Last week we decided it would be nice to take some Christmas photos of the dogs and us and put them in Christmas cards. Seemed like a great idea. So we rearranged some things, set our small Christmas tree up on the coffee table, got the tripod and camera set up and ready. All of this took about an hour - and we were finally ready. Here are the pics.
We're ready to get started.
Well that was fun. Just seconds after the last photo was shot Maizy knocked over the Christmas tree.
We have not updated our blog in several months. As I was preparing to tell you all about our travels of this past summer, including our second summer in Yellowstone, traveling through the Midwest and our visits to family and special friends in Michigan, something incredible happened. Someone special came into our lives very suddenly and changed the way we view our lives.
Last Wednesday, Nov. 14 we were driving on I-75 between Atlanta and Macon when we saw two dogs in the median. I won't go into all the details but we stopped to see if we could get them off the freeway. Another nice man stopped also and helped to slow the traffic down some. Tom and the other man braved the interstate traffic and got the two dogs off on to the shoulder. One of them was badly injured and had to be taken away by animal control. Sadly he did not make it. The other one, a beautiful Yellow Lab was slightly injured but ok. So long story short, she is now part of our lives. We thought for two days about what we should name her. Names like Freeway, or I-75 or Hero didn't quite seem to fit. Tom came up with "Maizy" because she is amazing. She tried to protect her companion by putting herself in harm's way and stayed by his side until he was taken away.
She is adjusting well to her new life, so well in fact that she has claimed the couch as her "spot". She got a check up and shots at the vet yesterday and seems to be in good health. She is eating well and has already started adding some much needed weight.
Toby was a little apprehensive at first and is still adjusting to having someone else getting so much attention, but as soon as they can work out a peaceful feeding schedule, I think they will become new BFF's. Everything is cool as long as Maizy leaves his tennis ball alone.
Our last trip to Idaho Falls, 7/20 7/21, one of our tri-weekly shopping trips, was a round trip. Nancy, Toby and I drove the 100 miles to Idaho Falls and Nancy got her Walmart fix. We stayed at a Super 8 Motel,(we get a discount), did some more shopping Saturday morning and headed North. At Rexburg we turned right on the road to Jackson Wyoming through the Grand Tetons. Went up and down some 10% grades over Teton Pass and promised ourselves to NEVER pull the rig over this pass. It was nice to see both East and West west sides of this beautiful mountain range.
The West side of the Grand Tetons traveling East out of Idaho.
On the down side someone didn't make it.
The view of Jackson from the summit.
Now you know why they call it Jackson Hole.
Jackson is the site of the National Elk Refuge. This arch is made up entirely of the antlers that the male elk sheds in the winter.
Okay, we have goofed off long enough. Now that we are leaving Yuma and have a month to get to West Yellowstone we will take our time and check out some of the places we have not seen before.
A stop along the old route 66 is an old gold mining town, Oatman Az. The first settlers to arrive here were prospectors looking for gold. Leading their burros into these mountains they found the elusive yellow metal and a town was born. The gold and the miners are gone now and what remains is the town and the wild burros. Yes these docile looking animals are wild and provide a lesson we all have learned at one time or another. "You be nice to me and I will be nice to you."
Can you imagine the conversation these burros are having?
"Yeah Henry it's been a nice day, lot of nice folks, the occasional Jackass, but that's to be expected."
I figured it was time to catch up the Blog. We had an exciting summer at Yellowstone National Park. We got seasonal jobs at Lionshead RV Resort near the West entrance to the park. We were just 7 miles from one of the world's most amazing and picturesque locations. We arrived at Lionshead on May 22. A week later on Memorial weekend we got 9 inches of snow. Our first camping guests were Tim and Sally Tutak, our good friends from forever. They arrived in their motorhome and stayed a few days. We had a couple of opportunities to travel into the Park. We saw lots of bison, some elk, bear and a coyote who was foraging (successfully) for his lunch.
We went to the Wolf and Grizzly Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. Very informative. We learned a lot about what happens when "stupid" humans do things such as leaving garbage accessible to bears, then they become accustomed to people food and then have to be destroyed or removed to a center such as this -- if there is room for them.
"Into the park' I think it's safe to say that every town in this area has a park of some kind. However in any of these towns when anyone says they are going into the park it is understood that they are going into Yellowstone National Park. Today, Tuesday july 5, on one of our days off we went into the park.
First stop was at Canyon Village, on the east side of the park, for lunch. As we were leaving the parking lot nancy snapped a picture of this doe who was having her lunch.
No trip to Canyon is complete without a side trip to the canyon itself. Yellowstone,s own "Grand Canyon" was carved into the earth over thousands of years leaving this awesome creation of nature. I know that we have posted our pics of this canyon before (Sept. '09), but every time we see it we see a different view.
This pic was shot across the canyon from at least a quarter mile away. The people on the stairs were there to get a close up view of Lower Falls from the South rim. We were on the North rim. A lot of stairs but the view is worth it. I am still recovering from a broken bone in my leg so I did not want to try the stairs. Maybe later in the season.
This is Lower Falls.
Even Toby was impressed.
Upstream the Yellowstone River is way over it's banks, a result of the record snowfall inthe park this last winter.
The absolutely beautiful Lake Yellowstone.
A cow moose posed for the camera.
Her son couldn't be bothered.
On the way home we saw this old WW2 howitzer that is used for avalanche control. They fire a round into the snow to make it slide before it gets too deep.
A more realistic view of the gun and the awesome mountains at Sylvan Pass. (Arrow & highlight)
Snow in July at Sylvan Pass. (8,500 ft. above sea level)