lost, for a little while

interlude: grand teton national park
July 14, 2011, 11:37 am
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Grand Teton National Park

People live here.

That’s all I could keep thinking as I was driving around Jackson, Wyoming. Some people get to live just an hour or less from these amazing parks, in a city that’s pretty nice in its own right. They can wake up in the morning and think, “I think I’ll go for a bike ride today,” and in no time at all they’ll be cruising along with the Grand Tetons in the background. Or they’ll decide to go fishing and be casting lines in the Yellowstone River.

It’s pretty unreal to me. And, if I want to indulge my inner whiner for a moment, pretty unfair.

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destination: yellowstone national park
July 13, 2011, 11:55 pm
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Welcome to Yellowstone

Confession: When I first planned this trip, I had no intention of going to Yellowstone. It seemed like one of those destinations too vast to try to cram into a couple measly days, so why bother? But as time went on, I decided to give it a shot, especially since I had wanted to see Grand Teton National Park, as well. But I would have low expectations, and not try to fit in too much while I was there. I’d see some geysers and drive through the park on the way south, and hopefully see some animals along the way.

Yeah, right.

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storyteller q&a: jack gladstone
July 12, 2011, 1:07 pm
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Jack Gladstone is an Emmy-nominated Blackfoot singer/songwriter who has been working with Glacier National Park for the past 27 seasons to present programs for visitors that combine his original songs with historical and cultural information about the native peoples of the area. His latest CD, “Native Anthropology,” was released in 2010.

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interlude: glacier national park
July 11, 2011, 3:40 pm
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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

While I was in Glacier National Park, I almost ran into a deer. And no, I wasn’t driving.

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destination: the pacific northwest
July 3, 2011, 2:00 am
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Why was I not warned about this?

Crater Lake, OR

Just in case you’re under the impression that everything has gone smoothly during this road trip, let me state for the record that I made an epic fail in trying to visit Crater Lake on my way north to Washington.

I mean, why wouldn’t I want to see a lake that used to be a volcano, and is now the deepest lake in the country? So I left my beloved coastal highway and headed inland, traveling on even more winding roads, but this time without a view of the ocean to go along with it.

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destination: san francisco
July 2, 2011, 12:30 am
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Cuter than elephant seals, but less entertaining

Here’s a secret: travel, much like life, is not always exciting. You won’t always have a memorable meal, or meet a crazy stranger, or even enjoy a famous museum or monument. You’ll walk a lot, and worry about getting things done, and get lost, and walk some more, and at the end of the day, you’ll feel exhausted and content, but you won’t have any stories to tell.

No interesting ones, anyway.

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destination: los angeles
June 27, 2011, 12:14 am
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This is the reason I came to L.A.

Yeah, I’m not talking about Sunset Boulevard or Rodeo Drive, or even Sprinkles Cupcakes (though my key lime one was divine). I’m talking about Nathan.

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