Yellowstone: June 29th, 2013

Please be advised, this is going to be the most unexciting post to date. Put a pillow next to your head and tuck a towel into your shirt because you’re going to be nodding off and drooling in no time. I spent most of the day finishing Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. It was getting waaaay too exciting to justifiably put down. I finally finished the book at about 3 pm. Then I decided to test out my new rod byRead more

Yellowstone: June 21st, 2013

I spent most of my birthday traveling to and from the little town of West Yellowstone, Montana. It’s a scenic two-hour drive, each way, from the dorm. West Yellowstone is the absolute epitome of a tourist town and I love it. It’s only several streets long and wide, each store sells Yellowstone paraphernalia (Deb calls them rubber tomahawk shops), the outskirts are camp sites, there’s a huge IMAX movie theater showing the Yellowstone movie (presumably to get people pumped toRead more

Yellowstone: June 15th, 2013

Today was an official day off of work. I spent most of the morning reading, writing and organizing my photos. Then I took a brief walk to the Elephant Back trail. This was the first hike we went on as a group back in 2006 and I felt like I was on death’s door the entire time. I was lagging way behind the rest of the crew, huffing and puffing. To tell you the truth, that first hike had meRead more

Yellowstone: June 11th, 2013

Training Day: Deux Amphibian id training today in Gibbon Meadows. I remember doing the same exact thing in the same exact location in 2006. This entire experience is going to be like some wonderful kind of déjà vu for me. We saw every species on our very short list, including tiger salamander larvae. And I was reminded that I have eyes like a jungle cat; too bad I lack the reflexes of one! I can spot a reptile and amphibianRead more