Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mammoth and Norris

Day three: We got off to a slow start since we arrived so late the night before so it was almost lunch before we got a parking spot at the Mammoth terraces. It was hot and very crowded so we soon left for a picnic lunch and decided on a hike to Monument Geyser basin just south of Norris.

I love this view from the terraces north. You can see Mammoth,the park headquarters, and into the mountains beyond.

After a short, but very steep hike we got some amazing long distance views and had fun poking around a mountain- top thermal area. As usual in Yellowstone, we were alone on the trail. So strange to be in that kind of quiet and solitude surrounded by such awesome beauty.

Enjoying Monument Geyser Basin

and the view from the trail.

Dinner was a cookout at the Norris picnic area. We had the place to ourselves except for a large solitary bison, three Sandhill cranes who strutted off into some nearby woods squawking all the while, and a bull elk with a big set of antlers.

We know you're in there!

Our evening entertainment was a sunset walk through Norris Geyser Basin. The air was balmy and the thermal features were as strange and wonderful as they come. My favorite was Vixen Geyser which is small, but puts on a perfect little show right next to the boardwalk.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Yellowstone Bound

Day two: Drove from Spokane to Gardiner, Montana (gateway to Yellowstone's North entrance). On the way we stopped and toured Lewis and Clark Caverns which the kids all thought was a blast! I think our silly guide made it especially fun for them!

Here Yogi and I are walking to the cave entrance.

Inside the limestone caverns...

Ahhh, Montana!

Friday, August 15, 2014

On the Road Again

Heading to Yellowstone. Day one: Seattle to Spokane.

The Columbia River Gorge

View out the window in Eastern Washington.

Side stretch on the side of the road.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Test

Just cleaning out the cobwebs and seeing if I can get this old thing started again.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Garden D'Lights

Here are the photos from our evening visit to the Garden D'Lights display in Bellevue. They set this up at Christmas each year, but it's not really Christmas themed. They just create a garden setting with lights. They also throw in various animals like the sea monster photo here. It was a very cold evening and the place was packed, but the lights were impressive.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Tree

Now I blog so seldom, we just seem to jump from holiday to holiday! I think we'll be dismantling this baby in the next few days so I thought I should post before it's really all over. We did all the usual stuff this year: Santa photos, gluten free cookie baking,the Garden lights display, the fabulous gingerbread houses by chef/ architect teams, a visit from Sat Kaur and Pritam,and for the first time ever, a tour of the local chocolate factory, Theo. I'll be posting more photos over the next few days, but let's start with these of decorating our tree.