The title of my post might be a little misleading, but it sounded cool so I went with it. This post is really about traveling to Jackson, WY for a few days with good friends over the 4th of July weekend. There were definitely guns, but I'm not so sure about guts or glory. Although catching cutthroat trout in the Snake River while drinking a beer with a bald eagle flying overhead made me feel pretty glorious. Seriously. That happened. The beer was none other than “America”, aka the beer formerly known as Budweiser. Maybe the glory I felt was simply unadulterated American pride in the situation. Regardless, it felt pretty awesome.
The trip was for my friend Dan’s bachelor party although there has been talk of late that the trip was actually for me. I guess we’ll never know will we Dan? Anyway, we had an awesome time. I won’t argue who had more fun, but let’s just say I did pretty much everything I had hoped to do in only 3 days in Jackson. I went fishing. Twice. I climbed. Twice. I drank a lot of beer and even lost the jumbo margarita race. I went hiking and running. I went biking and watched the sunrise on the Tetons. And, I even got to shoot a wide range of firearms. All in all, it was a pretty epic 3 days.
Now, I should mention that the majority of my life is not epic. Unless of course you consider being woken up at 3am by a 4-year-old regularly because his blankets fell off as epic. I’m a dad and husband and that comes before anything else. I'm working from home this afternoon and my son has actually interrupted me 4 times so far while I've been writing this blog post. I get enough thrills from having a family and running a business that I am quite happy in my day to day life.
Every once in a while though, I have the itch and the opportunity to branch out and pursue the activities I love to do, but seldom have time for. I get paid to do some pretty cool things (see this post), but it’s different when you are simply on vacation.
Here a just a few highlights from my trip to Jackson.