Kristina's Commentary on the Trip North
A list of things Kristina learned while on the trip:
- The water in Crater Lake really is an incredible
- Hiking 2 miles with a 700 feet elevation change
(down to the water at Crater Lake) is not that
impressive, though we felt it was at the time.
- Not all of OR and WA are rain forests. Actually,
the eastern part (where we were) is dry and brown and
desert and empty.
- If you stay in enough Motel 6's, you will
eventually find one that has a spa, wireless internet,
and other unlikely luxeries. The sad part is, we are
impressed enough when they just have interior
- Northern ID looks skinny but still takes about as
much time to cross as the widest part of RI.
- The sky in MT is beautiful, but I'm still not
convinced it looks that much bigger than it does in,
- The best place to cross the Rockies is MT, because
they are only about 35 miles wide there, as opposed to
further south,where they take up most of CO and chunks
of UT, too. That almost makes the trip worth it right
- Glacier NP lives up to its full name of
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World
Heritage Site by being full of Canadians who make fun
of US glaciers as puny, but maybe still worth the
little jaunt up a 7000 ft mtn, because in Canada
elevations like that are nothing to write home about
either. However, when you are about dead from
climbing up said mtn, such comments are not promoting
- The glacier pictures in your Earth science textbook
could have come from Glacier NP. U-shaped valleys,
morraines, arrettes, you name it -- all right there.
- Hiking 11 miles with a 2300 ft elevation change
trail _is_ impressive. I still don't know how we made
it, and my feet hurt for about the rest of the trip,
but the mtns were beautiful, and we got a good view of
- The hands-down best way to see a Grizzly bear is
through a telescope. Especially the day after a beaw
mauling happened in the park!
- MT is bigger than it has any right to be. Luckily,
the speed limit on essentially all roads is 70 mph.
Towns on the map actually exist in reality only about
half of the time; Also, "town" doesn't necessarily
imply "gas station".
- The grass starts to get green in ND. However, this
is the _only_ noteworthy thing, unless you are into
giant statues of cows and buffalo (if you are into
giant statues of Vikings, MN is your place. Also if
you want your greenery in the form of trees).
- MN may really have 10,000 lakes, but partly because
they also name ponds (and possibly puddles) as such.
- People in Darwin, MN, take their "biggest ball of
twine" (if you know the Weird Al song) seriously to a
scary degree. But for all that, its impressively big.
- Upper Pennisula MI is also much bigger than it has
any right to be, especially when you factor in that
sliver of WI you have to cross. And the fact that
they are no longer letting you drive like a maniac.
At least not legally.
- Lake Superior has green water and white sandy
beaches and doesn't look like a place you would expect
to find in MI. Otherwise, the Great Lakes all look
pretty much alike, but it was still neat to see them
- The part of Canada between MI and NY is very flat
and apparently full of zillions of golf courses. At
least that seemed to be all they listed off every
- In the end, THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME! :)
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