Talula, Volt, and I packed up and made the trek to Helena with a tiny detour through Bozeman. I wanted to stop in Bozeman, Mt., tour the town, stop at the library, and do some writing. Was reminded that my first parents went to college here.
Traveling from West Yellowstone to Bozeman, it rained lightly most of the way through the Custer Gallatin National Forest. It is a beautiful place none the less. Winding roads along the Gallatin River Canyon. Mountains in the backdrop.
In Helena, I will get to see my friend Nancy’s daughter and deliver “the package” from Michigan and visit a great aunt and uncle on my birth mom’s side of the family. I’ve been offered a bed for the night. You know, one of those 10″ sheeted mattress type things. Talula will stay in Volt all shoved in her tent sack in the back seat of Volt. They can keep each other company. At least for tonight.
Met a couple on the Bunsen trail who gave me huge kudos for doing a solo trip. The woman of the couple was especially kind and offered plenty of encouragement and support.
Words always matter.
Met a young women on the hike down to the north brim of Yellowstone Grand Canyon who did a solo travel trip in Europe. She took my photo and said she appreciated all who offered to take her picture along her journey.
Kind actions mean a lot.
Yellowstone NP is insanely busy by 10:30 a.m. I enjoyed my quiet retreat to Rainbow’s Point Campground just a bit north of West Yellowstone at the end of the day. Visited “touristy spots” in the park first thing in the morning (usually by 8:00 a.m.) and then found a trail to hike also in the park.
Find people and solitude. Embrace and love both.
Volt actually gained miles while traveling through Yelowstone NP.
Things I’m learning:
The West has beautiful libraries. I’m told oil and mineral dollars help fund them.
Don’t let the gas tank get below half.
Don’t let your bladder get over half way full.
Apparently standing on toilets and then squatting to do your business is also discouraged as there are *visuals telling you NOT to do that (red circle over picture) with then a picture of how to correctly sit on the toilet. *All my educational friends will get the irony around the use of visuals for females in a non-educational setting.
Set up camp by dark.
Buy ice when you get gas.
Although you can buy ice out of a vending machine in the Mammoth Hot Springs Visitor Center Area. See pic below. The ice comes down the shoot and then you pull the door on the bottom left corner and there is your bag of ice!
Ignore bear warning signs.
This is in the sense that they made me want to pack up and sleep in the car. Otherwise, heed the bear warnings on the sign and put all food away in hard sided vehicle and don’t take snacks with you to your tent. Even if you really want to eat a late night snack. Like Starburst or Reese’s chocolate because your a tad bit nervous about Grizzly bear warning signs coming true.
Face your fear and find greatness in your uncomfortable zone.
Let go of fight and judgment. Embrace Salt and Light. Find more Love and Grace. Repeat.
Books I’ve Read or Listened to:
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
*Excellent book btw about race in America.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
*Loved this one too. A great book about learning what grace and love truly mean.
Making progress with:
Go Set a Watchman by Lee Harper (audio version).
* A bit hard for me to hang in there, but I’m sticking with it.
What is the Bible? by Rob Bell (audio version).
*Twisting my head and heart a bit, but in a good way.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.
*I am enjoying reading this book. . Wonderful thoughts about how we are all creative and to make space for “creating” every day.
“We pursue the interesting and the novel because we like the interesting and the novel. And inspiration works with us, it seems, because inspiration likes working us-because human beings are possessed of something special, something extra, something unnecessarily rich…”
Peace and JOY!