Sunday, July 17, 2016

They Took the Kids to Yellowstone

I still have another day or two before I am back to regular posting, so I thought I would give you something pretty to look at in the meantime.  Youngest Son and his lovely wife took my Grands on vacation to Yellowstone.  He called me a couple of times to let me know what they were doing and they posted pictures on FB of each days activities.  I enjoyed the pictures and thought you might like them  too.

Everyone is excited to be heading out.

Bison in the background.

They got to see these bison up close.

They took a zip line ride.  Jacob insisted on going upside down.

Boston couldn't let her brother get one up on her.

Dad had to show off, too.

Mom and Maddie were a bit more sensible.

Judging by the grin, I'd say Maddie was having fun.

They went on nature hikes.

They hiked to Ousel Falls.

Couldn't go to Yellowstone without seeing Old Faithful.


The kids were thrilled with the white water rafting.  

They took a ferry across Lake Jenny and then hiked up to Inspiration Point.  Son said that hike about did him in!

They took time to just relax and enjoy the view.

They stopped to marvel at the beauty of the Grand Tetons.

They visited Mount Rushmore.

It was fun to see the sights, but it was nice to be home again too.

It does a Grandma's heart good to see her grandchildren getting out to see the wonders of nature.  Viewing the world on a screen just can not compare to the sights and sounds and smells of the great outdoors.  Boston, Maddie and Jacob...I'm so glad you had such a great vacation.  David and Staci...thank you for giving my Grands such wonderful memories.

Love, Mom (Grandma)


  1. What great photos - thank you so much for sharing with us! God had truly blessed you with such a wonderful family! :o)

  2. Thank you, Chickenmom...Those kids are so enthusiastic about everything they do that they keep me smiling. It was fun that their Mom and Dad posted the photos on FB so I could snag them. You are right. God has well and truly blessed me far more than I would have thought possible.

  3. Great that everyone is exploring the outdoors.

  4. BW Bandy...They had such a good time. I am happy that they enjoy being out and about rather than sitting in front of a screen.

  5. Nice pictures. Yellowstone is so gorgeous, been a long time since I was there but it left a lasting impression.

  6. JMD...Thanks. I have been through that part of the country, but have never been in the park itself. It was fun for me to follow along via the pictures.

  7. Nice photos. Having lived within a few hours of Yellowstone Park for a good part of my life I have had the opportunity to visit what we just call "The Park" more times than I can remember. I still enjoy every visit. When I was a child it was nothing to count over 100 black bear every day. I was saddened when they started moving any of the bears that come into public contact, but I guess you can't blame them as most people thought they were cuddly harmless creatures.

  8. Jim...I have never visited the Park but have travelled through the general area many times. I was glad that my son posted so many photos so I could download them. The kids (and parents) were amazed at the numbers of wildlife they saw. They stopped the car and waited for a bison to get off the road so they could pass. They saw bear and lots of elk. You are right. It is sad that the bears have to pay the price for human stupidity. I guess there are some folks who don't understand that teddy bear and grizzly or black bear just aren't the same.

  9. I went there with my family when I was about twelve. I still remember the geysers and the buffalo vividly. Also feeding the bears which came up to the cars on the road. I know now that was not good for the bears, but back in the early sixties I don't think anyone even thought of that.

  10. Harry...Going to Yellowstone is one of those things I wish I had done while I still could. Back when you were there I think it was common practice to feed the animals. There are still people who haven't been around wildlife that don't understand they are just that - wildlife. I read not too long ago about a woman who was trampled by a buffalo while trying to take a close up selfie with one.

  11. Mom,
    We had a great road trip. Every day was another adventure for us.
    This trip has been a dream of mine for years and year and am so grateful that we were able to make it a reality this summer.

  12. David...I am glad you and Staci were able to take that trip with the kids. Thank you for posting so many pictures. It was fun for me to see what you were doing and to be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery. That is an experience the kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

    Love, Mom