Yellowstone: The Sequel

We are back from Yellowstone and have spent the last few days hanging out at Cultus Lake with good friends. The house is a disaster and there is much laundry to be folded but we have had a few excellent summer days!

For Yellowstone Day 2 Marc's parents came to meet us on their way back from a wedding in Iowa. We headed to Fairy Falls to have lunch and be blown away by the wind.

We headed over to Old Faithful which erupts every 90 minutes. Thankfully we only had to wait about 15. We knew we had come at a good time because there was a good crowd already established.We rented a cute little condo about 30 minutes outside of Yellowstone with Marc's parents. Ty is learning to grab faces. Here he is practicing with Nana:
And Daddy:
We didn't see an abundance of wild life, we mainly encountered massive traffic jams caused by people trying to capture the perfect shot of far off buffalo or elk but we did get these close ups.
Our second day together we hiked to a lake and then to a saddle. The hike was beautiful (and not too steep!) and filled with fields of wild flowers.

We also went back to the canyon that we had the previous day. It was great to see it in the sunshine!

We celebrated our anniversary (9th!) in Yellowstone by doing a geiser hike. I think the hike was a metaphor for our explosive relationship. ;)

mmmm lunch

Our first anniversary as a family of 3
We went back to the Midway Geiser (which Marc put pictures of in the post below) because it was so pretty to look at.

While in Yellowstone, I noticed quite a variety of license plates driving by and decided to keep track of all the states and provinces we saw. In the end I got all states but 4 (New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Lousiana) and all but 4 provinces (the Maritimes). Hawaii was the last state recorded. We had to take a picture for proof!

That night Marc's parents took Ty while we went out for a nice dinner on the river.

We took two days to come home (16 hours). Ty was an amazing traveler!! As mentioned at the top, we have continued our endless summer mode by spending a lot of the last week at the lake with our good friends. We love living in a holiday destination!

Next week I vow to stop enjoying summer so much and clean my house.


this stuff is seriously crazy

i didn't know these things existed.


Idaho to Yellowstone

Marc and I are sitting in a Super 8 kitchen in West Yellowstone beside our campsite right now watching the World Cup soccer game. The last two days have involved a lot of driving and a lot of scenery! Ty has been an amazing traveler so far and has really only cried for maybe an hour of our entire 24 hours of driving. Yesterday he did cry all of the way out of Yellowstone, I think in protest of sitting in his carseat for so long. We really can't complain though!

We left Idaho on Friday after a fun day of floating down the Boise River.

My dad took Ty while we floated down the river. Here he is enjoying the backpack that my Grannie and Gramps bought for us.

Ty discovering beer for the first time. Uh oh!
He is getting so smiley and cute!!

My cousin Erin kept asking her mom if she thought the hedge would hold her if she laid on it and Tammy repeatedly said no. She then asked Marc and he said he thought it would, wasting no time at all she vaulted the deck bench and laid on the hedge. It did hold her without even a dent!

With Grauntie Tammy
And Great Grannie
My Gramps is recovering from a stroke a couple of weeks ago; here he and my dad are walking to get the mail. After a great visit Marc and I headed out across Idaho into the middle of nowhere. We stopped at Craters of the Moon for a walk.

Marc says he feels a new level of respect from Americans when he wears this hat... I told him it is because Bret Michaels just won the celebrity apprentice.

We made it to Yellowstone in a day and stopped at this lovely camp spot with free wifi!

Yesterday we spent the day driving and hiking around Yellowstone. Here is a preview of the great sites!