I can’t believe it’s November already. It’s the last call for 2015 as a year, as well as the last call for visiting Yellowstone by car. This morning the East Gate closed to automobiles until next May. It always makes me a little sad to know I can’t get into the park for another six months unless I take the long way around, through Livingston, Montana and the North Entrance at Mammoth, which involves about a 4 hour drive. That’s a planned expedition, not a spontaneous, “Oh I think I’ll tootle up to the park for the afternoon,” kind of adventure.
So I went up yesterday for my annual last day trip and got to go with one of my favorite people. We had snow, rain, ice pellets, wind and none of the above. We went through Hayden Valley to Canyon and home, just a taste of the park. I actually didn’t make it to Old Faithful at all this year, which just seems wrong. But that’s one of the great things about Yellowstone – you can still experience its wonder by only seeing a part of it.
November seems like the end of the year as well. It’s officially the start of “Holiday Season” and then bam! The year is over. Did you accomplish all you wanted last January? Was this a good year for you or are you looking forward to moving on to something new? For me it was both – I grew a lot professionally as a writer but experienced personal grief as well. I am finishing the year strong though, with lots of writing submissions and a renewed faith in my God.
Even though Yellowstone is closed, I have so many more places to discover. The grizzlies will soon be hibernating so I can get on some new trails for new adventures. And not worry about getting eaten. That’s always a plus.
It doesn’t matter where you go, whether it’s your backyard or a national park. Get out. Enjoy. Feel the wind on your face. Get cold this winter. Allow yourself to be a little uncomfortable. That’s how we grow, keep from stagnating. Take a child outside and experience the world on their level. Change your perspective. Finish strong this year.