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Yellowstone 2014 Day 4 - Jackson, WY and South Yellowstone


Howdy there! It has been a long crazy day! 

Before I start talking about what I did today, I wanted to talk about seeing the Wyoming night sky last night! Drove out to a dark area to get a better view if sky without the city lights being distracted. Even though it was 10:30 at night there was still some light over the hills and you can see the silhouette of the hills with a light blue over them. It was beautiful. There was so many stars out and the sky was just filled with them. It’s nice to get away from the city lights for awhile!

I sadly do not know how to take a picture of the night sky, this is what turned out when I tried:

I got a little impatient with the shutter. But this picture looks pretty cool!

Moving on to today, it began with a drive to Jackson and it is just the cutest town ever! The little shops gave the town such a cozy feeling and it just a lovely atmosphere to be in! I got a lot of gifts for my friends and family there. 

There was a little cafe with ice cream sort of hidden in the shop area. They had huckleberry ice cream, and of course I tried it. IT WAS SO GOOD. I’m now obsessed with huckleberries!!! (Props to anyone who gets the “I’m your huckleberry” line)

Jackson was more of a tourist place but I still loved it. There was so much to see and so many people there! I meet a guy who’s family went to Creighton and a lady who spoke Hungarian. Where in the world can you find people that like? Jackson, Wyoming that’s where. Maybe I’ll end up moving in the future, who knows?

Next stop, YELLOWSTONE!!! But while on the way, Brian and I stopped at Jenny lake and saw some beautiful mountains with the clearest lake ever! 

Then it was time to see OLD FAITHFUL. Geysers are amazing. You have to see them to see how cool they are! 

Brian and I then hiked around the area and saw so many springs and geysers! Here’s a few pictures of them! We hiked about 6 miles to see some of them, so enjoy!

When you’re out here in the middle of nature, you’re bound to find some wildlife! We saw a baby grizzly bear (didn’t get a picture because it was quick), a herd of pronghorns, abunch of birds, ground squirrels, a mouse, some bison, a coyote, and a big grizzly bear (also no picture because of cars were blocking the way).

That was most of the day!! Tomorrow will be ziplining and water rafting! I’ll update you then! 


Yellowstone 2014 Day 3 - Open Road in Wyoming

Hey, there! Today was uneventful yet magical. Driving 5 hours through Wyoming sounds pretty boring, but the view is great! 

The sky is literally bigger here. The open land shows off the mountains and the hills! To me, seeing such a wonderful view just shows how beautiful the Earth is and how much there is still out there for me to see. Also, since I'm so use to the flatness of Nebraska, hills are cool. But I do like the hills of Wyoming more than the hills of Colorado. Here, there are mountains and mini farms to see. I SAW A LLAMA. YOU CAN’T SEE THAT IN COLORADO! I’ve never seen a llama before and seeing one just walking in a farm area was neat! 

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For dinner we had pizza (pepporoni of course) at a local resturant and it was pretty good! Even the view out of the window was great. Anddddd the raspsberry cheesecake was to die for! 

I did catch part of the Costa Rica vs. Greece FIFA world cup today, I thought I’d just say 

PURA VIDA COSTA RICA!!!! 

We won’t get to Yellowstone officially til tomorrow, but til then I’ll enjoy this great big sky. Can’t wait to see the stars in this sky tonight!

Yellowstone 2014 Day 2 - Scuba Diving with Sea Turtles (and Sharks)

Beautiful day in Colorado today! It was a perfect day to go to the aquarium! We had lunch in the Aquarium Resturant and it was delicious! I had Bayou Shrimp Pasta and it was soooo good! But then again, I love all pasta!

Next, it was time to go diving! The Downtown Denver Aquarium has this great diving with sharks program! Brian and I met a guy named Rafal who was our guide for this dive trip! Rafal is seriously the coolest guy ever. He made jokes and just made the whole dive fun! He promised me that he didn’t know what he was doing and that I would for sure see a sea turtle! He actually does this for a living so he knows what he’s doing, no worries. 

After getting all geared up, we dived down and waved at the people looking into the shark aquarium. They enjoyed waving at divers in the same water as 20+ sharks. 

There are Sand Tiger Sharks, Sandbar Sharks, Saw Nosed Sharks, and Bamboo Sharks in the water! They are all unique in their own way. They also don’t bite unless you give them finger foods, aka your fingers (I didn’t make the joke Rafal did, gotta give him the credit). 

I’m not personally afraid of sharks, I just don’t think they are that scary. It was awestruck to see these shark swim around in the water and to see their faces up close and personal! After spending some time seeing the sharks and collecting shark teeth from the bottom of the aquarium, a sea turtle swims right into Rafal’s head. This turtle spend the next 15-20 minutes swimming up to us and checking us out. This turtle would just keep swimming up and looking at us even though Rafal was trying to keep the turtle at a distance. 

Later, Rafal said that since my googles are yellow, the turtle may have thought there was lettuce on my face. But I enjoyed having a sea turtle come up and play! There was a point where I was looking at the sharks and turtle just runs into my legs. He really likes me! I love sea turtles too much. I even bought a stuffed seaturtle, so I can remember my adventures here. I named the turtle Crush, because like the turtle in the aquarium, he outgoing and totally gnarly. 

Now we are off to Yellowstone! There’s a picture of me already sleep with Crush on the way there. Look at these pretty open roads! I shall update you guys tomorrow at Jackson Hole!


Yellowstone 2014 Day 1 - On the way to Denver

Today embarks the beginning of my Yellowstone trip!! We (Brian and I) left great Nebraska to our first stop in Colorado!

I got to drive for a few hours on the interstate and it was pretty cool! The difference between Nebraska and Colorado is intense. I’m so used to the flatness and the corn/soybean fields of NE, where the hills and grass of CO is different! But I’m enjoying my visit!

It did start raining pretty hard so the driving adventure ended with Brian driving us into the thick rain and Colorado traffic. 

Dinner at Hardrock Cafe was amazing!!! I have never been to a Hard Rock Cafe before and it was everything I imagined and even better! There atmosphere of the rock music and the items that surround the resturant is so neat! Also the Legendary Burger is AMAZING. 

Got a Cookiesaurus bar. It’s Ayet approved. And it might be because of the packaging is on point. And the chocolate inside, mmmmmmm!

I’ll be somewhat documenting this wonderful trip so there will be more to come!


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