Yellowstone Fever

I'm in a tiny little cabin -- with internet!! -- but tiny enough that taking out the laptop is a big enough struggle that I haven't done it until now... the evening of our third day on vacation.

There's another reason I haven't pulled out the laptop:

Within 10 minutes of our taxi ride to the airport, I came down with the flu.

Stomach cramps while waiting for our plane turned into drowsiness and cold sweats during our layover in Salt Lake City, which turned into nausea and pure torture during the final leg of our (tiny, 30-person plane, extra-turbulent) flight.

Things have been rough.  Definitely not how I envisioned our vacation.  We've had a couple other bummerific incidents stemming from our cabin (example: mosquito attacks that kept us up most of Tuesday night).

After the plane flight...I collapsed

But even when I've felt like all I have the energy to do is lie down in a bed, it is easy to buck up as soon as we see the sights.

After my post-plane nap...walking this 0.5 mile boardwalk was hard.  But awesome.

This National park blows my mind! It's incredible.  To hike, drive, and wander through a living volcano makes no sense to me, but it sure makes for incomprehnsible beauty and wonder.

And can you believe that I kind of enjoy the smell of sulfur??

I have a million bug bites, dirt under all my nails, and I don't know what is going on with my hair, but I'm still hoping not to scare the wedding attendees on Saturday. 

My shower situation here is questionable (it's more of a leaking rust circle), so hopefully everyone likes the smell of sulfur as much as I do.

Accomplishments so far:

Spotted: 2 black bears (AAHHHH! both within the first 24 hours here), a gazillion bison, 2 bison walking straight on the road forever as if they were a car (rude), 3,000 elk, 2 wolves (the Gentleman really savored this one), and 2 humans wearing vibrams while hiking/walking the boardwalks.

Hiked: over 20 miles.  Lot's of thermal boardwalk features, Bunson and Osprey trails in the Mammoth area, North and South Rim in Canyon area (Mt. Washburn is closed due to snow...)

Wednesday, beginning to feel OK.  South Rim of Canyon

who knew my tiny non-smart phone could do a panorama?

South Rim

Canyon Wall, "artist's point"

some lake

Eaten: once I could keep food down, it was hard to find any that didn't include meat.  I think every waiter here hates mostly trail mix for me.  Trail mix and the butterscotch-dipped Dairy Queen cone I just enjoyed.

Ran: heck no.  Having the flu is humbling, as it makes 1 mile sound like eternity.

I've got many more pictures to share, but am having trouble with blogger, so next time.

What's the most inappropriate time you have gotten the flu or another illness?