Saturday, August 13, 2011

It's the little things in life...Yellowstone National Park!

Hi guys. I know I haven't been posting for a while but that's because I've been traveling around Yellowstone National Park and I didn't have internet. We got in late last night and I was too tired to blog, so here I am. Late again.
*warning: this is a picture heavy post because it's a summary of our trip and I took 500 something pictures between my phone and my grandmother's camera*

Monday, August 8:

The night before a trip is always crazy at our house. My parents were leaving for our denomination's annual Synod meeting in Tacoma, Washington and Eli, my mom's mom, and I were leaving for Yellowstone National Park. We were all up until late packing and doing laundry and running around. I love it. 

<3 horseback riding <3 driving the van <3 snacks <3 Pirates of Penzance <3 late night packing craziness <3

I love this movie. I watched it with my Dad and my pastor from NY (he was up for the weekend). All 3 of us were singing along because yes, it is a musical. 

Tuesday, August 9:

Tuesday morning at about 9 a.m., the three of us left for Yellowstone. We drove to Island Park, Idaho. It took us about 9 hours. Her car doesn't have AC so it was a long, hot drive, but with the windows down it wasn't bad. Of course, with all the wind, my hair was a mess, but it was still a fun drive. 

<3 Peggle <3 roadtrips <3 sketchy service <3 Sobe <3 Arizona <3 Skippy peanut butter <3 pillows <3 cowboy boot glasses <3 NCIS: LA <3 Mentalist <3 

 if you've never played Peggle, you need to go to popcap.com and play it. 
 I have it on my iPad and I played it a lot during this trip.
 best.Sobe.ever.
I love peanut butter! I discovered a new snack that I really like on this trip. Jr. Mints and Peanut Butter. I know it sounds weird, but it's actually pretty good.
 my grandmother's drink came in this glass cowboy boot. It was awesome. 
 I haven't seen a lot of the new season, but what I have seen is pretty good. Although the original NCIS is much better. 
 LOVE.
This is where we ate dinner the first night out. We were in Island Park, ID. My grandmother took this picture before we were ready. 

Wednesday, August 10:

Wednesday, we drove from Island Park, Idaho into West Yellowstone, Montana. We drove into the park and down to the Geyser Basin. We stopped a lot of them to take pictures and spent the whole day in the park. In the evening we went to the I-Max theatre in town to watch a short little movie on Yellowstone. It was really cool and had beautiful photography.

<3 service in the parking lot <3 Fruity Pebbles <3 sunshine <3 vanilla bean shampoo <3 geysers <3 bookstores <3 Dude Round-Up Motel <3 gluten free blueberry muffins <3 Mountain Man Rendezvous <3 I-Max theatre <3

 our hotel! 
 We went to the Mountain Man Rendezvous on our way into Yellowstone. It was this awesome place that sold a bunch of random stuff.  
 In one of the fur tents!
 I forget which hot springs this is. oops. 
 I think this is the Great Fountain Geyser. but I'm not sure.
 picnicking!!! 
 At Old Faithful. We had to wait about an hour for it to go off.
but it was super cool!
 it's gluten freee
this was our hotel in West Yellowstone, Montana. the Dude-Round Up Motel. 

Thursday, August 11:

Thursday, we drove from West Yellowstone, Montana across Yellowstone National Park to Cody, Wyoming. It was a really pretty drive and I took tons of pictures. 

<3 driving through Yellowstone <3 bison <3 Cody, Wyoming <3 all you can eat buffets <3 Everywhere West <3 rodeo! <3 souvenirs <3 gluten free waffles <3

 we left pretty early on Thursday morning...Yellowstone is beautiful!
 the Virginia Cascades (and my grandmother, Virginia)
 We have about 100 pictures of the canyon....


 <3 me and the brother :) this is probably my favorite picture from the whole trip. <3
 the bison just chilling on the side of the road..this was after we saw a whole herd of them.

 this place is sweet. and I love the name.

 This is the mud volcano. It smells like rotten eggs, but it's really cool.
 picnic lunch in Yellowstone!
 the bison holding up traffic..
 Yellowstone Lake. The road is pretty close to the water and I got splashed by one of the waves. Granted, I was leaning out the window to take a picture, but still. 

 On our way into Cody, Wyoming we stopped at the Buffalo Bill Dam.
For $250 you can get a pavement stone engraved. I thought this was cool.
 Our cute little log hotel. Best hotel of the trip.
the band, Everywhere West, that played during our dinner in Cody. Eli (my brother) got called up onto the stage!
 The rodeo in Cody is famous! All summer long, they have rodeos every night. This is a bull rider I believe. Pictures weren't very good from the rodeo, but it was a good one. 
the beginning of the calf scramble in the middle of the rodeo. 

Friday, August 12:

Friday was a pretty mild day compared to the rest. We drove home, taking our time. It was hot, but again with the windows down it wasn't too bad. We stopped at Applebee's in Bozeman, Montana and got home around 10 p.m. It was a good roadtrip!!

<3 Peggle (again) <3 playlists <3 peanut butter m&m's <3 Applebee's <3 driving <3 sunsets <3 coming home <3

We stopped in Butte, Montana to go to the mineral museum at Montana Tech, but it was closed. So we took pictures by the sign instead.
 I adore sunsets.

Alright, that's FINALLY it. I know this is a really long post, but now I'm all caught up on the last 4 days. I hope you guys enjoy it :)


from Bonners Ferry with love, 


Chelsea.

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