Like I said in my last tiny post, I wasn’t able to blog for a week because I was in Yellowstone with my family. Yellowstone is in Wyoming in the west. We actually stayed in Jackson Hole, a nearby tourist town and we did the most things there. These are the highlights of my trip:
There was the gigantic Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, which starts on top of a small mountain and goes all the way down. You ride on a small sled with a break to control your speed so you can go fast or slow. I rode down fast(not as fast as I wanted to, haha).
So Many Animals!
We saw a million Bison, 3 or 4 Elk, about 10 Dear, 1 bear and 1 cub, 20 horses, 50 cows and bulls, and a whole bunch of humans! (Hey, we’re animals too :P). The wild life in Yellowstone was amazing and you get to see so many new critters (up close sometimes). Get up early to see them, it’s totally worth it.
White Water Rafting
We also went white water rafting and I’ve gotta say that was the best part of the trip. I got completely soaked as we flowed down monstrously fast rapids. The best rapid was called Lunch Counter(I have no clue why) because it was probably the most dangerous. Up come 5 huge waves, each 4-5 feet tall, pushing our little raft here and there. Water pushed the boat from the side and I though we would flip over. Luckily everyone made it though all the rapids and no one fell in by accident(my brother jumped in on purpose to get wet).
Hiking was a big part of our trip too. I think we hiked some 7 miles in 3 days( not constantly of course) and that was really fun. Because of my WOW workouts my stamina shot up and I could do a lot more than I thought I could. I climbed 328 stairs plus about a mile of steep uphill without a brake! I think that was my biggest accomplishment of the whole trip. We went on many other trails as well but that one(called Uncle Tom’s Trail) was the hardest and longest trail we took.
While I was there I didn’t eat paleo at all. I had fun so I loosened up a bit. I still avoided too many grains but went full on with flavored yogurt, mashed potato, ice cream and I had tons of processed food. I don’t really feel guilty because I felt that it was a well deserved break. I love eating paleo, but after 8 months of strict paleo I think one week of crap is fine, as long as you get back on the paleo train quickly.(And by the way if you go to Jackson Hole, the restaurant called Blue Lion is awesome. It’s expensive but seemed healthy and the food tastes great! Order the Elk Tenderloin, it’s the best meal I ever had, no kidding!)
After eating like a SAD(Standard American Diet) person, but still getting about 3 times more exercise than I usually do and much more than most “experts” recommend, I (and my paleo brother who also eat SADly) still gained fat! That is definite proof the FDA really does stand for “Federal Destruction of America” (hahaha!).
So that was pretty much my trip; lots of fun, exercise, 3 hours of sun a day(no bad sunscreen and no sun burn!), getting wet, SADness and more fun! Yup, also Yellowstone is such a beautiful and natural place, I hope it stays like that, don’t litter or pee in the lakes. And if you are searching for a place to go and escape from work or the city, Yellowstone is great (and if you want staying paleo isn’t that hard I just chose not to).