Tag: national parks

nat’l park photos – because you asked ;)

I’ve gotten numerous requests for photos of the trip, the rest are scattered through out my posts, but here are the best photos from Utah parks!

Grand Canyon:
(Two pictures… because it’s all one view…)

Zion National Park:
(Most from the West Rim trail, because that was my favorite of the whole trip)

Bryce Canyon National Park:
Check out those colors. #NoFilter

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bandelier: make-believe come true.

When I was a kid I had an obsession with Native Americans. I loved Pocahontas and learning about different tribes in school. Josefina was my first (and therefore most loved) American Girl Doll. When my mom found out that my babysitter’s father was 50% native american she set up a meeting so I could meet him.

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I may have gotten the little bro involved…

I played a lot of make-believe. I had an absurd amount of dress-ups and 20 acres of land to imagine on. For two straight years, or maybe more, I imagined life as a native in Maine. I made a teepee and pranced around the woods pretending every living thing had a spirit. Even though these woods provided me the ability to imagine the impossible I was highly bothered by the fact that I didn’t look the part. This was probably impounded by the fact that my best friend did. I wished my blonde hair and fair skin away.

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One of the most attractive aspects of the School for Field Studies Wildlife Management Program are its expeditions. Each semester two separate weeks are spent on a camping expedition to three national parks in Northern Tanzania. Last week was our first expedition and it was beyond words. So instead of explaining the trip in a post I’m going to start publishing snippets of the trip and moments that inspired me. To sum it up though, here is a brief overlook of the two places where we stayed.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

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Tarangire National Park

The first park we visited was exactly how I imagined an African savanna to be. It was hot. It was dry. It went on… forever. In fact, my little travel guide describes it so beautifully I don’t think I have to:

“Day after day of cloudless skies. The fierce sun sucks moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, always, there is water.”

Elephants, elephants, elephants. I’ve never seen so many in my life. And my god. The tsetse flies were SO BAD (think African black fly). During exercises we would stop the car just long enough to write down GPS coordinates, swatting in every direction to protect ourselves from the vicious monsters. Here I encountered cheetahs, lions and ostriches as well as many other herbivorous mammals. We camped just outside the park at a small campground surrounded by Maasai bomas while we were there.

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