So, we're back from vacation! And it was tons of fun. I've spent the last few days looking through the over 600 (I know, amateur) pictures I took and editing some of them. Now, I'm not entirely sure where to begin to tell you about our trip..
We (Jesse, Lily and I) drove to Pittsburgh Friday night, thus beginning our adventure. As our flight was really early in the morning Saturday, we felt it best to stay in a hotel Friday night and head to the airport from there. Funny story, we met up with our friend Mike for juice at the airport, who also had an early flight the same day (hi, Mike!). We mostly got through security with no issues..I just didn't know there was a pocket knife in a carry on. No biggie. Lily was a champ, sleeping most of the flight or playing peek-a-boo with the folks behind us. Dad and Uncle Mike picked us up at the Bozeman, MT airport, and so our fun began! After a few mile hike back to an abandoned dude ranch, we all crashed for the night.
Day 1: why not jump into vacation with both feet? My family pretty much goes full throttle on vacations, especially when we feel there is a ton to do and see. Sunday, after we had all converged on a wonderful rental house Aunt Shasta found us (Jess, Richard and Mom had an adventure getting there, but they made it!), we went to church in Yellowstone National Park before heading out for our first bit of fun- the Hoodoos! These are basically several acres worth of fallen apart mountain, which is super fun to climb over. From here, we went to see some hot springs at Norris Geyser Basin.
Day 3: Tower Falls! I love these falls. Last time we were out in Yellowstone was over Christmas break when I was a sophomore in college and we cross-country skied up the (closed) road to see these. Jesse and I had decided before we went out there that if we came across something that we didn't think we could do with Lily, or it got too cold/rainy/hot/whatever and just didn't want her outside, that I would stay behind with her so Jesse could see all the sights (since this was his first trip to the park and my sixth..). This day was cold and rainy, and none of us had really anticipated the drizzly rain. Since Jesse and I didn't want Lily out in that hiking, Dad and I stayed up at the gift shop/car area and had some coffee while the rest of the family ventured down to the bottom of the falls. Unfortunately, half the path had been washed out (right? Is this the right day/event?) and they couldn't go too far.
Our days ended back at our house making/eating dinner, hanging out, talking and playing games. Good, relaxing evenings to busy days. Which is good, because we had a very tired little traveler with us.
That's it for now! More later.