Thursday, June 18, 2009

Finally: The Vacation Report Day #1

We headed out, Tuesday, June 9th, for our trip to the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming. Everyone and everything was loaded and we were on the road.

Here are Ben and Adam in the WAY back

The Girls, sharing the ipod

We got to Billings in time to check out the new Cabelas and find some new fishing poles for Adam and the little ones. Then it was off to Fuddruckers for lunch and 3 more hours of drive time before we arrived at Hunter Peak Ranch, west of Cody, Wyoming. We ended up going south at Fort Rockvale and took the Chief Joseph scenic highway because the Beartooth Pass was closed due to snow. It really is a "scenic highway". We saw lots of cattle, mountains, trees, snow!, and a beautiful view of the river from a rest stop. It was pretty chilly, but a well needed break from driving.

Bridge over the Clark's Fork on the Chief Joseph Highway

The sun was really shining when we arrived at our destination, so we took advantage of the beautiful surroundings and played a little volleyball to stretch and get some exercise after the trip. Allison and Mommy stretched out on a blanket with some books and the cameras.

Haley and Adam, challenging Dad and Ben

Ben trying to get it over the net!

Looks like Dad's on his own.

Allison, reading and watching the game.

After a wonderful dinner of rice, roast beef, broccoli salad, and apple pie ala mode, served by Shelley in the dining room (no cooking or dishes for Mom woohooo), and a walk down by the river, we headed back to our lodge for a little relaxing after the long trip. We stayed in the Pilot Peak Lodge, where the boys slept in the loft, the girls on the fold-out couch, and Mom and Dad in the bedroom. The lodge was complete with a kitchenette, so we unpacked our lunch supplies and hit the hay to be ready for the rest of the week.


Anne said...

Great photos guys! I think my fav is the one of the girls sharing the Ipod, although Haley looks a little worried that Alli might request a music change :) Keep the trip overview coming!!!

Kathy said...

Love those pictures! I especially like Alli reading! I could just imagine her soaking in the new and wonderful surroundings. Snow! We're hitting triple digits these days. What I wouldn't do for some snow!

Texas Ghostrider said...

Good pictures I just cant believe a road is closed due to snow..... It was 98 here today....

Vonnie said...

Wow, I forget how beautiful it is there!! I think the hubby has me going the wrong direction for weekends away! Not sure he knows how to fish from the bank rather than the boat. I know a good Aunt/Nanny for your next a reasonable price of course!