Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Enough with the great vacation already... Part 4

So the vacation was nice.  Got it.  Scenic.  Got it.  Lots of family quality time.  GOT IT.  But I feel like my life cannot move on unless I finish this one last blog post about the vacation.

Our last big stop of the vacation before returning to Olympia was Yellowstone National Park.

So here's a (sort of) funny story.  After spending the night at the RV park, we got up extra early and headed out to look for wildlife and to see more of the park.  Doug looks to his left and says, "Hey, what are those birds?"  "Pelicans", I say (not terribly excited... it IS about 6 AM).  Doug says, "Give me the camera.  We have to have a picture."  "Ok." I say (again, not so thrilled).
So the pelicans start to fly off, Doug is taking pictures, and I look over at the riverbank.  "BEAR!" I yell.  We proceed to get all excited and snap a bunch of photos of a bear running up the riverbank.  We're knuckle bumping, laughing, saying, "A Bear!  We saw a BEAR!"  We keep driving across the bridge.
Then TWO bears (somehow I only got one in a shot at a time) are booking it across the road in front of us.  Seriously speedy.  Pretty sure they were running so fast because I kept yelling, "BEAR!"  And all thanks to my husband's excitement over two pelicans.
 Ok, onward.  A thermal feature.  This one was dragon's breath cave at the Mud Volcano, I believe.
 There were bison everywhere.  We even saw some calves.
 Artist Point, I believe.

 Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces
 And, we're out.  I just spared you approximately 489 more photos.
You didn't think you'd get away without seeing one more photo of my kid, did you?  Relaxing with some ice cream in Missoula, MT.

Whew!  We made it.  Onward to the next adventure... whatever that may be.


  1. Mark & I drove out west 2 years ago. The number of different species that we seen at Yellowstone was amazing. The scenery was spectacular.

  2. Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to travel out West again!

  3. You are making me jealous!!! Sounds like a wonderful trip!

  4. beautiful! It's been a long time since I was there last. Would love to take the boys sometime soon. Looks like you had a great time!!