Vegan MoFo Post #5!
First week of MoFo complete and into the nature we go! As we got closer and closer to Yellowstone National Park, the roadside views got more and more amazing, like the one above! Thus, this post will be mostly about nature, but there’s some sneaky vegan food that crept up on me, just you wait! Even my GPS gave up. If you can see, it just says “road”. You know you’re out of civilization when… We stocked up on tons of food and all our water from The Wedge while we were in Minneapolis because we thought we were going to be hardcore camping. Turns out we were actually car camping and there was even a heating bathroom at the Bridge Bay campsite in Yellowstone. Although it made me feel a bit less hardcore, this turned out to be awesome, as it got down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit at night. We forgot spices, so I resorted to pickle juice as a spice. It worked out well. I made a bunch of tin foil pocket magic with potatoes, peppers and string beans, vegan Tofurky sausages and vegan s’mores with Dandies. The picture above is our campsite where we lived while in Yellowstone, shoutout to the 20-year-old tent I found in my parents’ basement! We had one big hiking day that involved reading a trail was “extremely strenuous” and deciding that was just a warning for old people. Turns out it wasn’t, our bad. We hiked over a mile up and it was steeply uphill 98% of the time. I am not being dramatic. I blame it on the lack of oxygen at 10,000 feet. I made it this far, almost to the top! Gotta work on my higher elevation skillzzz. This trail was called Avalanche Peak by the way, beware unless you are a high elevation fitness genius. Not a bad view though! When our waiter told us to add time onto our estimated driving due to bison, he wasn’t kidding. Here is a giant herd of roaming bison not far from my car. The next day three bison walked literally two feet in front of my car and stopped traffic for 15 minutes. They were totally not phased by the cars AT ALL. They would just sit in the middle of the road chilling surrounded by cars without a worry in the world. It was crazy! The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Not bad right? It’s so perfect it looks fake, but I took the picture with my very own hands!
On the way out of Yellowstone we stopped at Canyon Village and I was SUPER surprised to see a Gardein Chickn Sandwich on the menu in the cafeteria there. WHAT. I also confirmed the tomato soup they had that day was just tomato and vegan, so I ended up having a pretty rad vegan lunch. In the middle of Yellowstone. Veganism has come a long way, my friends. The guy serving me was like “It’s not chicken. Just so you know. It’s not really chicken.” Once I informed him I knew, he was all, “You know, it’s not bad. I wasn’t sure about it, but it’s not bad.”Oh and a geyser just for the fun of it! Yellowstone was definitely purdy.