Here at Incredible Adventures, we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Tis the season to express gratitude! Here’s what our staff had to say:

Grapeful is when your heart is full from great company and your glass with good wine

Brian, President:

Incredible Adventures Owners Brian Deninger and Jolie GinsburgI am thankful for my son, Chasin, whose teacher, that sees himself as strict, finds him hard to discipline because he is so genuinely happy and has such a good heart. His presence just makes you feel good. I am thankful for my son, Cole, who, we were told by one teacher, is a model student and another that it is challenging for him to stay focused. I believe this is a reflection of how determined he is and his ability to work well in environments where he can contribute. To Jolie, my business and life partner as well as the mother of my children, I am thankful for her pure will and determination to live as she believes everyone should and protect our natural resources.

I am thankful for our customers who afford us the lifestyle we wish to live. The one that allows Jolie and I to be the parents we want to be and be involved in our kids’ lives. The one that allows us to travel to different geographical and cultural destinations that enrich us as global citizens.

I am thankful for our staff that I believe stand at the core of our community. I appreciate their diversity and I am thankful that despite this diversity I feel like they are family and that we can depend on each other and that they support the time Jolie and I need to spend with our family to be the parents we want to be.

I am thankful for my parents, my sister, Jolie’s parents and grandparents, my Aunt Norma and Uncle Sam and so many other friends and family. For these are the very people who have shaped me and I really like who they have shaped me to be. I thank them for their acceptance of me despite our differences.

With all that I am thankful for I cannot allow myself to simply describe what makes me happy today. But it is equally important to describe what concerns me about tomorrow. I am concerned that the country which has allowed me the opportunity to thrive, travel, celebrate diversity and individuality while creating community is closing its doors. I am concerned that it is closing its doors to the very things that made us the country Our Fleet Manager, Anne Mayovsky, changing a tire. As a unicorn. Because reasons.we are and to the concepts I have lived my life by, which is to nurture the concepts of diversity, acceptance, tolerance, and to care for the planet, to care deeply for these things, to nurture them and to protect them.

I am hopeful that our foundation and principles are strong. That they will prevail and we, as global citizens, will come together and celebrate diversity, community, and a healthy environment for our future.

Anne, Fleet:

Many thanks this year for all the new places explored and for the ability to keep the wilderness close to my heart. For the family love and support, and the opportunity to spend time with so many good friends, new and old. And as always, for the magic of unicorns! xx

Visit the Arizona-Nevada State Line!Jessa, Sales & Marketing:

I am thankful for the health and safety of my family and loved ones. I’m thankful for the astounding outpouring of support that I’m seeing from our California legislators and citizens to protect the rights and safety of ALL of our population, and for the hope that gives me in a time of great national and global uncertainty. I believe that we can lead the charge in protecting human rights, human kindness, and our environment in the years to come, and am grateful that I can take part in shaping that future.

I’m thankful for the peace and serenity I can find on the top of a mountain or at the edge of an expansive ocean, and for the great foresight that led our predecessors to protect the natural areas of our great state and country in the form of National Parks and State Reserves. I’m grateful that there are still places where a person can go and experience true wilderness, and that I get to be a part of bringing new generations and demographics to experience this life-changing feeling.

I’m thankful for laughter, curiosity, and the excitement of exploration. I’m thankful for music, art, good food, and great wine.

I’m thankful for all of you, and the community we’ve created at Incredible Adventures!

Dan Katzman, Overland Operations ManagerDan, Operations:

I’ve worked for, and eventually left, a handful of companies over the last 8 years. When I look back at what those companies had in common, it was a lack of role models, or leaders who inspired me. What I am thankful for at Incredible Adventures is having leaders who I look up to, who mentor me, and whose values I share. 2016 was an Incredible year and I’m so excited to be a part of the future here.

 

Mel jumping for joy in YosemiteMel, Sales & Marketing:

I’m thankful for the people all around the world who have opened up their homes and hearts to me over the years. Traveling and the challenges that come with the unknown have made me who I am today.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to live in a state as progressive as California. Shout out to the roommates who make that rent so affordable and living in San Francisco so fun!

I’m thankful for this job that has provided me with new ways of thinking and some of my closest friends. It’s a beautiful thing to share so many values with people that I work with, see and respect every day.

Kevin Tobin

Lastly, I’m super grateful for the love and support that my friends and family back in Florida send coast-to-coast. Whether it’s a phone call, a hangout or a like on social media – y’all keep me grounded and remind me how far I’ve come!

Kevin, Customer Service:

I am very grateful that I will be able to spend this Thanksgiving with some of my extended family. I can honestly feel recharged and refocused after I am able to spend time with their humor, support and love.

Damian, Operations:Damian and Julia pose for an Operations team photo

I’m thankful for my friends and their friendship, time and patience. I’m thankful I have a job that I love and supportive people who work with me. I’m also thankful for puppies. Mostly puppies.

Julia, Operations:

I am thankful for Damian’s pen supply (shhh, don’t tell him I take them), and his small fits of rage when he realizes they are missing. I’m thankful for Mel’s head wraps and attire she graces us with on occasion (yass queen). I’m thankful for Kevin’s culinary creativity…the list goes on, but really what I am getting at is that I am so thankful for the eccentric characters that each member of the staff is. It keeps me both amused, inspired and in awe at the culture that we have created; a culture which is supportive, driven, inclusive and best of all productive. I am greatly endeared to who we are as a tribe and to what we are doing as a company. I feel not only thankful, but blessed to be part of such an amazing team and to know each and every individual that creates it. Of course, I am thankful too for what brings us all together, a celebration and appreciation of the great outdoors and a wicked sense of adventure.Leslie and Friends at Yosemite Falls

Vince, Operations:

I’m thankful for passengers that show up on time and chain controls lifted 5 min before I arrive to Yosemite 🙂

Leslie, Customer Service:

I’m thankful, for working with a company that appreciates the value of play and exploration/adventure, just as much as being progressive in keeping our environment green but helping others see beautiful places firsthand like Yosemite and Muir woods. This place has the real SF spirit – a little hippy, innovative, and always cool.

 

Seamus appreciating the viewSeamus, Customer Service:

I’m grateful to be living in a city with a bunch of forward-thinking people. I’m thankful to be living near nature. And I’m thankful to be working at a company with really cool people!

Ruby, our GM’s 4-year old daughter:

I’m happy for rhymes – like a pen hen!