S: Yellowstone Trip 2011
FC: The Great Outdoors | YELLOWSTONE ADVENTURE 2011
1: Yellowstone 2011
2: What a beautiful view! | This book will tell the story of our trip to Yellowstone, When plans were made and bags were packed and everyone left home. We went to see Old Faithful and some buffalo and bear, Enjoy some time with family and camp in the cool air.
3: The South was hot and humid when we left in mid-July, The Rodgers started driving while the Hess’s chose to fly. We met in Colorado at an airport rendezvous, Then headed for Mogote, taking in the awesome view.
4: Along the way we took a break to stop and see the sights, At scenic Garden of the Gods— we could have stayed all night.
5: The rocks and boulders proved to be a sight worth stopping for, And as we left we hoped one day we could return once more.
6: We made it home for dinner, no more stops and no delays, The kids were all excited—they had been there several days. We had a birthday party and it was a lot of fun, The cake and conversation were enjoyed by everyone.
7: On Saturday we took a ride to see the brand new home, That Dad and Mom were building— right where lots of big game roam. And as we walked around their land you couldn't help but see, That southern Colorado is an awesome place to be.
8: We started packing Sunday for a week of camping fun, Then headed to Wyoming in the Rocky Mountain sun. | The traveling was scenic in a land so far and wide, But patience was required for the 800-mile ride.
9: It seemed we'd just got started when the sun turned into rain, Then traffic jams and wiper blades made traveling a pain. The kids were sitting in the back with movies and their cards, They played some games and then took naps, woke up and asked “How far?” | The grownups were engaged in deep and meaningful debates, Of where to eat and stop for gas before it got too late. And Smokey had a simple plan to find a comfy seat, He’d move around from lap to lap, lay down and go to sleep.
10: At last we got to Gowdy; it was dark and very late, We couldn’t find our campsite, so we picked one by the lake. There was no running water and the toilets smelled bad, too, But when the morning sun came up we had a gorgeous view.
12: Then off we went through Laramie, and Rawlins and the rest, The Teton’s were spectacular, the grizzly was the best. It took two days of driving, but we made it to the park, Were welcomed by a hailstorm, and then it got all dark. | Our goal when we set out was to arrive while it was light, Since setting up the tents is much more difficult at night. But thanks to the great attitude of all who came along, The task was more enjoyable, and didn’t take too long.
13: The morning brought some sunshine; we took showers and felt great— It’s much more fun to camp out when you’re clean and you just ate. We checked our maps and free brochures and made the perfect plan, Of what to see and do all week in this majestic land.
14: The first stop was Old Faithful and it was an awesome sight, The geysers, hot springs, bison, elk, were all a great delight.
15: We shopped and got some souvenirs, ate dinner at the lodge, And as we crossed the Great Divide, the snow was no mirage.
16: The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was scheduled for day two, The waterfalls were awesome and the hiking was fun, too. We left and ate a picnic lunch, then drove into the hills, The scenery was beautiful, providing lots of thrills.
17: We stopped at a museum, and saw wildlife up close, Then went to see Montana—a few minutes at the most. And Mammoth Springs was trickling, but made for a nice tour, Then dinner and sight-seeing and more shopping at the store.
18: We got back to our campsite and found things in disarray, We thought some bears had been there, but a storm had come our way. Some tent poles had been broken and were needing some repair, We improvised and got them fixed with tape and silverware.
19: At night we roasted marshmallows and sat around the fire, We reminisced about the day until we all got tired. The mornings were quite chilly, and one night a frost had come, But coffee and hot chocolate warmed us in the morning sun.
20: We drove through Hayden Valley as we traveled on day three, With geese and elk and buffalo as far as you could see.
21: The park was full of many types of geysers and hot springs, With bubbling water, colored rocks, and sulfur-smelling steam.
22: We took a little side road and discovered Firehole Falls, The landscape was so pretty, photos couldn’t show it all. | More scenic views and wildlife escorted us back home, With one last stop in traffic to see bison out to roam.
23: Back at the camp for one more night we’d just sat down to eat, A wild storm came blowing through and brought us to our feet. The wind was whipping fiercely as we held on to the poles, We kept the tarp and tents in place, but not the plates and bowls.
24: The last day brought a mixture of emotions, good and bad. We wanted to get started home, but parting’s always sad. We started on our journey, settled in for the long day, Quite satisfied with what we’d seen and done during our stay. | We drove South through the Tetons and ate lunch in Jackson Hole, The Rodger’s went through Cody—lots of miles was their goal. The time for tents and camping was all good, but I must tell, The bed felt really awesome when we stopped at that motel.
25: We all made it back home and had few problems or delays, And thanked the Lord for safety that was with us all those days. The time we had together was rewarding and well-spent, We’ll always have great memories of sleeping in a tent. | In summary, the trip was grand—I wouldn’t change a thing, But maybe add a few more days, and less of traveling. These were a few short memories of our vacation tour, And when you read this book you can enjoy them all once more.