On Friday we went to Yellowstone, a two-hour drive from where my parents live. As a family we visited Yellowstone every summer growing up, and I’ve got many happy memories in and around this place. My Grandma and Grandpa Carson used to own a cabin in Island Park, about 30 minutes outside of Yellowstone, and we stayed there for family vacations. I remember reading books on the porch in the sunshine, going on morning or evening runs in crisp air and smelling pine everywhere, seeing a baby bear in a nearby tree, going to nearby lakes to canoe or take a pedal boat and laugh because the wind was so strong we couldn’t get anywhere, hiking on the Continental Divide, and taking sunset walks outside the cabin, where we would see moose roaming around. Sometimes the moose would come right up to the cabin and we would watch them out the windows. These trips planted a deep love of nature in me.
This time, our visit to Yellowstone was a day trip. We left around 6 am and arrived home around 1 am the next morning. My favorite thing to do in Yellowstone is take a short hike to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, photos above, where the falls are breathtaking.
I didn’t take many photos this trip, but I did get some nice shots of the Grand Prismatic Spring, which I can’t stop thinking about. Here are a few more photos of our day.
My sisters and I always have so much fun being silly together. I love these two so much!
After our day in the park, we went to the PlayMill Theater and laughed through a delightfully performed “Singing in the Rain.” We’ve seen a lot of great musicals and plays at the West Yellowstone Playmill, but “Singing in the Rain” now ranks among my favorites because the cast was so good. I thought the actors playing Cosmo, Kathy, and Don sang and danced even better than those in the movie. I’ve happily had “Make ‘em Laugh,” “Good Morning,” and “Singing in the Rain” stuck in my head since, and I can’t get Cosmo’s hilarious expressions and stunts out of my mind either. Also, until this performance, a musical had never given me the urge to take a tap dance class, but I’ve got an itch now…