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A few years ago, I let readers pick my travel destination for a short summer journey. The options were Wyoming or Toronto, Canada. Wyoming won, and I spent a few days there traveling solo through the Grand Teton National Park. Amazing State, in which I'd really like to spend more time. It's necessary now to go on a short journey for mental sanity, and I'm torn between two routes. One alternative is to fly to Colorado, because I'm interested in visiting a marijuana cafe or store in the first U.S. State in which recreational use became legal. I want to better understand the rules, regulations and intricacies associated with marijuana sales and use in Colorado. The second option is to go back to my beloved Maine and try to arrange a meeting with Samantha Smith's mother, who still lives there. In addition, there are many cozy beach towns and villages in New England, which also bring me a lot of inner peace.

Which story/destination is more interesting to readers? Vote in the below poll. I have never been to Colorado, so recommendations on cities or places to visit would be most appreciated! Of course, if I have readers living in either Maine or Colorado, this is also useful to know. I will be pleased to meet in person, as always. :) The poll will remain open until Monday, and I'll announce the results next week.

[Poll #2013054]
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Jackson Hole is a small American town by numbers, but not in spirit. The population is around 10,000 yet the main appeal of the city is its proximity to national parks and prime skiing locations in winter. In summer, tourists from all over the world come to Jackson Hole to visit Grand Teton National Park and nearby Yellowstone, which is a short hours drive away. The city is well equipped to handle the huge crowds, and infrastructure in the area is excellent. Hundreds of hotels and restaurants in a very condensed space. If you come here, be prepared to spend a lot of money as it's a very expensive area. But also be prepared to be amazed by the stunning mountain scenery and landscapes. The lovely people in this photo will greet you at the Visitor Center and point the way to glory.Read more... )
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One night at a bar, a drunkard approached me and posed an intriguing question. "If you could be any animal, what would it be?" No hello - just this question. He immediately scored points for originality and for me the answer was simple. A bird! Complete freedom of flight and observation from numerous perspectives (the ground, sky, trees, buildings...). Always important to view life and people from many different angles. However, in the wide-open fields of Wyoming people aren't searching for delicate birds. They come seeking big beasts like bison and moose, and they're easily found. Throughout the Jackson area you'll see people standing with binoculars in hand, hoping to scope out wildlife. If you look closely at this photo, you'll see a pack of bison in the distance. Next, the wild side of Wyoming!Read more... )
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Beauty without strength chokes out life. I don't mean strength in the physical sense, but rather mental and emotional. The ability to remain resilient when life punches you in the face, when storms continue to roll on the horizon. Recently a tempest fell upon me and I became overly emotional and irrational. So I headed to the peaceful landscapes of Wyoming to gather myself. To me, nature has developed the perfect formula to life - it shifts and adjusts as necessary. Sometimes entirely recreating itself in the wake of a disaster. As humans, we're required to do the same many times throughout our life.

I'm not a religious person, but I believe in the saving grace of nature. It reminds us we're part of something much bigger than ourselves, and it's only when we step outside the narrow focus of our own problems that we can truly thrive as a human being. Nature is a simple reminder there can be no light without dark, no harvest without rain.

On my first day in Wyoming, I drove down a secluded dirt road and stumbled upon Mormon Row, an amazing spot in the Teton Mountain Range of Jackson. It's home to this barn known as the T.A. Moulton Barn, the most photographed barn in the United States. You can search Google images and find stunning photos of sunrises over the barn and mountain range in early morning light. Sadly, on the morning I visited there wasn't a single cloud in the sky or color on the horizon.Read more... )
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Thanks to all who voted in the poll for my next journey! Wyoming won by six votes. I'm happy because it was my preferred destination. At the end of next week, I'll attempt to fly there on my United Airlines flight benefits. I will get on the flights only if there is stand-by space available. Please keep your fingers crossed, say an extra prayer, or heavily meditate for positive vibes and luck on my part.

I'll visit the area known as Jackson Hole, in the heart of America's Wild West. I plan on renting a car and driving around on my own, hopefully finding interesting things to write about and share with you. And this weekend I found a cowgirl hat, so I'm now fully prepared for the trip. :) If any readers have been to this area, or know of interesting things please share. Yeehaw!
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Some type of intense restlessness has recently set in. I don't know the root of the problem. Probably because I haven't traveled abroad since my trip to Russia, five months ago. This is too long for me. Summer is difficult for travel because of huge tourist crowds, my intolerance for heat, and packed flights which make standby travel very risky. This was apparent a few weeks ago when I flew to Vermont for a short getaway and got stuck on the return because flights were full. I finally made it home to DC on the last flight of the day, which departed around 10 p.m.

I originally thought about going to Toronto for a long weekend, but now I'm considering a four or five day trip to Wyoming. I've traveled many times to the Western part of the U.S. but never to the "Wild West." Strong desire to see this region, with its beautiful mountain landscapes, ranches and wide-open roads. In early autumn, I'll travel overseas for a few weeks but the destination points are yet to be determined. So tell me - where should I go at the end of July or beginning of August? Which reports will be more interesting for you - Toronto or Wyoming? Vote below and you can help determine my destination! I'll leave open until Friday.

[Poll #1922925][Poll #1922925]
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At the time I wrote this story in the summer of 2013, I was in a very dark place emotionally. I publish it now because you have a long break from work. Perhaps it will inspire some of you to get off the sofa and do something adventurous or new. I hope it's interesting to people who have recently discovered my blog. I like to look at old stories because this journal is not only for you, but for me also - to remember past trips and experiences long after the journey ends. Lately, I've been craving a mountain adventure and Wyoming is a perfect place for this! Enjoy!

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Beauty without strength chokes out life. I don't mean strength in the physical sense, but rather mental and emotional. The ability to remain resilient when life punches you in the face, when storms continue to roll on the horizon. Recently a tempest fell upon me and I became overly emotional and irrational. So I headed to the peaceful landscapes of Wyoming to gather myself. To me, nature has developed the perfect formula to life - it shifts and adjusts as necessary. Sometimes entirely recreating itself in the wake of a disaster. As humans, we're required to do the same many times throughout our life.

I'm not a religious person, but I believe in the saving grace of nature. It reminds us we're part of something much bigger than ourselves, and it's only when we step outside the narrow focus of our own problems that we can truly thrive as a human being. Nature is a simple reminder there can be no light without dark, no harvest without rain.

On my first day in Wyoming, I drove down a secluded dirt road and stumbled upon Mormon Row, an amazing spot in the Teton Mountain Range of Jackson. It's home to this barn known as the T.A. Moulton Barn, the most photographed barn in the United States. You can search Google images and find stunning photos of sunrises over the barn and mountain range in early morning light. Sadly, on the morning I visited there wasn't a single cloud in the sky or color on the horizon.Read more... )

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