Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend Getaway

Ever need to just get away? Forget all your problems and just have fun and spend time with the ones you love? This last weekend was one of those weekends. We decided Thursday night to just take off and have fun! So Friday after Brad got off work we headed to Rexburg to stay with Mandy, Tyrel, and Ivan (Brad's sister and family), then head on to Yellowstone and take advantage of their free admission weekend! We had a blast, it was just what the doctor ordered. My sister, Rachel, came along with us since her hubby just left for India to study up in the Himalayas for 2 1/2 weeks. Have I mentioned she's expecting her first baby? Due the end of January and we are all VERY EXCITED! I haven't been to Yellowstone since I was about 2 so this was all a new experience for me. We saw the mud pots, geysers, Old Faithful, the Upper Falls, Artist's Point, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, lots of Buffalo, Elk, and beautiful scenery!

We got to Old Fatihful at the perfect time. It was supposed to blow in the next 20 minutes or so, I was very impressed with the height of the blow!

We camped with the kids for the first time here. Kate enjoyed pushing her stroller around and getting dirty.

Daylen and Ivan enjoyed playing in the back of Brad's truck. They just randomly started singing "I love you" from Barney and giving each other hugs. These boys are so cute together!

After Uncle Tyrel's fun bedtime story we put the kids in bed and called it a night.

The kids did great, Daylen slept the whole night, Kate woke up a couple of times but I just snuggled with her on my tummy and she went right back to sleep. We didn't bring a pack 'n play for her so I'm glad it went as well as it did. I've decided next time I'm bringing some kind of mattress for me though, my hips just can't take the hard ground anymore.

Here we are at the Upper Falls. They look cool from here at the top, but don't seem quite as tall as they do from far away.

Here are the falls again from the Artist's Point and they look huge from here. Isn't that a georgous site! I can see why they call this the Artist's Point. Breathtaking.

This guy was standing right on the side of the road, not moving, just staring traffic down.

We rounded a corner and there were about 200 buffalo along both sides of the road. We got held up a few times by these guys walking down the road, right along side traffic or slowly leading the long train of cars down the middle of the lane. They think they own the place. :) After 2 days we only saw a fraction of Yellowstone, I think we would need a week to see everything there is to see there. Beautiful, super cool place to visit, highly recommend it if you haven't yet. Just beware, I didn't realized Yellowstone was a volcano about 50,000 years overdue for erruption, it could blow at ANY TIME. Really, you should go.


Janell said...

SO GLAD you guys got to get away and have so much fun! It looks like a great weekend. I love all the pics and Daylen with his little cousin--so cute :) Alaska, Yellowstone, what's next? And did I ever tell you how itsy bitsy you look in all these pictures when you're standing next to Brad? I love it :)

Ritchie Family Blog said...

Your get away sounds really fun!! I bet it is so nice to have a husband that can get off work like that! :) I am sure Rachel had a good time too. Yellowstone truly is a beautiful place.