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Stephanie and I finally had something in our lives exciting enough (outside of work) to blog about, and of course it's only taken me 6 weeks to finally blog about it. Last month we had a joint vacation and were able to hit the slopes at Jackson Hole, a ski resort just outside of Jackson, Wyoming.


Stephanie and I both love airports. Which is odd considering how much drama we've had in them. It rarely seems to go smoothly. I was meeting Stephanie in Jackson who was flying in from Houston. Of course the day I fly out of Memphis is the day it decides to start snowing. After de-icer truck failures and FIVE total de-icing attempts I was airborne to Chicago an hour and a half later. While traversing the length of O'Hare, I here "last call for boarding" of my flight. Needless to say, residency and The MED food has made me sloth like, not to mention running with ten pound snow boots on might as well be an exercise off of P90X. Another airport close call.


The town of Jackson is just the way we like it. A somewhat small, quaint ski village with lots of character. The first day we spent getting our legs back and hitting some cruisers. The resort lived up to it's reputation with a wide variety of terrain. My description of it would be the elevation change of the Alps, the bowls of Vail and the trees of Wolf Creek. Our favorite place to ski previously had been the back bowls and blue sky basin of Vail. But I think Jackson Hole might have taken the lead in all time favorite places to ski. Along this theme here's my list of top five places to ski in the US.

1. Jackson Hole

2. Vail

3. Wolf Creek

4. Crested Butte

5. Steamboat Springs



We were blessed with some gorgeous powder the second day of skiing and took full advantage. We also enjoyed to newly rebuilt 'Big Red' which travels 4,000 feet of elevation in 9 minutes. Stephanie was all proud because the recording on the gondola gives a long warning about being "expert terrain only" before you get off.




We decided it would probably be a while before returning to Jackson and that we should take full advantage of being only a few miles from Yellowstone. However, we soon found out that it is inaccessible to standard vehicles during the winter. So, we made due and hopped aboard a snowmobile instead.


It was truly one of the funnest things we've ever experienced. Yellowstone was beautiful even in the winter, and who wouldn't enjoy seeing it while going 55 mph on a snowmobile.

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Our webhost has decided to limit the number of characters per post to a very unreasonable amount so here's some more pictures from Jackson Hole. 














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The Glovers are currently homeless nomads. We moved all of our stuff into storage and are touring Texas seeing family and friends one last time before we become permanent tenants of Tennessee. Our first stop was in Gorman where I undertook a carpentry project, building a fort/swing set in my parents' backyard for our nieces and nephew.  Although I really built it for them, I did make sure at least one of the swings was adult capacity :)




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After a month in Utah and two months away from home, we used the opportunity to take advantage of our road trip. The first stop was in Moab, UT where we opted for a cheap alternative. The Lazy Lizard hostel wasn't quite as nice as the Europe hostels I had stayed in. We got what we paid for and luckily were only there a few hours and weren't forced to use the shower.



As our previous hikes in Utah proved, we found it best to hit the trails early, taking advantage of the morning light and the lack of tourists.





Delicate Arch, Utah's unofficial mascot, lived up to its reputation and was even more impressive than expected.










Figuring that it might be a long time until we traveled that route again and seeing that it was only 20 minutes out of the way, we decided to stop at four corners.
Four Corners

We were slightly appalled to be unexpectedly charged $6 at the gate and this clip from The Simpson demonstrates the anti-climatic nature of the event.

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Before we depart Salt Lake City this week, Stephanie and I made a final trip into the mountains. It was quite a trek, but definitely worth it in the end. We went to Desolation Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Here's a few pics from our adventure.













 Desolation Lake





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