We came back last Saturday. I am still a bit jet-lagged and not quite as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as I would like to be. But it will wear off soon. After all, the whole experience is worth the few days’ discomfort. On a less personal level, the change from a continent to a small island is quite drastic. The pilot starts to prepare for landing as soon as the plane has left the shores of Sicily. Approaching Malta, it seems as if the wings of the plane span the island from east to west. Quite a contrast to the huge land mass we’ve spent the last month travelling on.
The Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah
It has been a memorable trip and it would take me a month of daily posts to be able to share everything that we have seen and all the experiences we have had. I wish I had the time to record every single unforgettable instance but we all know that time is a luxury that few of us can afford to be careless with. There were moments when I wished that every second would last forever. I wanted to stretch time, and then stretch it some more, like an elastic band on a pair of old pyjama pants. Those are the moments that I will share with you, so that when time has passed, I can come back to rekindle those memories and they will warm my heart like a warm fire on a cold winter’s day. So here are a few glimpses into the highs, the lows, the likes and the dislikes of one amazing trip.
The Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Most breath-taking moment: seeing the Grand Tetons for the first time.
Nature’s most spectacular show: Old Faithful’s eruption (Yellowstone National Park WY).
Craziest moments: hiking down Snowbird (UT) in my wedge sandals and hurtling down the Alpine Slide (Park City UT).
Stinkiest place: the Great Salt Lake (Salt Lake City UT).
Best souvenir shopping: Raindance Indian Arts (Jackson Hole WY).
Best breakfast: red velvet pancakes at IHOP.
Nature’s best architecture: Meramec Caverns (Stanton MO).
Favourite chain stores: TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Gordman’s.
Most beautiful building: Mormon Temple (Salt Lake City UT).
Mormon Temple, Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah
Best value-for-money outing: St Louis Zoo (general admission is free).
Favourite burger joint: Krieger’s Pub & Grill (Quincy IL).
Most impressive sight: an American bison just sitting across a narrow road from us (Yellowstone National Park WY).
Favourite scent: my father-in-law’s gorgeous roses.
Biggest disappointment: not seeing any bears at the parks.
Cutest moment: watching a squirrel eat an acorn a couple of feet away from me (Grand Teton National Park WY).
Most unexpected find in a store: a Triceratops skull for $450 000 (Jackson Hole WY). Any takers?
Favourite album on this trip: Voodoo Highway by Badlands (1991).
Holiday reading: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.