Sunday, August 2, 2009

We made it to our final destination on Tuesday, July 28th. Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. What a trip. What an experience to share with your family. Aaron thought "I think it was great". Kristen thought "It was pretty cool to see everything." Josh said, "It was too long." I know he will "thank me when he's older. Tony enjoyed driving through the mountain with his awesome truck. A big Thanks to God for blessing our time together and keeping us safe through our travels. Hope you enjoyed our blog. We have a million more pictures to share if you are interested. Annie and Tony Herrmann.

Monday, July 27, 2009

It took us to after 11:00 pm to get back to the camper. The kids got really silly in the back seat of the truck on the way home. We had to wait for 30 minutes in another construction zone. It was pitch black outside by then. Not easy driving in the mountains in pitch black lighting. One great thing by the time we got back to the camper, the stars were numerous, never saw so many in my life before. Well off to Mount Rushmore this week and then home soon.
The Park was just awesome at sunset. It got dark fast, soon after we took these pictures. We had to get out by 10:00 before the gates were put up. We made it out by 9:54 pm. We still had to drive through Grand Teton National Park to get back to our campsite.

One more picture opportunity.
After we cleared the Bison, we stopped to check out this lake because the mere beauty of the lake drew us to take a closer look.
I had never seen so many bison in my life.
We were amazed that the herd of bison kept going. They were continuing to come up from below the valley and didn't want to stop. Notice the park ranger car in the picture. Tony finally took the opportunity to push forward when a mother bison had a hard time getting the baby bison to cross, then he took off with the truck or else we would be there forever!!!
This is what delayed us for so long. It was a herd of bison slowly crossing the road! It was sometime after 8:30 pm and we had to be out of the park by 10:00 pm because the roads are closed down.
Here are some of the pictures we took during the second traffic jam.
After a while the rain went away and it became quite nice, the sun poked out its head. We were struck in traffic, we already went through a construction zone and couldn't understand what was causing the problem. We were delayed for about 45 minutes as we slowly crawled through the park. It gave Kristen and myself a change to take more pictures. We soon discovered what the problem was. We first saw a ranger go quickly pass us up and go on ahead.
Kristen and myself took as many pictures as we could even though the thunder was all around us. By the time we made it back to the car, the raindrops were falling steadily. The kids wanted to continue the drive through the park even though we were driving through a rain storm. They really enjoyed the beauty around them. We continued the 92 miles around the park, in the rain listening to satellite radio set to Broadway Hits, getting pounded by hail at one point and going through one construction zone which we were warned about by the park ranger.
Aaron starting to run as the storm began to come over us.
The wind was something else by this time. Blowing hot water right into our faces.

Aaron at this point enjoyed the hot steam from the geyser because the temperature dropped and he was getting cold from the strong wind.
We had a nice lunch in the parking lot. We put the cooler away and started to walk the boardwalk around the geysers. As soon as we started our tour, the wind grew strong, the sky dark with thunder. We were stuck taking the whole 1/4 mile trail around. We did the best we could and hurried up.
We decided to visit more of the Park, stopping at the Midway Geyser Basin. We decided to eat our lunch/dinner in the parking lot first because the kids were getting hungry.
We finally made it to Yellow Stone Park and were able to see "Old Faithful" do its thing. It's a very large park, we chose to do the lower loop of the park which is 96 miles long.

Just a few feet from the previous picture, I took this one. We were on a cliff and a little afraid we would fall over. That's why the kids turned towards the road to get their picture taken in the previous picture.
While driving thru the Grand Teton, we found we just had to stop and see the beauty.
Sunday July 26, 2009. We started our Journey to Yellow Stone National Park. You first have to drive thru Grand Teton National Park around 29 miles to get to the entrance of Yellow Stone National Park. Note at this time the nice weather we are having.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Its now Friday, July 22, 09 and after spending an enjoyable morning in Chatfied State Park, eating breakfast outside in our PJ's, gazing at the mountains, sipping our coffee, we packed up the camper to head off to our next adventure, The Grand Teton and Yellow Stone National Park in Wyoming. We have a stay over in Rawling Wyoming because we don't want to travel for 8+ hours. We want to slow down and take our time. Thats the only reason I am just now able to update my blog. More to come. See you Later, Annie
On Wednedsay July 22, we headed toward Denver, and stayed at Chatfied State Park which is just South of Denver Co. We visited with my cousin, Sue Mattox and her husband Gary . They had the friendliest dogs ever.
By this time we had forgave each other for getting lost earlier. Happy Again!!!
A quick picture during the tour.
Josh standing in front of a "Kiva"
Aaron always liked to get inside if he could.
We had 5, 8-10' ladders to climb during our 1 hour tour, including 100 ft. climb to get out of "Cliff Palace" through narrow stone openings.
This is "Cliff Palace". We had a long way to go to get to it.

Take note of the little people up on the hill. That where we started our tour of "Cliff Palace"
Josh, Kristen and Aaron in front of Spruce Tree Village.
We headed on our own to Spruce Tree Terrace.
This is the only thing I remember when I was a young child.
So finally after walking back to the parking lot, we finally found Tony and Kristen. Finally we were able to start our tour. I had Kristen join the boys in the first building we visited for a family shot. Tony said it was just like when he was in the grocery store with me. He usually turns around and I'm gone. At least when we are shopping we can usually text and meet up. Out here texting wasn't working due to a lack of cell phone service.