Explore U.S. - Part 01: The Badlands + Yellowstone National Park


HELLO, FRIENDS!! I know you've all been eagerly awaiting this first update on my terrifically EPIC trip! SO HERE WE GO: A PHOTO DUMP. Gotta be honest, I squealed a little myself over some of these pictures because asdfghjkl YOU KNOW?? Okay. Onto the trip. ;)


The Badlands, South Dakota: Bright, hot, soft on the eyes. Not in a pretty sense -- although it is that, too -- but in a literal sense. The colors and the light is just soft, especially at sundown. Faded, vintage, rough and smooth at the same time. The badlands would be a pair of well-worked hands if they were something else. We hiked up an intense trail and went to see the strawberry moon rise over the desert. I squealed over how awesome my telephoto lens is, and a dude walking on the path with his girlfriend was like, "whoa that is some camera lens." And that made me rEALLY HAPPY OBVS. We also saw a woman holding a tiny schnauzer puppy and it was eight weeks old and it was wrapped in a yellow towel and it was adorable. Kids swam in the campground pool until after dark and we could hear coyotes howling in the distance.



Livingston, Montana: We stopped here for the night and it was windy. (Haha.) Cool and mountainous and Polaroid. We ate Mexican food and walked around downtown and took pictures. I noticed a little girl in a sundress pacing unattended on a sidewalk and I wondered who she was with. The sun was bright.


Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: A gem that we can't stop some people from handling, even though the sign says not to. Pristine, exposed, breathtaking. Yellowstone feels like another world. Pulsing and surging with life, but somehow still and peaceful with life. A silent film. It is baked greens and colds blues and bright whites. Bubbling, breathing, pounding like a fevered heartbeat. We saw hot springs and geysers and bison and elk. We walked around the town of West Yellowstone and ate vegan burgers and huckleberry malts at a diner, then we went to see a play at the theater. And holy buckets was it COLD out.


This morning: We are driving to some more mountains (the Grand Tetons) and I'm kind of late with publishing this post, BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, RIGHT?? Yep.

Tuesday: Our fabulous Explore Us series continues!! One of my closest blogger friends will be posting on that day, so keep your eyes peeled, yo. ;) I shan't give any spoilers HOWEVER MUCH I MIGHT WANT TO.

My birthday: IS TOMORROW!! IS THAT WEIRD OR WHAT??? I feel like I'm probably turning twelve THE MOST -- not nineteen!! whut even. Anyway, cake (or waffles! duh) is greatly appreciated. Muahahaha. I have served you well so...you know. I deserve a free handout.

Wi-Fi: IS NONEXISTENT. FOR REAL. It's annoying, y'all. Because this means I haven't been able to keep up with all of your awesome blogs!! But thems the breaks of traveling. *insert all the sobbing and crying laughing emojis here bc i have mixed emotions about pretty much everything ever* I MISS YOU ALREADY. Do tell me what's going on with your lives!! I FEEL SO OUT OF THE LOOP.

love,
abbiee

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  1. YOUR PHOTOS ARE GOALS!!!! I love the last one!!
    I hope you have a great birthday!!<3
    -Clara

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    1. SDFGHJKL THANK YOU SO MUCH, CLARA! <3 I love that photo too omg eeep! That pool was awesome O_O

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  2. these pictures make we want to leave everything right now and travel my heart out.


    but I can't. *laughing emojis* *crying emojis*

    LIFE'S HARD WHEN YOU ARE A JUVENILE LITTLE PINEAPPLE. jk life is g8

    THESE PICTURES MADE MY LIFE, ABBIE. And I can't wait for your birthday tomorrow!!!

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    1. ASDFGHJKL GAH SERIOUSLY AALIYAH YOU MADE MY BIRTHDAY LIKE 800X BETTER I HOPE YOU KNO DAT OK <3 LOVE YOU SO MUCH DUDE and we should do a road trip together someday *nods viciously*

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  3. AKFJDSFJKJ:KDSJG OKAY I CAN'T RIGHT NOW.

    *cries* I REALLY REALLY WANT TO GO TO THE BADLANDS NOW. I heard people talk about how great it was, but your pictures blew me away. Dude, I'm pretty sure you used a wide-angle lens on some of those pictures and OKAY YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER...like there is really no doubt in my mind. AT ALL. I want to travel so much right now. agh.

    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TOO!!!! *cheers*

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    1. AUTUMN YES YOU NEED TO DROP EVERYTHING AND GO TO THE BADLANDS RIGHT NOW. <3 you will love them so much they are sO AESTHETIC AND AWESOME GDFGHJKJHG *squeals and hops around* ALSO AAAAAAAAAH I WUZ FLAILING AT YOUR COMMENT AND HOW YOU SAID I'M A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. *blushes and cries and hugs ya* THANKS BRO

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  4. OH MY GOD THOSE WATERFALLS. STILL MY BEATING HEART.
    I went to the Badlands a few years ago - isn't it GORGEOUS? It almost seems so surreal that such a place should exist on Earth, like it came from another planet or a fantasy universe or something. My favorite part of the Badlands was when the sun was setting and we were driving out, and we saw a bunch of the rock forms where the stripes were maroon, orange, and yellow to match the sunset. The sky immortalized in stone.
    *INCOHERENT SCREAMING* PUPPIES!!! Oh my god, that little doggie sounds so cute.
    I've gotten involved with a roleplaying group for my favorite musical, Les Miserables, which is awesome. Also, I went on a service trip to Guatemala earlier this month! We built houses and I had SUCH an incredible time.
    Happy early birthday! <3

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. WATERFALLS YUSSSSSSS. <3 all da waterfalls man :') OMG AND YES THE BADLANDS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. definitely one of the coolest places i've been hands down. AND YES YOU'RE SO RIGHT IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER PLANET OR SOMETHING. your description = SPOT ON. <3

      THE PUPPY WAS SO CUTE. ooooh sounds like you've been up to some super awesome and exciting stuff, dude!! ALSO WHOA GUATEMALA THAT IS WICKED COOL. eeep thank you for the birthday wishes! *HUGS*

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYY!

    Love these pics. :-) So so so very much. Thanks for taking us all along with you!

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    1. EEEEEEP THANK YOU HANNAH JOY <3 *all da hugs*

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  6. O MY GOSH!!!! ABBIEE!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Gives you waffles with sprinkles and a candle* GREAT PICTURES!!!!!!!! I want to go there now!!!! :D

    thecountrygurl.blogspot.com

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    1. *eats all the waffles* THANK YOU BUNCHES KILEY!! ♥

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  7. Oh my gosh these are beautiful pictures! How I miss Montana and Yellowstone. It looks likes you're having a wonderful time :) Enjoy the Tetons, they are simply breath taking.

    Elizabeth
    http://whimsicalthoughtss.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth!! GAH YES SO BREATHTAKING I CAN'T EVEN. <3 asdfghjk

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  8. These photos are all things lovely and beautiful - especially the last one! <3

    Grace
    golden halcyon

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    1. GAHHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH GRACE OMG :')

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  9. Your pictures are sooo cooool! This looks like a supper fun trip. And happay birthday! My sister turned 19 yesterday, so y'all are almost the same age exactly!

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    1. WHOA DUDE ME AND YOUR SIS ARE TWINSIES HAHAHA xD thank you soooo much, Maggie!! EEEP <3

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  10. Oh my goshhhhh your photography!!!! I'm just gonna go sob now, k? K. Sounds good.

    *returns thirty minutes later*

    Anyways.

    I love your descriptions of all the places that you've visited! XD They make me really happy.

    Also HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    No wifi is very sad but traveling is wonderful soooooo;)

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    1. asdfghjkl YES I CAN ALMOST BEAR NOT HAVING WIFI BECAUSE TRAVELING. :') and omiworrrrds tHANK YOU SO MUCH DEAR <3 <3 <3 gonna just hug u now oki sounds good

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  11. First things first: happy birthday! All the best with your year of nineteen, and I totally know what you mean - I'm nineteen soon too, and I still can't get my head around it.

    Thanks for taking us along on your trip, through your photos and descriptions. I appreciated the little things you mentioned: a puppy in a towel, a girl in a sundress, vegan burgers, and soft light. They're the kind of things that make life so much more. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica!! AND YES OMG -- 19 IS SURREAL. xD asdfghjk okay smiling SO HARD right now and seriously CRAZY HAPPY because YOU LIKE THOSE LITTLE DESCRIPTIONS AND YESSSS EXACTLY THAT IS WHAT MAKES LIFE SO RICH AND FLAVORFUL AND WOW. <3 omg so thank you *hugs*

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  12. GOD IS AWESOME.

    nuf said okay??

    AND HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPYYYYYYYYYY BIIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHDDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY TO YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! *laughs stupidly* i realize I can't sing, sorry xD

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS YES GOD IS AWESOME. *nods viciously* AND AW DUDE THANK YOU FOR SINGING ME HAPPY BIRTHDAY. xD *all da hugs*

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  13. OH MY WORDY GOODNESS GRACIOUS THOSE PHOTOS ARE BREATHTAKING AND BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING AND GOD IS AMAZING AND YOU ARE A FAB PHOTOGRAPHER GIRL I AM SO JEALOUS. *squeals for an entire hour*

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my friend! Nineteen. Whoa. :D Good for you! And such an amazing way to spend your birthday - traveling! holla! - so so so so cool. <3333333333

    That picture towards the bottom, with the waterfalls and the pinetrees, is the bomb. I drooled.

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    1. *SQUEALS FOR AN ENTIRE HOUR AS WELL* DUDE THIS COMMENT JUST MADE ME SO FREAKING HAPPY SDFGHJKSDSK THANK YOU. *hugs* and eeeep yes! traveling is definitely the best way to do birthdays. *adjusts joe cool shades muahaha* ASDFGJK YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS LITERALLY MY FAVORITE PICTURE IN THIS WHOLE POST AND YES I DROOLED OVER IT TOO SO THANK YOU WOW <3

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  14. I'm kind of late commenting, but I LOVE your photos! It looks like you're having a great time! I've wanted to visit Yellowstone since I was really little but so far haven't got the chance to.

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    1. OMG YOU MUST GO TO YELLOWSTONE SOMETIME YOU WILL LOVE IT. <3 so precious and beautiful. :') and EEEEEEEP THANK YOU FOR THIS COMMENT ALEX!! *flails*

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  15. Wow, gorgeous photographs. It sounds like you are having the best trip ever! I love the way you described all the places you've been visiting. I really got a feel for what the places were like :) And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! *throws you all the waffles* Hope your day is grand!

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    1. SDFGHJK THANK YOU SO MUCH ERIN! *squeals a little* *a lot* I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKE ALL THE DESCRIPTIONS EEEEP. I try to do them justice but omg some places are just too beautiful to be captured. <3 *eats all da waffles* THANK YOUUU!!! :')

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  16. THAT IS GORGEOUS OHMYWORD. I'm so glad to hear that you are having a great time!! I can't wait to see more pictures!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUU!!! *throws confetti and waffles everywhere* I HOPE YOUR DAY IS FABULOUS!

    ~Megan
    (megans-journals.blogspot.com)

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    1. THANK YOU MEGAN EEEEEP <3 yes oh my goodness it is so much fun!! *bounces around excitedly* OMG THANK YOU FOR THE CONFETTI AND THE WAFFLES AND THE BIRTHDAY WISHES ♥ you're the best yo :)

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  17. You have visited such beautiful places! You must have had a great time! :) I am finishing my semester exams today and I will finally be free to enjoy summer!

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    1. EEEEP YES WE ARE HAVING AN AWESOME TIME. <3 Thank you so much, Nora! I hope you have buckets of fun this summer!! :D

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  18. i think i could look at these photos forever. GAH. <3 <3

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH SARAH OMG <3 <3 <3

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  19. Abbiee!!! This looks like so much fun! You're photos are amazing. I feel like I have been there with you! And btw, happy birthday again!

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    1. OMG YES it has been such fun!! :D Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, Vanessa!! <3 *hugs and shrieks happily*

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  20. SOUNDS LIKE AN ABSOLUTELY EPIC TRIP. And I am going to Yellowstone soon, so woot woot! :D

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    1. GAAAAAH EMILY SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! You'll totally love Yellowstone it is stunning <3 thank you so much eeeep!!

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  21. IM LISTENING TO A SUMMER ACOUSTIC PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW AND I LOVE THIS SO MUCH IT HURTS. LIKE, IT REALLY DOES. THE WORLD IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN ME. SO MANY DIFFERENT LIVES ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. LASKFJSDLKFJ. THANK YOU FOR THIS FREAKING GORGEOUSNESS. GAHHHHHHHHHH.

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    1. ps your words are flawless
      pss I don't think I've ever made it through a comment on any of your posts without: dksfjldskjflksjdlfk-ing

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  22. Oh man, I really want to go on a road trip now. THAT MOON. Whoa. Also, I'm enormously jealous that you saw so many bison SO CLOSE in Yellowstone -- we were there last summer, and I saw a tiny brown speck or two, barely identifiable as bison. :/

    It sounds like you're having an awesome time, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey!!!

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kind words are like raindrops on the desert. they make me bloom with happiness, as absolutely cliche and cheesy as that sounds. even if it's just a simple alt+3 i will heart you for it. so, go ahead! MAKE MY DAY. literally.