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Symphony Splash 2014 // Personal

I have a confession... I have lived in Victoria almost my whole life and have never, until this summer, been to Symphony Splash. I think I just assumed it would be too crowded and too noisy to be enjoyable. I was so wrong!

We arrived downtown in the early afternoon and set up our chairs in preparation for the evening's concert. We listened to live music on the steps of the Leg while sipping fresh squeezed lemonade, then walked the harbour to check out the buskers and artists.  It was busy but, in true Victoria fashion, everyone was friendly and courteous (we are third friendliest city in the world after all). 

The Symphony's performance was fantastic and Erik Lin, this year's young soloist, played beautifully. Listening to him, it was hard to believe he's only 9 years old! 

I had such a fun experience, I wanted to share some of my photos of the day with you.

All American Road Trip {Part 12: Heading Home}

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” -Lin Yutang

Leaving Yellowstone, Ashley and I headed back up to Canada, making our way through Helena, Montana. Montana had the most amazing garage sales, and Ashley and I  agreed that we should travel there again - but with an empty truck to take full advantage of the amazing deals.

When I think back, it was amazing that Ashley and I managed to see as much as we did - an itinerary like we had is not for the faint of heart. The schedule was pretty intense and I think we would have benefited from using a GPS. So, if you're planning a similar road trip, that's something you may want to consider. As well, we had not planned on having to pay so many tolls. When I got home, I found some sites that help you estimate your toll costs state by state, such as this one for Illinois. I was unable to find one that covers all states, but while it may be tedious to go through a separate website for each state, it will be worth your effort to have that information.

And now, with those new insights into road tripping, it's time to start planning the next one...   the original Route 66. Next summer, perhaps?

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All American Road Trip {Part 11: Yellowstone}

After Mount Rushmore Ashley and I drove to Yellowstone National Park. I'd never been to the park before and it surpassed all my expectations. It is the most amazing, beautiful national park I have ever been to. In certain places, it's almost like being on another planet. Yellowstone became the world's first national park when it was established in 1872 under President Ulysses S. Grant, and remains the America's largest national park to this day. The park sits atop a dormant volcano that last erupted a half million years ago. While the volcano has been showing activity, it is not expected to erupt any time soon. The park also contains the world's largest concentration of gysers and hot springs. I have to admit I don't understand all the science behind the natural wonders - science was never my strong suit - but they sure are amazing to see!

Yellowstone is also important for wildlife conservation. The park is home to America's oldest and biggest bison herd and grey wolves were reintroduced to the park in 1995. You can also find elk, moose, mule deer, bighorn sheep, grizzly and black  bears, coyotes, mountain lions, beavers, and more!

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