Banff. It's hard not to fall in love with the pictures that you see online - quiet snow-capped mountain settings with crystal clear turquoise water. The occasional bear. The free-roaming wildlife and so much untouched wilderness!
It's not an easy decision to step back from the start line. I won't lie - I wrangled with feelings of failure and shame. Feelings of frustration that this was yet another race that I wasn't going to run because I was injured. But those feelings are all superficial. Those are the feelings controlled by the dark side of your brain - the side that doesn't focus on your health or integrity. Those are the feelings you have to stand up to and say, "Not today, Satan."
Yellowstone is OUR National Park. This is land that has been federally protected by Congress and Ulysses S. Grant since 1872 as the first National Park and it needs to stay protected. The pictures that I’ve taken are beautiful you say. But what would you do to save them? Have you been there? Have you seen the sights? Do you want your children to see them?
Apparently, bear boxes are also human proof. For whatever reason, I spent each and every day, each and every time, struggling to get my stuff locked (or unlocked, as the case may be) from the bear box. Simple locks people, truly. And I seemed to be the only one who had any trouble.
Vacations are supposed to be long, happy trips of relaxation, enjoyment, & carefree ease. I can honestly say that in the first 24 hours of my camping trip to Grand Teton & Yellowstone, we could have written a two volume leather-bound edition of “How Not-To’s.”
If you want to get in an extra hike, wake up a little earlier. Want to see a place you've never been? Make a plan and go! It's all so completely and utterly doable, but sometimes it just gets passed by the wayside. There's so much to do in life and not enough time to do it. Live the adventures, people! Don't sit back and let it pass!
"Forest will always hold your secrets, for that's what forests are for. To separate and hide things. To protect, to comfort, to hold, to envelop, to demonstrate, to slow down, to hold, to teach. Go to the trees to explore your questions and dreams. Go to the trees to desire and seek. The world will listen as you walk, watch, soften, and breathe." - Victoria Erickson