S: GREAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY VACATION 2011
BC: Made with Love....by Erma | July 8, 2011
FC: "The Great vacation 2011" | YELLOWSTONE, | GRAND TETONS, | BRYCE CANYON
1: Yellowstone National Park | June 18, 2011 | Our Friends | US ! | the girls | THIS WAS OUR THIRD TIME VISITING YELLOWSTONE AND WE STILL DON'T TIRE OF IT'S MAJESTIC BEAUTY!
2: Porkchop Geyser | Steamy
3: SO MUCH TO SEE!
4: ALMOST THE WHOLE GROUP! Float Trip down The Gardnier River | The Road Dogz | Tuesday June 22, 2011 | the leaders--> | the stars
5: ON THE BUS | Our Boat | please don't make me go | NO! | IMPOLAS
6: Mammoth Hot Springs | ORANGE SPRING MOUND
7: June 2011 | GOT BEER? | ALWAYS CHANGING HOT SPRINGS | ONE OF MY FAVORITE AREAS IN YELLOWSTONE
8: AN AMAZING SITE TO SEE! | DAMN TOURISTS | GOT IT!
9: CANDY FOR THE EYES! | A MARKER | a pretty dead tree ! | MID GEYSER BASIN
10: Firehole River Drive | MARKER | DOWNSTREAM | UPSTREAM | A SHORT LITTLE DRIVE WITH ALOT TO SEE, THIS IS A VERY SCENIC AREA. ITS A BEAUTIFUL RIVER WITH A SWIMMING HOLE IN THE SUMMER. IT WAS RUSHING WAY TOO FAST WHEN WE WERE THERE! | A BIRD
11: Firehole Lake Drive | Early explorers thought the large bubbles in Firehole Spring looked like flashes of light- hence the origin of the springs name. Great Fountain Geyser eruptions average 100 ft. but there are occasional super bursts that can be 200 ft or more. | Don and Danielle saved this ducklings life | GREAT FOUNTAIN GEYSER | A DEFINATE MUST SEE
12: MID GEYSER BASIN IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE PARK. THE GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING IS AWESOME AND EXCELSIOR CRATER IS AMAZING. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK IS MY #1 PICK FOR VACATION SPOTS!
13: THE HAPPY HIKERS! HAVIN FUN! FUN! FUN! | EXCELSIOR CRATER
14: A DAY AT OLD FAITHFUL! | CASTLE GEYSER | THE GIRLS BY THEIR NEW RIDE | FISH ANYONE? | A VERY GOOD DAY! | THIS OSPREY CAUGHT THIS FISH RIGHT IN FRONT OF US !
15: MORNING GLORY! | DAISY GEYSER | GROTTO GEYSER | THE GRAND FINALE! | AT THE END OF THE DAY WE STOPPED AT DAISY GEYSER, JUST AS WE GOT THERE, IT STARTED TO ERUPT. IN THE BACKGROUND GRAND GEYSER AND TURBIN ERUPTED FOLLOWED BY OLD FAITHFUL, ONE MORE TIME! | BIKE RIDEN DAY
16: YELLOWSTONE HOTEL | YELLOWSTONE BUS | THE DRIVERS | RIVERS | GEYSERS | LAKES | BUFFALO | FACES | STEAM | THE STARS | ERUPTIONS | FRIENDS | CRATERS | POOLS
17: LEWIS LAKE | WEST THUMB GEYSER AREA | FISHERMAN | JAKE
18: The Grand Tetons Colter Bay, Jackson Hole and Jenny Lake Hike | HIKERS | HIDDEN FALLS | MARMOT | FISHIN? | Tetons
19: Bill | Bad Boy | PARTY GIRLS | DON AND DANIELLE | D R I N K I N | VANCE N DEB | PARTYING AT THE STAGECOACH BAR IN WILSON | THATS RIGHT HE'S BAD! | WHAT YOU TALKIN ABOUT?! | CHEERS! | BEER | GIRLS PARTYING
20: Elk Island on Jackson Lake | Moose Pond | Signal Mt. Lookout | Happy Trails | WINO
21: Jenny Lake | The Gang at Signal Mt. | are we there yet? | A MARKER | NOT FEELIN GOOD
22: ON THE ROAD AGAIN... | We left Colter Bay early in the morning, with the thought that Bryce Canyon would only be a 9 hour drive......Well guess again...... We had winds with gusts up to 60 MPH, rain, shepards herding their sheep across a busy highway, and trees falling down in front of us. 14 hours later we made it. Well we shouldn't be mad at the sheep herding cause that probably saved us from being hit with the tree that fell down in the road. Everything happens for a reason. So they Say | Herding Dog | The Tree | Scenic Highway 89 | THE SHEEP | THE TREE
23: Yes I am cute
24: THE WATERFALL | YOUNG ADVENTURERS | MOSSY CAVE | IS TOO A SPORT | REALLY TIRED OF ERMA'S HIKES | I HATE POSING FOR PICTURES!
25: ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT | BEHIND THE FALLS | SCARY | REALLY ?
26: ButtRock | Chimney Rock | "Kodachrome Basin" | CLIMBER | HIKERS
27: OUR GOOD FRIENDS VANCE N DEB | LOOKS LIKE GARY IS ON THE MOON | THE EMBRACING ROCKS | BALARINAS LEG
28: These Ravens were very friendly, they took the bread gently from my hand! | A big Thank You to our friends who put up with my obsession to hike all day and explore! new things Thank You all for putting up with me! | Another day of fun ! Just ask our friends ! | Smile pretty for the camera, your gonna be a Star ! | Another marker | I don't want to ! | ATTACK OF THE BIRDS
29: The Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trail | Bikers in Bryce | RESTING ! | CHIPMUNK | THE STEEP CLIMB OUT | FAIRYLAND POINT | SPUNKY HIKING GIRLS
30: THINKIN! | HELLO! | HELP | THERE'S GARY | I said "faster" | The Hike Continues | reference point
31: love this
32: Don't make me come back there! | A 4 putt? | SLOT CANYONS | REFERENCE PT. | IT WAS ONLY A THREE MILE HIKE
33: 6 more miles! | switchback all the way to the top! | No Erma No! | SO AWESOME | AMAZING! | WE ARE HAPPY HIKERS | ONWARD FELLOW HIKING BUDDIES | THE FINALE TO A GREAT DAY! | SINKING SHIP
34: THE GRAND STAIRCASE AND CALF CREEK FALLS AREA | The Rock Climber
35: We didn't get to do this 6 mile hike, but we have done it in the past! It is so beautiful when you get to the falls. The trail goes along the river bed, past Indian graineries and petroglyphs and wild turkeys!
36: where's Gary? | The last day of our trip at Red Canyon, Big Thunder Mountain was patterned after this area! | Rocks that grow trees! | Keepers of the Canyon! | "I'm not hiking anymore" | The Hot Chicks with sticks! | Dudes with tudes
37: Really a beautiful area that you might overlook, but its well worth the visit! | A seventeen day vacation that is almost over! Good to go home, but the company and the scenery was awesome as usual ! We are so blessed to have such a wonderful life. | We did this hike with Don, Danielle, Vance, Deb, Brent and Karen. | We told made up stories along the path about this area ! | Some of them were pretty funny!
38: 4th of July 2011
39: Ahhhh! Pretty !
40: This Vacation started in Yellowstone National Park with a large group of people; 2 Toussaint families, The Banks, The Newalls, The Tahoulles, 2 Barille families, the Cassillas, Impolas, and the Stockton/Gurley family ! We did miss the Dittamore's they had to stay home and take care of some Asians!!!! We had about 35 people, give or take a few! We toured the entire area, saw alot of Grizzly bear, bison, elk, wolves etc. We went on a river float in the Gardnier River and toured the Geysers, we partied at night and played Vance's bean bag game, that Gary got to sign 4 times! and got yelled at by the camp manager (too loud), whatever! We stayed at Grizzly RV for 6 nights. We then went on to Colter Bay at The Grand Teton National Park, it was breathtaking! We lost some of our group, but still 7 families! The men fished alot and they caught enough fish to feed the group! We went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where we saw the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, and met some interesting people at Stagecoach Bar in Wilson! Took some awesome walks, met interesting campers and learned that HOLE refers to the valley! whatever! A man we met at an art gallery told us about the bear #399 (she has triplets every year and stays close to our campground), and we learned that people are stupid, cause they were getting out of their cars and hiking down to get a glimpse of the bear and her cubs, REALLY! We did a five mile hike to Hidden Falls at Jenny Lake, we saw 3 moose at moose pond and lots of marmots. It was a good day to hike! We left Colter Bay to continue our EXPEDITION in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. What should of been an 8 hour drive, turned into 14 hours.....Yep on this day a sheepherder decided to move his sheep.....across the highway! It was kind of cool though cause they had an awesome DOG, that was doing all the work! Then driving onward the wind started to pick up and there was 60 mph gusts that blew a tree down in front of us. Well the men got to use their muscles and cut and moved the tree out of the way! Finally made it! We camped at Rubys Inn and at this point the only families left were Toussaints, Newalls, Cassillas, Taholles, Banks, and Robinsons Joined us for a couple of days! We did some really cool hikes here (Queens Garden and Navajo Loop), the scenery here is beautiful, and you have to see it from the bottom of the canyon, so I managed to con some of our group to hike with us! HEHEHE! We went to Mossy cave, the Escalantes, and Kodacrome Basin! Ate at the only restaurant open in a little town and had awesome food! Got to see Saturn through a telescope that a fellow camper had! We ate tri tip BBQ on 4th of July, drank a little, played some bean bags and watched Fireworks by the Tee Pee! IT WAS A GOOD VACATION! | THE FINALE!
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