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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Three Sisters in Yellowstone

Last Saturday, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive to Yellowstone.  We have often camped or stayed in one of the lodges for a fun overnight trip in May, but this year that wasn't feasible.  So, we just got up at the crack of dawn, loaded sleepy and very excited kiddos in their carseats, and headed north for a one-day adventure.   Our car was loaded with a cookstove and kit, some rather random items of food :), and warm clothes. 

 It was a bit chilly - in the high 40s and low 50s with some scattered hail and snow.  But every once in a while, we hit a patch of warm sunshine - just in time for ice cream at Old Faithful and a walk at Grand Prismatic Spring, two of our favorite spots.  

At Canyon Falls, early in the day
Looking a little tired.  I needed a cup of tea. :)
We stopped to scramble eggs in a pull out, then rested in the back of the Suburban while Daddy used his binoculars to glass for bear in the Hayden Valley.

Holding hands as they ambled along the path at Midway Geyser Basin

Dad and his little girls

It took a lot of tries to capture all three girls with eyes on the camera. This pool was called Turquoise Pool.

Watching Old Faithful erupt.
And, more importantly, eating mango sorbet on the deck of Old Faithful Inn. We also saw a choir perform a "random act of music" inside the lobby -- all of the singers placed on various levels of the balcony.

Zonked out at 7:30 after eating nuggets and carrot sticks in the Old Faithful Lodge cafeteria.

 We are thankful to live so close to these natural wonders, and have kids who are flexible and easy-going when it comes to travel and exploration! 

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