I haven't been in the mood to do much of anything lately. I constantly feel lethargic and I'm touchier than usual, like I'm in a prolonged hibernation that I can't figure out how to wake from. It's supposed to snow again tomorrow (I mean, is this real life?!), and I am fairly certain that by now, I'm suffering from a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. And maybe the rest of New York is, too, because people have been downright mean on the subways and in the streets this week. Y'all. I am just not built to deal with this weather. I'm a summer baby. I need warmth. And I need it now.
The easiest way to combat all of these emotions that I've been having, coupled with the agonizingly long winter, is to bust out my photo flash drive and look at images from past summer trips while dreaming of impending ones. My family and I are big into vacation planning, and we used to take a vacation each and every summer to a National Park - the last one was out to the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My little brother had been working in the park for the summer, and we all flew out to visit him while hiking through the mountains, going to rodeos and cowboy bars, purchasing western boots and big ass hats aptly named "The Rancher." Memories from trips like these are what get me through the harsh winter seasons in New York.
Reminiscing with these pictures is helping (slowly but surely) to wake me from my winter hibernation with crazy levels of excitement, because in July, we'll be traipsing up to Crater Lake in Oregon for our latest family excursion. We used to do this every year, y'all. And Jackson Hole would've been in 2011, so four years have now passed without my fix of mountains, nature views, taking dusk drives to spot animals, setting up the timer on cameras for all-inclusive family jumping pics, and basically having the best time ever. So, yah, it's safe to say that Crater Lake is long overdue.
Trying my best to combat my current SAD (medical and emotional) state in the face of snowfall tomorrow, I wanted to share some Jackson Hole pictures from August of 2011. I hope they help anyone else who might also be having a hard time dealing with this dreadful, dreadful cold.
What's the best family vacation you've ever been on? Leave a comment below or e-mail me at email@example.com. I'd love to see any favorite pictures if you have them!