Entries from 'National Parks'

Road Trip to Kinabalu National Park

Kate and I had had enough excitement for a lifetime while adventuring in Banggi. I should have warned her, in retrospect, that traveling with me might not be what most people think of as a “normal” or even “pleasant” travel experience. I tend to find myself in really unusual situations rather frequently, and I somehow…

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The Redwoods

“The last 24 hours have been kinda hectic, yeah?” Ray commented as we drove away from the Trees of Mystery. “Yeah, but it’s been awesome.” After leaving Crater Lake yesterday, we headed South towards the Redwoods. It was about a 5 hour drive, and we were planning to get to the Redwoods just before sundown….

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Crater Lake

We arrived somewhere in the Umpqua National Forest last night around 9.  We drove up to a campsite near Diamond Lake in the dark, and set up camp in less than 4 minutes.  We sat and cooked Ramen and told stories until it was time for bed.  In the midst of the Cascades, we knew…

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Olympic National Park

We drove for three hours yesterday, and ended up in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.  I have always wanted to see the Pacific Northwest, especially after Michael went here in 2010 and spent a semester with NOLS backpacking and sailing.  He told me that the trees  were incredible here, and I…

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Bye Bye Yellowstone! Until next time…

Well, folks, I’m on the road! After a little over a week at Old Faithful, I threw in the towel and hopped in a car with a friend to do a roadtrip of the Pacific Northwest. And I couldn’t be happier. You see, working at Yellowstone was awesome. Working at Lake was awesome, really. Lake…

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Brief Update

Wow, time has been flying; life has been busy.  I only have a 31 minute lunch break, so I must be brief.  But here is what’s been going on: On the 23rd, the Lake Hotel closed, and on the 24th, we started “deep clean.”   My friend Pete, a Becket guy, came to visit right…

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Norris Geyser Basin

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Elephant Back

So Lake Village is not really known for any really good hiking opportunities, but we do have one:  Elephant Back.  It’s been there all season, and I’ve always wanted to just go up it, but I’ve never done it.  So yesterday, I decided to just do it.  Glenn and his mom and sister are in…

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It’s a new day

Well, Jesse did not get his job back.  I figured he wouldn’t.  The charges for vandalism were dropped in court, but Xanterra wouldn’t take him back since he “destroyed” their precious property. So that’s that. I haven’t quite gotten over it yet; I will miss him very dearly.  I have been missing him. I was…

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Catchin’ up

Wow.  I have so many things to write about, think about, talk about, etc., but it never seems like I have any time to properly journal them down.  This post will be a recap of a number of recent events, but I can’t guarantee that the chronology will be in order. I’ll start with today, since it…

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Camping! Finally!

Sore feet, tired brain, and stiff legs: the life of an overworked waitress.  I needed a weekend, and I needed one bad. I had to pay two people to cover my Expo shift on Monday, so that I could leave after breakfast on Monday with Meaghan and Josh to go camping.  We had originally planned…

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The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

I’ve been wanting to go to Canyon ever since I  got here, but I haven’t really had the chance.  I had heard that it is beautiful and has a sort of fatal attraction that draws people to the edge to get a better look.  I wanted to see for myself.  Having just gone to The…

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Jenny Lake

It’s been over a week since my last post, and well…all I have to say for myself is I have been busy.  When I’m not at work, I’m sleeping.  When I’m not at work or sleeping, it’s usually after a dinner shift, and I’m at the pub playing pool with other employees living this zombie-esque…

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Old Faithful

*this post is a couple of days old…we haven’t had Internet for the past two days, due to some storms.  I managed to find a place that has Internet, so here come the posts: It was Thursday, and my first day back to work from my Tuesday-Wednesday weekend.  It was my “Monday” and also my…

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In the foothills of the Grand Tetons

I was ready to get to the mountains.  Coming to Yellowstone had reignited my passion for the high mountains, and I was eager to get out and explore them.  When Josh offered for me to tag along on their trip to the Grand Tetons, of course I jumped at the offer.  I’ve decided that as…

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Moose Falls

This morning, I had plans to meet with Michelle at 11 to go swimming at a waterfall she said was by the South entrance of the park.  I had slept through breakfast, and woke up starving around 10 am.  I decided to head to the general store, but I wasn’t quite sure how to get…

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Arriving at Lake Village, YNP

I must work in the Yellowest place in the world: a Yellow hotel, in Yellowstone National Park.  Ooo la la!  In fact, the hotel that I am working in is the oldest hotel in any of the National Parks in the country, and the lake where it’s set is the biggest lake above 7,000 ft….

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