“Today, you might need some time alone to bring yourself back to center,” said my horoscope. “As the landscape changes, we must also change.”
It was my birthday weekend and we were driving Seattle to Wyoming en route to one of the most picturesque places in the United States. We had originally planned for a trip to Glacier National Park, which was a shorter drive, but I had a change of heart at the very last minute.
Always listen to your heart.
I remain amazed knowing that the universe watches and knows when my soul is in need of rebalancing. It is then that all the stars begin to align…
The first few hours of our journey were spent under a blanket of stars as we drove into the night. The Milky Way smiled upon us, and a long, dark road extended in front us. God, we are so loved. Every twinkling star was a reminder of how incredible it was to be alive. We slept in a rest area that night in our makeshift beds in the back of our SUV rental. And I smiled as I read my horoscope before closing my eyes because, damnit, how did She know?
Morning came and went. 11.5 hours and 3 state-lines later, we were finally arriving to our destination. Why was I feeling so antsy, like I was about to meet my beloved for the first time?
Just 13 more minutes, said the GPS. It was then that my heart was flooded with all sorts of emotions.
In 13 minutes I would be in a place that I had only dreamt about as a child. I had never imagined Yellowstone was within my reach. I had seen the vibrant thermal pools in covers of magazines, but that was all they ever were — photographs of a beautiful, inaccessible place that sat hidden in a faraway location. Like a celebrity…unreachable.
Just 13 more minutes. Everything that ever happened in my life had led me to that very moment. Every dream, every magazine I gawked at, and every thought. It was an insane feeling to realize that all the stars had perfectly aligned to bring me to that day.
Just 13 more minutes…
The rest is herstory. We spent three magical days in a place where Earth’s lungs reside. A place where every one of her breaths can be seen and her warmth felt. I do not have enough words to describe how incredible Yellowstone was.
But that is why I snap photographs. Below is a compilation of images from our first day spent in Yellowstone. Enjoy! :)
And I hope that in your life time you, too, can chase locations once thought attainable only through photographs.
Love & Adventure,
We drove by Earthquake Lake, home to these eerie ‘ghost trees’.
Lower Geyser Basin
And when we finally arrived to Yellowstone, the landscape became otherworldly. We were also welcomed by rain. Pouring rain!
But please be warned. This is the one park you DO NOT want to walk off the boardwalks. Earth is very alive despite its deathly appearance…And too many lives have been claimed in the surrounding boiling and/or acidic pools.
Along the Fountain Paint Pot Trail.
Thermal water meets river…
The trail up the mountain was closed, but I can only imagine how awesome this pool looks from above. Like this.
A dance of colors :)
But mostly I was so overwhelmed with gratitude to be able to share this trip with my favorite human.
And the bison. I had so looked forward to meeting these guys in person. From afar, of course.
PS: Join me over the next week (or two) as I share the remaining images from our time in Yellowstone. The magic was just beginning :)
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