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the thoughts, views, & adventures of the Terra crew


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Skynyrd and Inspiration

The beloved teacher, Leonard Skinner, that inspired Lynyrd Skynyrd’s name has passed away, reported by CNN.com earlier today.

We wanted to send out a quick thank you to those who have inspired us in the past, friends, family members, teachers and mentors.  It’s truly amazing that one person can have a profound effect on one life or a whole generation. Without Mr. Skinner who knows what a favorite rock band would have been named, or even if they would have been inspired in the same way.

Our lighters are raised in honor of Mr. Skinner and all of those out there who have inspired us to be, do, and create.


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Love the Outdoors and Gear As Much As We Do?

It’s always a bummer when you’re stuck at your desk five days a week, dreaming of what you could be doing OUTSIDE.

Enter the internet and kindred spirits galore, who are out there enjoying the wide open spaces, and sharing their experiences online. Sure we have these guys listed on our blog roll, but everyone deserves a shout out now and again. Here are a few random selections from our list of favorite bloggers.

Mike’s Skiing Blog – There is already a light dusting of snow on the tops of the Tetons and surrounding mountain ranges. Who’s excited?!

The Adventure Life – Their gear page is always full of little treasures, enjoy.

Feed The Habit – More wonderful gear reviews, read up then get out there and feed the habit.

The Snaz – Awesome photos to get you motivated on those (rare) off days.

TetonAT – Keeping us up-to-date on our favorite winter activities, and helping us get by during the summer months with much needed distractions.

The Mountain Culture – The Mountain MurMur provides us with all of our favorite things about the mountain lifestyle; great people, great views, great entertainment, and of course, great adventure.

If you can’t get enough of the outdoor world but are stuck at a desk check out our blog roll, just make sure the boss doesn’t catch you.


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Waiting for Winter? Upcoming Sept/Oct Events in Jackson

We know, we know.  Summer’s over, but Winter’s not quite here. You’ve ridden and hiked every trail you can find and now you’re now ready for snow.  We are too.

Unfortunately, we’ve got some time to bide before the snow falls so here are a few upcoming events in the area that you can distract yourself with until the snow starts to fall in earnest.

September 15Jackson Hole Arts Festival, Come check out the 26th annual festival featuring Joseph Velazquez.

September 25Jackson Canine Carnival, bring the family pooch out for a walk and enjoy the day. Benefits go to the local animal shelter. If you don’t have a pup come on down and see who’s looking for a forever home.

September 25 – Free Entrance to National Parks for Public Lands Day, head up to the park and enjoy dinner and the fall colors.

October 1-3Teton Wellness Festival head to Snow King the first weekend of October and check out seminars on everything from vitamins, advice on career changes, to  yoga and zumba instruction. Click here for ticket information.
Key Note Speakers:
Friday – Donna Eden with David Feinstein, PhD
Saturday – Len Saputo, MD
Sunday –  Joan Borysenko, PhD

October 15 Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival for the second year. Head down to the Pink Garter Theater and check out some great films sponsored by Patagonia.

October 23The Grand Teton Music Festival is hosting Boris Godunov at the Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for students.

October 30 – Snow King & KMTN’s annual Halloween Bash, head to Snow King in your best costume for the annual party, start’s at 8:0pm. Mandatory Air will be playing all night long, all proceeds go to the Children’s Learning Center.

There’s a partial list of suggestions, what else?  Did we miss anything?

Don’t forget to do your nightly snow dance!


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Yellowstone area in Autumn, a wonderful fall destination.

In case you haven’t noticed yet, we’re proud to live where we do. There aren’t many places on earth where you can spend your lunch hour in a national park going for a quick hike or bike ride. That’s why we had to post this article on the top 10 destinations for autumnal trips, please note that this top 10 list is worldwide. Man, are we lucky!

Where are you spending fall, and what do you love about it? Take a few minutes to stop and smell the foliage, there’s something great about the changing seasons.


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The Summer of Bear

This summer as been full of bear activity here in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. There have been warnings posted for local residents and visitors all summer long. This summer, more then ever, it seems that everyone you meet has an interesting bear story.

When we were cruising the internet recently we came across this story which blows any of our National Park bear stories out of the water.

An curious little bear cub in Florida found himself stuck with a jar on his head for ten days! Luckily the local law enforcement and Fish and Wildlife Conservationists were able to capture the shy little bear and free him from the clear plastic jar.

There are hopefully a couple good weekends of summer weather left here in Jackson Hole, who knows there could be an even more out there bear story to come. We will make sure to keep you posted!

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