Monday, June 11, 2012

Jellystone (minus Yogi)

I'm sure you've all been on the edge of seats since I announced in my last post that my brother and I were planning a trip to Yellowstone....No?

Well, I was! I was more excited to see him than usual, which is saying something, because Robbie and I are really close, and I'm always excited to see and talk to him. But I've been pretty homesick lately. It's kind of a new thing for me. Even as a little kid I was always comfortable being on my own, but maybe living on the other side of the country from my family for 7 years is finally starting to take its toll. My mom is probably thinking "It's about time!" Well Mom, I've got a fail-proof plan for the future, which will guarantee that I always get to see you at least a few times a year...It's called grandchildren. :)

Anyway, I took my brother Robbie and a few of his friends to Yellowstone on Saturday, where it was a free day...you can't beat that! More than anything else - more than the hot pools, or Old Faithful, or friendly Asian tourists - we wanted to see a bear. We saw the widest variety of wildlife I've ever seen in a single day at Yellowstone - including 1 yellow-bellied marmot, 1 woodchuck seemingly contemplating a 500 foot jump off Yellowstone Falls, 1 moose, 2 coyotes, 4 or 5 female elk and 1 adorable baby elk, over 100 gigantic bison, 1 bald eagle, and a herd of antelope - but we did not see a bear. I've been living in Idaho for 7 years, and I still haven't seen a bear! Maybe one day I'll pay to go to Bear World, which I pass on the highway every single day, but I think it would be more exciting to spot a grizzly in the wild...Don't you?


So, it was a little disappointing that Yogi was a no-show (even after we broke out the picnic), but of course we still had a great time
at Yellowstone. Those multi-colored hot springs and bubbling geysers are always remarkable, no matter how many times I've seen them. And, as a bonus on that chilly Saturday, the hot steam pouring out of the ground every three feet was like a big, warm blanket. We drove a lot, walked a lot, saw a lot, snacked a lot, joked around a lot, and listened to a lot of...um..."music" is what I think Robbie's friend Jared called it...and then we ate a lot of greasy food at the famous Big Jud's to top it all off! My heart and stomach were full.

By the way, Robbie realized why the famous park is called "Yellowstone."

Photo by Brianna Hatch (our official photographer for the trip)
Last but not least, we made some tasty shush-kabobs in the backyard Friday night with my in-laws and cousin Emily, and then we all relaxed and talked by the fire. Now that's my idea of "home."

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a WONDERFUL fun visit. Family is the best!

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  2. Painter falls! So pretty. P.s. I saw a bear in Yellowstone.

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  3. I grew up here, as you know, and I have been to Yellowstone every summer of my life at least once probably since I was born. I think I was 25 when I saw my first bear. The good news is that I have seen four or five since then. So about one a year. Bear World is actually very awesome. I put off going there for years because I thought it was too expensive for what you see in the park anyway, but I actually love it. But...you are right. It is so much more exciting to see a bear in the wild. Hold out for it. Do some research on locations and you'll increase your odds of seeing a bear. My uncle was a bear safari guide in Yellowstone for years. Anyway...Yellowstone is fun no matter what.

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