Monday, November 07, 2016
Friday, July 5, 2013
0630 Wake up. Rain and thunderstorms all night long. Looks like Mother Nature wanted her own fireworks for the 4th of July. It's very wet outside, but inside the tent - all dry! For breakfast today we are having eggs and miscellaneous side dishes. The cooler is getting a bit empty but we still need to get ice.
0944 Leaving the campground. Things are sort of dried out.
0948 Stop at Lewis Falls for a picture. Lots of people everywhere! Time to take a poll on how long we will be driving today.
Ryan - 9 hours including stops
Bella - 8 hours including stops
Felisa - 10 hours including stops (but 7 1/2 hours drive time only)
Ron - 7 hours
Sheila - 9 hours or less
0956 Felisa killed a mosquito in the car. No stowaways!!! (I killed 11 mosquitos back at the campground this morning. They are everywhere after the rain.)
1002 Moose Falls. No one at this pull out because you have to actually hike to see the falls rather than the falls earlier that were by the road.
1003 Time for Best Parts of Yellowstone--
Bella - the lake
Felisa - Old Faithful and the lake
Ryan - Old Faithful
Ron - Norris
Sheila - seeing all the scenery and animals
Rocco - the lake and campground walks
1005 Leaving Yellowstone via the South Entrance
1006 A series of roadside signs-
We saw wildlife
Until we hit them
With our car
1007 Headwaters at Flagg Ranch. Stop for gas - $4.05/gallon. Also pick up ice, coffee, and OJ for the road.
1025 Leaving the gas station
1033 Grand Teton Nationl Park and I get a sign picture! :)
1040 Lizard Creek Campground. It looks nice - small and remote.
1042 Jackson Lake. Great view! There is a flock of geese hanging out together in the water, just chillin'.
1043 2,992 miles so far
1048 Lots of wildflowers blooming right now.
1053 Laundry and shower facilities at the visitor center here.
1117 Leaving the visitors center. We have a map of the park, water for Rocco, a smashed penny, and a stamp for my passport collection.
1127 Willow Flats overlook
1135 Jackson Lake Dam
1141 Mt.Moran overlook
1155 Jenny Lake overlook
12:18 p.m. Lots of bicycles out on the road today.
12:22 p.m. Stop at the post office in Moose, WY to finally mail Allie's postcard. The sign inside the post office says "We appreciate you enormoosely!"
12:30 p.m. We have our 3G cell service back.
12:40 p.m. National Elk Refuge
12:44 p.m. National Museum of Wildlife Art - we should definitely stop there next time.
12:47 p.m. Jackson, WY. Very busy in town. There is rock climbing at the city park. A group is riding horses down the ski hill path. There are cool antler arches downtown and there is a tunnel into the mountain.
1:21 p.m. Lunch to go from Betty Rock. We stop to eat at Phil Baux park but unfortunately dogs are not allowed so Rocco waits in the car then walks on the sidewalk.
1:47 p.m. Heading out
2:31 p.m. Look - an actual bridge for sale!
3:13 p.m. Pinedale, WY. This town has a Mountain Man museum. Sounds interesting for a future visit.
4:12 p.m. Eden, population 220. Points of interest include Eden Bar and St Christopher's Catholic Church
4:33 p.m. Wild horse scenic tour turnoff. (Further research reveals that this is an off-grid, serious 4-wheel drive scenic loop. We survived the ghost town road but the van probably wouldn't make it here!)
4:46 p.m. Arrive in Rock Springs, population 23,000. Stop for gas ($3.45/gallon) and snacks. Ron is charging a 7% tax on all snacks which leads to some tough math problems but one of the kids says "Math is fun!" Post an update on Facebook while we are in civilization.
5:07 p.m. Sonic! But we're not stopping... So sad.
5:08 p.m. Starbucks drive thru is very slow. Probably because it's the only Starbucks for hundreds of miles!
5:15 p.m. Stop at the Chamber of Commerce for campground maps. Flamingo Gorge is out - too remote. Instead we are headed for Rawlins on I-80 East.
5:53 p.m. Onion truck with red, white, and yellow onions
6:06 p.m. Cyclist pulling a double-trailer. Apparently double trailers aren't just for semis!
6:36 p.m. Blog summaries are up to date but I have tired fingers from thumb-typing it all.
6:46 p.m. Oh no! Construction!
7:07 p.m. Checked in at Western Hills Campground. We're the first tent here but there are tons of RVs. Ron picked up fried chicken and salad from the grocery store for dinner.
9:15 p.m. A rainstorm is coming so time to head for bed.
10:20 p.m. HUGE STORM!
10:30 p.m. Whew- it's over. We're alive. Felisa says that was the longest 10 minutes of her life. Now that the storm has passed, we need to move the tent to a better windblock and add lots of stakes!
11:35 p.m. Bedtime, take 2.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Last week Felisa drew a picture of all the Thanksgiving foods, including something called Kirby. When I asked her about it she said, "If you sat at the kids' table you would know." I love that! I love that they have special Thanksgiving memories of their own.
Julie, a friend of mine, is an Australian living in the States at the moment. She recently commented on Facebook that she was finally going to be at a regular American Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house. When I read that, I instantly felt so sad for her. Thanksgiving to me is all about the people; more is better. We travelled some as a kid to have Thanksgiving with my dad's family in Illinois and I have lots of great memories from those holidays together. We were (and still are) a military family so we moved a lot and didn't always have the chance to drive to Grandma's. On the years we stayed home, our door was always open to anyone we knew that didn't have a dinner to host or attend. We have been fortunate since living in California to be able to travel to New Mexico to celebrate Thanksgiving with Ron's family.
I can't imagine a Thanksgiving dinner with just our core immediate family. All that work to prepare a meal and no other friends or family to share it with? How sad that would be, at least to me. So you can see why I felt sad that Julie hadn't been invited anywhere the first couple years. I can only hope that I am always aware and proactive in future years to notice anyone without a dinner invite so that I can invite them to celebrate with us any time we are not travelling for the holiday. After all, what's Thanksgiving without friends and family and laughter? A few years ago we celebrated at Shani's house. The kids were downstairs while the adults were gathered around the table. Later my kids complained that the adults had been making way too much noise and laughing so much. Really? Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving to me!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
A comment made by a friend on Facebook, a career Naval officer currently serving a (recently extended) remote duty tour on Diego Garcia. It just really struck me and resonated for me. So true. The goodbyes are so hard but the trade off is all the wonderful hellos that you never would've had otherwise. A hard life in many ways and yet a blessed way of life too. I am grateful to have had so many wonderful experiences and seen so many places thanks in part to the nomadic military life I have lived, first as a dependent, then as an active service member, and now as a dependent once again.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
0630 Wake up. Get dressed right away so I can get Rocco out for a potty break. He still won’t go. I think maybe he’s still nervous from the fireworks last night. Then we spot some elk cruising through town, enjoying their breakfast and it’s a hopeless case. He just won’t pee! So back to the cabin to see if anyone else is up yet.
Ryan – Pork Chop was a friendly hot spring named for its shape. In 1971 it turned into a continuous steam vent. In 1985 it erupted violently shooting out lots of debris and has continued to occasionally erupt since then. Pork Chop is not so friendly anymore…
Bella – Hot springs are the most common geothermal feature in Yellowstone.
Bella – the orange and green creek
Ron – Porcelain Geyser
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013