Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Well, I finally made it to Yellowstone National Park (also known simply as ‘the park’) yesterday.  I got my annual pass, so I’m looking forward to making into the park most weekends.  Yesterday I made it just to Mammoth, which is just inside the northwest entrance of the park.  There was a lot of snow on the ground and more coming down so I didn’t go too far into the park.  See below for photos!

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Devil’s Slide

Hey guys, sorry for not writing much!  I don’t have internet at my place, so I have to find wi-fi at the library or a coffee shop in town.  Anyways, things are going well!  Work is fun so far and seriously, this is such beautiful country.  I have lots of pictures to share, so read on!

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Working in a field when a thunderstorm rolled in.

 

Flathead Lake

From Coeur d’Alene, I drove over the mountains to Missoula, stopped off for lunch and watched kayakers and surfers play on the river running through downtown.  Last time I visited my aunt introduced me to Taco del Sol and their fish burritos, and let me tell you they are delicious.  Seriously.  Go there.

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Well, everything has been packed, and goodbyes said.  Now I’m on the road to Montana!

Highway 84 in the Columbia River Gorge

The drive was long, mostly because eastern Oregon and Washington is pretty flat and dull.  I don’t have a radio or stereo in the car.

Oh yeah, did I mention?  Leaving has been REALLY HARD.  There have been so many goodbyes.  I had a going away party, my student ambassador co-workers had a celebration for me (love you guys), and then I went tango dancing on Wednesday at Norse Hall and said goodbye to all my dance friends.  I feel really loved, but it is hard to move away from a community of friends that I’m so close to!  I will miss all of you.

Also, I think the thing that made my night was, while dancing with Momo, I hear someone behind me say “f*cking wolves, Jenny.”
Neither Momo or I could stop laughing.
Exactly right.

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It is so incredibly hard to be leaving Portland, my home.  I know that it is good for me to leave for a while, but that certainly doesn’t make this easier…

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Darkness creeps in like a thief
And offers no relief
Why are you shaking like a leaf?
Come on, come talk to me

“all is love”

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity of my family and friends.  My life would be nothing and I would be nowhere if it were not for every one of you.  The feeling of being supported and encouraged by people I love is what makes this life worth living.  In the last few weeks my friends have shown much support and love.  I am so grateful.  Thank you.

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Camping in Deschutes National Forest

Over the weekend I had a wonderful time camping with friends in the Deschutes National Forest. It was spontaneous, crazy and very fun. We explored an old lava field with tree casts, built the biggest bonfire I’ve ever seen, ate delicious food and explored. It was exactly what that I needed. Things are getting more and more stressful as I get closer to leaving.  Read the rest of this entry »