Thursday, July 2, 2015

Yellowstone 2015 - Day 2

Warning:  Photo overload for the next several days~
On Monday we ventured into Yellowstone National Park.
 We chose to drive the western part of the lower loop.
Our first stop was Gibson Falls.  They were gorgeous!

 Our next stop was Norris Geyser Basin.  The trail was under construction so we could only get this close. 

 We also stopped here at the Ranger Station to buy the little girls a Junior Ranger book.  If they complete the required pages, they will be sworn in as Junior Rangers which also includes an official patch.  The girls earned this the last time we visited Yellowstone and it was a definite must this time around.

We made a pit-stop at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  It's gorgeous.
(more pics of this coming in a later post)
The nice thing about Yellowstone is that there is always someone who's just enjoying the scenery, not in a hurry, and will stop to take a photo for you.
Last on our agenda for the day was Lake Yellowstone.
 Would you just look at that sky!  Just look at it!
They don't call it Big Sky Country for nothing!
 This particular beach was called Gull Point.  It has black sand.  Yes- that's sand not gravel!
Clint and the kids had a contest to see who could stay in the freezing cold water the longest.
 First out- the two youngest. . . Go figure!
 Then #4 (his face describes just how cold the water was), closely followed by Clint.


 On the way home, the big kids taught the little girls how to nap and conserve their energy.
 Unfortunately, they didn't learn very well.  There were plenty of naps taken just not by anyone under the age of 9. (What's up with that?)
  That night we ventured out again on our trusty wheelers for a sunset ride 
 up to what we call the tower.
 It has an awesome view of Lake Hebgen.

I rode with #4 who purposely hit every bump and jump there was.  I'm really surprised I was able to hang on.  Man!  my tailbone still hurts from that ride.  Also on this ride, #4 drove straight through a flock of bugs (what is correct wording for a large group of bugs flying together?).  A few flew into his eye.  I told him that's what he gets for trying to buck his mom off.

By this day, the funness of being home alone for  #1, who couldn't come because he couldn't get work off, was starting to wear off and he was texting every so often:  "I miss you"  "Thanks for leaving food for me"  "What's everyone up to?"  "How's it going today?" 
Ha ha!
Distance really does make the heart grow fonder!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yellowstone Selfies: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, June 29, 2015

Yellowstone 2015- Day 1 Sunday

 Last Week was FAMILY VACATION TIME!  I just love vacations, but doesn't everyone?
Last Saturday, we packed up the trailer, the four-wheelers, and what seemed to be the entire house (luckily everything fit), and took off for the week to the mountains of West Yellowstone, Montana.
Luckily #3 was able to get the week off from work, but #1 wasn't so lucky.  I hate taking family vacations without the WHOLE ENTIRE family. 

By the Way, You can relive our last Yellowstone vacation HERE
Vacation Day 1, Sunday, we spent celebrating the Sabbath & Father's Day

 Keeping with tradition, #6 lost a tooth
just like her older sister did the last time we were there 3 years ago.
She was pretty excited the tooth fairy was able to find her all the way in MT.
 We ended the day by taking a nice scenic Sunday drive through the mountains 
 on our ATV's, of course.

  We drove down and around the gorgeous Lake Hebgen