Yesterday (not yesterday anymore... 10.4) we spent the whole day in Yellowstone National Park, it has been the first park we got to where it was still daylight so we had to pay for this one. A solid 35 bucks later we are off to explore. About 5 miles into the North entrance we are faced with a very Disney World feel. Hundreds of cars and people walking around. It was a beautiful day so more welcoming then the next few days to come. Those will be full of rain and snow. So back to Disney World, it was something we were not expecting, huge lodges and dinning halls all over the place, definitely did not feel like these people were roughing it the good old camping way. Seemed more like a family vacation to a 5 star resort. As we drive through the mountains we kept expecting someone to jump out of the trees and start sining, then it really would be Disney...
With a few photos of the wild elk and honks to fellow Westfalia owners we parked and headed up to see the Mammoth hot springs. It was a pretty crazy sight to see, all the different microorganisms that live in the water that cause it to change colors. I have never been one to take photos, I don’t really understand why people do. Since I have left Fairfield all I have seen at every park or pretty view, hundreds of people with their digital cameras taking dozens of photos. Each person that comes here takes the same exact photos, then when they go home, they sit on their camera or if they really have enough motivation they will import them to their computer. That way they can sit there and continue to look like all the other photos everyone else took.
So while Kember took photos of the hot springs, plants, rocks and several trees, I just stood leaning against the railing with my back to the hot springs. I know, while everyone faced one direction, I simply turned my back to it. I wanted to look around and take everything in. All the beauty that goes unnoticed. I usually take 1-2 photos of the things around me just to do it, I know I most likely will never post them or really show them to anyone, but in this day in age, it seems like the right thing to do. I respect Kembers photos 100%, that she uses film so no one person will ever have the same photo as her. It is all up to her to change the aperture or change how she develops the film.
Kember and I decided to go for I hike because me being the smartest sister, scheduled the wrong date for our campsite. Luckily while on this hike we met a family that came up to us because they saw us get out of Vandy. They had a fellow Wesfalia named Walter. We got lots of trips and tricks from them. We went our separate ways at the end of the hike, so Kember and I decided to keep hiking. Don’t worry, details about this family that basically took us in as their own will be coming soon. I feel like some of you out there would like to hear about this hike we took to see a breathtaking waterfall in a canyon. The funny think is that the hike was all down hill first, we had to get down into the canyon and the level of this waterfall. It was an easy way down but a b*tch on the way back. The climb back up seemed way less rewarding, that at the end of this big climb we get to jump in our smelly van.
It was a pretty amazing hike down in this canyon, all the colorful stone, trees growing in crazy directions, several adorable chipmunks and squirrels (I hate chipmunks but Kember thinks they are cute so I put this in) and lastly the sun was setting which made it even more beautiful. My phone was dead so I couldn’t take any photos but I did not really care. Like I said before I don't really like to, just feel obligated, so I would have only taken one anyway. All that matters to me is that I know I got to see this beautiful place in nature. That I don’t need confirmation from anyone else out there in the world.
The main goal of this trip is for myself, that I don’t need anyone else out there to support me. I support my own decisions, that going to college was not where I wanted to be. That it is not the best place for me to learn and grow, at least not yet. Of course having my parents support in everything I do and even friends and teachers seeing what I am doing and want to live through my writing, makes this dream of mine easier. That I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, but realistically I already knew that. I am not doing this to prove to the world college does not have to be the answer, if that becomes a side effect at the end of this than I would be proud. I am just a kid in a big world that just wants to find their path. So here is to me trying...
Greta Ann Vanderblue.