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Monday, July 21, 2008

My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Day 5:

-I drove home in 12 hours.
-I thought about all the fun I had with Erin (and friends) at Yellowstone for about 11 1/2 hours.
-The other 1/2 I thought about my Sonic burger, tots and cherry limeade that I had when I stopped there again on the way home.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Day 4:

-After sleeping in we decided to take a stroll around the boardwalk that surrounds the are around Old Faithful.

-We got to the Grand Geyser just as it started to go off. (Very lucky since this geyser goes off every 7-15 hours!!!!)

-I couldn't believe how high water can shoot straight out of the ground.

-We laughed (inside our heads) at the folks who were late and ran up just as the last drop fell to the ground.

-We left the flat ground and headed for the hills.

-At the top is the Solitary Geyser...A sad little thing.

-I was impressed by the view from the Observatory.

-I discovered that I really appreciate the fact that we don't have mosquitoes in Seattle.

-The thought "Another geyser? Yawn." never crossed my mind.
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-After lunch we drove down to the South Gate.

-Our stop at Moose Falls gave us a chance to cool our feet and take some fun pictures.

-It was fun to be so close to the bottom of a fall.

-It was peaceful and I was glad for the shade.
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-It was a good last day in the park.
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My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Fun Photo for the Day

It's good to know that you're encouraged to comfort your boat by staying with it if it gets upset.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Day 3:

Day 3:

-Went on a morning hike around to many of the local pools.

-I was amazed at how pretty hot water can be.

-Sat with our feet in the river and watched fish snatch dragonflies out of the air.

-Was heckled by a car load of boys (which I flipped off).
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A tiny fraction of the beauty we saw...

As we were walking back from our morning hike we stopped to have a drink. We were happily staring at a tiny geyser nearby spewing it's heart out...all three feet of it. We noticed several people pass by in a hurry but ignored them. After a few more mintues of watching the tiny bubbling hole I noticed several more people running past. I asked Erin why people were running on the trail. She said she wasen't sure why and at that moment we both turned and saw this---------->

The Riverside Geyser is one of the most impressive geysers in the park (next to Old Faithful and Grand Geyser).

It only goes off every 5 1/2-6 1/2 hours so of course everyone was running!

We crown ourselves the most observant girls in the park and moved on.
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-Later that afternoon we drove out to the Grand Prismatic

-I was sad I couldn't even begin to capture the beauty of this spot.

-It was very hot and very stinky.
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-We made a few stops along the way back.

-We enjoyed this spot the most.

(That's John and Max with us...Two of Erin's Yellowstone buds.)
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My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Fun Photo for the Day

This is what happens if you die on the trail...The rangers just leave you there.

Friday, July 18, 2008

My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Day 2:

-We go down to the general store and have a fun breakfast sitting at the counter.

-I discover the smoke that I see on the horizon is not fire but steam. I am very relieved.

-We wait for Old Faithful to erupt, which it does right on cue...thus the name.
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Old Faithful...Before, During and After....Tah, Dah!

-We drive up to the North Gate of the park.

-I decide that Mammoth Springs is my favorite spot in the park.

-I stand amazed at the beauty of the springs and declare that I would like to live right beside the springs (despite the strong rotten egg smell).

-It rains...hard...for about three minutes.
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-As we return from the north we stop at many different spots along the way.

-I decide that I would like to live in several parts of the the same time....for the summer only.

-We decide that bacteria mats are scary but pretty.

-Erin declares that I have "geyser magic" since each one we stop at erupts immediately after our arrival.

-I am sunburned.
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My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Fun Photo for the Day

Apparently if you stand on the geyers the worst that will happen is your hat will fly off!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My Big Fat Yellowstone Aventure-Day 1:

-I make my way from Seattle to Yellowstone. It takes me 14 hours of almost non-stop driving but I get there with my sanity intact...sort of.

-I am delighted to find the only Sonic in this neck of the woods. I stop for a well deserved cherry limeade and a soggy burger. (Reminds me of college and I think of that while driving through the entire top part of Idaho....all 60 minutes of it!)

-I find out that gas is verrrry expensive in all 4 states that I must travel through and to fill my tank cost a whopping $50! (It takes 2 1/2 tanks to drive from Seattle to Yellowstone in my little car.)

-I arrive in Yellowstone just in time to see a heard of elk crossing the road.

-Erin greets me at the Old Faithful Lodge and we have fancy drinks and fried green beans to celebrate my arrival.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

5 1/2 years and still smiling...

We have made it through 5 1/2 years together! I'm as suprised as you are. :)
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Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th o' July!

We didn't do much today...Mostly we ate and watched the sun go down. The fireworks were moved this year. Even though we had a great view from David and Camilla's of the water the fireworks were so close to the shore and far off to the side we barely caught a spark over the roof of the houses. Oh well, we had cupcakes and that's all that really matters on the 4th. :)
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A short commercial break

For those of you out there who might be a tad concerned about our environment and such there is a anti-plastic bottle campaign that I totally endorse. It's called Refill Not Landfill and they are selling reusable Nalgene bottles to help raise money and to replace all those disposable ones that you might end up using otherwise.

Fun fact:
8 out of 10 plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or end up in a landfill. (Container Recycling Institute)

So, get your bottle today and do a little something for the future of our planet while your at it.
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