Fall is electric in the mountains. There’s a bite in the air and the prospect of upcoming powder has the locals buzzing over PBR’s at the designated watering hole. Some people cringe at this lifestyle but I absolutely love it. Living in and for each moment of accumulating snow brings a unique awareness, connecting us to the precipitous balance of nature and weather.
I’m reminded of this every fall as Thanksgiving rolls around. Far away from most of our families, rag-tag mountain folk rally around each other. Pot lucks full of friends and food overflow the traditional dinner; laughter ringing deep into the morning hours. It’s a special time. One in which I remember why I live here as I’m quietly thankful for the company and days to come. Always hoping the winter ahead will be deep and plentiful. These are simple things to be thankful for really, but that simplicity is what brings me true happiness.
I, more than anyone understand how easy it is to get wrapped up in daily stress and worry. This is a time to reflect instead. To take a moment to pause and smile. To give a hug or a kiss. Maybe tell someone you love them. It’s the little things that make our lives, so make sure you say thank you this holiday season.
Rachel is Chief Marketer by day and powder hunter by weekend. You can find her chasing storms in the Tetons and chowing down on Kate’s Bars.