Sunday, August 26, 2007

ND, MT, WY, and UT (or, How to Drive and Drive and Drive)

We recently took a long vacation to North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. Most of Joseph's family were there as well. Here are a few photos. As usual, click on them for a bigger version.


The kids' second cousin Levi gave his last performance at the Medora Musical.



Next we drove to Big Sky, MT. On a short walk, I kept yelling back to Thomas to catch up. I guess Ava was tired of hearing it, so she shouted "Mustard up!" Here he is, mustarding up.



Big Sky is a short drive from Yellowstone. We spent two days there. It's the leakiest place on earth.



Johanna wandering near a river.



Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.



Midway Geyser Basin.



Ava cooling off.


Next we drove to Park City, UT, which was the site of several events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. We stayed very near Olympic Park, and spent a day there. They have freestyle aerial and ski jumping, as well as a number of rides.



Emma, Joseph, and Andrew on the zipline.


The most intense ride, by far, was "The Comet" summer bobsled ride. We renamed it "The Vomit Comet" for Tami's post-ride experience.


The Right Stuff?



That's Paul getting ready to push us down the mountain.



Ava had to settle for the alpine slide, since she wasn't over the minimum weight for the zipline.


It was really a terrific vacation. We hope all of the cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents had as much fun as we had.