• Jessy Raspiller

{2020} Wild Diaries :: Yellowstone

“There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.”

Teddy Roosevelt

My History with Yellowstone:

  • As an infant the story goes " You had your first Happy Meal in Bozeman and I drove your dad and you around Yellowstone while you both slept" -Mom. This was on a vacation that we took where my parents almost moved us to a Dude Ranch in Montana... how the twists in fate could have re-aligned everything.

  • Fast forward to college, a year and a half in I changed my major from Special Education to Recreation Management + Tourism. I had no idea what to expect.

  • 2018: 10pm around a cozy campfire. My two friends and the group of adopted friends we made by snagging a Group Campsite at 5pm outside of Yellowstone National Park. Our new friends share their day adventures in the massive plot of land that lays before us. We share how we’re just driving through to get to The Tetons. I’ve personally had my heart set on sitting beneath these massive crater lakes and slabs of granite. Our carload has agreed this is our main destination for tomorrow. The following day at 5am, 15minutes into the park. Sunrise coming up over the Lamar Valley as we pass a groggy buffalo on the sh