The word ‘Biscuit’ has a lot more meaning to me than regular folks. It is the name of the first horse I ever learned to ride. Before I can gloat over, how fast I picked up horse riding, I should mention Ellie (My instructor) told me that Biscuit is the calmest (Read: laziest) horse they have. The other horse Smarty (named ironically) was quite intimidating with his restlessness.
The gorgeous backdrop to this fantastic two-hour rodeo lesson is a town called ‘Introduction to Rodeo’. 2 hours from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A backdrop consisting of calm, rolling farms nestled between majestic mountains. As my horse dramatically waded through the streams, It felt like I was in a movie. It was day 3 of my 10 day trip to America curtsey of GoUSA Tourism.
I had explored America before but only restricted to its metro cities on the coasts. Yeah, I’ve stood in the middle of Times Square, gone down the wiggly road in San Francisco and gone window shopping for mansions in Beverly Hills.All of these experiences paled in comparison to the feeling of casually strutting on a majestic if lazy horse in the middle of Wyoming.
It is both incredible and futile to try and describe how beautiful Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding areas are, like trying to explain how fluffy a bunny is or how terrible tofu must be. On the outskirts of Yellowstone, lies the Grand Teton National Park where you can casually spot a bear cub if you wake up early enough. The calmness of Jenny Lake made me envy the folks who have regular access to this wonderful waterbody.
A beautiful drive down the highway later, we finally got to witness the old faithful in all its glory. Sprouting out boiling hot water and possibly magical substances from deep inside the earth in regular intervals of 90 mins, this geyser is a crazy reminder that Yellowstone National Park is actually largest active volcano on the planet.
The highlight of my trip was to stay in an all wooden cabin in the middle of nowhere (actually Prey, Montana) where I made my new best friend Shunka (see photo). Being there under the brightest mornings and darkest, surrounded by dogs, horses and a sheep named Jimi Hendrix, I could imagine nothing better than a whole life at that wooden cabin.
This was my 4th trip to America and unlike the previous 3 times, I explored a completely new side of the country that I have only heard people whisper about before.
Also, I had so much bacon.
Ps: I drove around Wyoming and Montana in a rental car which I would highly recommend should be your ideal mode of transport to experience the beautiful roads and spot animals!