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September 7th, 2016
Going to Montana is like vacationing in a postcard. Once we arrived in Montana we went on a two day rafting trip with Montana Glacier Guides. Our views were absolutely beautiful!. At night we camped right off the shore and early morning we got right back on the raft. As we rafted down the Flathead River we came to many rapids. For example, the rapids were called Pinball, Bone Crusher, Jaw, and Toilet Bowl! We had an amazing time and it really was a once in lifetime experience.
After camping next to the river we stayed at a hotel in Whitefish,Montana. It was the cutest town and just outside of town there is more than 1,000 acres of just cherry trees. They were the best cherries I have ever had. They were sweet and huge. After a our day of picking cherries, we had 15 pounds of cherries!
The next day we went to the most famous national park in Montana: Glacier National Park. The park has over five amazing lakes and a huge variety of hikes ranging from easy to difficult. One of the hikes we went on was about five miles long. It was uphill and hard but it was worth it because it led us to the most amazing lake. One of the lakes in the park is Avalanche Lake. Glacier National Park was spectacular since each mountain was perfectly snowcapped.
After a few miles into the park, we reached Lake Mcdonald which is a picture perfect spot. Near Lake Mcdonald there is a tent and RV camp site which is just a short walk from the lake. Here we rented stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and motorboats. The water was a little cold but it was still fun. While we boated and we stared at the beautiful mountains. Some of the things we passed as we climbed and hiked are Saint Mary Lake, Red Eagle River and Logan’s Pass.
If you are not a hiker then try driving to the sun road. It is just as beautiful as any of the hikes and it covers most of the park.The drive is about three hours long but do feel free to turn around at any time.Towards the end of the drive we encountered the continental divide which runs along the mountain tops. Every few miles on the drive there was a great lookout point to spot some wildlife and take pictures. We saw a lot of wildlife including mountain goats, elk, bighorn sheep, and bears. But remember don’t feed the bears since it might turn out bad for you and the bear!
Whitefish is a town just 20 minutes from Glacier National park so we decided to stay in town for the weekend. Just our luck, Whitefish was the cutest little town! Every few steps was picturesque, charming and warm.
While Montana might not have the largest population, surprisingly, most locals like it that way as the serene surrounding and the abundant wildlife are all they need to keep them company.
September 7th, 2016
South Dakota is beautiful especially if you have been locked in a box for three days! My family of five headed west in a camper van (aka “the box”) equipped with all necessities. After 72 hours of television, fighting, and more television our dad finally let us out of the tin box on wheels. We got to stretch our legs and see Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. I used to think South Dakota is boring but all I knew of it was Mount Rushmore. After our pit stop there I realized South Dakota was much more than just Mount Rushmore.
The Corn Palace is literaly covered in corn. In South Dakota corn is a big deal, so big they made a palace as a tribute to their love of corn! As you walk through the corn palace you can see a timeline of the palace as well as a short film. After the film, something you might want to do is see the gift shop because they have everything related to corn.
Mount Rushmore is the biggest tourist attraction in South Dakota. Mount Rushmore has the faces of some of our greatest presidents carved into a giant bolder. It is so big you can see it from the parking lot.
The Badlands are not so bad after all! Badlands National Park is one of the most beautiful National Parks in South Dakota; between the valleys and tall mountains you can’t go wrong. Even though it is 90 degrees you can enjoy climbing on rocks or hiking one of the many hikes. Just make sure to watch out for the rattlesnakes!
July 27th, 2016
We’re already into Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia. I can’t claim to be a delegate or attending formal DNC events, but I work in Center City, Philadelphia, in the middle of all the craziness. Whether I like it or not, I had to be prepared for this week. For other Philadelphians who are dealing with the same predicament, or for those visiting our lovely city, here are some tips in navigating the insanity that is the DNC.
May 11th, 2016
Due to it being the rainy season, all flights into Cusco from Lima were cancelled. It was my first night in Peru and the only person I knew in Peru was unreachable in the Sacred Valley. So I became friendly with the other traveling English-speakers who were stranded, and we basically formed a support group for the lost and confused. One competent Spanish-speaker among us was able to successfully charm over the airline workers, and we all had our flights rescheduled for the next morning. Later that night, this brilliant and bold individual was able to also find a place that could fit all ten of us for the night. We were all very thankful for his presence.
As soon as the anxiety and worry started to dissipate, another intense and all-consuming feeling came over me: hunger.
And that is when I met Pollo a la Brasa.
Yes, we’re talking about chicken.
The best kind of chicken.
I was told that if I was in Peru, I had to order Pollo a la Brasa at least once. So as soon as we got to the apartment we were staying at, I pushed my new friends to order this chicken. They were so hungry that they didn’t care what we ordered, so it was a fairly easy situation to manipulate.
Now, about this chicken.
Pollo a la Brasa is a fairly new culinary innovation, dating back to the 1950s. This chicken is uniquely seasoned and cooked. It’s tender, juicy, flavorful, and it’s basically everything you could ask from a chicken. It sits on a throne of french fries and begs you to poor hot sauce all over it. Well, maybe it wasn’t begging for that, but once I spotted some ají (or a creamy hot sauce), I knew it had to be on my chicken and fries. This was a very wise decision.
I’m glad there isn’t any recordings of this feast. I tore through the chicken and dug through the greasy fries and shamelessly shoveled it all in my mouth. I was ecstatic. I felt alive. And I looked like a fool.
The thing is, even though I’d be embarrassed for others to witness this sight again… I’d do it again. In fact, I find out that a restaurant near my work serves Pollo a la Brasa. I plan on eating there very soon, and maybe I won’t become as sloppy and wild, but it will take much restraint.
I’m just excited to be reunited with my beloved Pollo a la Brasa. And if you’re out there listening, Pollo, I want you to know that never have I loved as I’ve loved you.
Related: Belated Greetings from Peru
May 1st, 2016
With the warm weather creeping up on us, camping is becoming more appealing. Some find it relaxing, while others are bigger fans of living life in the comfort of their home. Which ever category you fall into, you will for sure want to know these hacks that can make your camping trip run smoothly. Let’s begin!
1. Breakfast anyone?
Crack your eggs beforehand at your house, so you don’t have to deal with the eggshells and breaking an egg on a picnic table. Pour them into a container that is easy to pour things out of, like an empty coffee creamer. Then, you should label how many eggs you put in, and label it on intervals of 2 so you know how many eggs you’ll be eating that morning. And voila, omelets for breakfast in the woods, anyone?
2. Orajel cures more than just toothache!
Make sure to take this the next time you go camping! For those pesky mosquito bites, Orajel can help relieve anyone from the annoying itching sensation we all feel.
3. Shoe organizer is the new food organizer
Use any shoe organizer to help organize your makeshift kitchen. It helps organize everything!
4. This easy to make “LANTERN”
These are things you need anyways, so why shouldn’t the serve a dual purpose?
5. KNOW these POISONOUS plants.
Familiarizing yourself with these plants can help avoid you a lot of discomfort and pain in the future!
The great outdoors is something magical! Make sure to plan a trip, this summer, to go camping and try all of these wonderful hacks to make your trip even more enjoyable. Don’t forget to follow our Pinterest page!