Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

The Jackson Hole Rodeo is a true local event – that’s also a big deal for the visitors – there’s genuine regional and state-wide competition held. Why not come and enjoy it after your day of touring Grand Teton National Park, or Yellowstone National Park?  OK – you might just want to get a massage instead – so come visit us at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole.

For more than 100 years, cowboys of Jackson Hole’s Wild West have been competing in rodeos. So if your family finds itself in the Wild West in the summer, make a date to catch the Jackson Hole Rodeo. The season runs from Memorial Day weekend through the end of August, with shows taking place on various Wednesday and Saturday nights, starting at 8pm. A special Independence Day Rodeo takes place and concludes with fireworks on July 4. It’s always a full-house great show, held at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Jackson, Wyoming, and then the Teton County Fair rodeos round out the season. Watching a genuine Western rodeo is a real thrill and you’ll get involved in the riders and their mounts right away. Competitions include calf-roping, bull-riding and barrel racing. Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole is happy to provide massage services to soothe the muscles those sore cowboys and cowgirls.

The setting for Jackson Hole Rodeo is superb, with green pine-treed Snow King Mountain right behind it – and it is centrally located withing walking distance of most of the Town of Jackson. For a small town like Jackson, this is a high-ranking rodeo in the Yellowstone Region.

In 1890 Sylvester Wilson brought the first group of settlers over Teton Pass into what is now Jackson Hole. He came here with his family to raise cattle on the fertile grass growing abundantly in the valley. 120 years and six generations later the pioneer spirit lives on–the Wilson family continues the western heritage and invites you to enjoy it with them by attending the Jackson Hole Rodeo.

Rodeo also runs three generations deep in the family, starting back with Clark Wheeldon riding broncs in the rodeo before it was moved to Wilson, Wyoming (yes it is named after the family). Uncles Chet and Chancy continued in their fathers footsteps riding bareback and saddle bronc horses. In 1976 Chancy earned a spot among the top fifteen saddle bronc riders in the world and a chance to compete in the superbowl of rodeo, the NFR. The Wilson boys and cousins followed as well; Bodee, Brandon, Shawn, and Jason riding broncs, while Buskin and Coby took the more dangerous route bullriding. Buskin finished as high as 26th in the world bullriding standings. Not to leave the girls out Karissa and Sadee barrel raced professionally winning several trophy saddles along the way. Philip meanwhile stuck to the business side of rodeo and worked as a director to the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association for twelve years five of which he served as President and Chairman. Phil now spends much of his time with Wyoming Cowboy Church bringing the word of God to cowboys. The family still competes in the team roping event at Jackson Hole Rodeo.

The Jackson Hole Rodeo grounds are located at 447 Snow King Avenue, Jackson, WY 83002.

Be Well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle

 

Jackson Hole News

Jackson Hole News and Guide

Fourteen years ago, about a year before I moved to Jackson Hole, I subscribed to the Jackson Hole News .  By the time I had moved to Jackson, the Jackson Hole News merged with The Jackson Hole Guide to become one: The Jackson Hole News and Guide.  This small-town newspaper was out of its league in quality – certainly compared to The Vail Trail – Vail’s weekly newspaper at the time.

Consistently, over the thirteen years I have lived here, the Jackson Hole News and Guide has won various awards and accolades – for photography, mostly under chief photographer, Bradley Boner and Photographer, Price Chambers; and coverage of small town stories – top of the class for newspapers of this size. Of course, Editor Angus M. Theurmer was editor, along with Tom Dewell, for all of this time and was largely responsible for the content and much of the praise.

Specifically, the Jackson Hole News and Guide has been honored by the Wyoming Press Association with fourteen Pacemaker Awards for excellence in such categories as reporting, advertising, design and web presence – and the newspaper has also won six first-place awards in its circulation class. For five years in a row, the Jackson Hole News and Guide has won the award of Wyoming’s best large weekly paper. Not Bad.

Unlike many newspapers that have either gone away completely, or become so small as to be a shadow of their previous size – the Jackson Hole News and Guide has continued to be a weighty tome. The Owner / Publisher of the newspaper is Kevin Olson (Having been the Chief Operating Officer of the newspaper, he purchased it from Michael Sellett in January of this year) and Teton Media Works is his new company – additionally publishing The Jackson Hole Daily and Teton Homes and Living Magazine.

Visitors to Jackson Hole, who wish to dig deeper than the usual tourist activities, would do well to purchase the News and Guide as it is thick with interesting information about the goings-on of Teton Valley, Wyoming. Advertisers abound in there – and we at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole, advertise in this paper and the Jackson Hole Daily from time to time. it’s good to be seen.

I always look forward to Wednesday coming around when it’s nice to get a fresh edition of the Jackson Hole News and Guide straight off the press.

Be well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle.

 

Teton County Library

Teton County Library

The Teton County Library definitely belongs in the realm of ‘Things to do in Jackson Hole‘. And why not? One of the things we learn at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole is that people who come to Jackson Hole actually overdo it – and end up needing a massage. Too much of a goal-oriented vacation raises expectations and proves to be stressful, and generally prevents much of the rest and relaxation that is the whole point of being on vacation. A visit to Teton County Library is a delightful treat.  There are beautiful and diverse, comfortable seating areas to go and read yourself a book of a periodical. It’s a great way to take a load off your feet or get out of the heat, or the heavy rains we experience here in Jackson Hole in the summers. Additionally, there are meeting rooms, study rooms and a large display area where, currently, the featured show is Yellowstone, Then and Now – and exhibit and speaker series.

Teton County Library, by the way, means Teton County Wyoming, of course, as Jackson Hole is in Wyoming…but there’s also a Teton County in Idaho – just over Teton Pass. Oh – and you have to go through Teton County, Idaho, in order to get to the Alta Branch of Teton Country Library – unless, that is, you drop in by parasail or hike over the Teton Range from Grand Teton National Park.

The following, from the Teton County Library’s web site, explains the recent renovation and addition to this spectacular and modern state-of-the art facility: The voter-approved library project includes an 11,000-square-foot addition and renovation of the previous 24,000-square-foot building, parking lot and outdoor areas. The building project has created more space for reading and study, computers and technology, community meeting rooms, and dedicated teen and children’s areas, which are separated from quieter library spaces. We are planning for Silver LEED certification. The library’s existing electrical, data and building systems were replaced, upgraded and modernized. Architects on the project were Gilday Architects with Humphries/Poli Architects, and Construction Manager was GE Johnson. Teton County Library is certainly the most contemporary in the Entire Yellowstone Region.

Teton County Library is celebrating it’s 75th birthday this year with all kinds of special events so be sure to check out their web site http://tclib.org/

Be well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle

 

Ballooning in Jackson Hole

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Mighty Tetons

Up, up and away in a beautiful Jackson Hole balloon – isn’t that how the song goes? Ballooning in Jackson Hole is one of the must-do’s in the Tetons – for those who feel like getting up in the wee small hours – and have about $300 per person to spend for about an hour in the air. Still – there’s a champagne (Mimosa) breakfast for those who are, literally, on vacation. Summer vacation – that is.

As if being a Massage Professional in Jackson Hole isn’t enough, our very own Rochelle Ganoe got up at 4am yesterday (heretofore, there was no such time as 4am) and went ‘Balloon Chasing’ – that is – she was part of a crew of people who ‘chase’ the balloon to wherever it lands, and then help to put the whole shebang back on the truck and the customers into a van.

Imagine watching the sunrise over Blacktail Butte as the sun’s rays illuminate the Grand Tetons at the start of a new day. Hot air ballooning is always an amazing experience, but the views in the Jackson Hole region are truly breathtaking. Whether you’re planning a drive through Grand Teton National Park, whitewater rafting on the Snake River, or a shopping excursion in the town of Jackson, hot air ballooning is a peaceful way to start your day in Jackson Hole.  Also known as Hot Air Ballooning, it’s a spectacularly colorful event – yards and yards of brightly-colored fabric fill with air and take off into the still morning skies above the Tetons.

The following companies offer Ballooning in Jackson Hole: Elevated Ballooning, Teton Balloon Flights, Wyoming Balloon Company.

Jackson Hole Activities

Jackson Hole Activities

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Posts from Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole now include Jackson Hole Activities. Occasionally moving away from typical massage-based blog posts, I am continuing with a Jackson Hole Activities theme. And this week, it’s one of the favorite Jackson Hole Activities. But don’t let that stop you – visitors to Jackson Hole can have a hoot with this one too. Yes, visitors to Jackson Hole can become a ‘Howdy-for-A-Day’ and volunteer with local business people (members of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce) for a day of welcoming people to ‘The Hole’.

 

The Howdy Pardner Ambassador Club hosts the Airport Welcome program on weekends during ski season at the Jackson Hole Airport. It’s one of the most popular Jackson Hole Activities. Look for the cowboy hats and stop by to say, “Howdy!” The volunteers will share orange juice and mimosas with arriving visitors. They will also answer questions about Jackson Hole. 

 

The Howdy Pardners Ambassador Club, founded in 1977, is the hospitality arm of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Dressed like the cowboys and cowgirls who settled this valley in the early 1900’s, the Howdy Pardners roll out the red carpet at the Jackson Hole Airport. They greet visitors with mimosas, orange juice and hatpins. And that’s just one of the many Jackson Hole Activities.

But that’s not all they do: The Howdy Pardners Ambassador Club spreads good will and community spirit within the Jackson Hole area. Howdy Pardner volunteers are folks working in our area that donate their time to perform various activities, such as:

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  • Meet and greet arriving visitors at the Jackson Hole Airport each winter with welcoming free “mimosas” for adults and orange juice for the kids. 
  • Sponsor the much anticipated “Jackson Hole 4th of July Parade”.
  • Host the Elk Fest Chili Cook-Off in early May.
  • Sponsor “Pinky Painting” in the Park for children at the annual “The Taste of the Tetons” during the Fall Arts Festival.
  • Hhelp showcase new businesses in Jackson by performing ribbon cutting ceremonies and participating in business community mixers. 
  • Howdy Pardners are easily recognized by their signature uniforms of jeans, red shirts or khaki shirts with the “Howdy Pardners” logo on the arm. They also wear a vest and cowboy hats.

 

Be well,

Hamish and Rochelle.

Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Walking is the most beneficial, easily-achieved, low-impact activity you can do to improve and maintain your health. Being massage professionals in Jackson Hole, it is part of my goal as a blog-writer to give my opinions on health-related matters.

 

Walking at 89

I was speaking with my father recently – he’s 89 and still doing very well indeed – both mentally and physically. He attributes the physical part of it to walking on a daily basis – and we’re talking about three to four miles. Although he was both a boxer and a rugby player for Scotland’s University of Glasgow – he gave those sports up in his 30’s – and took to walking ever since. Having an active Labrador dog (her name was ‘Eilidh of Stuarton’ – Nell for short) was good reason to go walking every day. Even after the dog passed-away, my mother and father found themselves addicted to walking and have kept it up into their very old age.

 

And that has passed on down to me – and I take credit for passing it on to Rochelle. If I don’t get my work-out in the gym every day, or go skiing or cycling – I go for a walk. In fact, you’ll often find me walking after a good day of skiing just to unwind and relax my muscles. Besides, walking is a great way to catch up with your significant other, get some fresh air and aerobic activity together while you chat about things – or just keep quiet and enjoy the scenery.

 

The beauties of walking for health are: 1) It’s free – well – maybe it wears your shoes out -,  2) It requires no special skills – anyone can do it,  3) Initially, walking requires no pre-determined level of fitness – start out slow and short distances – and build on that,  4) It is easy on the body – unlike the jarring to the knees, hips and spine of, say, running, 5) It is sociable – chat while you walk along, 6) It gets you fresh air in your lungs, 7) It requires no special gear or equipment or specific place (like a golf course or a ski hill).

 

Often, the best time to get a massage, is after a walk – when, bodily and mentally, you are relaxed and your muscles easily receive the massage therapist’s work.

Be well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle

 

 

Hot Springs near Jackson Hole

Hot Springs near Jackson Hole

We’re deep in the off-season now in Jackson Hole. And the weather can be ‘iffy’. What do massage therapists and other seasonal workers in Jackson Hole do with themselves in the off-season? One of our favorite things  is to go to hot springs – all of which are about 90 minutes from Jackson.

 

Rochelle and I paid our first visit to Green Canyon Hot Springs recently, This is on the way to Rexburg, Idaho. To get to it from Jackson Hole, you have to drive over Teton Pass to Victor, north to Driggs and then towards Rexburg. The Green Canyon Hot Springs is about half-way between Driggs and Rexbuirg – four miles south at highway mile marker 116 on Hwy 33 in the northern foothills of the Big Hole mountains – which flank the western edge of Teton Valley, Idaho. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Jackson Hole for thirteen years and never been there before. It’s an absolute delight. There are two pools – one is an Olympic sized swimming / playing pool with temps of about 96’F, the other pool is pure relaxation with temps at about 105’F. These are fed from a spring that emerges from the ground at 115′. The hot springs have been run by the same family since 1953 – the present building was built in 1947. It’s definitely showing its age and needs some TLC – but then there’s just tons of character.

 

The hot pool area itself is what one might imagine as ‘Heaven’. It’s like a greenhouse and all painted a light blue. There’s a surreal feeling of peace and well-being. (Hence relevant to this massage blog.) The temperature of 105’F is a little much to stay in for long – but steps emerge from the pool and you can submerge yourself in there as little or as much as you like – and of course take a dip in the cooler pool when you need to. Speaking of which…there’s a ‘Plunge Pool’ at 55’F – quite a shocking quick dip in there will do much to cool you down, that’s for sure.

 

The drive to Green Canyon Hot Springs is really quite delightful – through potato fields that are typical of Idaho, it’s nice to see this way of life and the farms laid out. And the views of the Tetons on our return Journey towards the Teton Valley…stunning:

 

 

Overall, an afternoon there (or a day – take a picnic – or a couple of days – go camping with the kids) is relaxation defined. Ahhh…we love off-seasons on Jackson Hole.

Next week I’ll talk about the other two hot springs near Jackson Hole – Granite Creek, up Hoback Canyon, and Heise Hot Springs – also in Idaho but on the way to Idaho Falls.

Be well,

 

Rochelle and Hamish

 

Ski Resort Cycles

Ski Resort Cycles

If you’re looking for some deep wisdom about massages, giving massage, receiving massage, the benefits of massage, the business of massage – you might not wish to read on. Occasionally I digress into discussion about life in Jackson Hole – as lived by massage therapists here. Overall – we lead not such a bad life – especially when it’s end-of-ski-season PARTY TIME.

As I write this post, Rochelle – otherwise an almost completely sane massage therapist in Jackson Hole, has gone skiing with a tutu round her waist and a small stuffed bird attached to her shoulder. Yes folks, it’s ‘Gaper’ Day on the slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. As if concerts by Karl Denson, Blues Traveler and Michael Franti weren’t enough – it is PARTY WEEK here in Jackson Hole. Over the weekend we had the ski-season-end multi-faceted race – the PPP (Pole Pedal Paddle) – but we’ll get back to that soon. Meanwhile – back to Gapers…What’s a Gaper? You might ask… Well – it’s a rather derogatory term for people who are well behind on the ski fashion curve – to put it mildly. It’s a throw-back and a poking of fun at how absurd ski fashions looked – oh just so recently – and how we thought we were so cool in wearing them.

 

 

Here’s the Wiki definition:

The day (usually April Fool’s Day or thereabouts) when all the mountain employees and locals who don’t have to work dress up in absurd tourist outfits and imitate all the dumb gapers we have to deal with the rest of the year. Usually involves lots of neon clothing, ridiculous stunts, and massive amounts of alcohol.
“It’s gaper day! I’m going to wear my dad’s 80’s onesy.”
Now, this isn’t to say that Jackson Hole has dibs on Gaper Day – no way – it’s a phenomenon that has spread throughout ‘cool’ ski resorts all over the country (and maybe Europe for all I know.) But frankly – it’s hilarious wherever it takes place.
The other thing I mentioned above is the Pole Pedal Paddle, or PPP (which this year has added two additional legs for the first time and so it becomes the PPPPP). As the name suggests, it a multi-legged, multi-skilled race from the top of Jackson Hole’s aerial (the first leg is on Alpine skis) tram to a place on the Snake river many miles away and several thousand feet lower on the banks of the Snake River (the last leg is in kayaks or other river craft). In between those two legs, there’s Nordic (cross-country) skiing, and road-biking.
There are ‘serious’ race classes, where athleticism counts and winning is a serious goal. There are more casual classes, where simply competing and completing the course is the goal; there are relay teams if all of the various skills are better shared among a group of friends or business colleagues; and then (again), there’s the ‘party’ class – where costumes count and nobody really cares who completes what – just get the prize for the best costume. Again, this race is not just a Jackson Hole thing – many ski resorts, with a river nearby, will have their own PPP races.
It’s a great and fun event for all. Entry fees and other fund-raising activities to to help finance our very own Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club.
Teams are formed by local companies – whether serious, relay or costume based – and the whole thing helps, among this entire week of festivities, to round-out yet another ski season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Yet the end of one season is the beginning of another. Whilst many may lament the end of ski season – well, we’ve had it since November and it’s time to move on…spring and summer in the Tetons are just around the corner – and I’ll have lots to write about that in my next post.
Be well,
Hamish and Rochelle

Jackson Hole Activities – Visit the National Elk Refuge

Jackson Hole Activities – Visit the National Elk Refuge

 

In our work as massage therapists in Jackson Hole, where our clients are often from out of town, we find ourselves as a resource of information about the area. So this blog will now occasionally cover the many wonderful things there are for people to do while in Jackson Hole. With summer season coming right along, We’ll cover events and activities, from ‘mainstream’ tourism attractions, to more subtle activities and organizations etc. – more for locals’ participation.

 

With the near-record heavy snows of February and early March now on the wane, spring has come to Jackson Hole with warm mid-day temperatures and lingering light, and this is no more obvious than on the National Elk Refuge. The refuge abuts the Eastern portion of the town of Jackson and thousands of elk (official count just in this month 1s 11,600)  can be seen across the vast expanse of the Elk Refuge as it spreads out north towards Grand Teton National Park and east to the Gros Ventre Mountains. It’s mid-March and time for bull elk to start shedding their antlers – which they will do through April. Soon after shedding, their new velveted antler growth begins. During April and May, elk begin drifting from the Refuge, following the receding snowline toward their summer ranges in the high country. Calves are born in protected areas along the migration route in late May and June.

 

Birds flock to the refuge during their spring migration. Yes, there’s more than just elk here – the refuge preserves and restores habitat for endangered species, birds, fish and other big-game animals such as Bison. It’s not unusual to see coyotes, bear, red fox and even wolves there.

 

 

The next three months will bring much activity to the elk refuge as they prepare to start their migration and eventually move to their summer habitats. While there’s still snow on the ground, an excellent way to see this up-close and personal is by taking a horse-drawn sleigh-ride right in among the herds.

 

There’s plenty of information to be had about this on the National Elk Refuge’s web site.   Jackson Hole’s National Elk Refuge is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And after you’re all done with that…a nice massage would be just the thing to finish off the day – don’t you think?

Be well, Hamish and Rochelle.