Sunday, October 23, 2011

We *heart* Yellowstone Park

One of the joys of being a Montana Mama is getting to do things like taking day trips to Yellowstone Park.  We wanted to get one more trip in before the weather turned cold.  It was a perfect day...very few people, nice crisp fall weather and generally happy kids. 

After a picnic lunch we all explored the surroundings.  We saw lots of evidence of large wildlife, but luckily we didn't actually see any while we were out of the car.  Those Yellowstone bears have caused some fear in my heart that has never been there before.  I think bear spray will be on one of our Christmas lists this year.  This was Vivian's second trip to Yellowstone, but her first with her "ears on" as we are starting to say.  She was a doll!  A little sleeping, a little eating and some smiling at her reflection in the headrest mirror.

 Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam...

 Hello Beartooths!

 Shhhh...I don't want to spill the beans on a fantastic swimming hole that we discovered.  All I can say is that it was right next to where they are walking.  We will definitely be going back next summer when the weather is warmer.

 By three o'clock, the kids were craving ice cream and we were craving coffee.  We drove by this little place in Cooke City and low and behold, it was actually open.  I splurged on an espresso float - yowzers, it was good!  It was one of those special little places that we will remember and hopefully visit again. 

 On our way back to Gardiner, we ran across this fella (and about  20 of his ladies) in the middle of the road.  The kids were freaking out, Mr. Yost was snapping pictures and I was reveling in the Yellowstoness of it all.  Stella keeps telling everyone that we got caught in a "major bison jam."

After a decent dinner at Outlaw Pizza in Gardiner, we jammied up in the back of the Sienna.  Yes, we are those people with the back of the van open and half-naked children bouncing around.  We wouldn't have it any other way!

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