S: Wyoming 2009
1: For Delaney and Ava I Love You to the Moon and Back Mom
2: We stopped at Cabela's on our way out to Wyoming; as we always did on each family vacation. Ava could find a Big Buck Hunter game in any store if it existed! It was as though she had a sixth sense for it!
3: The pool at the Snow King Resort was outside, and even though it was heated, it was chilly! So, during one of the days we were there, we went to the city recreation center for a little water fun!
5: At the Snow King Resort, they had a Bungee Tramp | and an Alpine Slide that were extremely fun! Both the girls and Robert could have played there all day, | every day! Thank goodness we were only there 5 days! | While they were playing, I got to see a mother fox and her babes! So awesome!
6: Old Faithful
7: Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Wyoming, in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. The geyser, as well as the nearby Old Faithful Inn, is part of the Old Faithful Historic District. Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons (14,000 to 32,000 L) of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 m) lasting from 1.5 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet (44 m). Intervals between eruptions can range from 45 to 125 minutes, averaging 66.5 minutes in 1939, slowly increasing to an average of 90 minutes apart today. The time between eruptions has a bimodal distribution, with the mean interval being either 65 or 91 minutes. More than 137,000 eruptions have been recorded. Harry Woodward first described a mathematical relationship between the duration and intervals of the eruptions in 1938. Old Faithful is not the tallest or largest geyser in the park; those titles belong to the less predictable Steamboat Geyser. Now, here is my take on Old Faithful.....our group rode on a charter bus for three hours to get to the site of Old Faithful. The trip itself was fun, and the scenery was beautiful. I was unsure what to expect, as I had heard that this is a sight to behold in nature and that getting to see it first hand was remarkable. We arrived just after an eruption and secured seats to wait for the next one, which was due in approximately 60 minutes. Admittedly, by the time the next eruption began, I was as restless as the girls, if not more, and anticipated what was about to happen. So, the water and steam began to seep from the ground and then quickly escalated to several stories and sank back into the ground. I waited, expecting more, but nothing came. Looking around, I noticed that people who had been seated were getting up and collecting their things. I couldn't believe that that was it. So, I asked, to anyone willing to respond. "That's it? That's Old Faithful?" Confirmation came from various onlookers and I continued to stand in disbelief. "You have got to be kidding me?! We rode three hours on a bus full of cooped up children, for THAT?" Laughing, Robert shook his head and began walking to the Inn. If I knew that was all I was going to see, I may have made a different choice in wasting an hour of my life that I'll never get back...not planning on ever recreating that historical memory! :)
9: The Old Faithful Inn is a hotel located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States, with a clear view of the renowned Old Faithful Geyser. The Inn features a multi-story log lobby, flanked by long frame wings containing guest rooms. With its spectacular log and limb lobby and massive (500-ton, 85-foot) stone fireplace, the inn is a prime example of the "Golden Age" of rustic resort architecture, a style which is also known as National Park Service Rustic. It is also unique in that it is one of the few log hotels still standing in the United States. It was the first of the great park lodges of the American west. Initial construction was carried out over the winter of 1903-1904, largely using locally obtained materials including lodgepole pine and rhyolite stone. When the Old Faithful Inn first opened in the spring of 1904, it boasted electric lights and steam heat. The structure is the largest log hotel in the world; possibly even the largest log building in the world. In 2007 the American Institute of Architects conducted a survey to determine the 150 favorite buildings in America; the Old Faithful Inn ranked 36. The Inn, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, is itself part of the Old Faithful Historic District. Old Faithful Inn is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
10: Fountain Paint Pot
14: LOVE THIS
15: with Sam Kutz
17: Rich Haines Galleries
21: From left: Candy, Tonto, Bear and Ginger
24: good-bye | We had just crossed into Iowa, having made it through the dreadful state of Nebraska and this was the result of the boredom that had set in.
25: The girls, specifically Delaney, wanted nothing more than to see a herd of wild horses on this trip and every time she saw cattle in the distance she yelled, "Are those wild horses?!" So, when I saw this herd of cattle, just before we got home, I exclaimed, "Girls! Look! Wild horses!" Strangely, they didn't see the humor.