Our campsite, however, was perfect--Madison campground. Just a short walk away from the Madison River--
June 19, 2014
We learned that four months out is way too late to plan to sleep in cabins in Yellowstone--they are all booked. Campsites, however, are available. Our problem? Tent camping and I are not friends. So, Mr. Cool got to work on turning our van into a serviceable camper--at least for sleeping!
June 18, 2014
Mr. Cool had visited Yellowstone the summer he turned 7, and I hadn't been since I was 10. We were surprised by the new stuff, and the memories that came flooding back--we hope the same for Lincoln in his future visits.
We saw loads of bison--always neat and imposing to see in person.
June 16, 2014
Neither Mark or had a big memory of Grand Teton from our childhood trips, so the sudden pop of mountains as we drove north from Jackson took our breath away.
Our first stop was Jenny Lake, where Lincoln experienced his first boat ride across the lake to our Hidden Falls hike.
Our cute little cabin at Colter Bay was our base for exploring Jackson Lake.
We toured some other views across Jenny Lake--stunning.
June 13, 2014
Now that he's 5, our small boy could work toward junior ranger badges--and it was one of the most fun parts of our trip! The first thing we got him on our trip was a junior ranger hat:
And he became an expert at spotting animals and making sure we put things in the trash.
In Yellowstone, the program was a lot more intense, but Lincoln worked hard to earn his geyser badge.
He worked on it at the junior ranger station before attending a ranger talk.
June 12, 2014
Who am I kidding? They were all magnificent! If waterfalls are your thing, head to Grand Teton National PRk and Yellowstone National Park!
Hidden Falls--Grand Teton. This was a crazy hike--wading through snow and slipping on muddy rocks next to a snow-melt swollen creek.
Keplar Cascades--Yellowstone. Right off the road when you enter through the South Entrance.
Firehole Falls--Yellowstone. In a beautiful canyon on a lovely drive.
Now it's time for the big one--Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River!
We listened to a great sermon by Tim Keller about how we, as followers of Christ, should interact with nature--and one concept stood out: the waterfall (or any natural thing) is praising God through being as created, so we should let the waterfall be the waterfall. I rejoiced this trip in letting the waterfall be its own beautiful created splashing self.
So, we had a Lego Party!
Mr. Cool helped with creating a ton of little Legos for decoration!
We played games, then ate Lego cakes and marshmallow minifig pops!