Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Escaping the Heat!!

With it starting to warm up in Arizona, and a wedding this summer, we decided to get away for a few days with the WHOLE family before things got too crazy. It has been so much fun having all the kids here together. We ran off to Jackson, Wyoming--somewhere I have never been--and loved it!!

We rented a house for the week and really enjoyed that. The only down side was the lack of privacy in the master bedroom. One wall only went about 3/4 of the way to the ceiling, leaving it open to the loft. And the loft was open to the main floor. So everything said downstairs could be heard in our room, just as if the person were standing next to you. And everything said in our room could be heard downstairs.

But a big benefit is we could do all of our own cooking. And the best part was that each couple had an assigned day to cook and clean up. Here my man is keeping three pans of pancakes going on the day we had breakfast!!

And then there was my son's special breakfast!! Oh, it smelled and tasted so good!! There was also Kristen and Peter's roasted pork loin dinner, and Camille and Dave's corn chowder and homemade bread! Yumm!

We really enjoyed seeing the wildlife. One night we actually had a moose come right to the front of the house where we were staying!! Unfortunately my son accidentally scared it away before we could get a picture.

But I did get this bear with her two cubs!! They were playing right off the side of the street!

And of course every family should have their picture taken with bison. :-)
We felt a bit sorry though, for all these elk who lost their antlers! At the park in Jackson there were four of these arches (one on each corner of the park).

In addition to wildlife, we loved seeing the falls at Yellowstone Park!
And then there were the snow banks!! We just couldn't believe all the snow! In fact it snowed five inches the day before we went there, and the east entrance to the park was closed due to an avalanche.

And of course there were the thermal pools, steam vents and geysers! I know this picture doesn't really show them, but it is one of my favorite pictures. Aunt Kristen and soon to be Uncle Peter were walking the boardwalk when Carly (2) wanted to join them so she took a hold of Kristen's scarf as they walked along.

We all loved the views of the jagged mountain peaks!

But I have to admit the best part of being there was being with my kids and playing with the grandbabies!!

Being with family truly brings . . . joy to my journey!


LeAnn said...

What a fun post today; I really enjoyed the pictures and thoughts.
A couple of years ago we stayed in a large reunion type home in Idaho and had so much fun. I can tell this was a great family adventure.
Blessings to you!

Sue said...

You were having fun in the snow with your family, while we were having fun in the very hot desert sun.

The main ingredient is family, though, isn't it?


PS. This does look like a really good place to visit!

Momza said...

Our trip to Yellowstone was one of the best trips we've ever taken. I'd love to go back again.
Being with family is most important, wherever you are!

Cherie said...

Jackson Hole truly is a beautiful place. We love it there!
Your pictures are so beautiful.

I had heard that Yellowstone just got hit with a ton of snow - crazy weather!!

You know, it doesn't matter where you go or what you do, the main thing is doing it with your family!!

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

We've never been to Jackson Hole before either. Pictures look great. That scarf one is adorable! My husbands been wanting to go to Yellowstone for a while.
One day!

DianeSS said...

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one of my favourite places. I love the cowboy vibe! How wonderful to be able to enjoy it with the whole family!

Da Bergs said...

oh my goodness, how fun!!! There is really NOTHING like having your whole family together - ALONE!