Yellowstone…

On our return trip from South Dakota we were able to spend a couple of hours in Yellowstone National Park.  It brought back such sweet memories of when my husband and I were going to college in Bozeman and we would spend any spare time camping and hiking around in the park with our three oldest when they were little guys.    It was simply wonderful.  Now we were experiencing it with all our kids, what an amazing place.

Bighorn babies…

Mammoth Terrace…

Would  it be a visit to YNP without seeing elk in Mammoth?

Emma and her daddy.

Bison raising a bit of dust.

With his namesake!

Cow elk, grazing.

A nice sized bull elk.

Bighorn Sheep.

A tired little boy.

Grizzly Bear.

We had decided to stop at a spot to walk through and look at some of the geothermal areas with the kids.  We had thought this spot would be a bit safer than others in respect to worrying about one of our littles falling into something until we spotted the guy above.  At first all we could see was a group of people gathered around and a bit of brown fuzz moving.  We thought it must be a bison with as close as people were and then we saw that it is was a Grizzly!  Whoa!!  It’s not smart to be around a bison that close let alone a bear.  Luckily the guy decided to run off into the trees, towards the trail we were going to go on.  We decided our hike would have to be postponed until our next trip through.  Their were people dumb enough to go running down the trail to get a better look at the bear, some of them with little kids even.  Yikes.  It was still pretty neat to get a quick glimpse of the guy though.

To top it all off, on our way out we were able to stop and listen to this guy bugle back and forth with another bull.   ALWAYS extremely neat!

Just the couple of hours we spent zooming through the park made us decide we will have to return this next year with tents and all the gear to spend more time in this little spot of heaven.

Jenny Matlock

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Labor Day Fun and Fellowship!

Yesterday we spent a gorgous day in chilly Glacier Park.  We spent the morning with another family, so we had a total of four adults and 13 kids! No need to worry about bears with this crew.  ;0)  We had a wonderful time hiking and in fellowship.  Later in the afternoon we met up with a couple more families and had over 20 kids…there was a lot of activity too say the least!  The weather was nicely cool and very fall like, perfect for hiking.  Here are a couple of pictures from the day…

kids hiking...

 

group

 

The wonderful thing about teenage boys with lots of extra energy....

The wonderful thing about teenage boys with lots of extra energy....

Sleeping baby boys….

zzz...

zzz...

 

 

Through the trees...

 

downhill...

 

A bridge...

 

Checking out the water...

 

Some of the kids...

Some of the kids...

 

 

Another bridge...

 

Snuggled close...

Snuggled close...

 

 

Nice leg warmers, huh?

Nice leg warmers, huh?

 

Poor Zayne he had a terrible diaper blow out and of course in the rush to get out of the house in the morning I forgot to pack him some extra clothes, luckily I had an extra pair of socks that worked as great little leg warmers and he also had his snow suit to keep him warm on the hike.

After a long day of hiking and hanging out with friends we headed home where Mark cooked a wonderful steak dinner for my birthday.   This morning when I woke up I definitely felt a year older, and a bit stiff and sore!  The kids even made a happy birthday banner for me and made the cutest little cards today. (This is definitely the most wonderful thing about being a mom!)  Hayden must have made me about 20 bracelets out of paper and stickers or out of sparkly ribbon and jewels he borrowed from his sisters-they’re too sweet and I have quite the collection now!

Thanks to the Miller family for such a wonderful day and to the Dunham’s for braving the wild west and taking the kids on a great hike! ( That’s all they’ve talked about today.)  Thanks for the wonderful fellowship too as Mark and I both enjoyed spending the day with your families.  More pictures later!