First off, my apologies for being a little behind on the website. After 2400 miles over 5 months on the PCT, we took our van to Northern California for seven weeks of off grid R&R. We had to, unfortunately, scrap the van there as it needed repairs that weren’t worth fixing. From San Francisco we flew to Indiana, enjoyed two weeks with our families and friends for Thanksgiving, and made arrangements for the next chapter in this continuously moving life.
Since we left Vermont in March, it was our intention to return for the ’16-’17 ski season at Stratton Mountain. In September, we learned that our bosses would be happy to have us back, but then were informed that the limited employee housing was full and we would have to find our own housing off the mountain. Not only would we have to find a place, but also possibly find roommates, furniture, and purchase two vehicles. Sigh. We quickly realized it may not be worth all that trouble for a four month gig, so we began brainstorming alternatives for the winter season.
A common theme from our experience in the seasonal work world is that one gig leads to another, and this winter is no exception. When we left Vermont, we went directly to Coachella Valley to work catering for Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals with a group of 6 others from Stratton. After the festivals, Sean and I immediately began our journey on the PCT. Two others from the house made their way north to begin a summer job in Wyoming.
They both fell in love with their new home at Togwotee Lodge near Jackson, WY. I loved seeing their pictures of big game wildlife and the breathtaking Tetons. When we realized we wanted an alternative to Vermont, they were my first contact. Thankfully, they knew our work ethic and were able to help us secure jobs.
So, while we were in California, we started getting everything set up for our winter in Wyoming at Togwotee Lodge. The lodge sits at 8500 feet in the middle of Bridger – Teton National Forest. The tips of the Tetons are visible from just behind the lodge with Grand Teton National Park entrance being about an hour away. The lodge boasts convenient hiking trails and horseback riding in the summer then transforms to a winter wonderland. With an average snowfall of 600 inches for the winter season, proximity to the Continental Divide, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone, and over 600 miles of groomed trail, it is easy to see why Togwotee Lodge is the number one snowmobile destination in the country. No, I’ve never been snowmobiling, but I am beyond stoked for my first ride this week!
In the past ten days, I think I’ve already seen more snow fall then anywhere else I’ve experienced winter. Seriously, it’s like we’re living in a snowglobe. Thankfully, we are living in a dorm on site so we can watch the powdery snow fall stress free. We don’t have anywhere to go, so bring it on!
So far, I really like it here. It’s peaceful, secluded, rural, and rustic. Snowshoeing Angle Mountain right behind our dorm is always an option, and the lodge plans employee activities like snowmobiling, pool tournaments, holiday parties, and dog sled rides. Did I mention there are 100 sled dogs outside my window all.the.time!?!? Aahhhoooooooo!!!!!
Well, I’ve got to get ready for work. You know, so we can save up for whatever’s next…
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