Yellowstone Vacation

Every year my family goes on a vacation. This year it was just me, my kids and my Uncle Ray. Traveling with little ones isn’t easy. Mine are ages four (five in a week) and two. I came up with a few ideas to keep them entertained on our long car rides.

First of all, I don’t go anywhere that is going to be longer than an hour without my in-car DVD players. We just bought the kind that strap onto the back of the front seats. Best investment ever!

Another must have, clipboard. The are great for coloring!

We made a travel bingo for my oldest to do in the car. I just printed on off for this trip. It had simple things like a cow, a horse, an airplane, a bus, a stop sign. Things that would be typically seen on the road. Next time I might make one more specific for the trip. When we go to Yellowstone again I’ll add a buffalo, and a cowboy. (Wyoming has many cowboy signs)

Those magnetic coloring boards. This was most entertaining to my two year old. He loved it! He also had a few picture books to look at.

My Uncle Ray is a wonderful, talented photographer and was kind enough to let me post some of his pictures from the trip. If you are interested in any of the pictures you can message him on facebook.


Ray awoke early one morning and decided, at 6 a.m., that he might as well see what the dawn might offer. Well, it was 20 degrees and foggy along the Snake River Valley and below the Tetons and the full moon. Chilly, but not toooo bad. (Sept. 20, 2013)


Morning mists have burned off, and a crystal clear blue sky and Mt. Moran reflect in the mirror-like Snake River Oxbox, near Grand Teton National Park’s Moran Junction, (Sept. 20, 2013)


A mama and youngster elk sample the same tender grassy stalk – and perhaps a tender moment, as well – along the south bank of the Madison River, near West Yellowstone, Montana. (Sept. 20, 2013)


 Summer demonstrates that Old Faithful is faithfully bursting forth, during our visit to Yellowstone National Park. (Sept. 20, 2013)


Steam rises from beautiful, intriguingly deep Black Pool, in the West Thumb geyser area beside Yellowstone Lake in – where else – Yellowstone National Park. (Sept. 20, 2013)


A distant, handsome bull elk bugles at twilight in a fall-tinted meadow near Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. (Sept. 20, 2013)

See you next time,