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Welcome to my weekly update for July 3, 2022!
Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! The current political situation makes this one feel…Bittersweet? Ironic? Fraught? but I hope you still spend time safely celebrating with your loved ones.
We’ve had a busy week. I reported in my last update that the southern loop of Yellowstone National Park was reopening on June 22. I didn’t mention that my husband’s cousin and his wife had made plans at the end of April to fly up on June 23 and meet us inside the park to spend a long weekend exploring together. You see why I was so disappointed when the park was closed. But thanks to everyone’s hard work, we were able to have our getaway reunion! We say they graciously adopted us and saved our sanity during California’s covid shutdowns around the holidays in 2020; it really meant a lot to spend time with them again. We saw Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring, more geothermal features than I can name, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and lots of waterfalls and wildlife. And as I write this on July 1, the north loop is scheduled to reopen on July 2! The north and northeast entrances remain closed but Yellowstone employees and volunteers really are miracle workers. Their next goals are reopening those entrances so the nearby towns can get the tourist dollars they rely on.
We drove back to Billings on Sunday evening and on Monday evening my aunt and uncle arrived to spend a few days with us. They love to travel but this was their first visit to Montana. My aunt is a history nut so she was thrilled to see Pompey’s Pillar and the Little Bighorn Battlefield (link to my post about both sites). We always have a fantastic time laughing and catching up with them. I also enjoy having thoughtful discussions about current events with likeminded people. I think my husband is happy to have someone take the pressure off him since he’s usually the primary outlet for my opinions and outrage!
All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022
- Grand Prismatic Spring. The colors are so vibrant that when we were at ground level, they reflected up into the steam
- Everyone’s favorite, Old Faithful
- I loved that this rainbow looks like it’s coming out of Old Faithful. There was a pretty spectacular sunset behind us at this point too. I kept bouncing up from the card table to take more pictures like a jack-in-the-box while everyone else was trying to get me focused on playing rummy.
- Wildflowers blooming somewhere on the road between Cody and the east entrance of Yellowstone
- Yellowstone Lake. We feel pretty confident that the day was so clear, we were seeing the Grand Tetons over the lower point of the mountains in the foreground. This area was devastated by fire in 1988 so the trees are dead but shrubs and flowers are growing underneath them.
- And I had to include a picture that my husband’s cousin shared with us of their little dachshund at the boarders’. She’s so cute. She adopted us into her pack in 2020 too.
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Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken 🌟🌟🌟 (Link to my GoodReads review)
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ashley Poston, read by Adenrele Ojo
The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack
As I write this, I haven’t even started the books by Evanovich and Mack so I definitely haven’t planned my next print books. I might finish my audiobook though and if I do, I’m thinking about listening to Case Histories by Kate Atkinson. We’ll see.
What did your week look like?