Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day here in France. I'm celebrating by remembering this cute little guy who made me a mom! Geez, he loved bears even then!
Travis in the Lamar Valley, YNP
May 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Home Again

"Hey, it's good to be back home again!" John Denver said it first, and I wholeheartedly agree! I had a wonderful time in the States and lovely visits with my family. It's good to sleep in my own bed again, though. And life was just made even more perfect...they've delivered my suitcase which didn't make the London/Toulouse connection with me last Friday. Now I can spend the afternoon doing laundry!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lunch with Dad

Topaz Lake, Nevada
18 May 2016
How many girls can say that their 94-year old Dad took them to lunch today? Me!! Here he is at Topaz Lake. We had a beautiful view from the restaurant. The snow-capped mountains are in California.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Goats and Bears

Becky has a much better telephoto lens on her camera than I do and was willing to share her photos of some of the wildlife we saw on your trip through the Lamar Valley on Friday. She shot these mountain goats through the spotting scope Travis brought along.
This mama black bear had two cubs, but they were never close enough together to get both in the photo. Both of them were cinnamon-colored while their mother was black.
Another mother and cub foraging for food.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife watching was on our agenda yesterday. We drove through Yellowstone's Lamar Valley to Cooke City 'on the hunt' for big game. While we didn't spot any grizzlies or wolves, we did check quite a few other animals off our list: deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bison, mountain sheep and mountain goats. We also spotted three different black bears, two of which had cubs. I'd say we had a successful day!

Everyone has their preferred way to observe the wildlife. Travis brought along a powerful spotting scope which was perfect for watching the mountain goats graze. While Parker watches, Trav glasses the cliffs for more activity...

Chase and Kristin take a more casual approach...
Becky works hard to zoom in for a closer photo of the goats
while Marley is happy just posing for pictures on a rock pile.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Corral

L-R: Chase's girlfriend, Kristy, Chase, Parker, Becky and Marley

Early dinner last evening as Parker had to be at the ball field by 5 PM for his game against one of the Livingston teams. We've been eating here at 'The Corral' since 1972 when we just called it 'Helen's.' The only differences I noticed were the burgers aren't as greasy and the prices are triple what they were back then!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This Morning

Seven in the morning and everything is snow-covered, a drift of fog follows the river valley. As I stood on the deck, I heard an elk bugle (Travis says the spike bulls will bugle this time of year) and a small herd of deer wandered up the hill in back of the house. 
By mid-morning, the valley is green again. The ribbon of silver you can see in the middle of the photo is the Yellowstone River. I told Becky if I lived here I'd never get anything done...I'd spend all my time on the deck enjoying the view!