Yellowstone Day 3

The lucky Gentleman had today off, while I worked...and I could definitely get used to having a house husband.

The things he accomplished:
  • 3 loads of laundry
  • grocery trip to Trader Joe's
  • Baked artisan bread
  • made homemade granola
  • made vegetarian chili in the crockpot
  • made the bed
  • loaded up a downloaded episode of True Blood

Would anyone be interested in this granola recipe?  I've never shared a recipe on this blog, but it was very simple and SO perfect.  This incredible balance of cinnamon and a hint of salt is key.

Back to Schedule on my Yellowstone Recap.

Day 3 started off bizarrely, because we were awake past 2:00 a.m., paranoid and frantic at the sound of mosquitos swarming our faces and finding new bites over our body every 20 minutes.

Between 10:00 p.m. (when we turned in to bed) and 2:00 a.m., we killed 5 fat mosquitos, finding evidence that they were full of our fresh blood when they splattered.  

We lay awake, debating whether to find a 24 hour store to buy bugspray.  There were none.

Knowing the next day of adventure would be miserable on little sleep, we allowed ourselves to sleep in until 10:00 a.m.  Our plan had been to hit the trails around 8:00 a.m., but I'm glad we chose to rest.

I now present, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our camera died immediately, leaving this day to be documented by my cell phone.

Which, it turns out, can do pretty cool things:

I posted some of these pics the evening of this day, which was last Wednesday.

We hiked the Yellowstone's "Grand Canyon" rim. 

While beautiful, it does not hold a candle to the real Grand Canyon.  Not even close.

This next picture shows the lame secret of the panoramic's clearly just three pictures in one.

Another beautiful waterfall

And the Gentleman hiker

What's up with Mosquito's this year? Ever since I was a kid, I had this hope for every human in the world to all squash one mosquito at the same time, so that 6+ million mosquitos would die instantly.

It turns out, I don't think that would make the tiniest dent.  I think there were at least 34920 million in Yellowstone alone.

p.s. For inquiring minds: 

1) Yellowstone is a DREAM land for children and families.  It is set up so that each attraction area has a boardwalk to walk along, where kids can easily walk and see magical waters, springs, geysers, mudpots....every kid looked excited.

2) The park was pretty crowded but not bad or annoying at all.  Hike more than 1 mile, and you will only see one or two other young couples at most.  There were a few attractions where it was hard to find parking, and that was the worst of the crowds.  The only other problem was the 13 year old boys who had so many "clever" things to say about geysers, etc.   It's an obnoxious age...