Friday, August 19, 2011

Road Trip 2011- Part 4 Big Sky

So our last bit of adventure on the road trip of 2011 was fun for sure!

On Friday afternoon we headed back to West Yellowstone and visited the Grizzle and Wolf Discovery Center. It was pretty cool. 

They train kids (5 and up-much to Holden's dismay) to hide the bears food and then let them into the cages to get sneaky with the bear's dinner. 

And they had a play area filled with different types of bear traps

um how much? I need one!

Then we went to the West Yellowstone rodeo, which may be the smallest rodeo in the history of the universe, but it sure didn't matter to the kids! Check this out...

Click HERE to watch the calf scramble

Click HERE to watch Ev being wrangled. He was miserable and crying for the remainder of the rodeo.

" I want go in....I want go in again."
"I want to be cowboy."

We didn't get home till 11 that night and we all slept till 9:30 a.m.

Yes, I said 9:30

All of us

Even Scout


Everett rolled out of bed declaring, "I chase ONE cow! ONE cow! I chased it!"

I think that was the highlight of his life so far. We had a very laid back day Saturday, waking up late, having a delicious brunch looking out over the mountain, swimming in the pool, and having a great cookout at Big Sky Community Park.

Lyndsey and Pete brought some much needed fresh energy and had slide races with the kids. They also prepared a delicious picnic including s'mores. What a wonderful way to spend out last night in Big Sky!

Sunday morning we packed up and began the journey home. We stopped at Old Faithful on our trip through the park.

It went off, just like they said would, it is Old Faithful and all.

Another few hours south and we were in the heart of Grand Teton National Park.

Of course Ian was having a heart attack over the views, the mountains, the hills, the pebbles.... he is such a little excitable kid!

While H and E were gazing into the lake, Holden decided she simply needed to pee immediately and dropped her skirt!

She forgot she doesn't have the dexterity to pee outside like that on her own...well, without peeing all over herself that is. So, we searched the roof top luggage carrier for a clean skirt and in his haste, Ian locked the car keys in it.

Say what? Don't worry we had another set, however the keys for the luggage carrier were now locked inside the a fore mentioned luggage carrier and we spent about an hour trying to pick (or smash) the lock that night at our hotel.

We weaseled our way in and snagged the keys so all was well. On Monday morning we had an eventful detour through Laramie, Wyoming, which you can read about here.

We rolled into our place around 5 on Monday with close to 3,000 miles under our belts. It was an amazing trip seeing and experiencing new things and spending time with great folks we don't get to see often enough.


  1. Kim,

    Oh how I love your posts of all your family adventures. I loved the video of the kids chasing the calf! Keep them coming. It makes all of us in Pennsylvania feel we are a part of almost every day with you, Ian, Holden and Ev!

  2. Tick...aka...Aunt karen...haha



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