To My Grandkids,
By the time you read this, this land might've blown up.
The past week, I have been through Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Garden of the Gods, Wyoming, Yellowstone National park, Grand Tetons, and back to Montana! When I passed through Louisiana, I got to see family, and pick up Laci Bee! We went camping with my cousin, Olivia and her boyfriend Malcom- and boy was it interesting.. After we had dinner, out of nowhere, Momma Earth decided to DOWNPOUR on us. At first, everyone ran to the van, but I stayed out and started dancing in the rain. After a few minutes, everyone joined in on singing, dancing, and laughing- arms out wide twirling freely in the rain. It was one of those moments where you feel invincible, exhilarated, and FULL of love for the life you live.
When we hit the road, we found a campsite in the middle of nowhere in Colorado. Since there was nobody around for miles, the first thing I did was strip down and take off running, dancing and laughing, and living another moment of feeling on top of the world. There's no rules out in the middle of nowhere- if you want to run naked and free singing at the top of your lungs, you just DO IT. (if you haven't seen a pattern by now, I'm not a huge fan of clothes or shoes in general hehehe)
At this point, we've got our mind set on visiting Yellowstone. We had another day or so of driving until we got there, so we camped out at a lake, went swimming, and had dinner in the lake. By then, it had been a couple days since we hit the road, so we had to take showers in the lake.. We had also showered in the rain the night we all danced together! (when you're on the road during a massive pandemic, it's hard to find proper showers that are open- so you take what you can get!)
A day later, we made it to the Grand Tetons, which were gorgeous! We were headed for Yellowstone the next day, so we camped right in between the two at a campsite in a national forrest. Right off the bat we made friends with our camp neighbors, and spent a couple hours talking with them before splitting up for bed. The next day, we decided to go to Yellowstone together, so Elizabeth (a super sweet soul we met at the campsite!) hopped in the van and we headed in. Yellowstone was gorgeous, and still blows my mind that there was a massive super volcano right under our feet! For all we know, it could explode before you ever get to see it.. It was mind baffling to see the geysers, hot springs, extremophile bacteria, animals, and mud volcanoes. The next day, we woke up at 3 am to go into Yellowstone together and watch the sun rise. We drove in with our 4 car convoy, (our other awesome friend from the campsite, Colin, came with us too!) and Elizabeth made us fresh coffee! As we sat and ate breakfast together, we shared stories of ourselves, our art, our travels, and how we got to where we are today.
Another day of exploration goes by, and we all end up camping together outside of Yellowstone again. The next day, we had breakfast, did some Tarot readings, and said our goodbyes, ready to part ways and resume our own journeys! Colin still has a ways to go with his route, and then back home to New York to find a new apartment, and luckily, Elizabeth is headed to Montana as well, so we'll get to hang out again :)
Now, we're back home in Montana, and with that, my first trip of van life comes to a bittersweet end. The past month and half has been the best of my life so far! I don't plan on staying put for very long, but since I can't go to India this year anymore (ugh- Covid..) I will have to decide on a new route. Maybe to the East coast next time-? I do love the west coast though- maybe I'll find myself settling there for a bit.. Who knows.. All I know is that VANLIFE is the life for me, and I am already itching to hit the road again- BE PATIENT JORDAN!!
I'm so excited to take you on journeys of our own, it will be so fun!!
Until then, I'll keep adding on to the adventures stories to tell you all about :)
Your barefoot naked runnin granny J :)