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This coming Monday, August 25th The Deck will be serving up cocktails, food and views, but also will play host to View22, an art project with a purpose created by local artists benefiting the Jackson Hole Land Trust.  From the top of the Bridger Gondola, in the valley below you can see over 20 Land Trust protected properties, so for a special Deck happy hour View 22 will feature a plein air demonstration by artists Travis Walker and Kay Northup.

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In everyone’s image of a mountain range, there at the base, lies a stunning blue green spectacle of reflection, the lake. It looks inviting in summer’s heat, but once it’s reached is usually too cold to venture past the ankles or for a quick head splash. The Tetons thankfully meet that perfect imagery, carved by the ever powerful glaciers, who have thankfully left behind a handful of lakes that have not only breathtaking views, but great swimming too. Friends, meet String Lake.

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The threat of severe weather wasn’t enough to get in the way of an extremely fun mountain bike race on Friday Night. The first in a series of three chainless mountain bike races in the Jackson Hole Bike Park had a good showing and fun was had by all. The chainless format is a great way to maximize the fun in the Bike Park, and the Bronco trail has the perfect amount of flow for a chainless race.

If you missed out on race #1, make sure to get out for the final race on Friday, August 29th. The race will continue to be held during Friday Night Bikes, with registration/sign up from 4:45 PM-5:15 PM and race runs starting right after. Check out results and photos from race #1 below:

Third-place finisher Travis Fitzgerald works one of the top berms
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The big news on the foodie front this week is that the Jackson Hole community will be showcasing our culinary talents to the New York media and public this October 2nd at the historic James Beard House.  Chefs Roger Freedman, Executive Chef for Fine Dining Restaurant Group and Chef Wes Hamilton, Executive Chef at JHMR have collaborated to create Jackson Hole: From the Range a carefully curated menu of ingredients sourced from our region along with wine and whiskey pairings.

We’re super excited to see these chefs in action in NYC, so in the mean time we sat down with them to find out what makes them tick.

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It’s a beautiful summer night in Jackson Hole, and a cool breeze whirls through the rodeo grounds, bringing smells of dirt, leather, and horses to the crowd.  We’re watching the break away competition, and the announcer calls Crystal Wright’s name; she’s on deck to run next. 3, 2, 1 and she’s off, and just as quickly, it’s over.

Crystal Break away

She didn’t rope the calf this time, and Crystal is disappointed with her performance.  But as she is exiting the arena, she sees us in the stands, smiles and hollers with a laugh, “Can you believe they gave me that scrawny cow?!?”.  We go find Crystal in the practice arena afterwards, where she is riding her young horse, Rock Star while she waits for her next event, the barrel races.
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The pathway system in Jackson Hole is expansive, with over 42 miles of pathway in Teton County and an additional 14 within Grand Teton National Park. One of the great outreach initiatives of local non-profit Friends of Pathways is promoting access to this expansive network among multiple user groups. With the upcoming Access August event (see poster and information below) on Sunday, August 3rd, we decided to get out on the pathways and explore some of the incredible ways in which people are use them.

This led me to get out for a fun ride on the Grand Teton National Park pathway network with Nikki Thompson. Nikki is a Jackson native who was born with Spina bifada, a congenital disorder of the spine. As an active person, Nikki rides a hand cycle, which does not require the use of her legs. Nikki is pictured below demonstrating her hand cycle on the pathway near Moose Junction.
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