Saturday, August 25, 2007


so i'm actually now in santa fe, but i have still yet to tell you about yellowstone.

oh! yellowstone was amazing!
just driving into the park took my breath away.

i arrived a lot later than expected since the east entrance was closed (due to forest fire) so instead of planning out my next day, i retired in a private room and passed out almost as soon as i arrived (although it was already pretty much 11pm).

when i awoke, i transferred to a shared room, where i met dianna. she was a nice lady -- but she was an interrupter.
very interesting.

i headed into the park early and did the big loop -- stopping quite often for a good view or two.

i saw all the sites including old faithful, tower falls, the canyon area and mammoth hot springs.

after a long day, i went back to the hostel and fell quickly to sleep.
i awoke the next morning with what i assumed were mosquito bites all over my arms. it was horrible. and itchy.

i went into the park again and took a few short hikes, drove to see the tetons,

felt ill due to lack of water and spent the rest of the day back at the hostel reading and hanging out.

i met kristen (another girl in the shared room) that night and we had dinner together, talked about our experiences in hawaii and traveling by ourselves (she's 25 and traveling solo!), and had gigantic ice cream cones!

i left early (6:15) the next morning to get to estes park in time for gourmet italian dinner. i left in time to see the sun rise over yellowstone and to see the geyser steam at its fullest.

all in all, yellowstone was an awesome experience.

more pictures here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

strange things are afoot at the circle k.

i find myself disappointed that cameras cannot capture the beauty of a bright half moon and a vast array of stars against the backdrop of the rocky mountains.

.. so disappointed.

in other news,
i went to a circle k today and thought of bill and ted's excellent adventure.

Friday, August 17, 2007

rapid city, south dakota

well, i'm in colorado right now.. but i have so much to update you with so i'm going to do this in chunks.

i left madison on the 10th of august and drove 11 hours to rapid city, south dakota.
it was a long drive (especially through south dakota. that state gets very boring in the middle there) but i made it safe and sound. and early too!

my kind host, bill, took me for a hike on the first day around sylvan lake. we then checked out some native american art and chilled out at a coffee shop.

on my second day, anna and emma joined us on our adventures. we went to see mount rushmore,

crazy horse (this is awesome. the scope of this is just amazing.),

custer state park (we saw sweet rocks, mountain goats, buffalo, antelope and a ga-jillion prairie dogs),

and wind cave (the fourth longest cave in the world!).

eventually, i will upload all my pictures on webshots..
but i have stuff to do today so you, patient readers, will have to wait.

until then, i bid you adieu.

more pictures: here