Monday, August 30, 2010
We had a great time exploring these trails at Craters of the Moon. The ground was just lava. Very rough terrain, off the paved path. We took a few small hikes before we prepared to go to Indian Cave and unguided hike through a cave.
Posted by rat at 8:34 PM
We did not see a single bear on our tour through the Bighorn National Forest or even Yellowstone. So we decided to stop at a place called Bear World. It was like a Wild Life Safari that we have here in Oregon. Drive through and see the animals in the environment. Close quarters, they said to keep the windows up, don't stop and no backing up. They also had a few rides for the kids, and a petting zoo. We did see several bears of all ages, moose, elk, buffalo, and a wolf. The wolf actually followed our car and bit our camp chair strapped to the back of our car. we felt the car being tugged at and then the wolf behind us. The ranger came by on the Rhino she was driving and said to just keep driving the wolf was only being playful. Good time and the kids were satisfied with seeing the bears...our goal.
Posted by rat at 8:20 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The water is so clear you can see into the deep cavernous hole in the earth, emitting boiling hot water.. It looks like nature's spa...steam, mud baths, and hot tub soaking.
Posted by rat at 11:54 AM
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Our first stop in the Park. When the kids saw the water, they wanted to get in right away. It was to cold for Ruben, but to Spencer it was nothing just to drop his shorts and get in the cold water. With his new swimming skills he is excited about any water we come upon.
Posted by rat at 11:26 PM
In the morning the sun was shining and the sky was blue. We went for a walk along the river. We fist saw the flock of White Pelicans on a tree in the water. Shortly after that Ruben spotted a family of four otters. I was not very quick with the camera but you can kind of see them in the water. They were on land, and when they saw us they all ran to the water and swam up stream. While we were camping the boys made friends with two other kids Jamie and Molly, they played at the playground until after dark and then again in the morning. The kids are so good a making new friends. When we were leaving the park we saw a coyote, it was pretty close to the park. We heard them howling early in the morning. One would howl and then several more would howl after that. I thought they were pretty close, then when we saw one when we were leaving I knew they were close. The ranger said it was rare to see otters, but he knew they were there. He also said there is a family of beavers that live close by, but we didn't see them. He also knew of the coyotes, he said they were a resident pack, and are there all the time.
Posted by rat at 10:55 PM
The state park is located along the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, so we had a great view of the Cheif Mts. and the water. Yet with water comes mosquitoes, for about two hours they were so bad, I thought they would carry us away. The wind started to blow too, very hard. The Ranger came by to warn us of the high sustained winds. Tres tied the tent to the fence and found pieces of wood to stake to the ground. A storm was approaching over head too. The dark sky brought a little rain, and more wind. We finally went to sleep to get away from the mosquitoes. At 2 am we woke up to a calm, clear, night. The stars were so bright and looked like we could touch them.
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Posted by rat at 10:30 PM
This was a nice stop. The falls were very tall, but the water was so clear that we could look down the fall to a pool and see fish swimming near the fall. The kids got free Jr. Ranger stickers and a braclet at the visitor center, and a few more arrow heads(their favorite thing to collect these days).
Posted by rat at 10:20 PM