Bears? Nobody said there would be bears!

Sarah Bradbury Start Date: Jul 31, 2018 - End Date: Jul 30, 2019
  • Yellowstone National Park, WY, United States of America
  • Teton, WY, United States of America
  • Cody, WY, United States of America
  • Jackson Hole, WY, United States of America
  • Montana, United States of America
  • Jenny Lake, WY, United States of America
  • Deadwood, SD, United States of America
  • Devils Tower, WY, United States of America
  • Fort Laramie, WY, United States of America
  • Wall, SD, United States of America
  • Sheridan, WY, United States of America
  • Wyoming, United States of America
  • South Dakota, United States of America

My Travel Story

by: Sarah Bradbury Start Date: Jul 31, 2018 - End Date: Jul 30, 2019
On a sunny spring day in 2012, a 42 year old mother of 3 took her final breath. Cancer, had finally got the better of her; the battle she had fought so hard, was lost forever. 
Her eldest daughter (just 20 at the time) was by her side when the darkness enveloped a (once happy) family changing not only her life, but the lives of her 2 younger siblings (who on that awful day were just 12 and 9 years old). They weren't there when their beloved Mum passed away. They'd been removed from the family home a couple of days before, as it was deemed "too distressing" for them to be there. Until the moment they got home from school on that Monday, to have their Dad sit them down and tell them the news that they were never again going to see their Mum, they still believed she was going to get better. 
That day, those kids didn't just lose their Mum (the most important person in their lives) they lost their lives too (at least, the life they knew). They lost everything they had ever known; their home, their family, and each other (the younger 2 have a different father to the eldest, who is a pretty awful man (their Mum did not choose her men well) and the wedge he drove between them and the elder is still visible today. There are some scars which will never be healed. 
Upon her death it transpired that the abusive step father had somehow forced their Mum to sign over the house to him, and so their family unit was ripped apart; the eldest was frog marched from her home by the police (he'd called them to get her to leave, as he wasn't man enough to knock on the door and ask her to go), just 7 days after the death of her Mother, the abusive step father and his family standing around cheering as she left. 
At the same time, their mother's brother (a man they had once been close to) fraudulently took control of their grandmothers house.  Unfortunately the police weren't interested and we didn't have enough money to take him to court, so he got away with it (not his first time, either). His actions meant that the eldest became homeless, and the youngest were unable to live with her, having to stay with a father who'd never really been there for them, and his girlfriend who didn't want them around. They went from a 'once loving' home where they were showered with love, to a place filled with a cold distance, knowing they were there only because they share DNA with one of the people living there; the daughter was very much treated as a modern day Cinderella, being forced to wait on her older step siblings (for several years they didn't even have a bedroom and were made to sleep on sofas in the lounge, therefore only being able to go to bed when the last person had left the room). Still, at least they had a roof over their heads; right? I bought lottery ticket, after lottery ticket, hoping, praying at times, that each time it 'would be me' so that I could afford to buy a place of my own  so that they could come and live with me. Sadly (as yet) that's not happened. That doesn't mean I don't still try; they may be 16 and 19 now, but I'd still buy a home which would accomodate them if I was to ever have my numbers come up.
In 2014 I was lucky enough to find myself travelling around some of the amazing national parks in America. When I returned, both the younger ones told me how they "wished" they could have been out there with me as it "looked amazing" and they'd love to have seen some of the things I saw. That got me thinking, got my brain on a mission. What if I was able to raise enough money to take them. The only time they have ever been anywhere, is on the weekend camping trips I've taken them on. They have no other family, so they've been nowhere, and done nothing. I can't tell you what it would mean to me (and I know to them) if I was able to raise the funds to take them stateside, where they could explore the national parks. They studied geology in a small section at school; imagine how much they would learn while visiting Yellowstone National Park? They've seen wolves in a zoo, and photo's of bears; imagine if they were able to view one (safely, from a distance) in their natural habitat. They've seen movies involving cowboys (and indians!!). Imagine if they were to see a real life cowboy working a ranch in Montana; even better, to be able to visit a reservation (that's not so good) and learn about the original americans; the native people of the country, and how their way of life has been changed over the years due to colonisation. to be able to explore and understand their culture better. To visit an actual "Wild West" town. All things they have seen on TV, been told about in school, or read about in books.
  • Yellowstone National Park, WY, United States of America
  • Teton, WY, United States of America
  • Cody, WY, United States of America
  • Jackson Hole, WY, United States of America
  • Montana, United States of America
  • Jenny Lake, WY, United States of America
  • Deadwood, SD, United States of America
  • Devils Tower, WY, United States of America
  • Fort Laramie, WY, United States of America
  • Wall, SD, United States of America
  • Sheridan, WY, United States of America
  • Wyoming, United States of America
  • South Dakota, United States of America