This weekend was an excellent demonstration of the supporting community that we live in. At Old Bills we gathered with other non profits on town square where each group educated, engaged and shared their passion, hoping that in return individuals and co-challengers would find their mission worth supporting. If Jackson was to be compared to a human body, each of these non profits would be a vertebrae, collectively making the back bone of our unique community. Old Bills, co-challengers and supporting individuals would be the heart of these non profits, pumping and supporting us, making our goals possible. Adaptive athletes as well as all the people involved with every non profit in Jackson are the fingers and toes of our metaphorical body. They interact with the environment, challenging the body, creating new experiences and developing interpersonal relationships. It was truly inspirational to see all the “vertebrae” of our community, with all their passions and wild ideas, gathered together in support of our town. And the really remarkable part is to see the support given not only to Teton Adaptive Sports, but to all of the non profits of the Jackson area. Thank you Old Bills, Co-challengers and the individuals who support us, and make this community what it is!
Despite the clearing smoke from distant forest fires, Teton Adaptive Sports Paddling Day at String Lake was one of the best events of the summer!
We had an excellent turn out of adaptive athletes, wonderful support from out volunteers, and stellar instruction and gear from Rendezvous River Sports! From the 6 person SUP, to hand made wooden kayaks, peddle boats to tandem and single person kayaks, there really was something for everyone.
Some people tried every kind of boat possible, while others found one that worked well for them and stuck with it. Her Josh gets geared up for a sit on top kayak. William finds that a SUP is a handy tool for taking a nap on the water. With warm summer days fleeting, it was the perfect opportunity to either get after it, or take it easy.
Of course it wouldn’t be a paddle day with out the party boat! Mycah and Tim hold down the party boat and invite others to join the fun!
The hot conversation of the day was the hand made wooden boats that Rich, Ian and Isabelle brought. Ian shows his excitement while riding in the beautiful craft.
Many thanks to everyone who came out!
Teton Village Fun Day was just that! With a great turn out of over 30 participants, everyone got a chance to partake in lots of fun activities! It was wonderfully calm on top of the tram, with great views of the Grand Teton and the valley below.
Some people took advantage of the tram gained elevation to go for a hike on top of Rendezvous Mountain. Others enjoyed the bungee trampoline or outdoor climbing wall. It was great to have a mix of people from Star Valley, Victor and the locals from Jackson. Looking forward to more fun activities with our new and old friends!
“Where is the moon?” Ty asks as he roasts his s’more over the fire. Soon the giant golden full moon peaks through the pines as people make their way to their tents. It was a full day of playing corn hole, walking to Granite Falls and checking out the hot springs. The timing was spot on as our camping trip happened to fall on the warmest weekend in a month. A strong representation from CES made for a fun and cheerful group dynamic. Here a few folks relax by the river at the base of Granite Falls.
Ty was feeling more adventurous so Cherene, Rob and he forged the river to check out the natural hot springs at the base of the falls.
We returned to the camp to find Josh and his cute dog Maya had joined the group. But the day was young and Ty was wanting to explore the developed pool above the falls. Others decided to soak up the sun while playing corn hole. Cassie and Zach had the afternoon cut out for them as they found a nice place in the shade to relax. The mid 80 degree weather and 100 degree water made for a not very crowded pool. Here’s Ty checking out the source of the hot springs, and Cassie, Zach, Amy and Terrissa chilling in the shade at camp.
Upon returning we found it time for some campfire grill cooking. The stove that was tried and tested just hours before decided to test us by not working. But fear not, we know how to adapt! So we cooked spaghetti on the grill which worked surprisingly well. A special thanks to Steve and Wayne who manned the grill.
After dinner we decided to go walk up to the falls. Again, the timing was perfect as we got to catch a beautiful sun set. Robbie and Frank the dog are deep in middle of a staring contest during this photo. It was a pleasure to have two furry friends along with us on this adventure…Maya and Frank really added to the fun!
To finish the night off we roasted s’mores and watched as the full moon made its appearance over the tall pines. There was no problem sleeping that night with the cool summer air in our lungs and a feeling of contentment after a fun day in the sun sent us to sleep promptly. The next day we all woke up refreshed and ready to drink a cup of joe around the campfire. Breaking down camp was bitter sweet as we all thoroughly enjoyed our time in Granite Canyon. Maybe next year we can spend two night!
Mother nature was gracious to us on the day of the Bike Rally and BBQ. As dark clouds stayed at bay, we rolled out our assortment of biking gear and barbecue supplies. Jonah and Van took a particular liking to the obstacle course. Ian’s balance and biking skills have improved tremendously since our last biking event! He really demonstrated his moves as he flowed through the obstacle course and set the pace on our ride through the bike paths near the Middle School.
Nikki set the example for us all on how to be flexible and adapt with what is available. She tried out a bike that she has never tried before and crushed it on our group ride!
Everyone showed up with an open mind and a great attitude which made it a very fun day. What a great group of people! Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered and supported our day biking! A special thanks to Garth and Christy Gillespie who rented us their truck to transport all of our gear!
I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a tandem ducky float with Josh Hancock, an adaptive athlete who is visiting Jackson Hole. It is an inspiration to learn about Josh and how he is continuing to live a full life after his injury last December. I hope that other adaptive athletes can look to him for ideas and support when trying to pursue an active life. It was quite an eventful afternoon where we were subjected many of the things that make Jackson Hole unique. We barely escaped a thunderstorm, saw plenty of wildlife including a raccoon, sandhill crane, bald eagle and an osprey catch a fish! What a great day on the river! Thanks for sharing your ducky Josh!