Yellowstone was beautiful! We didn't see a ton of wildlife, but we were riding with a bunch of wild monkeys in the car, so that counts.
Nick came home and watched A River Runs Through It, in honor of all the fly fishing that was accomplished.
Gorgeous scenery - it never gets old! We would turn a corner and we'd all gasp at how beautiful the park was. And then one minute later it would happen again, etc.
What I love most about my family is that we are secretly P.W.T. (Poor White Trash). As kids we spent DAYS in the car on ridiculous family vacations going places like EVERY NATIONAL PARK IN UTAH IN ONE WEEK or ... that's about it. We would splurge for a meal at Denny's (Pancakes for dinner! Huzzah!) and we once stayed in the same hotel at John Wayne (!!!!).
My parents never fussed about taking us on fancy vacays. We visited family and suffered as a family doing things that Griswalds do.
Which is why I love this picture:
Sure my kid hadn't been bathed in three days and she might have had licorice and donuts for breakfast in the car, but we all had a great time.
Such a great time in fact, that "we all had to have plastic surgery afterwards to wipe the smiles off our faces."
When your dad is Clark Griswald, having a good time is part of life.
"It's all part of the experience, Russ."
Also, some super granola hip hugger lady acted like my dad was ruining the entire ecosystem by letting Ev touch the bacteria that grew off the sinkhole. Like the P.W.T's we are, we ignored her Save the Earth mantra.
Old Faithful did not disappoint.
Here is everyone waiting ...
There she blows!
Nigel Barker AKA Nick Jordan took (NO JOKE) 341 pictures of Old Faithful blowing her guts out. He's probably offended that I only included two in this post.
Everyone reading this is probably grateful.
Griswald Jellystone Vacation 2013!
We might have argued for twenty minutes about whether this was a moose or not.
The cousins had the time of their lives eating junk food, jumping on the beds in the hotel and to my everlasting shame, watching Spongebob (I swore on everything holy that I would NEVER let my kid watch Spongebob, but when it's either that or some extremely violent adult cartoon on Cartoon Network, you gotta relax).
My dad showing off his prize for winning the rodeo dance contest.
On our way down to Utah we drove through Bear World so the kids could actually see some animals. We promised them they would see tons in Yellowstone, so we felt obligated to make true on our promises.
Clearly, Bear World did not disappoint either.
This is where it gets mildly disturbing. We were following the truck that feeds the bears and I was shocked to see them throwing Wonder Bread to the poor animals. In the brochure (I'm an avid brochure reader) it listed all the items that were part of a bear's healthy diet and no where did it say Wonder Bread, sooooo I'm hoping Bear World isn't pulling a Sue Fox and poisoning/abusing the bears.
That said, it was pretty cool to see them so close.
They acted more like puppies than bears.
They would sit and wait patiently to be fed some delicious Wonder Bread and then move on to the next checkpoint where they would be fed again.
Little puppies, I tell you!
Bear World also had two more awesome things to offer us:
1. Bear shaped french fries
2. Free amusement rides for kids
The kids rode every ride about five times.
Including the roller coaster! (It went about 7 MPH)
Oops, 2 of our 3 kids weren't old enough to ride without an adult.
Luckily the teenagers at Bear World running the rides didn't care and they let the kids do whatever they wanted.
Can you believe my two-year old went on this?
I'm so proud!
Just some bears at Bear World.
The baby cubs were the best part. You could see them up close and they were wrestling and playing the whole time. The kids loved it!
Thanks for a good time Bear World!