Yellowstone: Day 2+

Yellowstone: Day 2+

The sun rises early in Yellowstone in the summer, so Day 2 started after sunrise at around 6AM. We grabbed some coffee and breakfast in West Yellowstone and headed into the park via the West Entrance. (For information on our choice of lodging in West Yellowstone, see Yellowstone: Day 1) Staying in West Yellowstone was a great choice for park accessibility: we didn’t have to wait in traffic to get into the park and were quickly on our way to our first destination. That is, until…

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Diverted to Pocatello

Diverted to Pocatello

Have you ever been to Pocatello, Idaho? ...No? No one? I didn't think so. It just so happens that I have now been to this tiny mountain town twice. The first time was several years back when I went to spend a few days training at a surprisingly good ballet academy there before competing in an international competition. The second time was just recently, when our plane was diverted on the way to visit Yellowstone National Park.

Our flight to Jackson Hole, WY was scheduled to land around 8PM, and right on schedule, we were on our final approach, dropping down below the mountains. We saw the green mass below us gradually become individual trees and bushes. Then, just moments before the expected touchdown, there was a noticeable shift and we started gaining altitude again. Ok, it was a botched landing, I thought. We'll turn around and try again. But we didn't...

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The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is incomprehensibly large and stunningly beautiful. It left me breathless to see the capabilities of time and nature. It is both old and new, alluring and terrifying, unconcealed and mysterious. It is humbling to look upon such greatness. There is a piece of divinity that lies among those cliffs and I was fortunate enough to be witness.

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Las Vegas & The Hoover Dam

Las Vegas & The Hoover Dam

Last Thursday evening, I rushed out of work at 3:30, hoping traffic wouldn't be too bad (it was) in order to make it to the airport by 4:30 for my 5:30 flight. Needless to say, I was cutting it close. I did, thankfully, make the flight in time, and was soon in the air on my was to Las Vegas! After picking up a rental car at the airport, we headed off toward the bright lights of Las Vegas Boulevard...

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Travel Like a Local in LA

Travel Like a Local in LA

Last weekend's trip to LA was quick and budget-friendly. It was also the first time I had ever used Airbnb, and Lyft. I was pleasantly surprised (although after all I had heard about these two services, I shouldn't be) at the quality and accessibility of these two services. Our "host" for the room through Airbnb was incredibly responsive to any questions we had during and after the booking process, and she was friendly and personable when we met her at the end of our stay. We were within walking distance of numerous bars and restaurants, and ten blocks or less from the Chinese Theater. This made getting around to other parts of the city a breeze...

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A Summer Plan

Photo by David Lardy

Photo by David Lardy

Last night we finalized plans and booked flights for two more trips this summer. Looking forward we've got:

  • Los Angeles
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Burgundy, France

In between, I've got a music festival to attend, and my sister in town from New York. I don't think I've ever seen such a packed summer schedule, but I can't complain. It'll be a whirlwind of fun and adventure.