“Living in a postcard!” would be the best phrase to describe our experience. Is it perfect? No, it’s reality. In the real world, nothing is perfect …but some days (some choices) are better than others. And this has been an experience of a lifetime!
Grand Prismatic – need I say more
Lets put the “reality” out there first (and get it out of the way). We are away from family and friends. Those who know me (us), knows how painful this is for us (me). Weather can be unpredictable and certainly uncontrollable. We have had frozen pipes, snow, thunderstorms, … and nice weather. It can be hot (I think? We haven’t experienced THAT yet) or cold. Extremes are the norm at high elevation. And dealing with a million visitors who all seem to have bought a driver’s license at Wally World will try your patience. And finally, the lack of good connectivity to the outside world is exasperating.
Slide show of the GYE
Here is the paradox; Oddly enough, many of the challenges mentioned above add to the enjoyment and mystique of the experience. When it snows huge flakes in the middle of June, frozen pipes on July 4th, or a thunderstorm complete with pea size hail as the sun shines on the other side of the village, it makes for interesting living conditions. And the lack of connectivity – I needed a break from the insane world of politics (although I do miss not knowing how my beloved Red Sox are doing). (notice: I didn’t mention any paradox with the tourist who break every driving rule there is).
Bison, Cody PowWow, snow on Bearthooth Highway, and snow on jeep
And here was a surprise; coworkers and colleagues have been a great asset. The people I work with, for, and those I serve are fantastic. They come from Kansas, Iowa, Georgia, and other states but also from Thailand, Taiwan, Columbia, South America, Spain, Poland, and other Eastern Eurasia countries. It is an eclectic bunch to say the least!
There are some, like me, retired. But many are young, fresh out of college, or just going into college, or just trying to decide what their next adventure will be. This mix makes for exciting social and conversational events. In many ways, us older folk become “defacto” counselors for the young. Exciting times!
DeLacy Trail, Phelps Lake Trail, Mt Washburn Fullmoon Hike
So, the POSTCARD side of things: if you read my previous posts, you “heard” the experiences; saw the pictures; felt the enthusiasm of trekking through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. This story is not finished but if it were to end today, this would be the climax. The ride out here, in of itself, full of adventure, beauty and mystique, would be the setting; the backdrop to the climax. Each stop a story all by itself, leading up to the grandeur of Mother Nature with its wildlife (grizzlies, elk, & bison) and geological wonders (hot springs, geysers, canyons, and jagged mountains).
Grizzly, Bison, & Elk
But lets forget about the “climax” for a moment. As beautiful as the ride through Canada, the U.P., and Duluth was, there is the history on the Missouri with Lewis & Clark, Native Americans, and the Great Plains of South Dakota. How about the Badlands and its unique topography? And lets not forget the Black Hills with the 4 Presidents carved into a mountain and Chief Crazy Horse!
Mt Rushmore & Crazy Horse
Yes, this adventure has been a living POSTCARD. Like all real life adventures, it comes with risks, but they are worth it! Live life to its fullest. Be your own “Lewis & Clark”! Explore America!
Views along the way out West
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