Today was SUPPOSED to be an early rise morning with a small hike with the kids... trying to get the most out of this beautiful park. You know that moment, as a mom, when you’re supposed to wake your children and they look like such Angels, that you don’t have the heart to shake them from their beautiful angelic state to their true self??
So I took an amazing walk around Yellowstone Lake, admiring the morning sun on the water, and the absolute abscence of human voices.
Back to the cabin, or as MD refers to it.. his enternment cell, (Mr Ritz Carlton) to wake the kids, get them ready and fed… so we could get to the other side of Yellowstone to Old Faithful and the Geyser basins.
What should have take a short time, add 4 people and it takes FOREVER… Plus, we are officially at the point where my kids are protesting what I’m serving for breakfast everyday. They want to know why we can’t eat at the hotel… MONEY CHILDREN...MONEY.
Finally… off we go to Old Faithful. WOW, it felt like every American was there, plus ½ of Asia!! I love how many foreigers come to our national parks. I heard more foreign accents than American accents. How cool!
So....did I bother to find out when the worlds most famous geyser was gonna blow… before we entered the blackhole of the gift shop….No!!! As we arrived at the visitor center… we discovered it had just erupted and it was going to be another 1-½ hours!!!! Awesome… just what this impatient lady loves.
We made due with a picnic lunch of the same old food I’ve been serving for the last 10 days, to my children’s delight…while sitting and holding seats for a great view.
FINALLY…. she blew!! It’s was awesome and so great for my mom to witness. She has two bucket list items that we were checking off on this trip, and Old Faithful was the last!
SORRY, no pictures ... only video
We left and headed to Biscut Basin to see some amazingness before heading to the Grand Tetons. I found Bess talking to a lady and I overheard her say to Bess,” I’m sure your mom has already told you about these and how amazing they are!” I was like...YUMM, AHHH...HUMM...., “why don’t YOU share what you know...”
At this post my kids were loosing their $&@!. They were done with no WiFi/ phone connectability and needed it. I had two kids actually sobbing/ having a panic attack… begging to stop in a town and let them connect to the real world. I wasn’t brave enough to tell them we went from one National Park into another. They were scaring me. You should have seen their reaction when I stopped at another waterfall.
They then shifted into cries of “NO MORE NATURE!!” It was bad, and I took the cowards way out and didn’t tell them that our accommodations for the evening were the most primitive to date.
We arrived at the Tetons to discover they took pity on us humans and the park had cell service and WiFi!!! As I dropped my kids off (not telling you who) at the cabin office in Colter Bay for WiFi, me and the sane child, unpacked and set-up while giving them 1 hr to “reconnect”.
Sweeping up children and Nana, who refused to stay at my accommodations, we went to the beach area, swam and had a snack picnic.
IT WAS BREATHTAKING… this place is memorable! It was such a wonderful family oriented village and was just wonderful. The views… well, you can see for yourself!
After the beach… it was time to separate from Nana, and face the music… our Tent Cabin.
With hesitation, my two self-declared Nature Haters, put on their big kid panties and agreed to give it a try. The Tetons didn’t make it easy for me with all the WARNINGS: BEARS IN THE AREA signs...
I pulled out my camping skills, built a fire and we roasted hot dogs and ate s’mores.
We played a game around the fire pit, looked at the stars and secured the campsite from bears.
IT WAS AMAZING… just me and my babies. We climbed into our bunks and said our “goodnight’s” and “I love you’s”.
It was my favorite part of the trip to date.