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August 7, 2010

We Made It!

Day 4 Into Our Adventure!
But before that - My midget had gotten so nervous about the talk of bears at the campgrounds that she threw up in the middle of the night! Luckily my Mom Instinct kicked in just seconds before the smell hit! Quite frankly had it been the other way around there may still be a camper sitting back at Buffalo Bill Reservoir abandoned because throw-up makes me throw-up! But after Chris fled the camper (while the others slept thru it) I proceeded with the clean-up, luckily she hit the floor with all of it - truly believe God was looking out for me there because there is very little floor space in a pop-up!

But right back to sleep everyone went and the next morning woke up to this:
What more could we ask for!
Broke camp (still love saying this) and headed into Yellowstone! Spotted our first wildlife (not livestock - as we kept having to remind the kids and correct ourselves) right before we got to the gate!

Wanted to head straight to our campground and set up - so I said “head to Canyon” and at the junction we headed north thru Hayden Valley! Only to hit a traffic buffalo jam!
I am sitting in the front passenger seat taking this pic - that is the hood of my truck!

That is Chris, he could of reached out and touched this buffalo!
That’s OK we were so excited we didn’t care that it took us 45 minutes to go a couple of miles! To Canyon campground we got finally and went to check-in! Ooops wrong campground, it seems we are supposed to be at Grant - on the south end of the park - back thru the buffalo jam - not so exciting this time!

On our way we decided to see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the falls!

Only pictures will work for this!

This is me after 300 stairs down and 300 stairs up plus the hike to and from the stairs in rain/hail/thunder and lightning (metal stairs)!

We finally reached the right campground - set up camp and decided to relax around a fire and enjoy the evening at the campsite!

Chris and the kids walked down to the lake, we roasted hot dogs and had s’mores. I kind of wish we had bears in Indiana because I have never seen the kids pick-up a campsite so well - they didn’t take any chances that a bear would be attracted to our site - they even scoured the ground for little bits of food and paper, offered to take the trash to the dumpster and help pack the food in the car!

Once we were bear proof off to bed we went!


  1. What beautiful memories for you and your family!

  2. These pictures are fantastic! I'd never seen the canyon and falls before. Just more inspiration to take a trip like this someday!