S: Jason's Adventures Made with Love by JoJo
BC: This memory book was made for Jason with love by Jojo.
FC: Life Adventures
1: Dear Jason- Your inquisitive nature, passion for friendship, and love for discovery have always been a part of who you are. Your adventurous spirit scorched an imprint into my life over a dozen years ago when we met in Alaska and I fell in love with you. Out of all of our shared experiences I am most looking forward to the greatest adventure yet, being parents together. This memory book is in celebration of your 1st Father's Day and your newest journey. All my love, Jojo Father's Day 2011
2: Hellgate High School Missoula, Montana | My World
4: John "Pritch" Pritchard | John "Jizzy" Jasperson | Shannon "Camper" Moriarty | Damon "Minotaur" Mino | Dewayne "Dawson" Williams | Jason's friendships travel all the way back to elementary, middle, and high school. He is a loyal friend. | Jason "Jaybo" Gilder
6: Trekking in Nepal
7: Life was constantly on the go during those years after high school. Jason found himself traveling all over the US and globally to India, Nepal, Africa and Europe.
8: Jason's adventures after high school compelled him to travel around the US. He worked as a cook in NYC, as a baker in Albuquerque and Salt Lake City, tender boat crew member and baker in Alaska, and also, as a parking garage attendant in Minneapolis. | We met the summer of 1997 at the Wards Cove Packing Company's Port Bailey Cannery on Kodiak Island. Jason was a baker, working to support his adventurous travels. Joanna was working in the egg house processing caviar to earn money to pay for college. We had a whirlwind romance. We were engaged within months!
10: Thailand | We honeymooned in Thailand, December 1998. Highlights included: trekking by Burma's borders, going to the bizarre in Chaing Mai & taking a cooking class.
13: Alaska We continued to work seasonally for the next 5 summers. Out of those, Jason and I worked as tender crew members on the Ermine for 3 years. We had visitors come and experience life on the Ermine. We also enjoyed traveling outside of work. Alaska is the last frontier! | Alitak 1998 | Alaska State Fair 2001
14: ITALY | Europe
15: We traveled to Europe in April 2002 to attend Courtney and Andy's wedding in Italy. We also spent time in Germany and Austria. We had amazing experiences touring both the countryside and cities.
16: Austria We had spectacular Spring conditions for snowboarding. The only challenge was when we hiked to what ended up being a non-operating gondola. We had to skimmy down a frozen waterfall to get back to the working gondolas before they stopped running!
17: We stayed at a local pension that offered hot showers, comfy beds, and a hearty breakfast!
18: Chicago | Living & Traveling in the US | Portland
19: Niagra Falls | We wooed in Hawaii, lived in Utah, & shared family in California & Montana. We have driven across the country and taken lots of opportunities to enjoy the abundance of the US. | Davis
20: This page (top left): Outside Sundance Ski Resort; Pah Tempe Hot Springs; Zion National Park; Salt Lake Olympics; Petrified Forest National Park; Elvis' gold lame suit at Graceland. Opposite page (top left): Power to Wilco/Tortuga; Arches National Park; Delicate Arch; National Civil Rights Museum Bumper Sticker; Hiking in Zion National Park; Carlsbad Caverns with a family we met on the road from Baton Rogue; Frontier Restaurant; Arches National Park.
23: east coast Jason and I ventured out to the east coast during our epic drive around the country in 2001, and again, in 2010 to visit our friends and see the sights.. The rich history and dynamic culture are compelling.
24: West Coast Traveling around the country has given us an appreciation for the open hearted, risk taking, and charismatic nature of the big cities, small coastal towns, and state/national parks of the west coast. Besides, it's home!
27: Wine Country One of the quickest ways to escape the daily grind & find a rewarding adventure is to go to the Amador, Sonoma, or Napa wine country areas. Great wine, beautiful scenery, & abundant laughter are easily found. We have enjoyed many a wine tasting!
28: Machu Picchu
29: PERU Summer 2009
30: 1st Class, Please | LIMA
31: We were upgraded to 1st class flying from LA to Lima. We lodged in the artistic Miraflores and enjoyed strolling through the Parque Kennedy, touring the Convento de San Fransisco catacombs, and chillin at the local jazz hot spot.
33: Amazon Rainforest We flew into Puerto Maldonado, took a bus over a bumpy road, and floated up the river to the Explorer's Inn. The sounds and the heat of the forest were unbelievable. Our tour guide, Lourdes, taught us about local vegatation and wildlife on our various excursions. We loved it. | Cocococha Oxbow Lake | Roots of the Silk Cotton Tree
34: Red tile rooftops. Seamless Incan architecture. Sacsayhuaman Ruins. Bailey the dog. Nightime parades. LLamas. Spanish colonization. Altitude sickness. Coca tea. Trek group reunion. | CUSCO
36: Uros - Floating Island | Taquile Island | Lake Titicaca | We traveled from Cusco to Puno by bus. After a night in Puno, we took a boat ride out on Lake Titicaca to the floating islands and lodged at a homestay on Taquile Island. Lake Titicaca is at 12,507 ft. elevation. The boat ride back to Puno was insane! Our boat crashed into another boat on the way out of the docking area and the water was choppy, Not only that, but when we arrived in Puno, all public transportation had gone on strike. Our tour bus ended up off-roading through fields to avoid road obstacles and strikers on the way back to Cusco.
39: INCA TRAIL TREK The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu After passing the Inca Trail check point, we were on our way to traversing thousands of stairs, various ruins, and Dead Lady Pass. The ulitmate moment came when we saw Machu Picchu from the "Gate of the Sun' as it become illuminated during the sunrise. | Inka Trail Check Point | Winay Wayna Ruins
40: After weeks of busy travel, we landed in Huanchaco to relax before returning to the states. During one sunny afternoon, Jason surfed and a bird became possessive of Joanna on the beach.
41: HUANCHACO We toured the Chan Chan ruins, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. We loved drinking Cusquena and eating ceviche at a local beach side restaurant. | CHAN CHAN RUINS
43: Fatherhood: The Greatest Adventure Yet!
44: BEST WISHES for Fatherhood
45: From your dad, Don: May your have many happy and glorious father's days. When Jason was about 8 years old he seemed interested in swimming so we got him started with lessons. Before long he could swim like crazy. He was very fast. They had some competitive swimming at U of M so we got him started in that and it didn't take long to see that he could swim circles around the other kids. None of the other kids could keep up with him. Again, he was very fast and he hadn't even been swimming long. And had never been coached,either. It really was kind of amazing. Being a parent you needed to start thinking about how to handle this and this is what took some getting used to. And so it goes. What is the bottom line? Make sure they are having some fun. If they aren't having fun it isn't worth it. | From your brother, Ben: Let’s just hope that Jackson will get to experience the true joy of ordering Taco Bell while driving backwards through the drive through. When it comes to fatherhood, “Don’t just win, dominate!" I’m pretty sure that at some point, Jackson is going to try Jason’s patience. Remember that you are 36 years older than him, and therefore, should be able to outsmart him. Once that fails, beg him to stop (remember the trip back from Montana with Brock in the truck?). There is going to come a time in Jackson’s life when he is going to have to be introduced to the elusive “Swamp Donkey”. This is a fictitious animal that resides in a shop somewhere between Missoula and Yellowstone Park. If I remember correctly, it’s in Wisdom MT. We were doing a little souvenir shopping when a young Marlon Perkins wannabe (Jason) overheard a man asking the clerk about a mount on the wall. Jason confidently walked up to him and said “Mister, that’s a Swamp Donkey”.
46: Las Vegas
47: From your Super Homie, Maynard: | Jason teaching me how to do car stuff- One day he'll pass on to Jackson. | Jason cleaning up nasty poop while helping with our house- Prepping for cleaning Jackson's poo. | Happy man celebrations- Something Jason can do with Jackson. | Machu Picchu Training- Getting Jason ready to lug his future son around. | Parcore- Demonstrating that Jason is willing to show off his "cool side" for his family. | Jason and "Sanchita" in Vegas- Jason is willing to dance anytime, even if it looks silly.
49: JoJo, How fortunate that you and Jaybo found each other. It is is unbelievable that you are near the end of the term of your pregnancy and your thoughts and efforts are being directed towards this project Pure selflessness is awesome to witness! I am not going to share a photo or a story because I believe in the spoken word and in oral history. Not terribly unlike your husband, I am a decent storyteller. As such, for this Memory Book, I will submit this email as an IOU and promissory note. It is my solemn pledge that I will sit with Jackson, Jason and you and tell tales from our shared past. I promise that we will laugh and we will cry. Jackson will be forever welcome to sit with me and hear me tell story after story about growing up with the smartest, funniest, most thoughtful people imaginable. And in time, Jackson will take his rightful place, smack dab in the middle of those stories, and I will be there to hear those and I promise that I will laugh and I will cry. There are so many things in this world to be thankful for, but one thing I hold uppermost in my heart is my friendship with the Gilders. I have been shaped by this relationship and am confident that I would not be the man I am today without it. So please...print this email and place it in the book exactly as it reads for I look forward to sitting with my friends, the Gilders, in the far off future and reading this with them and sharing a story and a joke and a smile. Camps June 3, 2011