It seems fitting, or perhaps – necessary – to share some of my favorites from our road trip as a wrap-up to my “Camping across the country” series. But I also want to share this as a reprieve from this awful, awful election season. While I’m not going to write about the election (at least, not right now) on here, please do not misunderstand me. I just don’t have the time nor the energy to devote to writing a well-thought-out post on the topic right now. Plus, we all need a little happiness. So here is my happiness.

The time we used the dash as a microwave


Bison traffic jam in Theodore Roosevelt NP


Real life mountain goats in Glacier NP
My solo hike in Great Basin NP
Gas station humor
Bryce Canyon NP
Montana = the friendliest state
Hidden Lake in Glacier NP
The magnificent Tetons that cannot be contained in a photo
Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone
The peace of camping in Grand Teton NP/Yellowstone

Take care and find your happiness. We have a right to be angry and upset about the election. Some would argue that we NEED to be angry in order to hold onto all of the progress that we have made in the past 8 years. But we also have a right to – and a NEED for – happiness. We will have some battles ahead, but if we neglect our happiness and our joy, we won’t be strong enough to fight them, and we’ll lose sight of what makes it all worthwhile. Remember: Time marches on. And it marches towards justice. This is just a set-back, like pulling back the band of a slingshot.

“…the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice…”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.