Sit back and relax, folks, because I’m about to
bore AMAZE you with my wild west vacation highs and lows! We spent last week in Wyoming and Montana and here’s how it went.
My family of four had a great time tooling around the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park. We saw Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and plenty of wild life.
My favorite moment in the park might have been when we spotted a brown dot on a hill in Hayden Valley. We pulled over and each spent at least 5 minutes staring through binoculars at a teeny, tiny buffalo about 2 miles away. When our excitement finally abated, we got in the car, drove 30 seconds around a corner, and spent the next hour in a bison traffic jam observing dozens of stately beasts mere feet away!
We also spent a few days with my parents at their summer home near Philipsburg, Montana. The kids got to play with their cousins and the adults spent time hanging out (and drinking beer). We mined for sapphires, visited a ghost town, played on the lake, and swam in the local hot springs. A great time!
And The Lows
Ironically, the worst things to happen to us occurred when our vacation was over. First, we forgot our seven-year-old’s backless booster seat in the rental car. Eh. It was cheaper to buy a new one for $20 than try to track down and ship the old one!
Second, the darn battery on the smoke detector went out and beeped every 30 seconds starting at 7 am our first morning home. Picture me in my sleep-deprived, still-on-Mountain-time state standing under every smoke detector in the house until I figured out which one was beeping. Then I ripped that sucker from the ceiling and cursed it before I tried (unsuccessfully) to crawl back into bed for a few more minutes.
What about you?
Did you take a vacation this summer? How was it? What’s the wildest animal you’ve ever seen up close? Or how do you feel about smoke detector batteries?