For those of us who live and work in Jackson Hole, as a generalization midwinter, post-holidays we can become complaisant, ungrateful and even complain about our existence. “Too crowded, too much traffic, too cold, too much snow to plow” are all things you can overhear a jaded local say on a chairlift or on the bus. I, myself was feeling a bit this way, up until last Friday, a day when I showed up to work and was reminded how grateful I am to call this place home and be a part of a really special community.
Singer, song writer (and really nice guy) Brett Dennen has been all across the American West this winter. As a self-proclaimed avid skier, Brett dreamed up this winter concert tour to ski, but also give back to the communities he was visiting. When we heard he was coming to Jackson Hole we couldn’t resist but put him in touch with our local environmental partner, Yellowstone Teton Clean Cities (YTCC). These guys are doing some great work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and find alternative transportation solutions for our community. So with Brett’s support of YTCC and START Bus he not only took the bus to and from his hotel to Teton Village, but he also played an acoustic set on both the Aerial Tram and the START Bus.
I was one of the lucky 80 or so people on the first tram of the morning last Friday with Brett. As we rode up the mountain everyone was quietly enjoying Brett’s lovely tunes. Halfway up we broke through the sea of clouds to sunshine, Brett’s lyrics of coming home rang true as we exited the tram with glorious valley views.
This valley is our home, and we (meaning us jaded locals and the many visitors) all need to take care of it. Brett helped remind me that every little thing that we can do to help makes a difference. So, in honor of Mr. Brett Dennen, let’s take the START Bus, remember to recycle, turn off the lights when you leave the house, and take a moment to appreciate the view!
Thanks to all the partners who helped make last Friday possible: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Clif Bar Green Notes, EFFECT Partners, Yellowstone Teton Clean Cities, Friends of Pathways, START Bus, Pink Garter Theatre, Teton Village Association, KGB Productions and the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board.