Part 32 – Homeward Bound

In the morning I woke up nice and toasty – finally.  But then the issue was finding the courage to get out of the sleeping bag.  I knew I had a long drive ahead of me, so unfortunately that didn’t leave a lot of leisure time in the morning.  I packed all my things, struck…

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Part 31 – Sleepless in Yellowstone National Park

A long day indeed it was.  Unprepared for the desperately cold nights in Yellowstone even in the midst of summer, I was not covered in nearly enough layers to get warm enough to sleep solidly.  However I was also far too stubborn to fully emerge from my sleeping bag to retrieve various layers out of…

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Part 30 – Ancient Geology – Black Hills to Yellowstone

10:15am, the wet nose of an adorable Bassett hound was on my hand as I spoke to his owner.  At the top of Harney Peak, the fellow animal lover and avid hiker companion of mine and I discussed all things hiking and traveling over a mid-morning, top of the peak snack.  I had started my…

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Part 29 – Rushmore, Wing Dings, and Time Travel

I sometimes wonder who creates the park pamphlets that give estimated hike times.  Are they 80 years old?  Are they riddled with arthritis?  Do they start the hike, stop every 2 seconds, make sure 10 minutes goes by on their watch, and then continue on?  Or is it simply that they know their hikers are…

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Part 28 – Wine, Cheese, and Wall Drug

On the morning I left the Windy City for the vast expanse of Midwestern wilderness, I was met with a thunderstorm so fierce it looked like Chicago would never see the light of day again.  As much as I love storms, I have to admit I was not so excited to have to drive through…

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Part 27 – The Heatwave Continues – Pittsburgh to Chicago

Pittsburgh was a chance to catch up on planning the next section of my trip, which I had been putting off since being so busy the previous few days.  My friend gave me a driving tour of the city, though since it was stormy and cloudy the entire time, it didn’t give me the greatest…

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