Monday, August 3, 2009

Yellowstone--Day 1

We arrived at Yellowstone at around noon, and were lucky to find a campsite since there is only one campground that is first come first served. We called to make a reservation, but were only able to make one for Thursday night, otherwise they were booked. We headed out for a drive, stopping first at a waterfall called Tower Falls. We picked up Shelly's two kids in Montana--if we can handle 8 then why not 10 huh? Well, we quickly realized that we would have to have some guidelines when we were hiking--or someone was going to fall off a cliff! The falls were beautiful--but they didn't really have much of a barrier--only rocks that were about waist high. Well, the little kids wanted a better look--so they were climbing up on them, and Todd and I were freaking out! They just don't understand that you can actually DIE if you fall down a canyon! Then, we hiked to the bottom of the falls, and the older kids were messing around and pushing each other, and sliding down in the gravel for fun. I was yelling at them the whole time, not like we didn't look like a freak show anyway with all those kids! The hike back up was too funny, the kids were like running down--then when they actually had to hike back up they were all dying! When we got back to the RV I was like, "Okay--time for a little pow wow!" I told them that if they wanted to see the park on foot, and not from the motorhome window they were gonna have to follow some simple rules. We paired them up, older kids with the younger ones, and they did great the rest of the time! We also hiked Yellowstone Falls--and Artist Canyon, which were beautiful as well. We were kinda disappointed that all we saw the first day was a lone buffalo, and a herd of elk in town. We see more wildlife than that in AZ! It was still fun. The kids haven't seen eachother in years, and really enjoyed getting to catch up. It was a little bit of a challenge at bedtime trying to fit everyone in that small space, (and then to actually sleep with all those people breathing and snoring) but that was sort of the fun of it! We all actually did sleep most of the night--and thank goodness no one got sick yet!

3 comments:

Sharla said...

Looks like an unforgetable trip. You guys have the best vacations! I hear you about the fear of falling. I was never be afraid of heights--until I had kids.

Erin Allen said...

haha! mitchell is sooo kuch taller than me in that pic.!

Militello Family said...

Fun, fun, fun! And so pretty! My family went on an RV trip to Nauvoo one year with 10 of us crammed in there. Lots of driving each other crazy, but lots of great memories were made. I'm glad you've all been safe!

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