Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tetons and friends!

The majestic Tetons
We spent Friday night in Idaho Falls reconnecting with our precious friends from med school days, Mark and Danielle Hinkson. Danielle and I spent many hours cooking and crafting together while our men were buried in the books. It was wonderful to be with them again!

Our great friends and hosts in Denver----Jerry and Heather Esparza
Casa Bonita in Denver

Our vacation was truly a trip of a lifetime. It was a chance for our family to spend "together" time. In this day and age, it seems as if we're hamsters on the treadmill of life. (If ya know what I mean...)


My guys kept up their yearly tradition of whitewater rafting. I don't know if I'll ever be brave enough to try it.
Snowball fight on top of Mt. Washburn
Right at the brink of the Falls
Hiking down to look at Lower Falls was my favorite part of Yellowstone Park. The Falls drop about 300 feet and when you stand at the top, you can just feel the power of it all. There's no words to adequately describe it.
God's little reminder at the end of a perfect day.


Mammoth Hot Springs
The hot water is surging out of the ground and pouring over these rocks. It is so amazing! The smell of sulphur did kinda make us feel sick. By the end of the trip, we drove right by the geysers with our windows rolled Up!!!
We only had to wait about 45 minutes for Old Faithful to erupt. I was amazed at the number of people there and the excitement level in the crowd. Quite a phenomenon!!!
Traffic jam in Yellowstone.......buffalo do not, I repeat, do not walk very fast.

More Vacation Pictures

Happy 4th of July from Devil's Tower, Wyoming!

Caleb really wanted to see Devil's Tower, so we took a little detour and spent a couple hours hiking around the Tower.
It was very overcast the day we visited Mt. Rushmore. We all took a helicopter ride to get a better view of the faces. I was surprised at how small they actually were. The faces themselves are only 60 feet tall!
Here's the bear that scared me nearly to death while we were driving through Bear Country USA. He was licking the bugs off of our front bumper and when he got around to my side, Dave rolled down the window! Grrrrrr!!!!