Our big event for the first day of our Yellowstone adventure was meeting Rhonda with Great-Grandma Shirley at Old Faithful! Rhonda had driven to Montana after meeting up with us in Idaho to spend time with her mom and family in Butte. It had been over 7 years, I think, since our whole family saw Grandma Shirley, so it was a blessing to be able to introduce the latest family members to her. We met up pretty well, which was a total miracle, because Ted and I had NO cell phone service the entire time we were in Wyoming. We prayed as we pulled into the parking lot that God would help us find Grandma, and sure enough, she came driving by as soon as we started walking toward the geyser viewing area!
We enjoyed visiting and having a picnic lunch around the Old Faithful area and watched the eruption twice, which was very cool. The visitors' center area had been completely built up since Ted and I were there 14 years ago, and there were some great things for the kids to see and do. We're calling our whole experience at Yellowstone "science class." :-)
After we said goodbye to the grandmas, we went to the Excelsior Geyser Crater area. This was a spectacular area to explore--so weirdly beautiful, just extraordinary with the colors and smells.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from this day; you can view the whole album here.
|Walking around our camp ground area|
|Thar she blows!|
|The kids with Ted and Rhonda|
|Great-Grandma Shirley with a smiling Zaden!|
|This was probably one of our very favorite places to explore--so amazing!|