As I type this post from St. Louis days before I head back to KU, I cannot even believe my summer in Jackson and with the Chamber has come and gone.
The Chamber staff is composed of incredibly intelligent, empowering people who not only made sure I felt welcomed and at home, but pushed me to learn and grow. Through my involvement with the Chamber, I was able to connect with countless people and places of Jackson Hole that I might not have otherwise.
I’m sure by now you all have heard about my #humansofjhchamber Instagram campaign. This was one of my favorite parts of my internship and summer; I absolutely loved running this project and am so grateful for the opportunities it provided me to learn about the unique local business community of Jackson and meet the most incredible people. To bring this campaign to life, I conducted 10-15 minute interviews with Chamber members to learn the stories of their businesses in the context of their own lives and in the Jackson community. Then I took photos of my interviewee, ideally in a place or with a background that provided some elemental context for the story of that business and person. I then transcribed the interview to create one long quote HONY-style, edited and selected one photo, and finally posted it to Instagram. I left Jackson having featured a total of 18 Chamber members, representing 18 humans of these businesses and 18 fascinating people of the Jackson community. This was a notable number given my short 90-day-wonder status, but my dream for the project would be eventually featuring every single Chamber member. Thankfully, the Chamber’s amazing Director of Membership Elisabeth Rohrbach plans on taking over the campaign, so if you are interested in being featured, please email her at email@example.com!
In addition to posting these photos/stories on the Chamber’s Instagram, I created a collection website to eternalize my portion of the project. I’m sad to leave a project behind that allowed me to learn immensely through interacting with significant businesses of the local community, but I’m so humbled that a campaign I created will live on.
And now on to the fun stuff. In my experienced opinion, there are just a few things that a summer in Jackson Hole should absolutely not exclude. Let me give you some highlights:
White Water Rafting: I definitely recommend having a friend whose friend owns a raft and was a river guide in Alaska for seven years. If not, take a commercial trip! Find rafting guides here.
Floating the River: The key to a perfect Sunday (and how I spent my last day in Jackson) is $15 bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas (enjoyed in moderation) at The Bird followed by a peaceful float down the Snake River. Don't forget your personal flotation device! Visit https://www.jacksonholechamber.com/shopping/sporting-goods/ to find the gear you need.
Sloshies: But only the Greyhound at Creekside. Nothing else will do.
Music on Main: Andy Frasco & the U.N. put on quite the show at the only Music on Main I was able to attend this summer, which made me wish I could have gone to many more. I recommend having drinks with the band at Knotty Pine after the concert. For even more fun, end your night camping in Victor at Mike Harris Campground and making s’mores!
Mountain Biking: A necessary activity to experience, but I do not recommend using your aunt’s town bike that has a Dorothy-like wicker basket attached to it. Get rental gear and tips from the experts. See www.jacksonholechamber.com/summer-activities/mountain-biking.
Jackson Hole Rodeo: I’m not sure which was more entertaining, the actual rodeo part or the part where a hundred shrieking children chased after a few poor sheep. The rodeo regulalry runs through the summer on Wednesday and Friday nights. Visit jhrodeo.com.
Teton County Fair: More specifically, the funnel cake. Look for the 2018 dates at www.tetoncountyfair.com.
Snow King: While the main trail is not particularly notable, the view is definitely worth it and it’s a great workout. You can also take the easy way up with the scenic shairlift ride! Visit snowkingmountain.com. For a more fun trail, try Josie’s Ridge.
Snow King Mountain Activities: The Chamber staff was able to partake in a Tuesday afternoon on the Alpine Slide, mountain coaster, and Treetop Adventure. Find information about these activities and more at snowkingmountain.com.
A Wildlife Safari: On one of my last nights in Jackson, I went on an evening wildlife safari with Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures. We saw some Wyoming favorites like bison, elk, pronghorn, and even a moose nursing her two babies! Unfortunately, no bears or wolves. The tour guide very informative and I enjoyed learning more about these unique animals. Find a tour to fit your interests at www.jacksonholechamber.com/tours/wildlife-tours.
Jumping Off Phelps Lake Rock: To be prefaced with sloshies and done with someone who rocks. This is how I spent my second to last day as an intern with my supervisor, and now good friend, Casey Carroll!
My internship with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce provided me endless opportunities to improve as a student, writer, thinker, networker, and person, in addition to allowing me to meet amazing people and have an enjoyable summer here in Jackson, which is now undoubtedly one of my absolute favorite places.
One last final time…
Tanya, the Intern