If you read my facebook, you know I'm at it again. I rarely win. But I'm crossing my fingers. Here's a great giveaway, and well, I love MADE. You should check it out if you have some time to drool over this lady's super-talent.
This is a totally random post. I found this cool activity as I was standing in the kitchen at 3 a.m. Why was I surfing the internet at that time of morning? What else do you do when you can't breath unless you are standing, you can't clean because everyone else is blissfully asleep, and you stub your toes every time you pass into the next room?
Anyway, maybe some of you frozen northerners could try it out and let me know how it works. I think the only time we might be cold enough would be in the middle of the night. :) Makes you want to come visit, doesn't it.
I'm also trying to win this. Wouldn't that be fun?
After staying home last weekend and enjoying such good weather I just could not stay home and watch possibly the last good weekend slide by without taking advantage of it. I took half of Thursday and and all of Friday off and we went on a trip. I didn't realize that sometimes our trips get out of hand until the guys at work were telling me how crazy we are, and then I mapped where we went. Here is the map.
450 miles later I am pretty sure that we saw 90% of the colored leaves in Southern Utah. Between the high spots we went to and the roads we drove on I estimated we saw over 3 million aspen trees, lots of color. Our first destination was Fishlake Hightop and the second - Bluebell Knoll on Boulder Top. The weather was perfect and we woke up in the morning and went down by the lake to throw rocks and eat grass. Bluebell Knoll was awesome. There was no one on Boulder Top and it was so pretty despite being brown since winter up there is just around the corner. You really feel like you are in the clouds up there. We had a picnic at Raft Lake and then made our way home, after over 300 miles of asphalt and 150 miles on dirt roads it was time to go home. The girls were sooo good and it really was nice to have a break and enjoy a great-weather weekend.
After leaving the Family Reunion in Island Park our destination was Glacier National Park. If you have ever driven across Montana you will know it is a huge state! We felt like we were driving forever - but a good forever, unlike driving across Nebraska or Wyoming. The drive was beautiful.
It took us all day to get to our campsite on the Swan Valley Highway about an hour from Kalispell. The areas to camp were mostly dispersed and we found a great site near the river. It was cool because there was a little nature trail just down the road where we found wild strawberries, rasberries and thimbleberries. It reminded me of the Pacific Northwest because there was moss hanging from the trees and in the morning there was fog in the valley. It was beautiful.
Monday morning we went into Glacier, confirmed that all the campgrounds were full, took this picture of Lake MacDonald and started up the Going to the Sun Road.
Part way up the road we stopped and took the Trail of the Cedars. It was cool to see the huge trees and turquoise water coming off the glaciers. Goose loved walking on the "widge."
The Going to the Sun Road was awesome! The views were amazing.
There were so many people in the park we could not find a place to park at Logan Pass, so we decided to go down to the East side of the park and find a place to camp, then go and have dinner in Canada. Unfortunately, the only restaurant open in Cardston was the Dairy Queen. A little disappointing, but we ate dinner anyway (the ice cream was good), took pictures at the temple and came back to our campsite. Good thing the weather was fair that first day since the remainder of our time in Glacier would be rainy. There were also fires in British Columbia which made visibility go down quite a bit.
In the morning we went back up to Logan Pass and hiked to the Hidden Lake overlook. Goose was so excited to walk on the snow, but by the time we were almost back to the car she was pretty cold.
That afternoon we went to Many Glacier Lodge; clouds were still hanging around but still very pretty.
We hiked about a mile to a lake up one of the glacial valleys and threw lots of rocks. Thank goodness we came back when we did, that is when we saw the bear. Momma bear and two cubs, just wandering on the hillside while we all gathered on the side of the road to gape. We had been talking about seeing a bear all week so we were glad we did the night before we started home.
There were so many wild flowers out, we took some pictures but from this one you can just tell there was a lot of variety.
The token Wild Goose Island picture. You can see it was still cloudy.
This was our campsite on the east side of the park, next to a lake and all the foreign campers.
This is Roaring Eagle Falls. We stopped and hiked there as we began the homeward journey. Yes, that waterfall is coming out of a cave. The river is up above the cliff and drops down through some holes to where you see it. In the spring not all the water can go down the holes and it comes over the top too.
After 12 hours on and off the road through Montana and a little of Idaho, we made it to Blackfoot. You can probably tell from this picture that Goose had super fun with her new friends. Thanks for letting us stay with you Sue and Terrick!
We did start home one day early - Goose had been asking if we were going camping with Grandpa from the minute we left home. Since most of the trip was for Mom and Dad, we went to Grandpa's house for Goose. She loves her Nana and Grandpa Averett and Grandma and Grandpa "Murky".
Before too much time passes I had better post on the remainder of our trip built around the family reunion. We started off driving to Springville, spending the night and then going to Rexburg where we had dinner with Scott and Brandee (thanks guys) saw Brandee's garden, took some pictures of the temple and then... we were off to Badger Creek. Our friends were very nice to let us stay in the Yurt there which had the most awsome view of the Tetons just out the front door. Eliza made quick friends with Sage, Brigham, Anne, and Paul who also love popsicle and playing outside.
This was Goose's prefered mode of transportation while at Badger Creek but she also did good hiking with the kids. One of the days while we were at Badger we went to Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. We told Goose we would see some Buffalo and we did, right next to this little backroad with noone else around so we didn't have to worry about making a Jam in the road like we would see much of later in our trip. The next day we said goodbye to our friends and this beautiful view to head to Yellowstone. Like I said in the previous post, goose loved the geysers and mud pots. When I get another little bit of time I will post the last leg of our trip, Glacier National Park, Canada and Nanna's House.
Last weekend was the annual Merkley Family Reunion. This year it was in Island Park, Idaho. We stayed in two very nice cabins and had a lot of fun in the surrounding area including Yellowstone.
Here is our family near Old Faithful. Goose got pretty good at saying "geyser" and asked to see more after we left.
We went to Big Springs and fed the fish a little but more the seagulls. We rented canoes at Macks Inn and saw a moose up the river a ways. The kids had fun just floating around. The temperature was just right which is exactly what we were hoping for since our summer in St. George has been a little warm this year. In Yellowstone we stopped at a couple of other geyser basins too and saw very pretty springs, geysers and rivers. We also saw some elk, bison, swans and eagles. Don't ask about the elk jam we had to wait through everytime we went into and out of the park, I thought stopping in the middle of the road to get out your camcorder and narrate the life of an elk was something you just shouldn't do, but I guess there are at least 2000 other people in the world who think that is okay.
This one was at Grand Prismatic Spring. The clouds were soo pretty all through our trip, except when they were raining on us. Which happend a little more often then we would have liked, but not during the Merkley Reunion. As soon as I get more time I will post about the rest of our trip to and from the reunion.
Visits to Nannas' and Papas' are always fun, especially when there are cousins and baby lambs and baby goats to play with. And nothing beats a ride with Papa in the tractor! Eliza's been talking about it for weeks.
Our posts lag a little lately but here is a post from two weekends ago. Nathan, Susie, Kye and Sydney came to see us. We are really glad they did, it gave us an excuse to go to Zion. Here are some of our pictures and their post (a little more on top of it) has quite a few more. You will see that Kye and Eliza really did become fast friends.