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Call me un-American…

As most of you know I have been on the road for a while now.  I left home June 1 and have been to Oklahoma and Arkansas to visit friends and then on to South Dakota to do a children’s camp at Pine Ridge and most recently, to Montana to do another children’s camp at Ft. Belknap.

I have seen some beautiful sights along the way.  The tree covered Ozarks, the snow capped mountains of Glacier National Park and now, for the first time, I’ve been to Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone is another example of how much God loves variety.  There are mountain creeks and rivers…

…and thermal pools that emit a steam reminiscent of Louisiana summers.

There are snow capped mountains framing verdant valleys…

…and roadside “hotspots” consisting of crystal clear thermal waters.

 You also find an abundance of wildlife…bears (which I didn’t see), deer and buffalo (which I did see).

 There were geologic wonders as well…

The drive was beautiful and filled with wonder.  I’m not much for crowds and I knew that going during the summer months would mean that I would have to pull over to take pictures along with hundreds of other people…I was prepared for that.

However, what I was not prepared for was what I found when I got to that American Icon, “Old Faithful.”  I had already driven 51 miles at 20 mph stopping along the way to enjoy the sites.  I mean, you can’t go to Yellowstone without seeing “Old Faithful”…right?

Well, call me un-American, but I can!  When I arrived at this, America’s Geyser, I found a resort hotel, souvinere shops, restaurants, gas stations and even a car repair shop.  There were hundreds of cars and thousands of people.  It was so commercialized that it suddenly lost all of it’s appeal for me.  I just wanted out of there!  After about three attempts to find my way out, I was back on the road again.  I decided that seeing it in pictures was good enough for me.

I learned something about myself that day…I prefer simpler pleasures.  Like a mountain stream along a country backroad or even the small thermal pools that exist along the road at Yellowstone.  Those bring me pleasure.

So…don’t expect any pics of “Old Faithful” here.  Instead I hope you enjoy the things that brought me pleasure and I look forward to you joining me again on my next adventure…

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