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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!)

scaleddscn7507This was our first taste of Wyoming, right outside Yellowstone National Park scaleddscn7509We've been seeing a lot of rainbows this trip! I finally caught one on camera.

scaleddscn7514Devil's Kitchen, Geological Site (near Wall, WY)

scaleddscn7523200-500 Million Years Old

scaleddscn7528Near Shell, WY scaleddscn7550Purple Mountain Majestiesscaleddscn7566Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota

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.

old faithfulOld Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

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.

Montana is for vegans

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

After leaving Portland, we drove through Washington and Idaho, calling it a night in Montana. Let me just say that I am in love with Missoula, MT and plan to live there someday. Not only is Missoula nestled in the most stunning landscape I've ever seen, the town is progressive and exceptionally vegan-friendly. There are roughly 9 different restaurants that offer vegan fare (even more that cater to vegetarians) including a bakery that offers vegan treats daily plus a vegan birthday cake by order. The locals we talked to were excited to hear we were vegan and talked at length about the vegan food in town and how good it was (& how often they personally ate it even as omni's.) Needless to say, I was in a little slice of my own heaven and considering staying put right there in Missoula, MT. Since we arrived in Missoula so late on a Sunday, the restaurants were closed or closing, so we danced off to the grocery store, The Good Food Store, which puts Whole Foods to shame. Like most grocery stores, Good Food has a bakery, salad bar and deli area. From the pre-made food section, there were roughly 15 vegan options out of a total 20. We sampled 6 different offerings for dinner that night and then went back for a few new items the next day. (More photos on flickr).

scaleddscn7377Southwest Millet, BBQ Baked Tofu & Potato Salad

The bakery section also had an entire wall of vegan goodies from brownies, to scones to breads and muffins and they were only $1 each. (More photos on Flickr). Scott & I took the opportunity to stock up on vegan baked goods to help us through the long drive ahead. I really liked the brownie, blueberry cake slice and the raspberry bar -- all about $1 in price! What a value!!

scaleddscn7394Just some of the freshly baked Vegan goodies. Many only $1.00

We had visited a Whole Foods in Washington, just across the river from Portland, and while the staff was friendly and helpful the vegan options were few and far between... all they had was a muffin (which Scott ate, I settled on fruit) plus typical stuff like Amy's Pizza, but that doesn't really jive when you're in a car without a kitchen... On the plus side, the Washington WF did have Dave's Killer Bread which we've been dying to try for ages and its even more amazing than I imagined. This bread *is* killer!

scaleddscn7420Tofu Salad (from Good Food) on Dave's Killer Bread

Now for the Montana picture show! My photogragphy (often from inside our car) does it no justice! I wanted to take picture the enture 6 hours we were in the car but you just can't. Montana is one of those places where you just need to go there and suck it all in. It's absolutely stunning. p.s. There are many more photos on flickr! scaleddscn7427scaleddscn7430scaleddscn7437scaleddscn7441