Teton Sunset

Today’s travel-back photo is the Teton Sunset.  Our first night in the Teton’s after a 2 (long) day journey with kids.  Thank goodness for minivan’s and a play station.  If I remember correctly, we also started our state license plate game.  We got every state but 1!!

The sunset’s at the lake were miraculous.  Like god painted from memory, knowing that he/she will just etch-a-sketch it overnight and try again tomorrow.

 

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I am happy to say that I am finally becoming more mobile.  My knee still aches constantly, but at least I can hobble around more efficiently.  Yesterday’s outing was happily a slow walk thru target.  Today, the dogs and I resumed some small normalcy and picked up dog poop after work and tossed those damn walnuts back over the fence.

I am so grateful for my youngest son that has been driving me around and my husband that never fails to come hither when ever needed.  I am truly blessed.

God’s Country

When you are driving in the middle of no where, I can only imagine what our ancestors thought as they came across such beautiful countryside.  Each mile is full of new wonderment.

The photo below was taken somewhere along I80 just North of Laramie, WY up onto Highway 287 on the way to the Teton’s National forest.  The foot hills turn into the upper plains.  The Upper plains turn into ridges and then into peaks.  Slowly you can see that humans are just little ants on the hill.  All the real power for change comes from within our wonderful little marble.

So no matter which gods and miraculous beings you believe in,  you have to know that these gorgeous landscapes were created by one awesome force.

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Lone Star Geyser

Lone Star is our “family” geyser.  We have seen it erupt each time our family has visited Yellowstone.  Considering that it only erupts every 3-4 hours, back in the 70’s this was a feat to see the geyser.

Modern day viewing makes eruption predictions a little easier.  You can call the ranger station and get yesterday’s eruption log and extrapolate when you think it will go.

In 2010, we were staying in West Yellowstone.  So that is nearly a 30 minute drive (barring moose jams) and that is pushing it.  When we arrived at the trailhead, we had to avoid a bull bison that thought it was his space.  The trail was about 2 miles in.  The last couple hundred yards we all ran because you could hear the geyser erupting.

A wonderful afternoon was spent, playing in the creek and lunching until we got to view a 2nd eruption before heading the long hike home.

Lone Star Geyser-proc Lone Star Geyser Plate

Hot Springs – Yellowstone Lake

Being stuck inside and fairly immobile gets me wanting to be outside.  What better way then to review trip photo’s and plan the next time to go back.

Below is from 2010’s trip to Yellowstone.  We took a hike around one of the many walking areas around Yellowstone Lake.  The lake is the largest highest elevation lake in the US.

Looking at the photo you can only imagine the 2 worlds of “habitable” and “inhospitable” areas.  Both are probably equally deadly, but one side looks so much more inviting.

I think we got to hear a ranger at this site.  She laughed off on of the kids questions on if you could go swimming in the nice “blue” water.  Giggling and looking at parents she joyfully said, “If the fall & the boiling water doesn’t kill you, the bacteria living in there will!  So mom’s and dad’s, if you want to take your children home . . . keep a close eye on them.”

yellowstone lake hot spring 2010

The Flop Contest

Every year at Bartle, the Scoutmasters are expected to participate in the belly flop contest.  The kids love it!!  The Scoutmaster graciously submits to torture.  All in the name of fun!!

Great Job Rob!!  You make the troop proud!!

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