Inlay Lake

Well, I can’t say much about the lake, because the last couple of days are a complete blur in my memory…and in my memory, all I can think is I hate Inlay Lake… So if you want to know whether or not Inlay Lake is a nice place to visit, don’t read this.  I’m biased towards…

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Barack Obama has arrived in Yangon

Today, US President Barack Obama is in Yangon, giving a speech about democracy and praising Myanmar for the steps they’ve taken to achieve democratic change with the NLD (National League for Democracy, which elected their current president Thein Sein in 2011, thus ending a half-century of a brutal military dictatorship). It is a very exciting…

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In the Mountains of Myanmar

The rain was jamming me up. I had ridden in a packed pickup truck up the mountains for 6 hours, in the pouring rain, to get to a little mountain town called Nam hsan. My new friend, Dima, from Israel, and I, were going to walk for three days from Nam hsan back to Hsipaw. It…

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From Mandalay to Hsipaw

Pronounced, Sih-Poh, this place rocks my socks.  I refuse to leave.  Or to do anything today, besides sit on the deck of my guest house, reading, thinking, smiling. I keep forgetting that I don’t have to go somewhere new each day.  It’s tricky because in Myanmar, I have a time limit.  In order to enter…

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My very first earthquake

It’s gettin’ real. We were eating breakfast on the roof of my seven story hotel in Mandalay, my friends from Holland and I, when my tea cup started rattling on its saucer. The tea was spilling over the rim of the cup, and I wasn’t touching it. I looked at it curiously, at first, but…

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I’m in love with a MANdalay!

What a day. I thought when I got back to my hotel that I was definately going to collapse. After eating street food all day, forgetting to drink water, and sitting on the back of a motorbike all day, my body had pretty much had it. I knew I was gonna get the runs eventually,…

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The boat to Mandalay

“Hey, forget the taxi, 7000 is too much.  I’ll walk.” “Too far!” the man behind the counter at the Winner House guest house says, shaking his head.  I’m sick of this town.  The tourism inflation.  The hustlers following me on the streets as I shout back at them “YOU’RE WASTING YOUR TIME!”  I am going…

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Bagan

I got up early, packed and ready to go. After witnessing a fight in my dorm, changing beds to separate the men, and seeing a rooster die in a cock fight, I was ready for a change of scene. Pavlo and Daniel got up to say goodbye. It’s weird how you can become so close…

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The Train. The Zoo.

It’s hard to come up with words to describe such a day, so I am relying on the video clips I have.  Please excuse Pavlo’s language in a couple… The train was packed. There were people shouting, dancing, singing, sleeping, selling, and moving their household furniture. It was nothing I could have imagined it would…

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Sweltering in Yangon

I am safe and sound in Myanmar.  I don’t have much time to write, as I am heading to the zoo with two new friends I met at my hostel, from Australia and Greece, but I wanted to check in for my mom’s sake. In a nutshell: It is very hot.  And humid.  All I…

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A letter to my gut

A letter to my gastrointestinal tract: The havoc that is about to befall you, is one that I would not wish upon my greatest enemy. I fear that the next nine months or so, will be the most gruesome and unpleasant days of all of your time within my body.  Let me apologize.  Perhaps this letter of warning will…

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Beijing, for 13 hours

After arriving in Beijing, I quickly began to feel like I had lost my marbles. What the hell were you thinking, Anoush, everything was going to be in English? Everything was definitely not in English. I was the only non-Asian on my flight, and anywhere I looked for that matter. What were you THINKING it would be…

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Superstorm Sandy

I’m smelly, tired, and culture shocked, and I haven’t even left the US yet. It’s been an interesting couple of days in New Jersey, to say the least. We heard that “the perfect storm” was coming through, and we saw on the news the catastrophic predictions. Never before, they kept saying, had they seen a…

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Gettin’ ready

Oh my, here I go.  I’m ready for my trip.  Well, at least physically ready, I’m not sure if I’m mentally all there. I have spent the last week tying up loose ends and getting my stuff together for my little adventure over to the other side of the world.  My bag is packed and…

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Home!

I’m home. After quite the journey through airport after airport, my mother was there at 1 in the morning in Philadelphia to take me home.  I walked out the airport doors and heard a measly honk from what must have been my mom’s car.  They don’t make horns that sound like that anymore. It was…

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The Honey Badger made me miss my flight

It’s true.  I think. I was sitting at gate C31, in Chicago O’hare, my least favorite airport in the world, just wasting time.  I had 2 hours before my flight, so I got comfortable.  Bought a $13 salad, and was feeling good about being almost home.  My flight was to depart at 6:20. I sat…

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Back in the Boze

I’m exhausted. Leaving San Francisco: Woke up at 4 am, to get a ride to SFO. Danny had to be at work at 6, so he had to drop me off many hours before my 9 am flight. I had stayed at his girlfriends house in the city the night before, mindlessly watching television for…

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The Foggy City

San Francisco!  Gosh it’s good to be back. So let’s see:  I guess this post begins the day before yesterday.  After spending the day in Sebastapol, and seeing the coast and some more redwoods, we decided to head into Frisco for the evening, to meet up with some of my friends from high school.  We…

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Sebastapol

After a wonderful day in the Redwoods, we moved on Southward towads Sebastapol.  Ray has a friend from way back in the day that lives in Sebastapol, and so our goal was to make it to Graham’s house by the evening.  We drove pretty much straight through, down the 1, and only stopped to cook…

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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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The Oregon Coast

We left Portland at noon today, and headed South on route 5. The drive to Crater Lake from Portland could be 4 and a half hours, if you go down the interstate through the middle of the state. We decided to drive along the Oregon coast, on 101, and see the Pacific Ocean again. It…

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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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Portland, Oregon

We made it to Portland around 2 in the afternoon on Sunday.  Driving up to Sole’s house, and seeing her out in the year waving us down was priceless.  It’s a nice feeling to see her outside of Yellowstone, in her element, and living her own life.  It made me realize how Yellowstone really gives…

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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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The Beartooth Scenic Byway

This road is supposed to be home to the most beautiful views in the country.  I took the day off work, got in my car, and started driving with a friend.  We drove until nightfall, and saw some of the most spectacular views.  I could barely contain my excitement.  How beautiful.

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How did I get here?

Well, one of my good friends from college just sent me an email, asking how I ended up coming to Yellowstone in the first place.  I guess it’s worth noting.  It’s a question my customers ask all the time, and when I have time to explain, this is what I say: I’m the wandering type,…

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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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“…Don’t want to talk about it”

It’s been a while since I last posted, but Meren was here, and we were too busy being in nature or in a hospital.  He fell ill on the first day here, and ended up in the hospital on day 5 and stayed there for 2 days.  It must have been tonsilitis, they said.  It…

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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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The bison are mating, it’s time to complain

With all the testosterone in the air from the Bison, I think it’s making me fiesty as well.  Working for Xanterra hasn’t been the best experience ever, but I’ve stayed positive because there are awesome people here and I get to live in a National Park.  But, when you work in a national park, which…

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Birthday Madness

Well folks, I’ve reached that age where there are no more landmarks to look forward to… 16: you can get a driving permit 18: you’re an “adult” in the eyes of people behind counters. 21: you can buy alcohol 25: rental car insurance is regular price Shit, even before all those, each year was something…

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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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Batman

We took a different road through the park to get to Gardiner. Instead of driving straight North from Lake, we took a left at some point, and drove on a road that was much less heavily trafficked and was surrounded by trees. We were heading to Gardiner to pick up some people and then going…

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Cody, WY

Monday. My plan for today was to get ol’ yeller registered and to switch over my driver’s lisence from Massachusetts to Wyoming. The drive to Cody, WY was gorgeous. It was a good hour and 45 minutes, but that puts it at the closest town to where I am! It didn’t seem like too far…

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