Next Stop: Amazonas

Next Stop: Amazonas, Top Places To Travel In Brazil

Manaus Walking Tour Including Fish Market And Opera House, The Amazon River via Seaplane, A Resort with a Zoo The Tropical, American Airlines New Plane Design, Jungle Tour at Juma Amazon Lodge, Boi Bumba Folk Music and Culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT STOP AMAZONAS-Transcription Season 3

 

00:00-00:04 Ola, I’m Jon Olson, and welcome to Next Stop, from Amazonas.

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00:19-00:37 JON: Welcome to  Amazonas, Brazil’s largest state. On this episode we will go deep in the jungle for some adventures, we will tour the capitol city of Manaus by foot and by air, and we will introduce you to an amorous spider monkey. Our local music and cultural scene will blow your mind. All this and more on Next Stop Amazonas. The fun starts now!

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00:45-2:24 JON: Manaus is the capitol of Amazonas, and here we are with Alex, our new buddy, for a walking tour of this beautiful city. We start here, and this guy started Manaus, right?

ALEX: This guy is very famous, because he was the first governor here.

JON: So I like it that not only people hang out in the square here, but actually the dogs come and hang out  too.

ALEX: Yeah, everybody come here, like I said, everybody miss this place, what are they going to miss? Here.

JON: I like this statue, this is cool I like the boats, what does it signify?

ALEX: This monument is for the immigration and the date was November 15 when the Portugal Empire. Do you see the waves?

JON: Sure.

ALEX: Which represent the Amazon river, Negro river and slight waves, the significance of this place here.

JON: So the boats are basically to open this area to the rest of the world through the river?

ALEX: Through the river, they come to Manaus.

JON: Very smart. Alright Alex, let’s see how the locals shop.

ALEX: This is a typical fish from the amazon, called Daqueiro. It is very popular here, everybody buys the fish, and it is good. Besides, it is a lot of fish, like another one of these?

JON: What are some of the larger ones?

ALEX: It’s called Tambaqui.

JON: Tambaqui? What are some things unique to Brazil that we can find in this area?

ALEX: Some fish, and some fruit maybe you cannot find in the U.S.

JON: Lots of unique stuff around here Alex, this is clearly the shopping district.

02:30-04:21 JON: So we’ve got the local station in town, there is 2 TV crews in here fighting for space. No portugese! If he speaks english, I should speak portugese?

ALEX: Yes.

JON: You are right, I’m sorry

CARLOS: Repeat after me.

JON: Repeat after me.

CARLOS: You are a bull.

Crowd laughs.

JON: I’m a horse? I’m a bull? I am! We continue our tour. So we are looking for something fairly unique, I think we have found it. We don’t see this like this, what is this kind of meat?

ALEX: It’s cow beef.

JON: It’s cow? Ok. This is your basic chicken, vegetables, you said vegetables are really expensive here, right, like potatoes are really expensive?

ALEX: Very expensive.

JON: And this is just big goat cheese basically?

ALEX: Buffalo mozzerella.

JON: I love this market, it is something that you guys have that we don’t, but I like it. Obviously you have to find a way to get everything into this market, this is clearly how they do it.

ALEX: That’s right, that’s right. This is the original port of Manaus. They even sleep in these boats.

JON: Nothing like saving the best for last, this is absolutely incredible, the opera house.

ALEX: It is very popular for performances from other countries, such as opera, dinners, dancing, singing, we have every year now.

JON: Eell thank you for the tour, you have a great city. What great memories here, I think we should go explore some more.

ALEX: I hope that people from the cities in the U.S. come to visit us in Manaus.

JON: Why would you not?

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04:27-4:33 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we see a natural phenomenon by air, and feature Brazils only hotel with a zoo.

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04:39-04:45 JON: When you think of Amazon, you think huge. The best way to see this enormous area is by sea plane.

05:08-06:51 JON: I don’t know how you live on that island, but people are living there. What do they do, just fish?

JAIR: Fish and grow plants for remedy

JON: This must be the Amazon, the Negro and the Amazon meet, you can see the dramatic changes in color. If you wondered where the meeting of the waters was, it’s on the Negro River and the Amazon. That is very dramatic, it’s really something to see. How long is the Amazon river, do you know?

JAIR: To the ocean, about a thousand miles. From here to the ocean.

JON: You can really see the waterways from up here. On the ground you don’t notice how much water there is surrounding the whole city. That is the opera house? That is a gorgeous building. What a fun tour.

JAIR: Oh, it’s great.

JON The best way to see Manaus and the surrounding Amazon, plus the meeting of the water, that is really fantastic.

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06:59-07:13 JON: Brazil is comprised of 26 states, Amazonas is the largest of these states in area, Manaus is the capitol city, and the largest metropolitan area in Northern Brazil with nearly 2.3 million inhabitants. Manaus is located and the convergence of the Amazon and Negro rivers.

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7:17-08:57 JON: We’re staying at the lovely Tropical Manaus, which is much more than your average hotel, it is kind of like a city, it’s huge!

CHRISTIAN: Yes, it is one of the best hotels we have here in Brazil. Everybody knows about the Tropical here in Brazil, it is a favorite, and we have a lot of kinds of rooms, 9 types of different rooms here.

JON: 9?

CHRISTIAN: Yes, we can receive a lot of groups and a lot of people.

JON: So the presidential suite is aptly named, because President Clinton  actually stayed there.

CHRISTIAN: Yes, we’ve received a lot of presidents, the most important is Clinton, of course.

JON: And entertainers too, Schwarzenegger, Alanis Morrisette, your location is awesome, you are right on the beach, right off the beach we checked out yesterday, it was incredible.

CHRISTIAN: Yes, it is an amazing place for leisure.

JON: You’ve got some restaurants here too that are pretty impressive, you’re buffet is very impressive.

CHRISTIAN: Did you enjoy it?

JON: Oh my gosh, the food is incredible.

CHRISTIAN: It’s great, not only for the guests, but the people of Manaus.

JON: One of the first things I noticed when we checked into the hotel of course, is the lobby bar, which is very open, and very fun and inviting, but I love your hallways, they are so long, they are very majestic.

CHRISTIAN: Yes, majestic, and they like it a lot because it is different.

JON: So we always like to find something a little unique about every property we stay at throughout the world, here-the zoo. You guys have your own zoo! Who has there own zoo?

CHRISTIAN: We have it here a perfect zoo, I think it is the only hotel in Brazil that has a zoo.

09:02-10:30 JON: Hello, I’m Jon.

DAISY: I’m Daisy.

JON: Daisy, nice to meet you. I came here yesterday and I saw these animals, and there was this cute little baby running around. I’ve never seen animals like this, what are they?

DAISY: There name is peccary, very common in the amazon rain forest.

JON: So it is kind of like our pig? It’s like a pig in the U.S.? Now you also have some very interesting monkeys, what is your favorite?

DAISY: My favorite is the spider monkey.

JON: Me too! Let’s go check out the spider monkeys. So these are my favorite monkeys too, tell us about these animals.

DAISY: Spider monkey are the biggest monkeys in the Amazon rain forest. Only 2 species, one is living in another state.

JON: One of these monkeys is a movie star.

DAISY: Nina.

JON: Nina! So I know what this guy is, it’s a macaw.

DAISY: She is born in here, but she has a problem, I care for her now, after 14 days in the cage.

JON: You have a very impressive hotel and how many hotels have a zoo? This is so cool. thank you so much for sharing this with us, this is very memorable.

CHRISTIAN: It was a pleasure for us.

JON: Christian, Daisy, thank you so much.

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10:35-10:44 JON: You may be wondering how we got here, since Alaska Airlines doesn’t fly to Brazil. Coming up on Next Stop, you will find out, as we highlight one of their fantastic code share partners.

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10:48-12:57 JON: It’s always a pleasure to meet up with Alaska Airlines partners throughout the world, and on this trip to Brazil, we partner with American Airlines, who is experiencing some amazing growth, some really fantastic changes starting right here, at DFW. What’s next generation?

KEVIN: Yes, we are standing in our first airport, which is the next generation concept design, which is designed around the customer, really improving the customer experience, putting the customer at ease throughout the airport journey as well as keeping them connected. So we have behind us the ticket counter at DFW terminal A1, which features a lot of the latest technology, such as self tagging kiosks. This is a big part of our brand, and who we want to be, which is an airline that is new, modern, fresh, and is really keeping customers connected, keeping customers at ease through their travel journey, and this is  a big part of it, is really elevating the airport experience for our customers here.

JON: As an avid traveler, I am a connoisseur of brand new airplanes, and we’ve got that today with the 777 300.

BRADY: Yes, I think the new American is really  what you are seeing with our 777 300, its, in our first and business class cabins, its 100% wifi seats, direct dial access, its the first for a U.S. carrier, our customers love it.

JON: I noticed there is some good party lighting going on inside.

BRADY: Yes, so another cool feature about this aircraft is it does have a mood lighting system, there is several different settings that the flight attendants are able to do throughout the flight, one of them happens to be the party setting, or the party mode as we call it, it has been very popular, of course it has our brand colors of blue and red.

JON: Your coach isn’t so bad either, you have your own private screens in coach.

BRADY: For myself included, who would be flying in the main cabin, we didn’t leave any stone unturned, and so we really paid a lot of attention in our main cabin, and that was really our goal behind this aircraft, and I think we hit a home run on that.

JON: I think you did too. Now I am in the market for a new car back home in Honolulu, but I am thinking…why not just skip right to one of these planes, how much would this set me back?

BRADY: Well, list price, lets say about 110 million.

JON: Chump change!

BRADY:Chump change, but it’s well worth it, and you will get there faster, I promise.

JON: Brady, thanks for taking us to Brazil.

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13:04-13.25 JON: Alaska Airlines has an award winning mileage program, and is proud of it’s partnership with American Airlines, which serves over 250 cities and 40 countries worldwide. You can visit amazing places like Brazil! take advantage of the bonus miles issued on approval of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, and start planning your next adventure today. For more information, visit alaskaair.com

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13:29-13:34 JON: We are deep in the amazon, about 3 hours outside of Manaus, at the Juma Lodge, for some jungle adventures.

13:52-14:16 JOAO: OK Jon,, we will start our hike from now. Basically, some recommendations along the way, just look before you touch any type of trees, sometimes we have spiky palm trees, but basically, some parts about of the palm trees help survive how we use our ocean and the forest, so we will learn some techniques, how we climb the trees, which is the material to use and many things to be using along the way. Welcome to the jungle, lets do it!hank you.

JON: Thank you.

14:22-18:06 JOAO: Well now we are arriving into a place that I would like to show you how we have this knowledge from our ancestral people for a long time. This here going to be pulled in this direction. Look, when I pull it this direction here, it will want to remain, it’s stuck back, look. So we do it here, we swaggle it like this.

JON: Oh wow. Voila! Didn’t expect that to happen!

JOAO: Yeah. So this is the one we use to make our roofs, principle, so Juma Lodge and the other local natives homes are done out of this here.

JON: So I am about to be anointed Jon of the jungle.

JOAO: There he is!

JON: I am now Jon of the jungle!

JOAO: King of the rainforest, yeah! You can use this here, it is a special palm tree that gives a lift for us.It’s always good to grab it. You grab it, it goes up, it goes up

JON: Awesome!

JOAO: You see how we did it, right? You put it between your ankles like this, yes, yes. OK!

JON: And that is how it is NOT done!

JOAO: So here we have a species of a monkey that is called a Howler Monkey, it is a baby.

JON: It is a howler monkey, that is the noise they make.

JOAO: Yes, in this area where we are, we have the black ones and the tail is very strong, you can see.

JON: I can feel it wrapping around my neck right now. So how long has Juma Lodge been in existence? This is a very cool place.

JOAO: Over 12 years at most. Juma Lodge is very simple, very rustic.

JON:  So where is the piranha? I’ve never fished for piranha.

JOAO: So we have a little surprise, we will go and look for them. We will choose a spot  at a flooded woodland, where the water now is coming up. There in maybe a small one.

JON: Oh, check it out!

JOAO: Well, this is a small one, a black one. Well just take a look and see what this can do in a snap, in seconds when it closes its mouth. Everything that it bites, the expectation is to take a whole beef.

JON: Todays adventures at Juma Lodge were both fun and informative. Tonight, we’re going caiman hunting. Joao is up there looking for caimans right now, we’re hunting caimans in the amazon! This is crazy, wow, unbelievable!

JOAO: He is well camouflaged in the vegetation, you can see you didn’t really realize it was under. Hold out your hand there firmly, good, great.

JON: You could basically make a handbag or something out of this, right?

JOAO: Yea, it has been used for a while as belt, wallet, shoes. Now it is very strong.

JON: Whoa! That will get your heartbeat flowing! You do a great job sharing your culture, obrigado.

JOAO: Thank you so much. Your welcome, my pleasure once again.

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18:11-18:18 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we attend a Boi Bumba rehearsal. What is Boi Bumba? Stick around and find out!

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18:23-18:53 JON: For our local music and cultural scene on Next Stop from Manaus, we are at a rehearsal for Boi Bumba. It’s crazy in there  right now. Before we talk about what is going on in there, what is Boi Bumba?

JOAO: Boi Bumba is a cultural evolution that has parties. It is an island in the middle of the Amazon River, so it is very interesting, so it comes to Manaus and they all get together, and it is an explosion of culture. It is an explosion of movement, music and dancing, it is wonderful.

19:11-20:03 JON: Explosion is a great way to put it, this is crazy, pandemonium, it’s way more than just the musicians though, the communities come together and it is a big competition, talk about that.

JOAO: Ok, the competition is between two bois, ok? Boi Bumbas. The red one, and the blue one.

JON: So when the competition isn’t happening and they are not practicing and rehearsing, do the two sides meet up and have a beer?

JOAO: No, never.

JON: This is really serious. This guy in there right now that the people love singing, who is that guy?

JOAO: Ok, that guy is blind. He is considered the emperor of the musicians, he is the most famous singer of all the Boi Bumba expression.

20:22-20:55 JOAO: Wherever we go to promote Amazonas, we take a dancer, a couple of dancers from Boi Bumba, and it is very interesting, when they start dancing, everybody goes along and tries to do the same thing, but they don’t have the coordination, it’s quite difficult to get along with them.

JON: I was watching and trying to do it.

JOAO: They have lots of movements, and have to play with their hands, play with their legs, you know? And their expressions, they express everything that we have, like ancients. So it is different, people love it, and they come to these parties every year.

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21:31- 21:51 JON: Thanks for tuning into Next Stop from Amazonas, Brazil. Obrigado to this shows sponsors, American Airlines, The Tropical Manaus, the Juma Lodge and Amazonas Tours. Thanks also to our title sponsors and very good friends, Alaska Airlines, and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody!

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Next Stop: Sun Valley

Paragliding, Skiing, Nordic Festival, Ketchum Tour, Sun Valley Resort, Impressive Snow Grooming, Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats at Whiskey Jacques

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00:00-00:05 JON: Hi I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop from the nations first destination ski resort.
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00:20-00:33 JON: Sun Valley is a year round world class resort destination. We’re here in the winter time, so in this episode we are rocking all things winter.From downhill to nordic skiing, from a cozy sleigh ride to stomping tunes, you’re gonna love this show.The fun starts now!
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00:36- 01:31 JON: It’s a gorgeous day on top of Mt Baldy, a gorgeous to ski. It’s almost always a nice day to ski up here, the weather here is pretty awesome, right Sonja?
SONJA: Absolutely. It’s so gorgeous up here, we have tons of sunny days.
JON: There is a lot of organized groups up here today, there’s a lot going on, but is seems like it’s organized, not chaos.
SONJA: Back here, all the ladies here, is a group called the DIVA’s. DIVA stands for de incredibly vomen alpine shredders!
JON: De incredibly vomen alpine shredders, ya? Gotta put a Y on the end of it!
SONJA: Ya!
JON: Ski lifts here are amazing, how many lifts are there, describe the terrain before we hit it.
SONJA: There is a variety of terrain. Most of the green runs, in other ski areas ski as blue runs, and then we have amazing just, pitches, that are consistent pitches for about 3,000 vertical square feet.
01:41-02:25 JON: This view is awesome.
SONJA: Isn’t it incredible? This ski area is surrounded by 4 mountain ranges. We are so lucky, we have the Boulders, the Pioneers, we are in the Smokies, and to the far north are the Saw Tooth Mountains which are just amazing.
JON: Sonja, I love this mountain, I love skiing it, but I always like to learn something new, what do you suggest?
SONJA: What would be really fun today would be learning how to synch ski, so synchronized skiing. You can either ski in the same pattern or do a figure 8 and the ticket to synch skiing is your pole swing, and pole touch. So if I am in front, when I swing my pole, you’re going to swing your pole.
JON: You make it sound easy.
SONJA: It is!
JON: OK, well let’s give it a try.
SONJA: OK
02:35-03:22 JON: It was an epic morning on Baldy,, but something was missing, snowboarders. They’re here at Dollar Mountain, the freestyle terrain park, that also doubles as one of the top teaching mountains in the world
ABBY: Dollar Mountain has been ranked one of the best teaching mountains in the world for a reason. We have various terrains starting from really mellow greens that gradually increase, we have amazing lifts, we start out with the magic carpet, and then we go to a quad detachable lift which is a very easy lift for beginners to get on and off. We also have amazing instructors that provide some of the best instruction in the world. Today a lot of these children that are riding the magic carpet are just guests on vacation, but also we have a couple events, we have a snowboarding event going on, and different racing events going on as well too.
03:30-04:39 JON: There is an event going on here today and people are just flying down this course, what’s this all about?
BRIAN: We are doing a snowboard event, the inter mountain series and it’s a border cross today.
JON: I would think it’s gotta be one of the fastest growing sports for kids though where there is a mountain, cuz they are all…no one is skiing anymore, just us oldies.
BRIAN: Yeah, and you know, the retention rate is, we’re trying to make it higher by giving us themselves places to learn. What we did is we attacked the youth market, put in a halfpipe, put in jumps, put in progression parks, put in beginner parks, put in a tubing hill and it’s pretty much the family fun zone right now.
JON: I think I am going to go join grandpa over at the tubing hill, because that’s more my style.
BRIAN: Yeah.
JON: As you can see from our day today at the Sun Valley resort, there is something for everybody, of all ages. I love tubing! And away we go, woo! Next Stop, Sun Valley resort for Apres Ski!
04:43-05:08 JON: If you enjoy a great day on the mountain like me, you know there is a couple of things you look forward to at the end of your ski day. We’re back at the Sun Valley resort for Apres Ski, a time to get together with friends and family, and share war stories from your day on the mountain. Some true, some probably not so true, like how I was totally ripping it on the half pipe. You also know that you work up one heck of an appetite, in just a few minutes we are going to board a horse drawn carriage for a sleigh ride to Trail Creek cabin, for a dinner fit for a king.
05:23-06:12 MATT: Trail Creek cabin was built back in 1937 and according to Sun Valley resort, by Averell Harriman, who is the founder of Sun Valley. Over the years this cabin has developed into a public venue used for sleigh rides in the winter months and in the summer months we have your regular drive out dining. We have a spectacular menu, one of our most popular dishes is an idaho white trout, it is farm raised in Hagerman Idaho.
JON: SO what is your favorite thing on the menu, what is the must try?
WENDY: We are known for our ribs, our baby back ribs so…
JON: I just saw some go by they looked incredible.
WENDY: My favorite is the trout.
JON: You like the trout?
WENDY: Yeah.
JON: Can I try it all?
WENDY: Yeah, just order a whole bunch of everything and just share.
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06:22-06:27 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, world famous Sun Valley Resort, and a ride on the beast.
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06:31-06:56 JON: The Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center is located in the 58,000 square foot Sun Valley Club, located right in the backyard of the world famous Sun Valley Lodge. This stunning facility features a restaurant, lounge, bar and locker rooms, and also has equipment repair and storage. Virtual indoor golf adds to the list of extras as this skiers shangri-la. The Sun Valley Club also doubles as the gold clubhouse in the summertime. The Sun Valley Resort is truly a year round resort.
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07:00-10:16 JON: When I knew we were coming to Sun Valley, I said please let us stay at the Sun Valley Lodge. I’ve stayed here before, I love this property, and thanks to Jack, here we are. The minute you walk in you feel a special sense of history, just right in the lobby.
JACK: History and comfort, feel like you are home.
JON: I like that. Sure. This place is a little though nicer than my home.
JACK: Very special place. When Averell Harriman founded Sun Valley he said it’s got to be roughing it in luxury.
JON: I love all the old pictures, you really feel like you are back in time when you are here.
JACK: A sense of history, we are very proud of our history, very, very proud of our legacy here and the history of Sun Valley, what it’s meant to not only the skiing industry but the state of Idaho.
JON: The lodge is a special place, you’ve got the lodge, you’ve got the inn, would you just, it’s a small part of the whole Sun Valley resort, but let’s talk about the lodge and the inn and the different rooms that are available, and some of the more famous people that have stayed here.
JACK: We right now have 148 rooms at the lodge, there is a standard room, a medium room, a king room and suites, and the inn there is also 4 3 bedroom apartments also, so we have a variety of accommodations here at the Sun Valley resort.
JON: Tell us about room 206.
JACK: 206 is famous for a reason, because it’s called the Hemingway Suite. Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time there, and he finished writing For Whom the Bell Tolls there.
JON: I love the property, I love the fact that you’ve got ice skating and hockey right off our shoulders here, and the pools, the heated pools.
JACK: Another thing that is very unique itself in the lodge is the bowling alley, built in 1936, a six lane bowling alley, we keep that history there, it’s a great family spot for the evenings.
JON: That’s a cool spot, I like it.
JACK: But the whole resort is more than just the lodge or the inn, there is 2600 acres here, we’ve got a lot to do here and it’s made for people that are active.
JON: All year round.
JACK: All year round. In the winter of course we have 2 different ski mountains. Dollar is where the first chair lift in the world was. And in 1939 we looked across the valley at this big mountain over there called Baldy and decided to put some lifts up there, so with the leftover, where the pile of timbers were, they built Roundhouse, and that was our first warming hut on the mountain and it’s still a great place to have lunch and even dinner, a lot of history there, it’s great, a 4 sided fireplace, wonderful views of the valley. One favorite pastime is the shopping area, people like to shop, and of course eat. Great restaurant.
JON: All the facilities on the mountain are just incredible, they are the nicest lodges, the ski lodges that I think I have ever seen. Everyone loves something free, you have free transportation to the mountains, and free ski storage, that’s unique.
JACK: Absolutely. For all the guests at the Sun Valley resort, it also free…we also pick them up at the airport, the Sun Valley airport 15 miles away.
JON: I didn’t know that, well how about that. I want to talk a little bit about the ice skating rink, because that is year round, it is one of what, two in the world?
JACK: That are uncovered, and open year round, it’s pretty special.
JON: You have lots of great shows during the summer time.
JACK: Yeah, it’s really amazing it can be 85 degrees and people are out there ice skating in their shorts and t shirts, but a real special occasion in the summer is when we have our ice shows, we have been having them for 74 years now and the greatest olympic and world champions have been here skating.
10:21-10:54 JON: You get a real sense of community here too, everybody knows each other and likes each other, it’s a really friendly place to be.
JACK: It is, it’s very friendly I think it’s one of the reason people keep coming back, and one of the reason why we all live here.
JON: There is something that I read about which is ride the beast. What is ride the beast?
JACK: Ride the beast is where one lucky guest can ride the grooming machine with the groomers.
JON: You know Jack, I always get to have all the fun on the show, so I think it’s time I share some of the wealth with one of our camera guys, think that is a good plan?
JACK: I think that’s great.
JON: I know Josh probably doesn’t want to do it, so Mike…ride the beast.
11:00-11:54 JIM: My name is Jim Wehan, and I have been grooming here for 31 seasons. On my left hand here there are 2 sticks, and that is my steering, there is one for each track, and everything else is on this joy stick on the right hand. Well, you start with a blade and you cut the snow first, and then that all goes underneath you and you till in the holes, cut the high spots, and the tracks chew it up a little bit in the process, then you get to the tiller back here and it chews up the snow and turns it into the fine powder, and in the back you have the comb and thats what makes the corduroy pattern, I like riding these snow cats I just think they are impressive machines, one of my favorite parts I think are the sunsets I get to see.
12:00- 12:14 JON: As Mike ends his day on the beast, I end mine chilling out in the heated pool at the Sun Valley Lodge. This resort is incredible. In fact, I challenge you to find any year round resort that has more going on than the Sun Valley Resort. For more information, go to sunvalley.com
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12:18-12:22 JON: Coming up, a nordic festival, a tour of beautiful downtown Ketchum, and we jump off a mountain.
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12:28-12:52 JON: There is a reason Sun Valley has sun in it’s title, the Wood River Valley is known for its dry sunny summers, and it’s mild sunny winters. Temps in the summer average about 77 degrees fahrenheit, and in the winter, about 33 degrees fahrenheit, with up to 200 inches of snowfall every year. The best part about the weather here in Sun Valley, they average up to 250 days of sunshine every year, so no matter what the season, it’s always a good time to visit Sun Valley.
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13:03-13:55 JON: And now for something completely different, we decided to jump off of Mt Baldy today.
CHUCK: We’ve got just about ideal conditions right now, we’re top of the limelight, winds coming in out of the north, and so what we are going to do I’m going to get your harness on you. We are going to lay the glider out right here where we are standing, when pulleying up into the wind you’ll feel quite a bit of pull.
JON: How about landing?
CHUCK: Landings easy. You know, it’s just like coming of…
JON: Oh forget it, we don’t need to even talk about landing, let’s just go. Let’s just do this thing.
CHUCK: Yeah, we’ll talk about it when we are up there! Sort of like stepping off a high speed chair lift, we’re going to come in and land real soft. And straight down the ski lift we go.
JON: Woo hoo, awesome!
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14:44-15:57 JON: On your next trip to Sun Valley, it’s highly recommended to pop into the Sun Valley visitors center. This is a really unique spot.
GREG: Yeah, it’s a pretty interesting structure.
JON: I’ve never been in one like this.
GREG: It’s an old bank that we tore apart this last fall, we wanted to create a place where all visitors and locals alike could come together, we are co tenants with the coffee shop here it’s sort of the place you start your adventure when you come to Sun Valley. What we have is really the ability on an ipad to control these screens to show people what they want to do, how to get out into the surrounding area, whether its art galleries, or for a hike, or white water river rafting in the summer, all year round there is a little something for everybody.
JON: Can we talk you into showing us around?
GREG: Oh yeah, let me take you guys around town, maybe take you to the ice skating rink, take you to some galleries, show you some local shopping, give you a flavor of Ketchum and Sun Valley.
JON: Sounds good, let’s go get some fresh air. Is this your dog?
GREG: That’s Buck.
JON: Hey Buck. Let’s take Buck on the walk. So what’s this place?
GREG: This is the Galleria, a great place to go shopping, a collection of shops, and there is a bakery with an amazing latte’s and cappucino’s and baked goods right down here in the middle.
JON: Your dog is cracking me up dude.
GREG: Oh man, well you know, you can tell why dogs ended up being mans best friend.
16:07- 16:33 JON: This is way cool.
GREG: Yeah this is a great local amenity, it’s open all winter long and totally free, this is the Atkinsons park and this is our ice skating rink. This ice skating rink is just proof of how much the community cares about this town and all the fun stuff we have here to do.
JON: That’s awesome. For more information on Sun Valley and Ketchum, go to visitsunvalley.com
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16:40-18:40 JON: Sun Valley is a nordic skiers paradise, and our timing is perfect, we are in town for the third annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival. This is a really happening thing for this town.
TRAVIS: Yeah, absolutely, we get a great crowd out here, we’re hoping to have 500 out here by later tonight which in a town our size is a pretty good sized group.
JON: Really great to see all the kids out here, we just saw the kids race, the seniors are coming up, this is a great sport to start as a young kid.
TRAVIS: It is, we have an incredible program here in the valley, we start kids off young, you know we’ve got kids racing on the world cup today, and we have six year olds racing on this course today.
JON: Why is it so big here, why in Sun Valley?
TRAVIS: There’s a lot of reasons, a lot of big personalities involved in the sport in this town, and then also we’ve got some of the best skiing in the world.
JON: The energy here today is awesome, I’m excited for the finals. What’s your prediction?
TRAVIS: I’m still going to pick our hometown guys. Colin Rogers and Nicole DeYoung, nobody is faster in the last 100 meters than Colin Rogers, so he’s gonna smoke them.
ANNOUNCER: And they are off, here we go. A big win for Colin, across the line backwards.
JON: I’m with the champions, Nicole and Colin. Now you guys had some extra pressure on you, I was talking to the MC beforehand and I said who do you think is going to win, you can tell us, and he said ‘I’m going for the local boys, both Colin and Nicole’ You guys did it man!
COLIN: Yeah, you know it went alright. Matt was pushing really hard, we were really tight together, he pushed the pace early and I just tried to hang onto him and conserve a little energy.
JON: Now you are not from here, you came from Alaska, and you’ve been here for five years, how do you like Sun Vally?
NICOLE: Correct. You know, it’s great, I have to say I really like the sun.
JON: It’s called Sun Valley for a reason!
NICOLE: Exactly, yeah.
JON: We had a great time watching you guys win this thing today, congradualtions, have a great time tonight.
18:48-18:54 JON: The race is over but the party is just beginning, live music, snowshoe dancing, and a lot more. This was a very cool event.
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19:01-19:05 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, a cool local hang out, Whiskey Jacques, for our local band segment.
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19:12-20:31 JON: For our local Sun Valley music segment, we’re at Whiskey Jacks in downtown Ketchum. Now, I’ve been here before and this place did not look like this last time I was here.
THATCHER: We had a catastrophic fire, burned to the ground, and our boss, bless her heart, decided to rebuild and built this beautiful new bar. We’ve got a full game room in the back, we’ve got 8 high def tv’s, this is one of our popular sandwiches, the grinder, served with onion rings. Our most popular items are our spicy bourbon chicken wings.
‘JON: I’m digging into these.
THATCHER: Excellent, good fried, finish them off on the grill, sweet tangy sauce, and of course, our world famous pizza.
JON: Right now we’ve got a bunch of people dining here, this is going to change here in a few minutes, right?
THATCHER: Yeah, we go from a family friendly pizza establishment to a rocking night club.
JON: Our band tonight, tell us about these guys
THATCHER: We have Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, they come from Boise Idaho. They are a mix of bluegrass and rockabilly. They have their own little pzazz they bring to the stage, they call it progressive psychobilly. It’s bluegrass with a little edgier edge, so they got a lot of stringed instruments, they have percussions, they got a lot of foot stomping too.
JON: Sounds fun.
THATCHER: It’s good old hootenanny with these guys.
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21:33-21:52 JON: Thanks for tuning into Next Stop, from Sun Valley, a world class, year round resort destination. Thanks to Jack and your friendly and knowledgeable staff for helping make our trip fantastic. Thanks also to our good friends and title sponsors, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines visa signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? make good memories everybody.
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