"Everything worthwhile in life comes from daring to risk it all; following our dreams despite the cost; loving despite the pain; hoping despite the doubts; and living boldly despite the fear" ~Bear Grylls
So.. One very important thing to know about Yellowstone and all its surroundings: even though it seems close- it’s not. The sign says 20 miles, you think “awesome, we’ll get there in 20 minutes!”, no, you won’t. Because you’ll pass traffic, animals, people, more animals, more people and a whole 20-miles trip will become a one hour trip.
Also remember, when traveling by car in Yellowstone, or other parts of Wyoming: have enough gas. What is enough, you ask? Well, try to not go below half of the tank. On our trip, we got to an empty road, straight from King’s horror books, and have been driving for 2 hours, without seeing any gas station, with our gas control getting awfully close to “empty”. That’s the moment when you really know what fear is. And I was told that wasn’t even half as long as it can be in Wyoming.
After a long break it’s me again! This time very ambitious and encouraged.
Grand Tetons are known, I think, to every climber for its incredible rock formation, and what it brings, climbing. But the truth is, other than that, it’s not a very popular park. But pretty popular destination. Okay, that’s weird, how?
Well, let me tell you! Grand Tetons National Park lies about 30 miles south from Yellowstone National Park and buying a pass to Yellowstone you also get a pass to the Grand Tetons (and vice versa) so people end up going to both of them. Usually.
I gotta say, our Memorial Day trip to Moab was already my third voyage to that amazing place. And finally I can say I tried out all the main attractions Moab has to offer, so I think it’s a very good time to finally write that post.
So first of all, what Moab?
If you just thought that’s a ridiculous question, I’m really sorry, but I did meet people who I had to explain what is Moab.
So, Moab is a city on the East side of the state, about an hour from Colorado border and 6 hours from Denver. It’s a typical tourist city, with lodging and tourist attractions ads on every corner. Sometimes driving through there I ask myself a question- “Are there any people actually living here?”, because honestly, it’s really hard to find here a normal house.
I did mention tourist attractions, so now another question pops up. Why do tourists come to Moab? Hot, small and not very famous. But still, thousands of people come to visit every month. The reason for that is simple- wide variety of outdoor activities. Starting with famous Arches National Park, through plenty of wonderful mountain biking and ATV trails, amazing rock climbing and canyoneering places and finishing on beautiful rafting areas.
“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy of living your whole life on the ground.”
Like I promised, here’s a second post about climbing coming. This one I would like to direct to people from the “outside”, visiting Colorado, trying to find some state adventures or people who are maybe just moving in and want to check out that famous Colorado climbing.
Because cmon, it’s everywhere. Whoever you’ll ask- “Hey, what y’all doing in Colorado in the summer?” (yeah, I know, of course, no one will ask that, it’s a stupid question, but MAYBE). You’ll always hear the same answer.
“Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” ~John Mayer
When less than two weeks ago I suddenly decided to go to New Orleans, the first question everybody asked when they found out was “who are you going with?”. Well, “by myself” was the only true answer I could give them. There were surprised faces, questions, consternation…
Why people travelling alone are such a surprise?
I asked myself a question once “what do I travel for?”. When you think about it, it’s a really hard question. The answers “because I want to see the world”, “because it’s cool”, “because everybody does” don’t come into play…
I’ve heard a lot of people say, they travel to find themselves. I think it’s an amazing answer. But I went further. We are all lost in this world, in our daily lives, in our routine. We want to run away, as far as we can. We want to find out who we are, where we belong and how far we can push ourselves.
And to find your borders you need to go beyond people’s limits, cross your “comfort zone”, try everything.
That’s why we travel alone.
It may be hard. It may be rough. It may be dangerous.
If I’d ask you now to close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine yourself the ocean, what would you see? Would you be on the boat or on the land? If the second one, would it be a beach or high cliff?
I would like to answer you that question with my vision, my little dream I had in my head since I was a child.
To get to San Francisco from East you drive through the bridge. To get to San Francisco from North you drive through the bridge.
If you’re going South or from South you’re good, no bridges.
Cuz man, those are loooong mother******s.
I have to say, I was the one who drove on the bridge when we were entering San Francisco from Yosemite. That was my first time taking bridge like that as a driver, it was adrenaline, I was driving and I had all those pictures from movies like Spider-Man, Fantastic Four (yeah, I know those two are in New York), X-men, Godzilla, in my head. So I’m just sitting there and thinking “All monsters from around the world, please don’t destroy or attack that bridge just yet, please, please…..”.
And you need to pay to drive through that 5$! 5 bucks for a possibility of death according to Hollywood.