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The Twins and The Windy

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Where did I leave off? Oh right, South Dakota. Since South Dakota we've visited Minnesota, Wisconsin & Illinois. I'll get straight to the food because I've been teasing my twitter friends long enough! (If only my phone and twitpic got along...) More photos of our eats are on flickr.

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The daily vegan special at French Meadows in Minneapolis, MN.

Honestly, this was one of the best meals I've ever had. I am going to butcher the description, but here goes: Lime Bean Cake with Chicken of the Forest Mushrooms over top in a Curry Sauce. Yeah, that really did the dish NO justice.

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Vegan Smore by Sweet & Sara (found it in a Chicago Whole Foods).

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Vegan Reuben @ Chicago Diner in Chicago, IL.

My twitter friends insisted Scott & I go to Chicago Diner and eat the vegan Reuben. I'm not a fan of fake deli meat (or Reubens) so I made Scott order it. ;) (He loves Reubens, BTW) -- his side dish is vegan mac n' cheese.

Now that we've have our fill of food porn (more photos on flickr!) lets check out some of the sights. Oh right, I forgot to take any landscape photos. Oops. Guess you'll have to settle for a cute picture of my friend's dog Otis, Chicago & Wrigley Field! :)

792 miles to go!

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Otis, Lily Bean's Boyfriend & full-time Vegetarian Wonder Dog!

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Scott & I had entirely too much fun with the bean. You must see the other photos on flickr!

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Wrigley Field, Cubs v. Cardinals 7-10-09

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Downtown Chicago

More photos of the bean, Chicago, FOOD & Wrigley Field on Flickr!

Wyoming & South Dakota

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Wyoming is very rocky! In fact, it's a geologist's playground. We noticed one particular rock formation was 2.5 billion years old. In some ways, being in Wyoming makes you feel like you've gone back in history, to walk the same lands the dinosaurs once roamed. Depending on where you are in the state, you might just pass an excavation site or see dinosaur tracks molded into the land. After Wyoming we went to Mt. Rushmore... we'd hoped to see Devil's Tower and Crazy Horse as well but sadly, didn't have the time. Mt. Rushmore is the third "landmark" I've seen where it was nothing like what I expected. (More photos on flickr!)

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Yellowstone National Park

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Hey Boo-Boo! Let's Go Get Some [Vegan] Picnic Baskets! When Scott & I decided to drive across the country, the one place we both agreed we had to go (even if it was dead smack in the middle of tourist season) was Yellowstone National Park. Having recently traveled to Yosemite, we were anxious to see how the parks compared (plus we just love nature!) scaleddscn7505 The most known sight in Yellowstone is Old Faithful and following suit, it was our primary destination. I wasn't sure what to expect with respect to a geyser. Sure I'd studied them in science class but I didn't know with any kind of specificity what was going to happen. At best, I thought water might squirt out of the ground much like the fountains at the Bellagio do... but I was, of course, wrong. The water gushes intensely and it sounds like an ocean is around you... then the water immediately turns to steam and vanishes before your eyes... almost instantly. It's incredible. We were able to catch a few seconds on video and I'll try to upload that later.

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As for the wildlife, there were out and smiling for the camera! Not only did we see a Road Runner (which, btw looks absolutely nothing like the cartoon -- I mean we're talking NO resemblance here), but just steps into the park we were able to see a family of herbivores grazing. (More photos on flickr).

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However, I was hoping as hard as I could that I'd see a Moose or Bison up close and thankfully, my wish was granted! Just as we were about to head out of the park, we walked past lone bison standing nearby. If you check out the additional photos on flickr, you'll see I have some rather up-close photos. I was actually that close to the Bison -- no zoom needed. His strikingly friendly nature made me all the more sad that people kill these beautiful creatures for their meat. :(

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Yellowstone is an enormous, spacious place --- far bigger than I ever imagined. The views along the edges of the lake brought me an inner peace I've only dreamed to find. Just look at that view! (& yes that is snow!)

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On the downside, Yellowstone has acres upon acres of forest devestation. For the last 40 minutes of our drive out of the park, all we could see was dead trees -- their greyish, slim sillouttes extending for miles in the distance. While I understand wildfire is a natural part to most eco-systems an whether it was done by nature (lightning) or man (controlled fires) I am sure it was necessary, but it doesn't shake the sad and empty feeling one feels when faced with millions and millions of dead trees.