July 3, 2016

Yellowstone Adventures - Day #1

Yes, we went to Yellowstone! All I can say is AMAZING! Oh my goodness - that part of our country is so beautiful! We had a great time! We have so many pictures that I decided I needed to break it down by day so each day this week will have a day from our trip. Here we go . . .

Sunday, June 12th

Remember on the post about Hailey's dance recital I said I made a big whoopsie about scheduling a vacation on her recital date? Well, this was the trip I was talking about. We were invited to join our friends, the Mickelsen's, who were meeting our other friends, the Chugg's (who live in Idaho), for a trip to Yellowstone. The Mickelsen's were going to leave Friday (the 10th) after work, drive as far as they could that night, then on Saturday drive to the Chugg's house in Idaho, spend the rest of Saturday with the Chuggs and then they were all going to travel to Yellowstone together on Sunday. We don't travel good at night - Kurt is seriously lights-out at 8 or 9 pm. We would have only made it an hour or two before he was too tired to drive so we decided that we would leave on Thursday and get to Yellowstone a little earlier so we could have a little more time in the park. Well then I discovered my mistake and we had to change our plans. Hailey's last performance was Saturday at 7 pm so we decided to leave early (EARLY) Sunday morning and drive all the way to Yellowstone in one day.

So we woke up at 3:30 am Sunday morning, got ready and got all the kids loaded in the truck and took off at 4:15. The kids slept for a few hours which made it go by really fast. All of the sudden we were 4 hours into our drive and it seriously felt like nothing. That was awesome!

So we drove, and drove, and drove and then we drove some more.

 I just have to say that our kids are amazing travelers. They really are. We are so blessed! They did great! Sure there were moments of crankiness but they were few and far between and when they did happen, they were over pretty quick.

I had never been to Idaho or Montana before so I was very excited to see those states and they did not disappoint. Once we got out of boring Nevada, the drive was so pretty! Oh my goodness, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have to be some of the most beautiful states! The drive wasn't bad at all because we enjoyed the views so much!

Somewhere in Idaho:

Kurt went to college in Rexburg, ID and he really wanted to show us around his old stomping grounds. Honestly, after 13 hours in the truck, I had no desire to delay our arrival any more but he really wanted to drive us by the campus so we agreed. 

It was actually pretty cool to see this campus that I hear so much about and so many of our family members have attended. Kurt even showed us the intersection where he totally ate it on his bike because he thought he could ride in the snow! The kids thought that was funny! Kurt really enjoyed sharing memories with us and reliving that time in his life. I am really glad that we took the time to drive though the area.

Ok, funny story - Kurt was driving us through and we passed the library. He said "that is where I used to go study and meet with my tutor." All of the sudden, T is cracking up in the back seat and he finally says (between all his giggles) "he said 'tooter' " Oh, little boys! We all cracked up pretty hard about that one!

The beautiful Rexburg temple:

Then we kept driving some more and some more and some more and then we finally saw it:

The Montana sign! We were so close!

Cali to Montana in one day is no joke! I think it took us approx. 15 1/2 hours but it was totally worth it. We did great and were so blessed that we traveled safely and had no complications with the truck or the trailer!

Ok, get ready for picture overload the next few days!

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