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June 30th we headed out to Wyoming. We drove to Casper, WY and spent the night then headed to Livingston, MT for an overnight before entering Yellowstone National Park through the north entrance in Gardiner, MT.

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Friday and Saturday we enjoyed a relaxed drive with stops to eat and play at playgrounds. We ate delicious dinners at Silver Fox steakhouse and Neptune’s Brewery! Ivan loved the sushi and the server was delighted that he would order himself and enjoy sushi so much! We also ran into a car show in Sheridan, WY, with many diverse cars to look at.

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Great food, entertainment, atmosphere, and beer

Sunday: We entered the park and explored along the way to our campsite at the Madison campground. We hiked all over Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser and Artists Paint Pots.  Due to the danger of the geysers and hot springs I wore Ivan on my back the majority of the time. It was good to let him get out and play when we had picnic lunches or back at the campsite at the end of the day.

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Monday began with a Ranger led hike around Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. We then hiked up to an overlook point and around to Solitude Geyer. We saw many hot springs at Biscuit Basin and then took the short hike to Mystic Falls.

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We decided that on Tuesday we would explore the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, so we took a ranger led hike along the rim. We trekked the 328 steps to see the Upper falls on Uncle Tom’s trail.  After getting showers, clean clothing, and lunch we headed off again to drive along the Yellowstone River to Mud Volcano where we saw 2 Bison enjoying themselves near the steam.  We went to Sulpher Caldron to see more hot springs and bubbly water. Ivan loved the stop in at Lake Village Visitor’s Center to play in the sand/water of Yellowstone Lake. We continued the drive around the lake and found a picnic spot with a view and ended the day at the Midway Geyser Basin to view Grand Prismatic Spring.  Nick and I both agreed that it was a bit disappointing since there is currently no trail to a higher vantage point. After a long day we were glad to be back at our tent to sleep!

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Wednesday was our final day in Yellowstone and we decided to take it easy. We also ran out of coffee so Nick was dragging. We headed to the original store near Old Faithful and got some coffee on the large patio with wooden rocking chairs.  We toured the old turn of the century Old Faithful Inn and watched the eruption from the balcony. After lunch we then headed over to watch the video at the Visitor’s Center. We then headed out to the Firehole River area to do a scenic drive and just happened upon an erupting geyser. This was the only other one we saw fully erupt.  We paused at Firehole River Falls before finding an area in the Firehole river that Ivan and Nick could swim. We ended the day with a campfire and hotdogs and meeting new camping neighbors.

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Moving day was Thursday. It rained overnight so we packed up a soggy tent and headed to Grand Teton National Park and to the Colter Bay tent cabins. Thankfully ours was clean so we could “move in” and set up the tent to dry. After lunch and repacking our tent we headed to do the drive all the way through the park to the south entrance and visitor’s center. After exploring the visitor’s center and catching the park video we headed out to do the Jenny Lake scenic drive. We took in the view at the top of Signal Mountain and ended the day playing at the Jackson Lake beach area at Colter Bay with a picnic dinner.

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IMG_1805Grand Teton does not seem to have many varieties of small hikes so we meandered along the Lakeshore Trail then arrived at the Colter Bay visitors center in time for a lunch snack and a National Geographic Documentary about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone in 1995. It was interesting and Ivan did great throughout as well.  We then decided to go check out Jackson Lake Lodge and get coffee. We drove out to a scenic lake a bit away from the main area of the park and ended up back at Jackson Lake Lodge to go swimming.  We all enjoyed the pool and shower before getting on a boat tour for dinner.  The boat tour was a fun last splurge and we enjoyed the steak and fish dinner on Elk Island.

Saturday we were on the road by 6am and with only a few stops made it home in about 10 hrs.  It was a long drive and Ivan did great and we were all glad to be back in our own bed.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • Seeing wildlife: bear, bison, birds, moose, deer, pronghorn
  • Experiencing Ivan spreading joy to multitudes of strangers
  • Watching the thermal features and learning about the geography
  • Playing license plate game and spotting all but one of the 50 states and many Canadian Provinces as well
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We had the wonderful opportunity of having Jo Julia Photography do a family photo shoot for us.  We were able to snag some time while the leaves were still really pretty!

 

Enjoy the video highlighting our favorites: https://vimeo.com/195339554.

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We were able to have a visit with Nick’s dad and aunt from TX. They came up to help Abby and we went over to hang out quite a bit. The trip ended with a day visit to the Denver Zoo.  Ivan is at a great stage where he really enjoyed seeing the animals that he knows by picture and in books. Nick’s brother has moved to CO so we are now able to enjoy short visits more often. The other weekend he came up and we went on a hike together.  Last of all my request for Mother’s day was a photo shoot with Ivan in the park.  Here’s some pictures of all these events.

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Our holiday season was fast and furious, or at least it felt that way.  We began with Thanksgiving with friends in CO.  Then a week later headed to Austin, TX for Nick to photograph a wedding for other friends.  Ivan and Kara then tried to leave CO in a snow storm to go up to MI to see her brother Josh. We celebrated Christmas early with the Reimer side then the Hostetlers drove to CO for a celebration on Christmas Day.  We ended the year with neighbors, a low key dinner and painting new mugs.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2016.

 

Enjoy the short video below!

 

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This summer, Nicolas has the opportunity to photograph two weddings, conveniently who are both co-workers of his.  Some of his favorite photos are below as well as the video highlights for each couple.

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Mother’s Day weekend was, as usual snowy here in Denver. The gardening rule in Denver is you cannot plant anything with a frost danger until after Mother’s day weekend.  I have tried in the past and often times the snow wins.  This year was no exception.  At our house we got maybe 8 inches of snow that morning, and of course it was completely gone by evening.  Nick made it a special Mother’s day by letting me sleep in, letting me pick dinner and movie, cutting some delicious smelling irises and giving me very special new earrings made of Ivan’s birthstone.  Here’s a few pictures of the day!

Memorial Day Weekend is usually a weekend we spend camping, often with our church.  With the rain, cooler weather, and Ivan I was not sure if I wanted to have our first camping experience with him be cold and wet. So instead we stayed around Denver and enjoyed some family time.  We went on a hike at South Valley Open Space park, and grilled a delicious lunch. The other momentous thing we did was to dress Ivan up in some clothes that Nick wore as a baby and do a photo shoot.  I think he had fun!  We also had a crazy storm that evening, but it resulted in a beautiful rainbow.

Our top 5 favorite adventures in the year 2014

5.  8th Anniversary weekend in Crested Butte

4.  Backpacking to Lone Eagle Peak (in the Indian Peaks Wilderness)

3.  Camping, Backpacking, and Exploring Utah National Parks

2.  Reimer Family Reunion

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1.  Baby Boy Moseley 2014

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