S: Yellowstone National Park and Other Great Adventures 2012
BC: Grandpa and I love traveling with you and having lovely adventures.
FC: Yellowstone National Park July 2012
2: Good times are even better when shared with | Kaylen and Cooper started the summer out with a Triathlon at Life Time Fitness. They swam and ran and rode their bikes. They did great. The summer is just starting and the adventures are all around us. It is going to be a great summer.
3: The Best Summer!
4: Everyone helps build the pool. A good team effort!!! 2012
5: Kaylen and Cooper have a Mexican vacation in the backyard. Nice job Dad!!!!
6: Garage Sale! Make an offer.
7: We sold cookies and clothes and stuff. We have enough money for great adventures. We put the money on credit cards and the kids were RICH!!! Kaylen made $108.00 and Cooper made $115.00. Kelsey and Lily helped too. | Cheer up, Cooper! | Cheer up, Silly Cooper
9: Get your motor runnin' Head out on the highway Lookin' for adventure And whatever comes our way Yeah darlin' go make it happen Take the world in a love embrace Fire all of your guns at once And explode into space. I like smoke and lightening Heavy metal thunder Racin' with the wind And the feelin' that I'm under Yeah darlin' go make it happen Take the world in a love embrace Fire all of your guns at once And explode into space. Like a true nature's child We were born, born to be wild We can climb so high I never want to die. Born to be wild!!!!!! | This is our theme song. We play it every time we start on an adventure. This is the highway on the way to Wyoming. | Michael | Kaylen Beth | Cooper | A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
10: We stay the first nights in Casper Wyoming. We ate Mexican and Chinese food. We ran with fake children in the park and had picnics. You kids and grandpa made fun of my sandwiches and I said I would never make sandwiches "for you people" ever again. I think Grandpa just didn't like the drunks passing out in the park...maybe next time we will find a better park. Kaylen likes eating in "Vannie" (Our black van) | Things we see from the windows of the van.
11: Casper Wyoming
12: We arrived in Teton Village on July 2nd, 2012. Grandpa got us an upgraded room. We could have lived here it was so nice. We ate dinner at the Cascade Restaurant. We were so tired we went back to our room and went to sleep .
14: THe Teton Mountains are in the background. THis is just down the road from where we were staying. This is such a pretty part of Wyoming. It was cool in the mountains where we were but back in Nebraska it was so hot.
15: Nobody has more fun than we do! Fun is our favorite "F" word!!!!
16: July 3rd 2012 Today we explored Jackson Hole Wyoming. The reason they call it Jackson Hole is because a miner named Jackson started the town. They call it Hole because that's what they called valleys.
17: Cooper and Kaylen and Grandpa are sittng in front of an arch made of antlers.
18: Lily liked her front pack. She enjoyed being carried around | We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open!
19: We went to a Farmers Market in Jackson Hole. There was a lot to see and a lot to buy. There were so many stores. Kaylen and Cooper had their money on a credit card. Kaylen had made them ID cards to put in their wallets. As Cooper was paying for his stuff, the store clerk asked if he had ID and he pulled it out and showed it to her. The only thing was....Kaylen had said on the ID card, He had blue hair!!!
20: We saw this moose on the way back to Teton Village. | This is a wild wolf we saw when we were in Yellowstone.
21: These are animals we saw in Yellowstone and in the Black Hills. The buffalo was at a geyser in Yellowstone, really close to the people. We had read a story about a man who had been gored by a buffalo so we were keeping our distance. Just as we got to the other side, he got up, jumped up on the boardwalk with all the people. They ran and he got down on the other side and lumbered away. That was a little scary!!!
23: What a beautiful view! | We spent all day July 4th in Yellowstone Park. There were so many wondrous things to see that it is hard to do it in just one day. We may have to go back!!!!
24: On our way to Yellowstone we pass Jackson Lake. It is huge with the mountains in the background.
25: We got here just in time to see Old Faithful blow.
26: These geysers are amazing. It is hard to believe we have things like this a few hours drive away.
27: The steam coming off this thing, steamed up our glasses.
28: Amazing what Mother Nature has come up with for our enjoyment!!!!!
30: This was so beautiful and amazing. We have seen so many spectacular things on this trip.
33: This was a hot mud geyser that bubbled and boiled and looked very dirty and scary.
34: We rode the tram to the top of the mountain. Over 10,000 feet in the air. We had so much fun, we grabbed Grandpa and did it again the next day!!!! "The quality of life is determined by its activities."
37: It was soooo cold we went into the Waffle Shack and had hot chocolate. | We were standing on top of the world or at least that's how it felt.
38: I love watching you kids have so much fun. Ya just wouldn't flip tho.
39: your sense of adventure is a wondrous thing!
41: We had lunch at THe Mangy Moose. It was our "Animal Restaurant" for this trip. Looks like Lily found a new friend too. We toasted each other and our trip with wine.
42: Getting ready for the trail ride.
43: Kaylen and Cooper and Jack Frost. | The people that ran the Trails Rides were the nicest people. We had a good time with the girl that took us on our ride. | Omaha | trail ride | Norfolk
44: We had a great day on horse back. The day started out cold and cloudy so we went later in the morning and it was perfect. All the horse riding at Aunt Faye's paid off. You guys looked like cowpokes. | "Your world is as big as you make it"
45: Kaylen and Cooper and I on our trail ride. Our horses were named Denim, Zip Code and Jack Frost. The cowboy that helped us get our horses ready, said that Jack Frost was older than all of us put together. Cooper got to ride Jack Frost, Kaylen was on Zip Code and I rode Denim. | These kids have a way of bringing out the adventurer in us.
46: There were so many crazy things to take pictures of that we were stopping all the time. Even Grandpa could spot a photo op miles down the road. | "Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will; it is always interesting."
47: A jackalope is a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope. Crazy, right?
48: We left Teton Village on Sunday July 7th. We were going to stay in Cody,Wy but we took a vote and decided to drive all the way to Rapid City SD so we would have more time in the Black Hills. What a long, tiring trip that was. We got there at 11 pm, our hotel room was terrible so they moved us....Finally we got to bed about 1 am. WHAT A ROAD TRIP!!!
49: The top picture is of Crazy Horse monument. They have been working on it for over twenty years. I wonder if they will finish it in our life time? Wouldn't it be something to have this be your family's life work? Up in the top picture, Kaylen and Cooper are panning for gold. | This is a statue of Buffalo Bill.
53: The southeastern face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest is the site of four gigantic carved sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Led by the sculptor Gutzon Borghum, work on the project began in 1927 and was finally completed in 1941. Over that time period, some 400 workers erected the sculpture under dangerous conditions, removing a total of 450,000 tons of rock in order to create the enormous carved heads, each of which reached a height of 60 feet (18 meters). In sculptor Gutzon Borghum's original design, the four presidents were meant to be represented from the waist up, but insufficient funding brought the carving to a halt after the completion of their faces. Known as the "Shrine of Democracy," Mount Rushmore welcomes upwards of 3 million visitors every year, and is one of America's most popular tourist attractions. We were here Monday, July 9, 2012!
54: Mount Rushmore, located just north of Custer State Park in S.D.'s Black Hills National Forest was named for the New York lawyer Charles F. Rushmore who traveled to the Black Hills is 1884 to inspect mining claims in the region. When Rushmore asked a local man the name of a nearby mountain, he reportedly replied that it never had a name before but from now on would be known as Rushmore Mountain. | George, Tom, Teddy, Abe, Kaylen and Cooper.
55: Kaylen and Cooper are standing by a bust of Gutzon Borghum, the man who designed Mount Rushmore. They are standing in front of the Nebraska plaque on the walk to the monument.
57: Kaylen and Cooper are taking a little rest. | Kaylen and Cooper and the big fat grizzly. He would do tricks for treats.
58: Grizzly Bears and Brown Bears. We are glad for fences and moats.
60: One Bear decided to chew on the luggage on the back of a car.
61: They look cute and cuddly, don't they? | We drove around Bear Country and got up close and personal with the bears. Some of these bears look black but they are all brown bears. Seeing them come running to eat is cool and kinda scary. We are glad to be in the van.
62: We had to stop and have lunch in Wall S.D. and visit Wall Drug Store. Grandpa said it was just a tourist trap, and we said "Well Duh...We are tourists with credit cards!!"
63: These are some interesting "people" we met in Wall Drug.
64: No early birds here! Sleeping in a murphy bed.
67: There are too many kids in this tub. There are too many elbows to scrub. I just washed a behind, that I'm sure wasn't mine. There are too many kids in this tub.
70: No day so quickly passes That I do not think of you. It may be once or often, But each thought of you rings true. And oft I pray in silence Asking God to keep you free From all life's ills and sorrows And to let you think of me!!!
71: Back to school. Fifth grade and Second grade.
73: Barth | 2012