I feel like I've missed August.
Here's why: We went on vacation. Whee!
In Nebraska we saw: A small train to ride a local park. We rode it. We saw here Papa was born, and where his grandparents lived. We saw the world's largest train yard, but only from the ground because the tower was closed. I grabbed a geocache or two.
Laramie, and a bridge over a train yard, which was right next to the restaurant where we had our dinner. Nathanael was VERY excited to be standing on a bridge, watching trains pass right under us. The bridge shook. The wind from the passing trains whipped our hair around, nearly knocked off ball caps, and would have caused skirts to fly, had there been any skirts to be flown. The smoke from the diesel engines was black and surprised several of us. Drivers honked the horns at the crazy people waving at them from the bridge, and the 4 year old who was nearly jumping out of his shoes from excitement. We all grabbed a geocache.
Do you detect a train theme here?
More Wyoming: More dry, flat land. I tried to grab a geocache, but subtle was needed, and subtle a crowd-of-10-people-milling-around-a-street-corner is not. Mountains! The Tetons!
We made it into the Jackson area, and spent several days checking out locations in Grand Teton National Park. We saw bison, elk, pronghorn, muledeer.
No bears, despite all the signs telling us bears would practically be crawling all over us/our food. I grabbed a virtual geocache while the rest of the crew was painting on Lunch Tree Hill.
|Buffaloes! And an unfortunate alignment for nosepicking?|
|Buffaloes. Blocking the road. Again.|
More Wyoming, again: We eventually made it over to Devil's Tower, but didn't stay very long. There was much rock climbing in the time we were there.
And then we headed home. Several days later, we rolled into our driveway. We were done. We were glad to be home. Adelle wandered around the house, playing with whatever she found, glad to be OUT of her seat. Nathanael wanted to make his own geyser (and did with Elizabeth's help - a few squirts of hand soap, and a stream of running water in a cup, and Viola! A geyser!)
Adelle - "Buffaloes!" Nana, Papa, Anna, J, Go-gan. Splashing in the water. Counting trains with Nathanael. And probably watching the movie "My Neighbor Totoro" pretty much every day while spending hours in the truck. Thank you, inventors of the portable DVD player! (To-wo-wo? Peas!?)
Nathanael: "Going to grand tetons, staying in hotels, eating at restaurants, and seeing my Nana and Papa." Nathanael picked up stick pretty much every place we stopped, turning them into swords, guns, arrows, fishing poles and whatever else. His friend Hammy (the puppet hamster) was his constant companion.