Friday, June 30, 2006

i should be in the one taking the pictures

it's a record! the mosquito bites from my trip to montana/wyoming haven't even healed yet, and i'm already putting up pictures...mama would be so proud.*

wednesday, 21 june 2006

flew to bozeman, montana, after putting in a half day at work. was met by four of my best friends- charity, holding two tacos and an order of potato ole's from my favorite fast food establishment, taco johns. (yes, she's my friend because she's thoughtful like that.) spent night in local hotel.

thursday, 22 june 2006

took shower to wake up. the evil shower fairy made sure it happened. nothing like having that constant battle between hot and cold while standing naked at the opposite end of the shower. for some reason, charity declined to take one. i guess she heard my screams or something. passed an alarmingly large pile of mattresses on the way to the car.


after a stop at walmart (i'm photo-happy, which necessitates the purchase of large amounts of film)and the post office (not only am i photo-happy, i'm also postcard-happy, which necessitates the purchase of mass amounts of stamps), we headed south to west yellowstone, montana.




(ignore the crappy background and focus on charity's huge grin. i've missed seeing her like this.)


see those spiffy sunglasses? they were my favorites...until a tragic accident the next day....but we'll get to that part in a minute.

after setting up camp near lake hebgen (near west yellowstone, montana), we headed into the park. we didn't have time to cover the whole park, but we managed to see norris geyser basin and mammoth hot springs before having to turn around and head back to our tent.

norris geyser basin


devil's thumb is on the left, and palette spring is on the right.

sunset in yellowstone national park

friday, 23 june 2006

woke up first at 4am, realizing that my contacts had been possessed by some sort of demons overnight and were now scratching my eyeballs. pried said contacts out of eyes and, remembering i'd brought a spare set, tucked them into the pocket inside the tent, where they could agonize me no more. unfortunately, a couple of hours later, i managed to leave my favorite sunglasses in the tent....which went undiscovered until we unpacked the tent that evening and found them in about three pieces. *sigh* perhaps we shouldn't have stomped the air out of the tent quite so vigrously.


here's a view from our tent. note the lack of bears. i was quite relieved to wake up and realize that i had not, in fact, been mauled during the evening. mud treatment, anyone? this was taken at artists paint pots in central yellowstone.

(by the way, i might have forgotten to mention earlier that most of the geysers, springs, and other geothermal features smell like rotten eggs. i became very good at holding my breath.) i thought i'd missed this shot. perhaps my digital camera isn't so bad after all. at 1200 feet deep, the grand canyon of the yellowstone isn't nearly as awesome as the grand canyon in arizona, but still fairly impressive. dragon's mouth spring, so named because of the roaring sound made by the water rushing through the cavern. yellowstone lake on the way to the park's southern entrance the view of the tetons from the flagg ranch campground, where we spent the night with the most aggressive mosquitoes i've ever run into.


saturday, 25 june 2006

two nights in a row without so much as a bear sighting- woo-hoo! then again, perhaps the mosquitoes scared them off. i'm afraid i wound up with mosquito bites in some rather, uh, personal places, despite bathing in bug repellant.


in every crowd, there just has to be an early riser. bet you can't guess where charity and i are......


jackson lake and the tetons- one of about 20 pictures i took at this particular pullout. me with the tetons. (insert small chest joke here.) the large, flat-topped peak toward the right is mt. moran, one of the most photographed mountains in the tetons. the dark speck at the top of the peak is left over from when the chain was volcanic. beneath it is one of the twelve glaciers in the park. the tallest peak at the middle left is grand teton....i'm still trying to sort out the others. the mangy moose, in teton village..a family tradition, though it's expanded a little since my parents were here.

(to be continued....)

*not really. in fact, she's still picking at me about some pictures of ireland that i need to post for one of the gnomes.

13 comments:

Osbasso said...

I'm going to cry throughout this entire recap...

Anonymous said...

It has only been a year since the trip to Ireland.

Jo said...

Duff that's AWESOME. It was only just over a year ago that my husband and I drove through Bozeman (we stayed at the Holiday Inn there) and Yellowstone National park (and several other cities and states) to get from Edmonton, Alberta to Chicago, IL!!!

Chris said...

Nice! Looks like you had a great time!

duff said...

osbasso: were i better with photoshop, i could figure out how to include you in each picture. actually, that's not a half bad idea.....

my anonymous sibling: i know, i know. i keep telling her that, in the grand scheme of things, i'm not really that far behind, but she won't have any of it.

jo: did you make it down to the tetons too? i think i may have actually liked them better than yellowstone.

chris: i had an awesome time.....it frustrates me that i can't convince blogger to allow me to put all the photos in this post....though i may have found a way around it.....

Jo said...

Nope, no tetons. We didn't spend a lot of time in and around the Park. We basically just drove through, stopping to see ol' faithful!

duff said...

would you believe i skipped old faithful- on purpose?

i figured i might as well save something for next time......

Osbasso said...

I have that exact same picture of Jackson Lake (don't we all??).

You DO realize what Grand Tetons means in French, don't you?

duff said...

of course, osbasso....that's why i made a comment about a small boob joke.

actually, according to one of the brochures i picked up, the original man was "les trois tetons". i can imagine a lot of male explorers rushing west to see the famous three-breasted stripper. hope they weren't too disappointed.

.: raven :. said...

lovely pics!! glad you had such a great time!!!

dheninger said...

great pictures!!! hope to see some of that someday

duff said...

thanks, ladies. i would up with 14 rolls and 500-some-odd digital photos....it was really tough narrowing down a few...err....dozen to post.

chuckawucka said...

Ah, didn't you just love the smell of hydrogen sulfide in the morning? Nothin' like rotten egg smells to get you going. Hope the scent didn't stick to your clothing though - imagine traveling for miles with l'eau de stink following you everywhere.

Nice pics, btw.