Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yellowstoned. . . AGAIN!

Chinese Translation  M. Ward

 After Bear World, my comrades and I continued our adventures in grand ol' Yellowstone...

 . . .but first we picked up some more friends.
Heart Telescopes.

Our kicks could make a yin yang.
Me and grandpa sweater.
 Mooses & Co.
Geysers, geysers, geysers. . . I think I've said it all.
 We look good.
Jacob's first Old Faithful experience, captured.

An American Buffalo, up-close and personal.
Da gang.

We got pump. We got pizazz. We got Yellowstoned.

Monday, September 20, 2010

BEAR WORLD: Where Dreams Come True.

Crutch And Cane  Peter Wolf Crier

Anyone who knows me, knows that it has been a dream of mine for years to someday make it to Bear World. Ever since I learned of it's existence, visions of bears outside my passenger-side window have danced in my head. Years later, this dream was finally realized. Let's just call it Holli's best weekend EVER.

 In my dreams, all great road trips should start and end with a burrito.

In this pic, Jacob is being introduced to the glory of Ramire's, the hoppin' burrito joint in Rexburg. Believe it or not, after over two years of my absence from Rexburg, the owner still remembered me and shook my hand when I came in. Probably the happiest experience of my life.

What do they got in there, King Kong?

Bears everywhere!
Bear world is basically Jurassic Park for bears. 
Jurassic Parkness + Bears + Petting zoo and Bear merch = all things Holli needs.

Fat Bear just being a fat bear.

Alex and Jacob experiencing the magic of Bear World.

Bear Family!

Bear Merch.

Bear Nativity!

Petting zoo!!

We were all afraid to touch this deer until we saw a five year-old run up and do it without blinking an eye.

The gang.

The second best place ever, after Bear World.

 Nom Nom Nom Nom. . .

Breakfast burrito stands!!

Many dreams came true within what was presented in this blog post, but HOLD ON! That was just the beginning of our day's adventure. More pics to come!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Y not?

Go Outside  Cults

After two years of living in Provo and attending BYU, the fact that I had never hiked Y mountain made me some kind of infidel.  When I confessed this fact to Jacob, he wouldn't let me get away with it much longer. Consequently, we spent the Labor Day holiday hiking the "Y."

 Here we are at the iconic "Y" that looks over BYU.
I may look happy here, but I was a sissy baby the whole way up. The trail was a little steep for my liking and Jacob made us run the last stretch of it. Whatever. Sense of accomplishment blah blah blah. . .

Serenading on the Harmonica.

We continued our ascent up the mountain past the "Y," which seems to be a hike that few care to take-- even on Labor Day. We're just cool like that, I guess.

The very top of Y Moutain.
Our severe difference in height and wingspan make it difficult to create a "Y" as a team, but you get the idea. Right?

Y Mountain. Y not?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hiking on Mars

The Ledge  Fleetwood Mac

A whole day in beautiful Sedona with my pal Jake.

And that's how it's done.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ballerina Bunny

The ballerina bunny shows no mercy.

Don't pay attention to Noah's terrified expression.
He LOVES this.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stars That Laugh

White Moon Beach House

"People have stars, but they aren't the same. For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they're nothing but tiny lights. And for still others, for scholars, they're problems. For my businessman, they were gold. But all those stars are silent stars. You, though, you'll have stars like nobody else."
"What do you mean?"
"When you look up at the sky at night, since I'll be living on one of them, since I'll be laughing on one of them, for you, it'll be as if all the stars are laughing. You'll have stars that can laugh!"
And he laughed again.
"And when you're consoled (everyone is eventually consoled), you'll be glad you've known me. You'll always be my friend. You'll feel like laughing with me. And you'll open your windows sometimes just for the fun of it... And your friends will be amazed to see you laughing while you're looking up at the sky. Then you'll tell them, 'Yes, it's the stars. They always make me laugh!" 

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince