I was gone three out of the four weeks of July. They were all in a row too which really was hard on this homebody. It was hard to keep up the blog and projects too. The good news is that all the stuff I was working on behind the scenes in July will show up on the blog this month along with the things I am doing right now. LOTS to look forward to in August!
The second week of July I was gone to a church youth camp (girl's camp). The third week I was gone I was in Atlanta for the DIY blog conference called Haven. It was great being around so many like minded people and hanging out with brands like Home Depot and Ryobi.
This last week was spent in Yellowstone National Park with Shane's family. He grew up going to Yellowstone every summer and we spent some of our honeymoon there so it is special place to our family.
It was nice to forget about the stresses we left behind at home for a bit. Here are some (cell phone) shots from our time there.
Fishing at Gull Point
Row boats are super cheap to rent!
We camped for three night and then stayed in a cabin for a couple more nights.
I count 7 different types of flowers in our campground. It was so pretty I didn't even mind it rained on us a couple of times.
This is a bit fuzzy since it was a hurried photo. He walked right by our van!
Mammoth was a fun place to visit. It is at the top of Yellowstone National Park.
My kids had a blast, I promise. They just didn't love having to stare into the sun for pictures ;)
How cool/creepy is this? It looks like a movie set or something!
We looked at our honeymoon pictures when we got home and we definitely don't look as young now, 17 years later.
It was a fun diversion, but it is back to reality with deadlines, bills, laundry, and getting the kids ready for school starting soon. I'll be back soon with some projects and even a gorgeous room reveal! Have a great weekend :)
Have you ever been to Yellowstone?
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I used to live in Montana and we would take a yearly trip to Yellowstone Park growing up. We always took Beartooth Pass and my youngest brother and I were always afraid we would miss the curves and go over the cliffs. Both of us would cuddle in the middle of the back seat. One year this same brother and I decided to take my children to Yellowstone and we took Beartooth Pass, still afraid of those curves. My children were 5, 3 and 1. My oldest daughter got car sick and vomited all over my youngest daughters blanket. We pulled over to let my oldest and I out. I took the blanket out to shake it and put it in plastic bag then put it in the trunk. I forgot to put it in the bag because I was helping my oldest. We accidently forgot my youngest daughters blanket. To this day I tell people if you see a baby blanket it's probably my daughters. I have fond memories of Yellowstone. It is a beautiful place.
I grew up in Montana and my parents still live there. I have so many wonderful memories! We still visit once of twice a year and try to visit Yellowstone Park every other year. Beartooth Pass is a must! It is so gorgeous, but I'm not going to lie the switch backs are nerve racking, but well worth it. No reason to be in a hurry...take it slow and enjoy! You may even see some skiers going down those mountains in June & July. Yellowstone has some much to see... you could visit the park every year and see something you have never seen before. I have been going to the park since a little girl and saw black bears all the time, but never a Grizzly. Finally saw one! It took awhile I was in my late 40's, now in my mid 50's. It was awesome! We just love the Big Sky Country! So laid back a great place to decompress! Glad your family enjoyed their time! Thanks for sharing!
We're going to Yellowstone for the first time later this month. Any tips and tricks for this newbie? We'll be camping in Canyon campground for 3 nights.
Oh you will love it! Everything is pretty easy to find and well marked. Definitely go see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with the large waterfall (lower and upper).
If you like to fish, Gull Point is a good spot. It's sandy and has a place to picnic in the trees. It is near Bridge Bay campground which is near Fishing Bridge.
Old Faithful is a must. Go inside the Old Yellowstone Inn. The lobby area is awesome!
There are lots of little geysers along the road. The mud pots stink but it's worth getting out and walking the pathways to see them up close.
Mammoth Falls is about 30 minutes to the north and is really cool. There's a bit of construction but if you drive up there on a Sunday, the construction is not going on.
LaHardy Rapids is a section of the river that has rapids where in the summer you can see the fish jumping as they move upstream to spawn. There is a wood walkway that goes right down to the edge of the river and it's really pretty.
Just driving from thing to thing you will see wildlife and there are pull outs all over so you can park and take pictures.
I'm excited for you! Have fun :)