I'm back from my Yellowstone adventure!

Posted June 22, 2015 in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, travel, healthy travel, fitness, nature, healthy living, health, camping, adventure

The BF and I returned home at 5:25 p.m. Sunday night, and it was bittersweet.

I was extremely excited to shower in my own bathroom and sleep in my own bed after 10 days of hotels, a cabin and campsites. But I was a little sad to return to real life after day after day of amazing adventures.

I'm going to share some more detailed recaps, but today I want to share what I learned on this trip. I had some pretty great realizations during this trip…

  • Over the past few months, I gained about five pounds. It's not much, but enough to make me feel uncomfortable in my clothes. I had been feeling pretty down about it before we left, especially since I had been eating really healthy and wasn't seeing any changes. But after just a couple of days, my focus was no longer on my body. We spent our days hiking and eating for fuel. I felt so grateful that my body was able to hike up mountains and that I was able to see the amazing views at the top. I ate to replenish the calories lost during our strenuous adventures, and so I could feel energized for the next adventure. I realized that while my weight will fluctuate from time to time, I need to focus on what my body can do…because it can do amazing things. Even as a health blogger, health coach and fitness instructor, I need those reminders occasionally!

  • I admit, I was nervous about camping for four nights in Yellowstone. I was scared of what the weather could possibly be like, I was scared of animals and I felt strange about being disconnected. On our first night of camping, it was so cold, and it rained/hailed/snowed. I was completely frozen that night and slept for maybe a couple of hours. But each night got better and better. We saw animals in the wild, and it was not as scary as I thought it would be. I survived and felt more connected to nature.
  • Phone service was incredible spotty throughout the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. It felt strange not to scroll through my Facebook or Instagram feeds when I had a moment to myself. But one morning when we were staying in a cabin along the Snake River, when I normally would have wasted some downtime on social media, I took a walk along the river. It was peaceful, quiet and calm. It gave me time to think without distraction. I realized I needed more of that in my life. I need to disconnect to connect to myself.

  • The beauty in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone is hard to put into words. I just couldn't believe that all that beauty existed in the United States and just 14 hours away from my home. Then when we left Yellowstone to spend a few days in South Dakota, I was in awe as we drove through Bighorn National Forest. Then I was surrounded by beauty once again as we hiked in the Black Hills National Forest. Even a few years ago, I would have never imagined taking such an outdoorsy trip. My idea of a vacation was flying to New York City or Portland and enjoying the city life with just a quick trip to Central Park or Multnomah Falls. But the BF has a love for the outdoors, and I'm so grateful for that. I now have a deeper appreciation for nature.

  • Before we left for our trip, I was full of anxiety. I was stressed about finishing all the tasks on my page-long to do list. I was so stressed that my skin was breaking out. After just a couple of days of no internet, no to do list and no make up, I felt a calmness I haven't felt in so long. My skin also cleared up and looked better than it has in months. When we arrived home, I had a moment of panic. I'll be home for three days before I head to Denver for FitBloggin! My first instinct was to make a to do list. But I took a deep breath and spent my last evening of vacation relaxing. Things will get done…even going through the 1,400 emails I have waiting for me.

I always learn so much about myself when I travel. I think visiting a new place, getting out of your comfort zone and taking risks is such a great way to learn more about who you are and what you want from life. At the end of this trip, I realized that I had only bought myself a retro Yellowstone T-shirt and a cute little camping Christmas ornament for the BF and I. I felt kind of sad that I didn't buy more souvenirs. But I realized that I came home with things much more valuable than anything found in a gift shop.

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