestic mountains ----->. I lived in the Park and worked at a resort as a housekeeper-- what a job for a recent college grad, huh? Well, it was wonderful. I wasn't there for the job as you well know. I was there get out there and hike, camp, kayak, trail run, horseback ride, canoe, whitewater raft, and sit and admire the view. You hear about and often read people's experiences where they simply conquer the outdoors or have some experience that is life changing. My life is very different, but I think I am different because my appreciation for the ability to do these things is so great. I left a flat, hot, humid town and this is what I got. I met some amazing people, and I worked hard. I was able to transition to this place through the resort lifestyle because my housing was taken care of. When the summer ended, some fellow workers and my roommate and I found an expensive two bedroom + loft condo that we would live in during the winter. Boy, that seems like forever ago.
Last summer, I was able to do things inexpensively. I lived in the most beautiful part of the country. The sad things is that it is often looked over- flown over- or never even heard talked about. I embraced it, and fell in love. I am here to stay for alittle while. I met a good man whom I fell for; I got 2 better-than-housekeeping jobs for the winter in town (Jackson, WY). And, I was able to make the move of a lifetime away from Memphis.
My boyfriend's name is Adam. And I met him on the 4th of July last year at a great live music party at a place called 43 North. We danced to the Dead, Johnny Cash, and other covered music, and we just lived the moment. He left for St. Loui' the next day and we didn't really chat at all. On his way back to the Cowboy State, he called and left me a message that just simply said- " Hey, What's up? This is Adam. I am on my way back, and I wanted to give you a call. I have been with my sister's and such while I was home, and I understand if you didn't want to talk, but I would like to take you out. " I called him.
He cooked me dinner the first date, and the next night we went to Targhee Mountain Resort for a bluegrass festival where my favorite band played. Yonder Mountain String Band. It was wonderful. We camped out that night and I saw so many shooting stars. It was beautiful and natural. We let things go.
This is in the National Forest at our favorite camping spot called Lightey Lake. It is close to Togotwee Pass. Isn't it beautiful?
So, after the "season" is over, most people take a vacation for this "off-season." Adam took me to meet his brother who lives in Chile. I hadn't been abroad since I was young, and I was super excited. For two weeks, I visited my family in Tennessee and then November 1, 2007 I left for St. Louis to see Old Crow Medicine Show and Warren Haynes with Government Mule. November 5th, we left for Chicago to fly to Miami and on to Santiago.... Chile is so different from America, but it has such a rich diverse culture. Being in this place with Adam gave me a new enriched view on life. He told me he loved me in a place called La Boca on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was indescribable.
So, I have more to tell about my last year of life. Especially about this trip... I will add more pictures too.