Old Faithful and Other Sites

by Karen on August 25, 2014

in Travel

You can’t go to Yellowstone National Park without seeing Old Faithful.  Usually in the past we find out that we have to wait an hour or more before she goes off – this time as we were walking up from the parking lot we could see the crowd gathering and see a little spurt here and there – we got there just in time with no wait!

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Old Faithful Lodge from the side view – built in 1909

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The four story fireplace inside the log structure.  Quite a unique structure.

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Desk scattered throughout the main hall ways – this is where we go to get computer time – sometimes you get a good signal on your phones and sometimes not so good – we got in a little computer time, scheduled some blog posts, checked on some on-line bills (our phone connection is secure I don’t recommend not using a secure connection when traveling and checking your accounts and bills on line) answered a bunch of emails and after an hour or so got up and left – back to seeing the sights!

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In the lobby they always have a resident artist working – this guy – didn’t catch the name was sketching a bald eagle.

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Old fashioned windows throughout the building.

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balcony on the second floor – even if you are not a guest of the hotel you can wander and sit enjoying the view.  It is open to all.

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If you wish to watch Old Faithful blast off from the comfort of the balcony you can.

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If you ever get the chance to stay at Old Faithful Lodge for even one night it is worth it.  We did years ago when the kids were with us back when they were little – it was fun for one night – pricey for more than one night Smile

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Steaming Pools and Waterfalls

by Karen on August 24, 2014

in quilts

We started out Saturday (16th)  at one of the Geyser areas for a 1.6 mile walk – it was chilly when we left the campground- only 39 degrees! But it warmed up quickly.

One of the steaming pools – this walk is almost completely on boardwalk.

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This one is such a pretty dark turquoise color and very deep in the center,

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A small geyser – Old Faithfull well be seen tomorrow I think.

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We took a drive over to Mesa Falls Overlook a ways  from the campground – we were gone all day!  It is beautiful and huge.  This is outside the park

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And of course the trail going to the falls had plenty of steps – this is on the Idaho side outside of the park.

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And here is another falls that we saw on our way back into Yellowstone – this is still outside of the park – this is called “Cave Falls” I tried to see if I could do a blog post from my telephone but the signal is so poor most of the time that I haven’t been able to.

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We hope to have some computer time at Old Faithful lodge on Sunday – we have had luck in the past there – plenty of tables on 3 floors and usually you can find a quite space – we will use out phone hot spots and hopefully get on line.  I have about 8 post or more written that I hope to get scheduled to share.  We will also see all the Old Faithful sights while we are there and maybe get in a hike also.  Normally we are out take photos and seeing things all day and then in the evenings is our down time which for us means going through photos on our computers and writing posts, reading, sewing (for me)

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A Post Out of Order

by Karen on August 23, 2014

in Travel

I thought I would do a post completely out of order of where we are by doing a post in “real time” – for this weekend of August 23-24 we are in Missoula, Montana on our way to Glacier National Park and we have internet service!!– we had been in a pretty rustic campground and intended on staying for 3 nights but after 2 days of cold rain we left and headed to a city campground closer to Glacier National Park.  On Friday night the 22nd we actually had sleet mixed in with the rain it was just too cold and wet for me to enjoy it and there was nothing near by to see – and to wet and cold to do anything other than sit in the camper.   So we moved!  Instead we enjoyed an afternoon shopping and stopping for coffee at a Barnes and Nobles just down the street a short ways.  We got our computers out and got caught up on mail and blogs.

So what does a city campground look like – a lot different than the back to nature ones we have been at LOL and of course a lot more expensive.  Here is out set up.  Only 56 degrees today so we didn’t set up the shade awning and we didn’t put the chairs out as it was raining off and on all day.

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Another angle

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One of my readers from Finland has a nice photo blog called  Sartenada’s Photo Blog, he and his wife travel a lot and he takes fantastic photos of the artic area – he mentioned that in his country our camper would be considered large – so I took some photos of campers to show him that our camper is small compared to a lot on the road Smile

this one pulls a garage with them!

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this one has a truck pull it over the bed of the truck – we used to have one similar but it was too big for us and we wanted something smaller – we only had one this size for about a year.

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This 5th wheel is huge!

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And here on the other hand is a small one that pops up into an A frame style.  Out here while we travel the west we have seen a lot of campers the same size as ours – but at home we rarely see them – most have big ones.

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Look at that huge truck that pulls this one – these are streets of campers here.

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Pretty flowers though!

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So now you see perhaps why we like the rustic campgrounds.  But these are nice when you have nasty weather, you want to refill your grocery’s you are close to the stores, there is laundry facilities, shopping malls, bookstores ect – good for a couple days!  (I totally understand some people have the very big campers if they live in them full time but we do not so a small one suits us just fine)

From the Quilter’s Community on line here is an interesting article on labels.

Now tonight I will put a movie in to watch and get my quilting out!


Don’t forget to check out the mini classes at Craftsy if you want to take a short class for free – they always have some for free!

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Well we got to Yellowstone National Park on the 15th.  The campground is way busier than I like and crowded of course – you do not have large campsites and we are usually out so much daytime that we rarely set up much  outside – usually tired by time we get back from running around all day.

The last couple evenings I decided to go ahead and get a Lemoyne Star block done and put the tumbler’s aside for a couple days.  The Star block went together really quickly.  If I remember right I have enough fabric cut out for 40 blocks to put together for a wall hanging.  I don’t think it will be more than about 40”square – estimating – with sashing a little bigger.  If you wish to see some hexies though stop over at Angie’s blog A Quilters Readers Garden and skip on around the blogs I have linked my tumblers there as she said that was ok too.

Here it is ready to work on.

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I put this much together one day – these are 4.5 inch blocks.

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Not pressed, I don’t have electricity at this campground and I doubt I will take time to press until sometime next week or – I feel it turned out straight though even if it doesn’t look like it here.  I didn’t think to bring a rotary cutter to trim now a square ruler so that will wait until we get home.

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This shot taken through the window of the camper on our way to the campsite – the buffalo were out full force to great us.

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Big things aren’t they!

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And shortly afterwards – not 30 minutes into the park there was a traffic jam which means only one thing in Yellowstone – a animal of some sort has been spotted – we parked inquired to the nearest people – a grizzly bear has been spotted on the other side of the rode up in the hills – there is a ranger out in the area of field where people have congregated to look.  A ranger almost always seems to show up quickly when a bear has been spotted to keep stupid people from getting too close.  Seeing as he was out there Mike got the zoom lens ready on his camera and out there with the crowd – knowing to stay where ever the ranger says to stay – the bear was quite a distance as even with his zoom this is the best he got:

Here is the ranger and the bear (bear is further away than it looks)

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see that hump close to the head – grizzly’s have that.

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I do wish it had been closer so we could have gotten better photos – we need to get Mike a better zoom lens!  (I do not mean dangerously close!!! I just mean a little closer than the 3 or 4 football field’s away that it was to give you an example of distance – I stayed right next to the car even at that distance LOL)

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An eagles nest up high in the tree I believe.

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A good size deer the antlers were really neat and you could see the felt on them

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pelcans

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Did you know Craftsy offers free mini classes?  they have quite a few of them on various subjects – quilting, baking, stamping, gardening, drawing, Color Theory – ect – and they are FREE!! I have several of them and really enjoy these mini classes because sometimes I have the attention span of a gnat!! (not to insult a gnat LOL but really sometimes I don’t want to sit for hours )

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Beartooth Highway Part 2

by Karen on August 22, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

There was just such pretty scenery and things it is always hard to limit myself on how many to post – sorry if I bore you.  My girls look through this though to so I am sharing with family as well as my readers.

Here nibbling at some greenery is a “pika” kind of like a mouse or something.

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A chipmunk – fat little thing and of course people were tossing them food and they shouldn’t do that.

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A smaller one and little different specie?  Hubby had his back to it and thought it might jump on him – had to warn him – didn’t want him screaming like a little girl (right Anna – Thimbleanna will know what I mean Smile )

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Almost at the end of the drive is a pullout area with a small trail where you can walk around this waterfall – it is amazing the water is so full and runs fast.

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You walk across the bridge and look up and then look to the other side and see more – walk back to the parking area and cross the road and see more

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And close to the parking area the tree tops are almost level with the road – and here are pine tree cones so close I could almost touch them – the bridge is very, very high.

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On to Yellowstone National Park in the morning – I wrote this on the 14th and should be able to schedule a lot of post that I have written the last couple days of things we saw – we know we always find spots in the park where we can get on our cell phone hot spot and check mail and in with family – always make time to schedule post too Smile  We will be in Yellowstone for 5 days – hope to get some good shots of the animals – I’m not sure if we are driving down to the Grand Tetons too – we have seen these areas so many times over the years that it is ok if we miss it this time.

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Beartooth Highway

by Karen on August 22, 2014

in places, Travel

A beautiful scenic high into the sky drive!  This is the second time we have seen it and it was as great this time as it was 7 years ago when we saw it.  This highway runs on the Montana/Wyoming border, some in each state.

It is going to be really hard to whittle my 140 photos down to a little bit so I might do two post on this one too like I did on a different one.  This drive started for us in Cody Wyoming after we picked up the part we needed for the pump in the camper.  The rain had stopped and it did look like it might clear up.  We will end up in the alpine tundra country high in the sky.

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Pretty little brooks and creeks along the way.

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Some sections of the road you just look like you are going to drive over the mountainside.  this is a very curvy road – not for everyone!  Take your time – don’t go fast and watch for animals and crazy drivers of which we didn’t see any – everyone was taking their time.

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Trees growing out of rock the higher you get.

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Almost to the top of the highest point of the road you come to a rest area and a very scenic walk out to an edge.  They were actually working on the rock walls 7 years ago when we were here last.

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Got someone to take a photo of us– it was windy off and on – excuse the bad hair day – had it pinned up in back – need a hair cut again.  I think my hair is getting whiter!  I’m still not used to it since I stopped dying it last year.  It is almost easy to let your hair grow out when traveling so you can pin it up or put it in a pony tail – mine isn’t long enough for a tail but I manage to scrape it up in back and pin it with a clip and barrettes.

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Long way down!

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Beautiful lakes

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We are right up to what is left of the winter snow here – about 10,500 feet elevation

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