Surveyors Lake 2019

What is summer without camping? For Brad, it’s no summer at all. For me, it really depends on where we are camping haha but Surveyors Lake in British Columbia is IT! It’s a short 3.5 hour drive into the mountains and it’s about as pretty as you can get.

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Picturesque 

Brad’s parents, our boys and Rachel and her kids headed out Friday morning while the rest of us drove out after work. By 9pm, tents were pitched, campers were leveled and we happily sat around the campfire until 2am! Way past my bed time haha

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Saturday morning we were up early and raring to get to the beach. Everyone but Bob and Viv that is, they were sawing logs, so they got left behind haha we were almost the first ones there so we were able to find a prime spot to spend the day. There was no shortage of kayaking, swimming, floating and of course, photo opportunities. We were like the damn paparazzi haha

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30 seconds before Brandon fell on Bradley haha

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We decided to go on a little adventure around the lake, following the gorgeous trail through the trees and keeping our eyes open for the turtles that are almost always out on the logs in the water.

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Back at the beach the fun continued on, Bob and Viv had finally arrived and we had a beach bbq for lunch. Every one of us mildly obsessed over how cute little Tynan was doing pretty much everything haha

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Seven hours later we decided it was time to go back to camp for another night around the fire. This time, we were all pretty exhausted and were in bed MUCH earlier.

Sunday morning Rachel and the kids that were up early, left for the beach and the rest of us straggled behind for another day of lake life.

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Unfortunately, Brandon and Morgan had to leave early so Brandon could get to work the next morning, but the rest of us stayed another night. Of course we didn’t let them leave without a Richards’s family picture on the beach. I wasn’t kidding about the excessive picture taking haha

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The days on the beach were exhausting for some of us and it was another early turn in for everyone but the teenage boys who made their way down to the marina and trolled for girls. Ahhh aren’t teenagers great? haha

Monday morning came way too fast and we were sad to see the end of the weekend. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, I easily could’ve stayed the whole week. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that we are able to make this family trip a yearly thing!

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Girls Weekend In Edmonton

My friend Jess and I collaborated on our daughters Christmas presents this year and bought them tickets to a close-ish Shawn Mendes concert. To say they were excited was an understatement, my living room was full of screaming and excited crying when they opened their boxes Christmas morning haha

5.5 loooong months of waiting later, we finally hit the road for a 5 hour drive full of giggling, eating and napping. The five of us were more than relieved when we finally pulled up to West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel. Jess had booked 2 different theme rooms (one for each night) and we kept it a secret from the girls because they wanted to be surprised.  We checked in and headed to our room, the girls were excited to see we would be sleeping in an “igloo” for the night!

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Next stop was the water park! We had a fun filled afternoon of wave pooling, water sliding and zip lining.

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We climbed about a billion stairs and worked up a good appetite, so we decided it was time to leave and get some supper. This is where things got weird haha on our way to our hotel, we had passed a “Hooters” restaurant just down the road. The girls were mind blown to find out it’s an actual restaurant and not a made up for the movie “Blended”. So obviously, this is where they decided they wanted to eat. They even made up chants and cheers about it. Seriously, they’re weird haha I have to say though, I was pleasantly surprised by the food, it was DELICIOUS! The girls were a little thrown off by the waitresses outfits though, I don’t think they expected them to actually be true to what the movie portrayed haha they had a great time doing their chant for our waitress and they referred to her and the others as “Hooteys”. I was dying of laughter just listening to them.

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Couldn’t resist a picture with their favourite “Hootey”

After dinner we hit the mall’s arcade “The Rec Room”. We loaded up wristbands for $30 each and it got us HOURS of unlimited gaming, which lead to points and tons of meaningless toys and trinkets they could pick with their points. By the time we were done, it was almost midnight and we were exhausted. We headed back to our “igloo” for some sleep.

The next day was finally concert day! The girls were finally going to be in the same building as the love of their lives haha But first, a shopping spree! They all had spent the past months saving and all had good chunks of their own money to spend on whatever they wanted.

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They were raring to go!

I think we hit almost every store in that gigantic mall, including Sarah Jessica Parker’s new shoe store that had just opened the day before, and we, unfortunately, missed her at the mall! We bought ourselves some great new summer clothes, ate mall snacks, and the girls thoroughly enjoyed the multiple escalators….again, they’re weird.10A8F362-DB6C-4FEF-9B62-FDA5B1F7F26D

We were pretty shopped out by supper time so we hit the “Old Spaghetti Factory” for some dinner. I wish we had one close to home, I’d eat there every single day haha After dinner we headed up to our room to change into our concert clothes and find out what our second theme room was. The girls were pretty happy to see a Polynesian themed hallway when we got off the elevator and even happier to see the room

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And then we were off to the event they had been waiting for!

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How cute are these shirts Jess made for the girls!?

This was Robyn’s first ever concert and I was super excited to be the one taking her and having that experience with her. I knew the girls were going to have the time of their lives.

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Once we were through security and to the floor we were supposed to be on, we sent the girls to our seats and Jess and I waited in the merchandise line to get the girls t-shirts. We were a little late for the opening act but we made it for Shawn Mendes, and that was all I cared about. Watching those girls reactions when he came on stage was THE BEST!! They screamed, jumped out of their seats and of course, Reegan cried haha I spent the first part of the show just watching Reegan, Robyn and Paislee because they were so hilarious. To say they had the time of their lives would be an understatement.

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Back at the hotel, Jess and I were exhausted but the girls decided they needed a late night jacuzzie haha I don’t know where they find the energy. Finally it was bedtime and I slept like a rock.

Monday morning we packed up, did a little more shopping, and then hit the road for our long drive home. The only thing that kept the girls from complaining too much was that it was Monday and they were missing school haha

I had the absolute best weekend with my girls and our friends! I live for getting out of our little corner of the world,  fun adventures, and new life experiences. Being able to give the same opportunities to my kids is one of the greatest feelings, thanks for the top notch weekend girls!

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Making A Comeback

Ugh it has been a looooong time since I’ve posted, too long actually. Reegan recently pointed out my last post was Halloween! What!? Life got totally crazy and my blogging took a backseat, but not anymore, I’m making a blogging comeback!

So…..here’s a quick catch up.

I made through my first Christmas without my mama, and it was HARD. My grandpa and uncle came over Xmas morning and when they left I bawled and bawled. But I survived it.

On top of Christmas stress, we sold my moms house (my childhood home) cue more bawling, two weeks before Xmas. Then we bought a new house for ourselves and sold the mobile home we were living in. So two weeks AFTER Christmas we moved into a two level, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage home! Buh bye cramped 3 bedroom tin can!

Next came the one year anniversary of my moms passing and Easter all rolled into one. We of course hosted a bbq for my family in our new house and my heart was so unbelievably warmed.

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My people

Now that summer is upon us and the weather is getting nice, we are focused on the yard that needs serious upgrading. So. Much. Work. It’ll be so worth it in the end.

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So there ya have it, big changes have happened  around here and exciting things to come so I hope you keep reading!

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Halloween 2018

Halloween this year was pretty different me, not only was my mom not around to carry on our family traditions, but the girls decided they wanted to trick or treat with their friends and did not need us to accompany them. What!? For the first time in 16 years, I stayed home on Halloween. It was weird.

Briggs lost interest in dressing up years ago and Dylan stayed at his moms house to trick or treat with his friends, so that left us with the girls, who dressed up with their friend Paislee for a group costume of M&Ms. They were adorable!

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The girls made their own tutus and my friend Jess (who is a super star) had their hoodies made for them and braved a day of shopping with the 3 girls to get the rest of their accessories.

I met Jess at the school that afternoon for the big Halloween parade. I love watching all the kids and seeing what costumes they come up with, some are incredibly creative. Reegan jumped at the chance to walk with our niece Ruby when it was the preschoolers turn.

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After school, Paislee came home with Reegan, Brad picked Robyn up on his way home from work and the 3 girls very impatiently, waited for me to cook dinner so they could get on with their night. A2652DBB-EECC-4C77-B1D2-D5E4E5E39BFAEvery Halloween we have sloppy joes with homemade French fries. My grandma started the tradition for her kids and my mom and her brothers did it for their kids and now I do it for mine. Somewhere over the years orange jello was added, and I thought Briggs was going to have a fit when I considered not making it this year haha needless to say, I ended up making it.

With full bellies the girls were off and Brad and I were left behind. I definitely cared more than he did. I spent the night watching “Hocus Pocus” and whining haha

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We live kind of in the edge of town and have never been home to hand out treats. Turns out we weren’t missing much. The only knocks on the door were family and close friends.

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How cute was Tynan though!?

Finally around 9 o’clock, we rounded up the girls so Robyn could go back to her mom’s and I carried out my last Halloween tradition, a scary movie and stolen Halloween candy.

I guess I better get used to spending Halloween at home and we should probably move to a more populated area so I have something to do all night haha

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Reegan’s 11th Birthday

I cant even believe my baby is over a decade old already. Say what!! She had the brilliant idea to invite a couple friends to the local corn maze and call it a party. When I say local, I mean closest corn maze to our house. It’s actually an hour drive there and an hour drive back, not very local haha Brad ended up having to work on the night we had planned so I loaded up 7 preteen girls, and hit the road. That might’ve been the craziest drive of my life, but if you’re wondering who’s crushing on who in the fifth grade, I can now tell you haha

I was more than happy to meet my sister in law Rachel and my niece Ryan at the maze and have another adult to talk to. And of course baby Tynan!

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The girls took off running the minute I parked and I had a hard time wrangling them for a quick group picture.

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This is the best I got

BA803F54-290A-49C3-BC8D-8CD4F648A6E6The girls split off into the big maze while Rachel and I headed into the trivia maze. We surprised ourselves by getting through pretty easy and then headed back to the petting zoo to see what the girls were up to. We quickly found Robyn and Ryan and spent quite awhile looking at all the animals while the rest of the girls were still in the big maze. We instantly fell in love with the baby goats and loved cuddling them. Rachel and I decided we need to figure out how we can keep one at home haha

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The rest of the group found us and we decided to head into the big maze as a group. On the way the girls stopped at the big slide for a bit and we had to eventually kick them off so we could move on to the maze.

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B3C52188-5DD5-4138-9FE9-17C9F2FB4C59We started the maze totally backwards and ended up getting completely lost more than once, so of course, we had to enlist the help of the workers in the tower, but the views were amazing!

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By the time we got out it was dark and we were starving! While the girls took a few more runs on the slide, I ordered pizza so it would be ready when we hit the city limits, and then we were on the road again.

We couldn’t wait until we got home to eat and ended up passing pizza boxes around in the SUV and chowing down on the last half of the drive. Once home, Reegan opened presents from her friends and we enjoyed cake and ice cream.

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By 9 o’clock I had dropped off the last of the girls, but not without them all begging to stay longer. They could’ve partied all night long, I however, was exhausted. Five and a half hours of little girls was enough for me haha

On the drive home Reegan told me it was her best birthday to date and I was pretty proud of myself. Oh, the things we do for our children.

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Thanksgiving 2018

I did it, I made through my first holiday without my mama. It was rough, more than a few tears were shed as I definitely felt her absence, but I made it. It did not help that my sweet grandpa landed himself in the hospital, which caused me total emotional anguish, but that’s a story for another time.

Friday night we banned the kids from video games and plans with friends and the 6 of us hunkered down in the living room, with an abundance of snacks, to watch one of my childhood favourites, “Wild America”. Why didn’t anyone ever inform me of how cheesy this movie is!? I giggled through the entire movie as I listened to my kids (mostly Dylan) rip it apart for it’s unrealistic scenes. The girls were more like me, totally blinded by the 90’s heartthrobs haha

Saturday we had a lovely, lazy morning and then Briggs and I headed to my moms house for the afternoon to sell some furniture out of her house while everyone else headed to Brad’s parents to spend time with our niece and nephew, Joe and Jazz.

I got home just in time to get ready to head into the city to meet my stepmom for dinner and a medium/psychic show, leaving Brad at home with the kids who were in the midst of planning various sleepovers with their cousins. The show was mind blowing! I was pretty skeptical going into it, but a few hours later I was a total believer, no way that medium could’ve guessed the things she was knowing about people, myself included.

Sunday was finally Turkey day! I look forward to this day all year, I didn’t even care that I was exhausted from listening to the 3 noisy teenage boys I had “sleeping” at my house all night. My entire family spent the day starving themselves just to make room for the feast at Brad’s parents. And feast we did! All 21 of us, and of course, baby Tynan.

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For some reason, Brad is this little guys favourite.

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All the grandkids

It was shortly after dinner that my phone started ringing off the hook about my grandpa and I spent the rest of the night an emotional wreck.

Monday was a day of pure laziness on my part. We slept in, kids did a few chores and then they all left to dinners with their other parents. Monday is usually the day we do dinner with my family but that didn’t happen this year and I gladly spent the day in my pjs, eating pumpkin pie (because I bought 5 from Costco), and watching movies with Brad.

Thanksgiving was very different this year, what is normally my favourite holiday, served as more of a harsh reminder of everything I still have to be thankful for. I really am one lucky girl.

Happy Thanksgiving!

C

 

Country Thunder Calgary 2018

Every summer Calgary has a 3 day, outdoor, country music festival and every summer I tell Brad I want to go, but for some reason, we never make it. So this year when Jess told me she was thinking of getting Adam tickets for his birthday, I was on it like white on rice haha since it falls on the weekend after MY birthday every year, I used it as an excuse to finally convince Brad into going. We realized all 3 days was going to be far too expensive and nobody wanted the 2 hour drive home Sunday night so we opted to get passes for just Saturday, spend the night, and then drive home Sunday. Country Thunder did not disappoint.

We drove up early Saturday morning (with a quick stop for McDonald’s breakfast) and were super excited to check out all the vendors and promoters. First stop was our hotel. We checked in, dropped our bags in our room and called an Uber to take us to the park. We got through security and were surprised to see how empty the park was. There was a little stage and a whole lot of food trucks but the people seemed to be missing. We stopped at the drink tent, where our ID had to be verified on a wrist band before we could even get in line for drink tickets, then finally after 2 lines of waiting, we got in a third so we could actually get some drinks. They really make ya work for those beverages haha We walked a little farther up a hill and BAM, people everywhere! We had found the main stage and the huge crowds.

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We claimed a space on the hill with some blankets to save our spots for the day and then we were off to roam the grounds. We hit up a tent that had us do shots, post a picture on Instagram, and tag the company for a chance to win a meet and greet with Toby Keith, we didn’t win but had fun entering!

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We wasted no time in finding the Fireball tent that Jess had been excited to look for and they supplied us with some more shots and pictures and even some free paraphernalia.

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They actually took 4 different pictures and turned them into a gif

Next was a tent with, you guessed it, more free shots, and a magnetic dartboard that you could win another Toby Keith meet and greet but all we got from that one was a free shirt. And by “we” I mean Brad won the shirt and I took it haha we also tried our hand at ladderball. Brad and I failed miserably but Jess and Adam won drink cozies. By this time we decided it was time to eat. We hit a couple of the overpriced food trucks (I paid $10 for a hot dog!) and tried to gather ourselves. This is when we noticed the mechanical bull. No way were the guys passing that up and before I knew it Jess and paid my $2 entry free, giving me no choice. This turned out to be absolutely hysterical! Not to brag or anything, but out of the 4 of us, I lasted the longest. You can call me Lane now haha

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We slowly started making our way back to our spot on the hill, stopping for some photo ops and a couple more tents and of course, free samples!

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Sang a song and got some free shades

Back in our spot we enjoyed watching Madelyn Merlot and Restless Heart. Brad found it hilarious that I knew every song by Restless Heart and teased me the whole time about being old. What can I say, the band got together the same year I was born and I have an old country music soul.

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Adam and I had been eyeing up these buckets of mini donuts that we saw everyone walking around with all day. Someone in front of us sat down with and overflowing bucket and it was our breaking point, we HAD to have them so off me and Jess went to find them. They were soooo worth the hunt and after overindulging in them we decided to try and get a little closer to the stage for when Dean Brody came on. It was a good plan in theory, but in life, it was terrible. People were pushy and rude, it was hard to see over the people standing in front of us and Jess got hit in the head with a flying red solo cup. We lasted one song before we hiked back up the hill to our blankets haha

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Finally it was time for the main event….TOBY KEITH!! I was so excited, I love his music. We spent the next couple hours cheering, singing, and dancing in our seats. Oh and freezing. The sun had gone down and it got cold, I was very thankful for Jessica’s blankets.

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When it was all said and done we ubered it back to our hotel, ordered some Boston Pizza through “skip the dishes” and hit the hay, totally exhausted.

It was soooo fun but I’m not sure how people do it for 3 days. My liver and bank account would never survive haha I will however, do my best to get back next year for Jason Aldean!

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Birthday Weekend In Idaho

After our week in Yellowstone, we spent one whole day at home before Brad and I (kid free) turned around and headed to Brad’s cousin’s lake house in Sandpoint, Idaho to celebrate my birthday.

We headed out Friday afternoon after work and spent the 5 hour drive DYING of heat. The air conditioning in our car isn’t great to begin with and it was having a hard time keeping up with the record breaking +40 temperatures. To make it worse, it only seemed to work at its full potential if the car was driving, and guess what? We had a 45 minute wait at the BC/US boarder. By the time we arrived at Mike’s I was a sweaty, overheated mess haha luckily for us, Mike and his boys greeted us with open arms and cold beverages. We spent the rest of the evening bbqing and catching up until way past my bed time.

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A view I could get use to

Saturday (my birthday) was our only full day so we crammed as many activities in as we could. After our morning coffee me and Brad hit the lake for a morning paddle board. I love paddle boarding but don’t own one so I never get to do it. I thought it was a great way to kick off my birthday.

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After this, Brad was eager to get on the boat, so we loaded up a cooler and hit the lake. Brad and Mike’s boys did some surfing and a lot of hassling me to give it a try but they had no luck. We eventually had to pull into the marina for gas and decided to also have some lunch before heading back out on the water.

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The boys were relentless about getting me to surf so finally on the way back, I caved! I could only be heckled by teenage boys for so long haha With Mike’s help and coaching I did pretty good! I’d never admit it to any of them, but I was happy I did it haha

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We took a short break so Mike could run to town for a car part so Brad took the opportunity to fish and I payed out on the dock and got my tan on. When Mike got back we switched over to the pontoon boat and went cliff jumping and rope swinging. Brad and Mike’s boy Maccoy worked really hard and both mastered a back flip off the rope swing!

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By this time it was getting later in the day and we were ready to head back to the house. Mikes neighbors stopped over and Brad was more than happy to make them a homemade drink he had concocted while Mike prepared dinner.

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While dinner cooked the group took the guns out and shot some tannerite off the lake. I couldn’t believe how loud it was and we actually could feel the heat and the blow back. It was so cool!

After dinner, which was fantastic, Mike and Brad surprised me with a birthday cake and we spent the rest of the night visiting around a campfire. It was a perfect end to the day.

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Sunday morning we tidied up and hit the road for the long drive home. The one day there was totally worth the ten hours of driving, it was one of my best birthdays yet! Thanks for having us Mike!

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Last Half Of Yellowstone 2018

The last 3 days of our trip were filled with…you guessed it, more driving!

Monday we decided to head to Jackson Hole Wyoming, it looked like a shorter distance on the park map and google maps said it was only 2 hours which we didn’t think was so bad, so we made a plan to hit a geyser Robyn was dying to see, and old Faithful on the way.

They first stop was more of a lake than a geyser but it’s a big attraction in the park and it probably took us longer to find somewhere to park than to actually look at it. It was quite the sight!

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There was a lookout across the way where you could get a Birdseye view of it but it was a pretty big hike and none of us were interested, so we settled for Brad hoisting Robyn on his shoulders and her taking pictures with everyone’s phones haha better than nothing.

Back into the vehicle and off to finally see Old Faithful. We made it right on time! We found pretty decent spots and only had to wait for about 15 minutes before the world famous geyser started spewing

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We were pretty pleased with the sight but the kids were eager to get going to Jackson.

The short drive we thought it was, wasn’t. It was easily just as long, if not longer than the day before and we were all STARVING by the time we finally pulled in. Our first stop was somewhere to eat. We tried going into an old saloon looking restaurant, complete with wenches, but were told we needed reservations so down the street we went.

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We decided on a pizza place a few streets over. It wasn’t your normal pepperoni kind of pizza place, we ended up ordering some unique flavours but it was delicious and the kitchen was wide open so you could watch them make it from scratch and cook it in the wood burning ovens. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite filling enough and we were still on the hungry side when we left. Dylan however, thought the pizza was worth the hours of driving haha

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Our next stop was the town square to see the archways made of antlers. We’ve seen so many pictures of them and couldn’t wait to see them ourselves. They did not disappoint! There was four, one on every corner of the park.

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We spent the next little while browsing through the stores and buying hoodies and other souvenirs. We couldn’t believe how expensive the town was and started referring to it as “the Beverly Hills of Wyoming”. We had a long drive ahead of us so we didn’t get to stay as long as I would’ve liked. I found Jackson Hole really cool, everything looks like an old western. Totally my jam.

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We headed home on a different route that took us around the park that shaved a little time off our drive, but it was still close to midnight when we got back to camp and we couldn’t wait to get to bed. Brad and I swapped beds with his parents because Bob woke up that morning with lung issues from sleeping in the cold tent. So we froze in the tent, listening to wolves howl all night, while the kids had a sleepover with grandma and grandpa in the heated camper.

Tuesday was our last full day and we decided on a camp day. The furthest we drove was 10 minutes into West Yellowstone to the wildlife sanctuary. We got to see some pretty cool stuff including wolves and big grizzlies.

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A quick stop for some ice cream and we headed back to camp for a peaceful day of swimming, playing dice, lawn darts and dinner. A day with no driving was exactly what we all needed. Brad and I settled into the tent for a second night and were very thankful it was a warmer night and the wolves kept quiet haha

Wednsday was leaving day. There were people lining up for our spot so we got packed up as quick as we could and hit the road for our 7 hour drive. We made a stop about an hour or so in to the drive for some gas station food to tide us over until we hit great falls for an early supper. We promised the kids the wonders of Golden Corral and I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of their trip, they were hilarious! I’ve never seen them eat so much or be so excited about a restaurant, Bob made a comment about how we could’ve just camped in the parking lot for a week and the kids would’ve been just as happy haha We left over full and ready for our own beds. We bee lined for the border and made it home at a pretty decent time. We were soooo happy to have showers and relax the night away.

Nothing makes you appreciate your own house and space like 8 people being crammed in close quarters for 6 days haha

C

 

Yellowstone 2018 (First Half)

If you like lots of driving, Yellowstone is the place for you! Our first day on the road we loggged almost 8 hours of driving, and didn’t even make it to Yellowstone haha our first destination was the Lewis and Clark Caverns about 2 hours from the park. It was only supposed to be a 6 hour drive but with food, gas and pee breaks, it was longer. We found a crappy little campground on the side of the highway for the night and were totally outraged when it turned out to be a $50 fee for one night. This campground had absolutely NOTHING to offer, not even fire pits. Oh and any children under 16 had to be constantly supervised. Needless to say, I threw a bit of a fit and let them know what I thought of their prices, lack of amenities and ridiculous rules. No way was I escorting my 15 and 13 year old boys around an open field they called a campground. Word of advice, don’t ever camp behind the gas station in Cardwell, Montana. Unfortunately we were in a hurry to catch the last cave tour of the day so we had no time to find another place to sleep.

The caves were a quick drive down the road and we made it just in time for the last time slot of the day. It was quite the hike from the parking lot to the cave entrance but the view on the way was beautiful.

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After a little history lesson from our guide, we headed down into the huge caves. It was so totally worth the hike to get there. We spent the next few hours heading deeper and deeper into caves and learning about stalegmites and stalecites until we came out the bottom about 300 ft lower than we went in. It was easily one of my favourite parts of the trip.

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3D2057ED-B8D6-4B74-A4F4-F645A62515B6The next morning we were on the road bright and early so we could find a camp spot for the rest of the week. We found available spots in the park but decided to stay at the Bakers Hole campground just outside of the West Yellowstone town. We loved it there! We found a prime spot by the river and set up camp. And guess what! It was only $60 for 4 nights! We couldn’t resist comparing it to the last place for the rest of the trip haha After a quick lunch we loaded in the vehicle and headed into the park to see what we could find, wild animals were at the top of our list. The park is beautiful but I couldn’t believe how spread out all the main attractions were. 38A1960E-E131-44C1-9D0B-EA85D38F93BE

A2C6B4B1-4233-4D1E-8BC5-FA3B05A69E0BWe drove for over an hour before finally seeing smoke from a geyser and decided to pull over and check it out. Turned out to be a little boardwalk tour around a few geysers and pools, the kids thought it was pretty awesome but the smell, oh the smell! The sulphur made our stomachs churn.

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We continued on until we found the legendary Old Faithful. Just our luck, it had just gone off and wouldn’t be going off again for another 90 minutes. We did some browsing in the gift shops but decided we didn’t want to wait so we headed back to camp to play lawn darts and swim in the river before eating dinner and calling it a night.

We woke up Sunday morning to cloudy skies but decided to stick with our plan to head to Cody, Wyoming to see the ghost town. We weren’t on the road long when it started to pour. It made it hard to see and since we only have one windshield wiper, it was even worse. A couple hours into the drive we finally saw a buffalo! We pulled off the road and Brad, Dylan and I braved the cold rain to run down the road and get some pictures. Once back in the vehicle, we weren’t far up the road when we saw a sign for a mud volcano, the rain had stopped so we pulled in. While admiring the bubbling mud we heard there were a ton of buffalo just up the hill a bit and it was totally worth the hike!

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Bubbling mud volcano 

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The picture does no justice to the size of these beasts.

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Back on the road we finally exited the east entrance of the park and headed for Cody. I spent the whole next hour gawking at the red mountainous hoodoo looking landscapes. It was like something out of an old western. I loved it. 5CFAFF07-F332-41E4-9CE6-2AAA9089CF06By the time we hit the Old Trail Town the kids were more than happy to get out of the vehicle and check out the old houses and buildings.

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Does it get any more Wyoming than this?

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I grew up on Loise Lamar books and old westerns so this town was right up my alley but the highlight was seeing the grave of the legendary Buffalo Bill!

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We also strolled through a house that was once a hide out for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, seriously so cool.

We finished up just as a tour bus full of kids pulled up and I figured it was perfect timing. We hit a traffic jam on the way back thanks to a couple buffalo that thought they owned the road.

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We made it to camp about 9:30pm for a late dinner and then off to bed as everyone was exhausted from a long day in the car.

More of our Yellowstone adventures to come!

C