First off, thank you for all the wonderful comments, e-mails and telephone calls from our last blog post. It really meant a lot.
Dan’s cousins, Roni and Jodi, made a long road trip from the Twin Cities to come out and visit with us for two days. We tried to pack as much as we could in the short amount of time they had, and we think we succeeded. The only thing they were not able to check off their list was seeing a grizzly bear.
We spent the first day on a quick tour of Grand Teton National Park, trying to stop at some of the highlights: Colter Bay, Jackson Lake Lodge, Signal Mountain, String Lake, Jenny Lake, Lupine Meadows, The Chapel of Transfiguration, Schwabacher Landing, etc…
After seeing some of the highlights, we stopped in Moose for a little pizza at Dornan’s. While sitting outside we were briefly entertained by a fox walking near the deck.
The next morning we headed up to Yellowstone, making a few stops in the Tetons to view a herd of Elk,
followed by a mama and baby moose!
And no morning is complete without a stop at Oxbow Bend, with the low-lying clouds covering parts of Mt Moran.
Yellowstone was pretty busy, but Roni said she had “positive vibes”, especially after our wonderful start to the day. She was right, and we never had issues finding parking spots! Our wildlife sightings continued, with an Osprey in a nest,
and a lone buffalo taking a nap along the side of the road!
The cousins were impressed with the view of the Lower Falls.
I think Roni and Jodi may have a new future career in the park service!
No stop to Yellowstone is complete without a visit to Old Faithful. It was Roni’s first time seeing the geyser go off. Despite its name, it did not erupt until 25 minutes after its scheduled time. The crowd of thousands was growing very restless, and a lot of cheers erupted when it finally went off. Roni said it was worth the wait!
Although their visit was very short, we had a wonderful time and are thankful Roni and Jodi decided to venture out west to see us! Our door is always open for our family and friends to visit!
Quote for the day: “Nobody will understand the craziness of your family better than your cousins.” – unknown
I had a wonderful time! Thank you so much for being the generous and gracious hosts you are. Love you both to pieces! We saw everything we wanted a then some. A moose! Unbelievable! I can’t wait to visit again! Happy trails!
It was so nice of you and Roni to come and visit with us! We are glad you were able to see lots of wildlife and you even had time for a small tour of both GTNP and YNP. Roni was even able to see Old Faithful go off after a little extended waiting time. We look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future. Take care, ❤️ Dan, Jonell and Makena 🐶