July 16, 2010

Oh beautiful, for spacious skies.

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"Beautiful" seems like a wholly inadequate word but it's the one that seemed to keep tumbling out of my mouth all day.

The Grand Tetons are beautiful.

Beautiful in that jaw-dropping-eye-popping-take-your-breath-away kind of way.

Really, really beautiful.

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Eric and I must have said to each other a dozen times today, "Can you believe how beautiful it is here?" Anyone near us must have wanted to scream, "Please stop using the word beautiful." I would have, if I'd been listening to us.

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While Eric and I were busy waxing poetic, Kenna and Michal were diligently pursuing their Junior Ranger badge. It's a National Park program that requires children to complete four pages of activities and questions about the park. It includes things like: meeting and talking with a ranger, attending a ranger program and going on a hike. The rangers take the program quite seriously. The girls learned about different animal habitats and spoke to a ranger about the fire that's currently burning in the park. They toured the American Indian Museum and filled out a "bingo card" of animals, plants and signs that they found.

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One of the things on the bingo card was an amphitheater. We found it, and when we did, Michal and Kenna ran to the stage and put on a show for their audience of two.

My creation

We worked on their badge the entire day and then returned to the Visitor Center so they could review their work with a ranger, take the Junior Ranger Oath and receive their badge.

We got to the Visitor Center 15 minutes after it closed.

The girls were understandably disappointed but I assured them we'd return in the morning on our way to Yellowstone.

Michal said, "That's OK. I want to come back. It's really beautiful here."

Beautiful.

Why yes my girl, it really is beautiful here.

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8 comments:

  1. We just got home from there too. And it is beautiful!

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  2. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Just out of curiosity - how have the crowds been? You are on my dream trip!
    Katie
    (google won't let me sign in)

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  3. It is so beautiful there. Love your photos. Dave and I went before we had kids and I long to go back.

    Kim

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  4. Alice4:08 PM

    Beautiful to see you encourage your children to appreciate nature. What wonderful memories you and your children will have!

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  5. Anonymous8:46 PM

    I want to be on your vacation!!! :) Can't wait to take my girl there.

    I need a shopping tip.... where did you get the hats?

    Thanks,
    Suzanne

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  6. Just have to say that while you are visiting Yellowstone, make sure to drive through Hayden Valley. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen :)
    Kim

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  7. Anonymous9:29 PM

    After living in Chicago (having been raised in CA with lovely mountain ranges) I was gleeful when I came upon these beautiful mountains. I had been mountain deprived for too long. I imagine you might be feeling the same.

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  8. There really is no other word for the TETONS... but I would add breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL.

    I used to go to that area a few times a year... Little Tate is now big enough to venture up for a quick breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL trip.

    Thanks for the reminder of how much I miss those mountains.

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