Flo's September Adventures 2009

September Camping Adventures 2009

Custer StatePark sign

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LOCATION:  Custer, South Dakota    SITE:  Custer State Park
DATE:  9/01/09 - 9/03/09    SPACE:  36    TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  180 miles  

Tuesday September 1, 2009

We woke up about 6:00 am to get ready to leave Alliance to go to Custer State Park in South Dakota. It was early because of the time change. Custer State Park is about 180 miles from Alliance. Before we left Alliance mom and dad went to McDonalds to have breakfast and check their E-mails. McDonalds was just across the parking lot from where we stayed so they walked over to it. It was 8:00 am when mom and dad got back. Shortly after they returned we started our adventure to Custer State Park.

On the way to Custer State Park we saw antelopes and deer. We also saw a lot of farm fields. Mom and I napped on the way to Custer State Park. We arrived at the main entrance of Custer State Park about 12:00 pm. When dad was checking in the lady at the entrance told us we have to go by the visitor center because a herd of buffalo had roamed in earlier in the morning. She told us that it would cost us $12.00 to enter the park for a week and once we found a campsite the camp host would come by to collect the money for the site. We stayed for 3 nights at $16.00 a night.

As we were driving to our campsite we saw the buffalo at the visitor center she was right there was a big herd. Dad parked the Minnie so mom and he could go to the visitor center to pick up some information about the park. As they were in the visitor center one of the bulls walked right next to the building. Mom and dad went outside to see him but they kept their distance. After mom finished taking pictures of the buffalo we went to our campsite. The site was located at Center Lake. We decided to take a site on the lower loop because it was closer to the showers. Our site was 36. It was a beautiful site with a creek behind it. After mom and dad finished setting up camp we had lunch. For lunch mom cooked up jambalaya.

After lunch we went on a 1.5 mile hike. We hiked around the lake. When we got to the dam dad went ahead of mom and me to see if we could get around it. Dad said we could and came back to take my leash. We had to be careful cross the dam because we had to walk over the dam where there was water flowing over the top. Mom and dad stepped on dry rocks but I just walked right through the water. It felt good on my feet and I also took a drink. The water going over the dam formed small waterfalls and the scenery was pretty. We walked by the boat ramp and the beach. Mom and dad took pictures during the hike. When we got back to the campsite I went straight to my chair because I was tired.

While sitting in our chairs we saw deer going down to the creek for a drink. When dinnertime came around we went inside because the flies and bees were driving us crazy. After dinner mom took me for a walk I met a new friend his name was Jake who was a Scottie. We check each other out and than went our merry way. After my walk we turned in for the night.


        Mom standing in front of Crazy Horse

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Wednesday September 2, 2009

We woke up about 6:00 am. Today we're going to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. We have never been at either place before so it is very exciting. I know I can't get out of the Minnie to see either one up close but mom will tell me all about their adventure. Mom and dad got out of bed and got ready to go. Mom fed me and than sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk. When mom and I returned it was about 7:00 am and dad was ready to go on our adventure. Mom and dad wanted to take the scenic loop route. During the scenic loop we saw prairie dogs, buffalo, wild donkeys and antelopes (pronghorns). It was a gorgeous drive. There were buffalo all over the place. They even stood in the road so we had to wait for them to cross the road. The buffalo was so close that if you reached out the window you could touch them. But I wouldn't recommend it because they are dangerous. I watch the buffalo just to figure them out because I never have been them before. The buffalo are great to watch.

After we drove the loop we drove to Mount Rushmore. The road was very curvy and we had to go through 3 tunnels. Before we drove through the tunnels we came to a scenic overview. So we stopped to check it out. I walked with mom and dad to stretch my legs. At a distance we could see Mount Rushmore. The view was gorgeous and mom took pictures. After mom finished we went back to the Minnie. We went though 3 tunnels and this was cool. Once we got to Mount Rushmore mom and dad left me in the Minnie so they could look at Mount Rushmore. They walked a trail that was about 1.5 miles long. The trail was up and down stairs. As they were walking the trail they stopped along the way to take pictures and read about the history of Mount Rushmore. They stopped at the gift shop to listen to one of the workers talking about how Mount Rushmore made and the history behind it. They had a great time at Mount Rushmore. When they returned to the Minnie it was lunchtime. Mom made sandwiches for dad and herself and gave me a little treat. After lunch we went to Crazy Horse.

When we got to Crazy Horse once again I had to stay in the Minnie. Before mom and dad went to see the monument of Crazy Horse mom took me for a walk. Crazy Horse isn't finished yet and no one knows if the monument will ever be finish. Mom and dad saw a little movie about Crazy Horse. The movie explained why they decided to make a monument of Crazy Horse and how they are making it. Dad took pictures of Crazy Horse. It didn't take as long at Crazy Horse as at Mount Rushmore because there wasn't as much to see. But mom and dad still enjoyed themselves. I was happy to see them when they got back. Mom took me for another walk before we returned to Custer State Park. On the way back to Custer mom and dad saw wild goats in one of the campgrounds so mom took pictures of them.

When we returned to our campsite we sat in our chairs and relax. After awhile mom and dad took me for a walk to the day area. I always like going to the day area because I meet people and dogs. I also see squirrels and chipmocks. Custer's day area is where the beach and picnic area is. Today I met a few people. After I said hi to the people we went back to our site to have dinner. 



Wind Cave sign

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Thursday September 3, 2009

We woke up at 6:00 am. Mom and dad got dress and than sat down to have breakfast. Before mom sat down she fed me my breakfast. After we finished our breakfast mom took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned to the Minnie dad was ready to go for our adventure. Today our adventure is to Wind Cave National Park. This is the first time mom and dad had been to Wind Cave so they're very excited. We took the scenic route again but this time we went the opposite direction. While we were driving the loop we saw buffalo, prairie dogs, pronghorns and elk. Mom and dad were very excited to see the elk because you don't see many of them to often. We saw 4 elk crossing the road. They were beautiful. Mom took pictures of them. It's amazing how graceful the elk were when they are so big.

We arrived at Wind Cave National Park it was 8:15 am and first tour didn't start until 9:00 am. We had a little time to kill so mom took me for a walk and dad went inside to purchase their tickets for the tour. After my walk mom put me in the Minnie so dad and she could go on the tour of the cave. Before their tour they walked around the visitor center and learned about Wind Cave and how it was found. The tour took 1.5 hours. Mom and dad really enjoyed the tour and dad took pictures. When they got back to the Minnie mom took me for a walk and than we had lunch. After lunch we went back to Custer State Park.

When we got back to the campsite we decided to walk down to the beach. There were more people at the beach today than yesterday. There were children playing in the water on tubes, swimming and chasing the duck. There were boys playing catch with a baseball. There was a couple with a dog but the dog's mom said she was that friendly so we didn't play. We sat on the grass and watched people. We also saw people fishing. When dinnertime came around we headed back to the campsite.   

For dinner mom and dad had chile. I had my food. Mom also cooked up some pork ribs for me to have for my snacks. While dad was cooking the chile Jake and his parents came over to say hi. I played with Jake for awhile and than we said good-bye. After Jake and his parents left we went inside to eat dinner and call it a night.


Theodore Roosevelt Park sign

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LOCATION:  Medora, North Dakota    SITE:  Theodore Roosevelt National Park
DATE:  9/04/09 - 9/05/09    SPACE:  28   TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  280 miles

Friday September 4, 2009  

We woke up at 6:00 am. We had breakfast and than mom took me for a walk around the campground for the last time. We going to leave Custer State Park and going to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We had a great time at Custer State Park but now it's time to move on. We left Custer State Park at 7:00 am. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is about 280 miles from Custer State Park. On the way to Theodore Roosevelt Park we saw wheat fields and rolling prairies. It was a very relaxing drive. It was so relaxing mom and I slept most of the way. Every once and awhile dad would wake mom up to point out things such as the Black Hills Military Cemetery and Fort Meade. When mom and I would wake up we would see sheep, llamas, cow and pronghorns. When we arrived at Buffalo North Dakota we stopped at a roadside picnic area. It was a great little park with restrooms that had running water. While we were there we had lunch.

After lunch we continued our adventure to Theodore Roosevelt Park. We arrived near the park at 2:30 pm and pulled into a rest area with an overview and visitor center. Mom and dad got out. Mom took pictures of the gorgeous canyons and dad went inside to get some information about Theodore Roosevelt Park. After mom and dad finished doing their thing we went to the park.

Dad checked in at the gate of the park. He bought a year pass to the National Parks. The lady told him that the campgrounds were about 5.5 miles up the road and he had to pick a site and than pay for the night. The road to the campground was rough but that was ok because we saw wild horses and buffalo. There was buffalo all over the place. Buffalo were in the road and up on the hill. When the buffalo were in the road we had to wait for them to move off the road. After we finished driving down the road we look for a site. We found a site and we paid for the night.

After we paid mom and dad set up camp. When they finished we went for a walk around the campground. As we were walking we saw buffalo walking through the campsites. The buffalo came very close to us. We were very surprise to see the buffalo that close. As we were watching the buffalo mom and dad met a couple from Washington State. They were taking pictures of the buffalo. We all stood there for awhile just watch the buffalo. The buffalo were very curious about me they kept watching me and I was just as curious. As I was lying down a couple of the buffalo started to trot I got up and wanted to trot with them but I decided I better just stay here. After the buffalo moved on we met another couple. All of us talked for a little bit and than went back to our sites. When we got back to our site. We sent up our chairs and relaxed until dinnertime.

After dinner mom took me for a walk. During my walk I met a lot of people and dogs. I think I'm going to like it here. When mom and I returned to our site we sat in our chairs with dad. While we were sitting in our chairs a truck pulled up to the site right next to us. So we had neighbors. That was great I went over and introduce myself. All three of the guys said hi to me. I went back to mom and dad and sat on my chair to watch the guys set up their tent. After they finished setting up their tent we went inside for the night.

Second Week of Vacation
Saturday September 5, 2009

Mom and I woke up many times during the night because we heard the buffalo roaming through the campsites. It was about 7:00 am when mom, dad and I got out of bed and ate breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a short walk. There were too many buffalo roaming around for the walk to be longer. When we got back to the site mom took me in the Minnie and we watched the buffalo walking around. When dad was coming back from the restroom mom let me run to him. He was nervous because there were buffalo all over the place. There were buffalo behind our site, right behind the guys' tent, in the road and walking by the restrooms. Dad took pictures of the buffalo because they were very close. After the buffalo moved on mom and dad finished getting ready to leave.

As we were leaving the park we saw more buffalo. We had a great time at Theodore Roosevelt National Park now we're headed to Yellowstone National Park. Dad knew that we weren't going to get Yellowstone Park today but he wanted to get as far as he could. Most of the scenery towards Yellowstone was rolling prairies so mom and I napped. Mom would wake up once in awhile to take pictures. In Montana we stopped at a rest area and mom took pictures of a river running along side the highway. At 2:00 pm we arrived at Billings Wyoming mom and dad stopped at a McDonald for lunch. As they were there dad checked his e-mails and mom updated our website with pictures. After they finished we continued to drive a little longer. Dad drove all the way to Cody Wyoming. When we got there it was 7:00 pm so we decided to call it a night.




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LOCATION:  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming    SITE:  Lewis Lake in Yellowstone National Park
DATE:  9/06/09 - 9/08/09    SPACE:  C24   TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  50 miles

Sunday September 6, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am and had breakfast. We had spent the night in a Walmart parking lot. Mom took me for a walk. When we got back to dad we continued our adventure to Yellowstone. Cody is about 50 miles from Yellowstone so it wasn't too far. As we driving towards Yellowstone we drove through 3 tunnels. The last tunnel was very long and had lights though out the tunnel. This was cool because you were in the dark at the same time you had lights lighting up the tunnel. On the other side of the last tunnel was Buffalo Bill Dam. We stopped so mom could take pictures of the lake and the dam. I stayed in the Minnie that was ok because I could see mom and dad. After mom finished taking pictures we continued our adventure.


Mom and dad at Yellowstone Sign

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    Ranger Station at Lewis Lake Campground

Lewis Lake Campground

We arrived at the entrance gate of Yellowstone National Park about 10:00 am. Dad had to drive another 26 miles to get to the campgrounds. As we were driving towards the campgrounds we stopped at Yellowstone Lake and took pictures. After mom finished taking pictures we continued down the road but we couldn't go too fast because there were buffalo walking in the middle of the road. We were behind them for awhile and mom only took only one picture. Dad couldn't believe that mom only took one picture.As were waiting for the buffalo to move a park ranger came beside us and started to herd them off the road with his truck. This was neat to watch. We also saw more buffalo down the road and deer. The scenery as we were driving through the park was beautiful. We drove around a couple of campgrounds before we decided to stay at Lewis Lake.

We arrived at Lewis Lake Campground at 12:30 pm. Mom and dad set up camp. After they finished we went for a walk around the campground. As we were walking mom and dad took pictures. We walked down to the boat ramp. At the boat ramp we saw kids playing in the water, their mom loading up a canoe with supplies and people walking around just like us. Dad let me get my feet wet and I really enjoyed that. After I finish getting my feet wet and getting a drink I said hi to a few people. When I finished we went back to the campsite.

We sat outside until 3:30 pm when a storm rolled in.When the storm arrived it forced us inside. Dad took pictures of the storm. It rained and hailed for awhile. After the storm left mom took me for a walk. Dad show a big truck like RV so he went across the road to talk to man about his RV. After my walk I was tired so mom put in the Minnie and went on another walk with dad. They walked through the tent area and down to the lake. After Mom and dad came back we had dinner. After dinner we called it a night.


   

Bee Hive                                                                   Old Faithful

Monday September 7, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am and had breakfast . After breakfast mom and dad decided to drive around the park. At the beginning of our drive we saw a couple of elk. One of them was a big bull. Mom and dad had never seen a bull elk that big and beautiful before so we stopped so dad could get a few pictures. We stopped at Fairy Falls trail so mom and dad could go for a hike. They didn't walk too far because we were in a parking lot where no RVs were allowed. They were gone for 30 minutes. As they were walking they saw a lot of geysers. When they came back we continued our drive. We drove down this scenic route that led you to Firehole Falls. They were beautiful falls. At the fall area there was a swimming hole. Mom and dad thought it was way too cold to actually swim it. Dad took pictures of the area. We also stopped at Firehole Lake and spring. This lake no one would ever swim in it because it has many geysers in it. That's how it got its name I guess. Firehole lake was beautiful to see because of the different colors the geysers had. Our next stop was Old Faithful.

We arrived at Old Faithful parking lot at 11:30 am. We parked the Minnie and decided to have a lunch. After lunch mom took me for a walk because I had been in the Minnie for along time. Mom and dad thought I needed to stretch my legs. When mom and I got back it was time for mom and dad to go see Old Faithful. They got at the site at a perfect time because they saw both Old Faithful and Bee Hive. The park rangers told them that Bee Hive Geyser was bigger then Old Faithful. Old Faithful performs every 90 minutes but Bee Hive only does it 2 times a day. After they saw both of the geysers they walked around to see the site. Afterwards they came back to me and mom took me for another walk. During this walk I met a few kids and I was very happy I did. When mom and I got back we went back to Lewis Lake so we could rest a little. We sat outside until dinner.

After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. After my walk they took me back to the Minnie and went on another walk. Mom and dad walked down to the lake. They did a little hike along the bank. Dad read that there was a waterfall at the end of Lewis Lake and he thought maybe they could see it. As they were walking they saw a ferret neither one of them had seen one in the wild before. This ferret was a brown colored one. He blended right into the leaves and trees that it was hard to see him. After he disappeared under a tree they continued their hike. They hiked as far as they could be didn't quite get to the falls. As they were hiking they met some people. They had a great hike. When they returned back at the Minnie they called it a night.




Mystic Falls

Tuesday September 8, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. We had breakfast and mom took me for a walk. When we returned we drove to a hiking trail called Mystic Falls. The hike was for 5.5 miles. I'm not allowed to go on the hiking trails in National parks so I stayed in the Minnie. Mom and dad were gone for 2 hours while I slept. They told me that the hike was fantastic. They climbed up a hill to an observation point where they saw many geysers and beautiful scenery. They said they even could see the parking lot. After the observation point they climbed a little higher and work themselves to the falls. Once they got to the Mystic Falls it was gorgeous. The falls drop 70 feet. Dad took pictures. After they took pictures they started back to the parking lot. By the time they came back to the parking lot it was starting to get busy. We left shortly after they returned to me. We drove to Yellowstone post office at Old Faithful so mom could mail some post cards. After she mailed the post cards we drove towards Jackson Wyoming.

On the way to Jackson we stopped at Lewis Falls so mom and dad could take pictures. While we were in Jackson dad had to get a new battery for the Minnie so mom and dad went to McDonalds for lunch and to check their e-mail. Mom uploaded her website pictures. Afterwards we went to Gros Ventre campgrounds.



Grand Teton
 
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Gros Ventre Campground


LOCATION:  Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming    SITE:  Gros Ventre in Grand Teton National Park
DATE:  9/08/09    SPACE:  C121   TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  00 miles

Tuesday September 8, 2008

We arrived at Gros Ventre about 4:30 pm. Dad checked at the office we decided on site C121. After mom and dad set up camp. We went for a walk to the Gros Ventre River. It was a very nice river. There were people fly fishing, people playing in the river and a lady drawing. Dad let me get my feet wet. I really wanted to get wet but I was ok with just my feet. After awhile we went back to the campground to have dinner. After dinner we called it a night.




Moose Wyoming Post Office on the way to Signal Mountain Campground

LOCATION:  Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming    SITE:  Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park
DATE:  9/09/09    SPACE:  69   TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  00 miles

Wednesday September 9, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am and had breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk. When we returned mom and dad got ready to leave. But we had to stay a while because 2 moose had appeared in the campground. Mom and dad went to where the moose were and took pictures of them. When they returned we had to wait because they were starting to move towards the Minnie. One of the moose was standing on the main entrance road. Dad wanted the moose to move on so we could leave. The moose started to run and I was excited so I barked at him. I have never seen a moose before so I was trying to figure him out. After the moose moved off the road we started on our adventure to Signal Mountain. Signal Mountain isn't that far from Gros Ventre so we weren't in a worry.

On the way to Signal Mountain we drove down this highway and we saw a lot of people riding their bikes and walking around different sites in the Grand Teton National Park. People stopped along side of the road to take pictures of the Teton Mountains. When came to Moose Wyoming we stopped at the visitor center to get some post cards. While we were there dad took pictures of the visitor center and the post office. In the parking lot of the visitor center there a bus from Yellowstone National Park so dad had to take a picture of it. After we left Moose Wyoming we went back on the highway. As we were driving down the highway dad saw an animal in the tall field of grass he thought it might have been a wolf so we stopped and he took a few pictures.

When we arrived at Signal Mountain mom and dad checked in. Than we set up camp for the night. Afterwards mom and dad took me for a little walk I was tired so they took me back to the Minnie. While I was taking a nap mom and dad went down to Lake Jackson and took pictures. They saw two labs swimming and playing. I wish I was there but I know I was tired I needed a nap. The lake was a little rough because there was a little bit of wind. When mom and dad returned to the Minnie it was time for dinner.


Hiking Trail in Grand Teton National Park   

Taggart Lake Trail                                                     Colter Bay Campground


LOCATION:  Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming    SITE:  Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park
DATE:  9/10/09 - 9/12/09    SPACE:  M280   TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  00 miles

 Thursday September 10, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am and had breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk. When we returned to the Minnie we left Signal Mountain to go to Colter Bay. Mom and dad decided on the way to Colter Bay we would stop at Taggart Lake trailhead so they could hike. Right at the trailhead mom and dad saw 2 moose (1 cow and her calf). After dad took picture mom and dad went on their hike. Their hike was for 6.5 miles and they were gone for 3 hours. At the beginning of their hike there was a creek that ran along side of the trail and they saw some horses. They hiked over bridges, through trees and out in the open. Dad took pictures of hiking trail and Taggart Lake. Once they got to Taggart Lake they decided to hike a little farther to another lake called Brady Lake. Dad didn't take any pictures of Brady Lake because they only saw a corner of it and there were a lot trees in the way of the lake. The trail went up hill and than down again. Mom and dad said it was a workout but a lot of fun. They didn't anyone see anyone on the trail on the way up to Taggart Lake and Brady Lake. When they were hiking back to Taggart Lake they hiked on the other side of Taggart Lake where they met a few people hiking. A little farther down the trail they met a few people on a bridge. The bridge was a wooden bridge and very neat looking so dad took pictures of mom on the bridge. Mom and dad said that the bushes along the trail had a great scent. The scent was like the tobacco in a pipe very sweet. The bushes were all over the hills. I was glad to see mom and dad.

After mom and dad rested a little after their hike we continued our adventure to Colter Bay. As we were driving down the highway we came to Jackson Lake Dam so we stopped to see it and take pictures. I liked this because it gave me the opportunity to stretch my legs and met people. After we walked a little we went back to the Minnie. We arrived at Colter Bay about 2:45 pm. Mom and dad set up camp and than went for a walk around the campgrounds. I was tired so they left me at the Minnie. When they returned they took me for a walk and than we sat at our campsite.

While we were sitting at the campsite we got neighbors. The neighbors had two dogs so I introduced myself to them while mom and dad talked to their mom and dad. After our visit mom and dad fixed dinner. After dinner they took me on another walk around the campground before we called it a night.

Friday September 11, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. We had breakfast and than mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad went on a hike. I wanted to go with them but I can't hike the trails in National Parks. So I stayed behind to try to catch up on my sleep. Mom and dad did a 8 mile hike around Colter Bay. They hiked to Colter Bay Village to get to the trailhead. They told me the hike was a lot easier than yesterday's hike. They hiked through trees to Heron Pond, Half Moon Bay, Third Creek and Swan Lake. They told me that the trail was very nice and they didn't see anyone on the trail until they were almost finished. While they were hiking the saw a lot of chipmocks and squirrels The lake and pond was full of lily pads. The scenery was gorgeous. Dad took pictures along the hike. They saw a few ducks in the pond and lake. They really liked the Teton Mountains because they said when ever they looked at them they looked different. After their hike they came back to me. I was very excited to see them but they were very tired because their hike took about four hours.

After mom and dad rested they took me for a walk to the entrance gate to pay for another night. The ladies at the gate really like me and paid a attention to me. By the time we got back to the campsite it was lunchtime. After lunch mom and dad went back to the Colter Bay Village to take a shower and to do a little shopping. They left me in the Minnie because I was tired. When they returned spent the rest of the day at the campsite.


   

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Upper Falls    Hiking Trail to a closer view of Upper Falls

Upper Falls                                                      Hiking Trail at the Upper Falls


Third Week of Vacation


LOCATION:  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming    SITE:  Norris Campground North Yellowstone National Park
DATE: 9/12/09 - 9/14/09    SPACE:  55    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  26 miles

Saturday September 12, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am and mom fed me breakfast. After I ate mom took me for a little walk around the campground. Dad wanted to get an early start back to Yellowstone. He thought maybe it would be busy and we had to drive through some construction. Mom and dad ate their breakfast on the way to Yellowstone. We arrived at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park at 8:20 am. Dad took a picture of a sign where one side said Welcome to Yellowstone National Park and the other side said Leaving Yellowstone National Park. Mom and dad thought this was great. As we were driving through Yellowstone we saw a pull off by a river so dad pulled over so I could stretch my legs. I was glad because I was ready to go for a little walk. Afterwards we continued our drive.

The next stop was at the Canyons where there are gorgeous falls. There are 2 set of falls (the upper and the lower) of the Yellowstone river. We stopped at the lower falls first. Mom and dad walked around the falls and took pictures of the falls and the canyons. After they finished we went to the upper falls. Mom and dad walked around the falls and took pictures. As they were walking around they came across a trail that was called Uncle Tom's Trail. This trail went down 328 stairs and took you down 3/4 of the canyons. Mom and dad took the trail. They climbed down all the 328 stairs and back up them. They said even though it was very hard and tiring climb back up the stairs it was worth it. The view once you climb down was spectacular because you got close to the upper and lower falls. The canyons were gorgeous. People call this area of Yellowstone the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Now mom and dad know why they call this area that. When they got back to the Minnie we continued our adventure to Norris Campground.

We arrived at Norris Campground about 11:30 am. Mom and dad found a campsite. We were lucky because the campground was almost full. After we set up camp we had lunch. After lunch mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned to the site mom and dad went on a 4 miles hike. The trail started at the campground and went for about 5.5 miles one way. Mom and dad decided just to walk 2 miles of the trail. As they were hiking they walked along side a creek for awhile. They walked through trees and out in the open. The trail they hiked was very easy. As they were hiking they saw a coyote in a field of tall grass. They stopped and watched him. They thought this was very fascinating because he was hunting and they never actually seen this before. They watched him until they could n't see him any more. They hiked a little long and than turned around to came back. On the way back they saw a couple of ducks swimming in the creek. I was very happy to see mom and dad when they returned. They were tired so we sat around the campsite for rest of the day. The only time we left was when they took me for couple walks around the campground.


The hiking trail at Norris Campground

The Hiking Trail at Norris Campground
Sunday September 13, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am and mom fed me . Than she sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk around the campground and I met a few new people friends. Afterwards mom and I went back to dad. Mom and dad decided they were going on a hike. The trail was right across the highway at Norris Campground so we didn't have to move the Minnie. When they went on the hike I slept. The trailhead was about a mile way from the campground. The trail was called Norris Geyser Basin. The actual trail was 3.5 miles long because you have to hike a mile to the trail all together it mom and dad walked about 6 miles. The trail went around geysers. You walk along a broadwalk you can make the hike as long as you want. Mom and dad decided to do the whole trail. It was early so the geysers had a lot of steam coming out of them. Along the boardwalk each geyser had a name. Mom and dad took pictures of many of them. Dad took pictures of people walking though the steam of the geysers. At the end of the hike they went through the Norris Museum where it gave them the history of Norris Geyser Basin. After mom and dad finished touring the museum they decided to hike back to the campsite. When they got the Norris Campground they stopped at Norris Solider Station which is a museum of the national park rangers. By the time they came back to the Minnie it was lunchtime.

Before lunch mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground because we were going to drive to Mammoth. When we returned we had lunch. After lunch we drove down to Mammoth. Mammoth is great little town. There were signs all over the place saying don't approach the elk. Mom and dad were wondering why but when they got out of the Minnie they found out. There were elk all over the place. They were in people front yards. Some of the sidewalks were closed because of the elks. When they went into the visitors center a lade told them that there were 2 different herds in town and that the elk come in and out all year. Before we left Mammoth mom and dad took me for a walk around the town square. As we were walking around we saw a herd of elk come off the mountain to get to town. This was great to watch and mom and dad took pictures. Once the herd got to the square people came from all over to see them and take pictures. There was a big bull in  charge of the herd and he was beautiful. We watch them for awhile and than headed back to Norris.

When we got back we sat outside awhile. While we were sitting outside I met 3 girls. They pet me for awhile until it was starting to sprinkle. Than we all went inside and called it a day.


Elk at Mammoth    

Elk at Mammoth                                                         The Roosevelt Arch

 
LOCATION:  Gardiner, Montana    SITE:  Eagle Creek National Forest
DATE:  9/14/2009    SPACE:  10  TRIP: 51    DISTANCE:  3 miles  

Monday September 14, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am and mom fed me while she got dressed. After she got dressed mom and dad got ready to leave. Before we left mom took me for a walk around the campground. As we were walking I met a few more people. When we returned we left we were going to another campground today. On the way to the campground we stopped at the Canyon again this time we went on the other side. Mom and dad did hike around the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. They took pictures of the lower falls and the canyon. They walked down some stairs but not as many as they did 2 days ago. They stopped at different lookout points and took pictures. When they came back to the Minnie they took me for a walk. I was excited because I was going for a walk at a new place. There was a buffalo sunning right across the street from the Minnie. A lot of people were taking pictures of him and he didn't even care. When we returned to the Minnie we decided to go the new campground.

As we were driving down the highway we came across a traffic jam. Dad asked a lady what was going on and she said there was a bear and her 2 cubs by a tree. Dad found a place to pull over to take pictures. It was a black bear and her 2 cubs. The cubs had climbed up a tree and mom was waiting for them to come down. Mom and dad watch them for awhile. While they were there a park ranger came by. He was reporting the siting. He was a little nervous  about the bear and her cubs and all the people being too close. Mom and dad was coming back to the Minnie so they don't know what happened next. This was so cool because we saw a black bear and her 2 cubs. After we left the bears we saw buffalo roaming around in the fields. One of the buffalo walked right across the road and along the road mom prepared this time to take more than one picture of him. When we got to Tower Campground we pulled off the road at a pull off. Mom and dad got out to take pictures of a gorgeous canyon and the Yellowstone River below. We continued our adventure.

We tried 3 different campgrounds and they were all full so we decided to go back to Mammoth to see if there were any opening there. As we drove through Mammoth the elk had moved from the front yards of people living there to where the clinic is. They took over the clinic so you better not need to go there because you wouldn't be able to. This was great. Mammoth Campground was full also. We continued driving until we got to Gardier Montana. There was a big arch that you have to drive through. Dad pulled off the road to look at the map to see where we should go next. He found that there was a National Forest Campground close by so we decided to go there. The campground's name was Eagle Creek. It was up a dirt road. We found it and decided on a campsite. It reminded us of Muleshoe Park in Austin. It was 2:30 pm by the time we sent up camp. After we set up camp we walked around the campground. There were only three of us there at this time. But by 4:00 pm it was full.

As we were sitting at the campsite we met a few people that had the same problem we did concerning the campgrounds being full. One couple was from France, another couple was from Germany and a guy from New York. When dinnertime came around mom and dad had bacon sandwiches and I had my food. After dinner the couple from Germany came over and asked mom and dad if they wanted to play cards. Mom and dad said sure. As they were playing cards the guy from New York came over and join in. They all played for awhile until a strong wind came up and everyone went inside for the rest of the evening.


Beaver Pond    Canyon National Forest Campground

Beaver Ponds Hiking Trail                                                   Canyon National Forest Campground


LOCATION:  Gardiner, Montana    SITE:  Canyon National Forest
DATE:  9/15/09   SPACE: 14    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE: 16 miles

 Tuesday September 15, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am and mom took me for a walk around the campground. As we were walking I stopped and played with the guy from New York we met yesterday. When I finished playing we went back to the Minnie to have breakfast. After breakfast we went back to Mammoth because mom and dad wanted to go on a hike. The trailhead starts in Mammoth by the hot springs. The name of the trail is Beaver Pond Trail and it goes for 5 miles. Mom and dad had a great time hiking. The trail went through trees, a creek ran along the side of the trail and at other places they were out in the open. They didn't see any wildlife but they did meet a few people hiking the trail. The trail was very nice. Some places they climbed up hills, weaved around the hills, crossed bridges over the creek walked around ponds. They saw a few small ponds before they came to a big pond. They walked around the big pond they didn't see any beavers but they did see a beaver dam and ducks. The people they met on the trail said they didn't see any wildlife either but everyone agreed it was a great hike. The hike took mom and dad 3 hours. When they came back to me I was one happy dog.

It was lunchtime so mom and dad decided to drive down to the town square where the elk are to have a little lunch. We sat at a picnic table and ate lunch. You could see the elk across the street from us. I really liked this because it gave me a chance to stretch my legs and smell new things in the grass. While mom and dad ate lunch I just laid on the ground and watch the people and the elk. After lunch mom and dad went to the hotel to take a shower and I stayed in the Minnie and watched people go by. When mom and dad returned we decided to go to a campground that is 16 miles from Yellowstone for the night.

We arrived at the campground about 2:00 pm. The name of the campground was Canyon National Forest Campground. Canyon was like Eagle Creek except it was right off the highway. It also had a dirt road around the campground. We found a site with know problem. While we were setting up camp a forest ranger came by to say hi. Mom and dad talked to her for a little while. She said that both these campgrounds have been busy all summer and they thought it would slow down once the kids went back to school but it really hasn't. After she left we walked around the campground and went to the front to pay for our site. The sites are out in the open so there isn't a lot of shade. But dad always finds a little shade. The campsites are neat because they have big boulders on them so you have a little privacy. We sat on our chairs until dinnertime. When dinnertime came around a little storm was coming through so mom cooked some chili in the Minnie. Mom fed me while the chili was cooking. When dinner was ready mom brought it out to dad. Than they sat down at the table and ate it. After dinner it started to rain a little so we went inside for the evening. The rain only lasted a little while. When the storm left mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground before it got too dark. When we returned we called it a night.



Mom pumping water

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Hood Creek Campground

Hood Creek Lake


LOCATION:  Bozeman, Montana    SITE:  Hood Creek Campground in Gallatin National Forest
DATE:  9/16/09   SPACE: 13    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE: 90 miles

Wednesday September 16, 2009

Today is going to be a relaxing day. We're going the Bozeman Montana so mom and dad could do laundry and go grocery shopping. We woke up about 7:00  and had breakfast. Mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. After we returned to the campsite mom and dad finished getting ready to go. Once we got to Bozeman dad found a McDonald so he could check his e-mail and find an RV repair shop. Dad needed at part for the Minnie so he could fix a charging problem we were having. While dad was looking for a shop mom took me for a walk. When we were walking a met a friend he was a golden retriever. After we played mom and I went back to dad. He had found a RV repair place so we drove down to the shop and bought the part. He had found a place to do laundry which happened to be on the same road. While mom was doing the laundry dad replaced the part. When mom and dad finished it was lunchtime so we drove back to McDonalds. Mom and dad went inside to eat and connect to the Internet so mom could up date our website. An hour later when they returned to the Minnie mom took me for a walk. Afterwards dad drove across the road to a Walmart where mom and dad went shopping. After they finished shopping we went to Hood Creek Campground.

Hood Creek Campground is located in Gallatin National Forest. The forest is about 26 miles from Walmart right outside of town. The campground itself is down a dirt road. Once you get there it is very nice. We arrived at the campground about 4:30 pm and mom and dad set up camp. After they finished we went for a walk around the campground. Dad let me off leash so I could do some exploring. The campsites are located right by the lake. It was a nice mountain lake. There is a day area on the other side of the lake from the camping area. Where the camping area is there is a boat ramp. We walked for a little while when we got back to the campsite dad took me down to the lake so I could go swimming. This was great because I was dirty and needed to clean up a little. Also it felt good to go swimming. After I finished swimming we went back to the campsite so we could have a dinner.

After dinner we were sitting at the campsite I met a new friend his name was Willie he was a golden retriever. We played for awhile. Than his mom and dad took him to lake so he could swim. When they were walking back to their campsite. Willie and I played again. I really liked Willie. After they left we sat outside a little longer than we went inside for the night.


Flo at Wayfarers Lake

Flo at Wayfarers Lake Campground


LOCATION:  Bigfork, Montana    SITE:  Wayfarers Campgrounds in Flathead Lake State Park
DATE:  9/17/2009    SPACE:  16    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE: 303 miles

Thursday September 17, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. We had breakfast and than mom and dad took me for a walk. When we returned mom and dad broke camp. Today we're going to Wayfarers Campgrounds. It's located over 300 miles from here. Wayfarers is in Flathead Lake State Park. Flathead Lake is the biggest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi. On the way to Wayfarers we saw cows crossing the highway. Everyone stopped because a couple of girls were herding the cows across the road. While they were doing this dad stopped traffic. This was so cool because the girls were riding bareback, dad stopped traffic, their dog was helping herding and mom came on a 4 wheeler. Mom got out of the car to take pictures of this because you don't see this every day. When the cows finally crossed the road we drove to a rest area where we stopped for lunch. While we were at the rest area I met a couple of dogs and I stretch my legs. After lunch we continued our adventure to Wayfarers.

We arrived at Wayfarers Campgrounds about 4:00 pm. We set up camp and than went for a walk around the campground. As we were walking we met the campground hosts and paid them for the site. It's a beautiful campground. You have trees all over the place. The campsites have trees which gives you privacy. We walked down to the lake and the boat ramp. We walked a trail back to the campsite. When we got back mom and dad made dinner. Mom fed me my food. Mom and dad had tacos for dinner.

After dinner mom and dad took me for another walk. During the walk I met another golden retriever named Bear. Bear and I played while mom and dad talked to his mom. After I finished playing we went back to the campsite. We sat outside until the bees and flies drove us inside. Once we were inside we called it a night.




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Sitting Around a Campfire

Mom and Flo at Apgar Campground


LOCATION: Glacier National Park, Montana    SITE:  Apgar Campground in West Glacier at Glacier National Park
DATE:  9/18/2009 - 9/19/2009    SPACE:  C126    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  46 miles

Friday September 18, 2009

We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We walked to the restrooms so mom and dad could take a shower. As dad took his shower mom and I waited. When he finished dad took me back to the Minnie while mom took her shower. When mom returned to the Minnie she fed me. I ate while mom and dad broke camp. Today we're going to Glacier National Park. It isn't too far away so we weren't in a hurry. We left Wayfarers about 8:00 am.

We arrived at West Glacier about 9:00 am. When we got to the gate they told us we could only go 16 miles up the road because we had an RV. They also told us that the only campground that was open was Apgar. That was ok because that is where we were planning to go any ways. Mom and dad found a campsite and set up camp. Afterwards we went for a walk around the campground. As we were walking we saw a few mule deers in the group campground. We also saw people walking their dogs. I was pretty much rested so our walk was longer than usual. We walked about 30 minutes and than mom and dad took me back to the Minnie because they were going to walk some more and they didn't think I could go on the trails they were going to take.  

The trail they walked was to the town square to the visitor center. On the way to the visitor center they stopped at a transit center. The transit center is where they have vans that take you around the park and drop you off at different stops. The vans stopped running after Labor day weekend. After they walked around the Transit Center they walked to the visitor center. The visitor center is located in the town square. The town square has shops, a restaurant and the visitor center. They went into the visitor center to get a map on all the hiking trails around this side of the park. While they were in the visitor center they also bought some postcards. After they finished they went by the ramp and took pictures of McDonald Lake. While they were taking pictures a bus that takes you around Glacier park was in the parking lot so they took pictures of it. When they finished taking pictures they came back to the campsite. The walk to the visitor center is about a mile.

By the time mom and dad got back it was time to eat lunch. For lunch mom and dad had bacon sandwiches and hamburgers. I had a snack. After lunch mom and dad took me to the town square. When they did their walk earlier they found out that I could walk on the trails to the square. When we got to the square mom bought a dish of ice cream. Mom and dad shared the ice cream. The ice cream they had was Huckleberry. Mom and dad never tasted huckleberries before so this was a treat for them. After they ate the ice cream they took me down to the lake so I could put my feet in it and get a drink. After I finished we went back to the Minnie. I had a great time at the town square because I met some people and saw a few dogs.
 
When we got back to the Minnie it was about 6:00 pm so mom fed me. Mom and dad weren't hungry because they had a late lunch and ice cream so they were going to wait for dinner. After I finished eating mom and dad had a campfire. This was fun because we don't always have one. We were sitting around the campfire for about an hour and than mom went inside to make some oatmeal cookies. After the cookies were finished mom and dad took me for another walk around the campground before we called it a night. By the end of the day mom and dad had walked about 5 miles and I only walked about 3 miles but we were all tired.


Mom and dad at a lake

Dad and mom at Avalanche Lake


Fourth Week of Vacation

Saturday September 19, 2009

We woke up at our normal time 7:00 am. We had breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the group campground. We didn't walk too far because mom and dad were going on a hike the Avalanche Trail. The trailhead is about 15 miles from Apgar Campground. As we were driving to the trailhead there were places to pull over at but mom and dad decided to wait until we were coming back. The scenery was gorgeous going to the trailhead. I had to stay in the Minnie while mom and dad did their hike. That was ok because I could sleep while they gone. Mom and dad hiked for 4 hours and the hike was about 7 miles long. They hiked through trees and along a creek. They went up 500 feet in elevation but they didn't mind it because they said it was well worth it at the end. The trees were very beautiful because there were so many of them. Once they got to Avalanche Lake they said it was magnificent because the mountains were so beautiful and the lake was clear. When they were looking at the mountains they saw three waterfalls flowing down from the top. They also saw snow on the mountains. Mom and dad took pictures of the mountains but they said you really have to be there to really understand how gorgeous the mountains are. As they were taking pictures a man came by and offer to take a picture of them together by the lake. After he took the picture dad returned the favor and took his picture by the lake. Mom and dad visit with the man for awhile before they started back. When mom and dad were hiking to the lake they saw a few people hiking but on the way back they saw a lot more people. They also saw a deer on the way back. They stopped along the creek on the way back to take pictures of it now that the sun was out. When they got back to the beginning of the trail the decided to walk a small trail which was called the trail of the cedars. The cedar trees were huge so dad took a picture of mom standing by one. They had a great hike.

When they got back to the Minnie they were tired but mom took me for a walk. We walked around the parking lot. There was a loop so RVs could turn around so we walked it. This gave me a chance to stretch my legs and do a little exploring. While we were walking a met a lady. When we got back mom made a little lunch for dad and her. She also gave me a snack. After lunch we started back to the campground. As we drove back dad pulled over so mom could take pictures of a creek flowing along side of the highway. The scenery was gorgeous all the way back. When we got back we all took a nap.

After our nap mom and dad took me for a walk to the town square. Dad wanted to check the weather forecast. While dad checked the forecast mom bought another ice cream. This time mom got Moose Tracks. This ice cream had peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and caramel. After they finished their ice cream we went to the lake and I put my feet in it and got a drink. Afterwards we went back to the campsite. When we got back dad cooked hamburger for dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we had another campfire. When the fire was almost out mom and dad took me for another walk around the campground. When we got back we went inside for the evening.                    


A mountain at Two Medicine Campground

A mountain peek at Two Medicine Campground after the snow storm


LOCATION:  Glacier National Park, Montana    SITE:  Two Medicine Campgrounds in East Glacier National Park
DATE:  9/20/2009 - 9/21/2009    SPACE:  15    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  70 miles

Sunday September 20, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am. I got sick last night so mom cleaned it up. After she finished she fed me. Mom and dad were surprise I ate because of not feeling well but I was hungry. Mom and dad sat down and ate breakfast. When we were all finished eating breakfast we went for a walk around the campground and to the transit center. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad broke camp and we began our adventure to Two Medicine Campground. We had to stop at a laundry so mom could wash my bed. While mom and dad were washing my bed they met a man who was a Native Montana. They talked to him for awhile. When they were finished washing my bed we continued down the road. The drive down highway 2 was gorgeous. We saw a lot of beautiful trees. The trees were turning Fall colors. When we drove the mountain pass there were tunnels through the mountain for trains. The tunnels were cool to see going through the mountains. When got to the campground about 12:00 pm.

When dad was checking in the lady at the building told him that they turn off the water tomorrow and the only bathroom open would be an open pit. Dad said that was ok. Once we found a site we set up camp. After we set up camp mom and dad took me for a short walk because it was starting to rain. When we returned to the Minnie mom cooked pancakes for lunch and she gave me a snack. After lunch we stayed inside because it was raining. During the rain it started to snow. Mom and dad watched the rain and snow. The rain stayed for awhile and we all took a little nap.

When the rain stopped mom and dad went for a walk around the campground. Mom and dad left me at home because it was too wet outside. As they were walking dad took pictures of the snow on the mountains. They saw a lot of other people walking around. They walked to the lake and through all the campground. When they were walking by one of the trailheads they met a hiker. He was up in the mountains when the storm hit. He told them it was like a blizzard up on the mountain. He was glad to be off the mountain. When they returned it was dinnertime. Mom fed me my food and cooked some chili for dad and her.

After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. I was glad to get out of the Minnie. We walked to the boat ramp and I met a man and a woman. They liked dogs so I gave them a kiss. I was excited because I made them happy. I liked the walk because it was nice a cold and the rain was gone. We also saw three guys going out on a boat to fish. I think they're going to be cold on the lake fishing. After we finished our walk we went inside the Minnie for the night. Mom and dad thought it was too cold to sit outside. Mom did bake some cinnamon rolls for dad and her.


Mom on an expansion bridge

Mom standing on an expansion bridge during a hike
Monday September 21, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am. We had breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. Than they took me back to the Minnie because they're going on a hike. The hike they took was a 4.5 miles hike. The hike was Aster Park Overlook. It took mom and dad about 2 hours. They hiked up 670 feet in elevation. They saw a moose in one of the ponds as they were on the trail. She was a big moose. When she saw them she just looked at them. Dad took pictures of her. As they hiked they went up and down hills through trees. They crossed some cool bridges made out of logs. They saw a few small ponds along the hike. There was a stream that ran along the trail at times. Mom and dad were almost to the overlook when they saw a small waterfall. They stopped and took pictures of it. When they got to the overlook it was gorgeous. They said it was breathe taking. The mountains were magnificent. A couple of the peeks had a little snow left on them from yesterday. They sat there and rest for a little while. As they were coming back they saw a couple that was hiking. The woman was worried about bears but mom and dad said the only wildlife they saw was a moose. After mom and dad talked with the couple for a few minutes everyone continued their adventure. As they continued their hike they saw a few more people. When mom and dad returned to the Minnie I was very happy to see them. They were home for a few minutes when we went to the dump station because as of today the campground was going primitive. While dad was waiting for his turn he talked with a couple of guys that were in front of him. When dad finished dumping we went back to the campsite.

When we got back it was lunchtime so dad barbecued hamburgers for mom and him. Mom gave me a snack. After lunch mom and dad took me for walk. After my walk mom and dad went on another hike. This hike was only going to be a short hike but it ended up being a long one. It ended up being 9.5 miles for 5 hours. They hiked around the whole lake. They started the hike on the north shore instead of the south shore they did this morning. The North Shore Trail was easier because it only went up 75 feet in elevation. They hiked about 2 miles when dad asked mom if she wanted to continue to Twin Falls. Mom said ok. They were almost to the falls when they stopped at a sign to see which way to go. As they were deciding which way a couple came by and told them the way because they had just come from there. When they got up to the falls it was worth it because the falls were gorgeous. The couple also said if you climb a little high you could see another set of the falls. Mom and dad decided they would try but they didn't make it to the top. As they were climbing up the hill mom thumped her head on a tree. I think I'm going to call mom Tree Thumper because this wasn't the first time she thumped her head on a tree. They were almost to the top when they decided that it was far enough. Dad took pictures of the Twin Falls. After he finished they decided to continue their hike. They reached a sign that said that it was 3.5 miles to the north trail parking lot and decided to continue around the lake. They thought it would be the same distance but they found out it was 1 mile longer. As they hiked they saw a lot of beautiful scenery. Dad took pictures of the lake. They hiked to the boat launch area. The boat only runs in the summer but the launch was a great shelter. The name of it was Charles N Pray Shelter. When they got to the shelter they rested. After their rest they continued their hike. At one part of the hike they came across an expansion bridge. It was a cool bridge only one hiker could go across it at a time. The bridge was a long bridge made of wood planks and had cables for you to hold on to as you walk across it. When you got to the middle the bridge would bounce a little. Mom said it was a little scary. But she had fun walking across it. As dad was walking across it he took pictures of the creek below. They had a great hike. During their hike they saw a couple of guys they had seen in the morning. Mom and dad said hi to the guys. The guys had walked around the lake and were finishing up. Mom and dad were very tired when they got back to me. Dad's feet were hurting him. Mom took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned it was dinnertime. Mom cooked up the taco meat from the other night. Mom and dad had soft taco and mom fed me my food. A little later mom baked banana nut muffins. After mom and dad ate the muffins mom took me for another walk and than we called it a night. Everyone was tired.     




One of the glaciers at Many Glacier Campground

 
LOCATION:  Glacier National Park, Montana    SITE:  Many Glacier Campground in East Glacier National Park
DATE:  9/22/2009 - 9/23/2009    SPACE:  65    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  40 miles

Tuesday September 22, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am. Mom fed me breakfast. Than she sat down with dad and had breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk around Two Medicine Campground. Today we're leaving Two Medicine and going to Many Glacier Campground. When we returned mom and dad got ready to leave. On the way to Many Glacier we stopped at a KOA Campground so mom and dad could take a shower. They knew they needed to take one because it may be awhile before they would have a chance. The campgrounds we are going to stay in for few days are primitive and there will be no water. After mom and dad finished their shower we drove down to St. Mary and drove through it. St. Mary is a section of Glacier National Park right before Many Glacier. St. Mary is a gorgeous with all the beautiful mountains and lakes. We stopped at a couple of places to look at the scenery and take pictures. One place was an overlook of a lake that had an island on it named Goose Island. As mom and dad were taking pictures a couple of men told them that they saw bighorn sheep on the mountain. Mom and dad got out their binoculars to see if they could see them. Sure enough they saw them on the side of the mountain. Later on they found out that what they really saw were mountain goats. After they finished taking pictures we drove now a scenic route and came across cows on the side of the road and they also were walking across the road. When dad saw them he did to be very careful and drive very slow. We arrived at Many Glacier about 12:00 pm.

We set up camp and than had lunch. After lunch we walked around the campground we walked down to the ranger station to see what the forecast was going to be for the next few days. On the way to the ranger station we stopped and paid for a couple of nights. As we were standing in the road looking at the mountain we saw more mountain goats. We also met a couple of guys. One of the guys was from New York and the other one was a backpacker. Mom and dad talked to them for few minutes and than everyone went their separate way. When we got back to the campsite mom and dad put me in the Minnie so they could go on a walk. They walked to the picnic area to locate a trailhead that was there. They walked around the picnic area and than they walked to the motor hotel. When they got to the parking lot there they located the trailhead they were going to use tomorrow. When they returned mom and dad decided to have an early dinner.

Dad built a campfire and than he cooked sausages on it. This was cool because this was the first time mom and dad had cooked sausages on an open fire before. They said their sausages were great. While the sausages were cooking mom fed me my dinner. After mom and dad finished their dinner we walked to the motor hotel parking lot to watch the goats on the mountain side. Mom and dad saw a lot of goats. They saw more goats now that the sun was going down than they saw earlier. After awhile we returned to the Minnie and called it a night.  


A glacier seen on a hike

A Glacier seen during a hike
Wednesday September 23, 2009   

Mom and dad slept in until 7:30 am. I was ready to go out but I patiently waited for them. When they finally got up mom fed me my breakfast. Than sat down with dad and had breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk. When we got back mom and dad got ready for a hike. Mom and dad did a 9 mile hike for 5 hours. They hiked the trail to Redrock Lake which is 1.3 miles one way. At Redrock Lake they saw a family of moose and met a couple from Wisconsin. Mom and dad talked with the couple for awhile and than they all continued their hike. Mom and dad went up to Redrock Falls which is about .5 mile farther. After dad took pictures of the falls they continued their hike. They hike a little farther and decided to rest on a rock and look at the goats on the mountain. As they were rest the couple from Wisconsin came by and stopped to visit again. While they were all talking a ranger came. The ranger was very nice he talked with them for awhile. Dad asked him what type of animal was along the mountain. He told them they were mountain goats and if they continue to Bullhead Lake they would see bighorn sheep and maybe a bear. Mom and dad decided they would hike to Bullhead Lake because it was another 3 miles. The Wisconsin couple also decided to do the same thing. All 4 of them followed the ranger on the hiking trail. When they all got to Bullhead Lake the ranger continued down the trail because he was bear watching and everyone else stayed at Bullhead Lake for awhile. As they all were resting on a rock they saw 2 bighorn sheep on the side of the mountain. Dad didn't take a picture because the sheep were too far away. After their rest mom and dad decided to hike another .5 mile and the other couple decided to go back. When mom and dad got to the end of their hike they saw a few waterfalls coming down a glacier. Dad took pictures of the falls. They said it was very beautiful. As they were rest they spotted the ranger climbing up Swiftcurrent Pass which is another 3 miles from Bullhead Lake. After mom and dad finished resting they turned around and head back. As they were hiking they crossed over an expansion bridge, in and out of trees and the terrain was easy. When they got back to Redrock Lake falls they walked a little closer so they take pictures. They also saw a lot of people hiking to Redrock Lake and the falls. They were almost finished their hike when they saw another moose. She was lying in the trees. They finally got back to the Minnie and me at 1:30 pm. I was very happy to see them because they were gone for 5 hours.

After mom and dad rest a few minutes they had lunch. Mom gave me a snack. After lunch mom and dad took me for a walk. We walked down to the ranger station and to the creek that runs behind the campground. When we got to the creek we saw a man building a rock dam. Dad asked him if it was cold and he said yes it was. A little farther down the creek dad let me put my feet in it and to get a drink. It felt so good to get my feet wet. Afterwards we went back to the campsite. We sat on our chairs for a little while and than mom and dad decided to go for another walk and they took me with them we went back to the creek and I got my feet wet again. This time mom and dad walked in the creek. They didn't stay in it too long because it was too cold for them. When we got back to the campsite dad built fire and cooked some more sausages. Mom fed me my dinner.

After dinner mom and dad decided to go for walk down to the picnic area this time they left me at the Minnie. The walked pass the picnic area to the boat ramp where dad took a picture of the inn that looks over the lake. While they were walking they saw a deer and a lot more goats. They weren't gone too long because the sun was starting to go down. When they returned mom took me for a walk around the campground. During our walk I met a man and he had a dog named Charlie. Mom talked to him for a little while. After she finished talking I met another man on a bike and he stopped to say hi to me. After I finished meeting people we went back to the campsite and called it a night.




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Prince of Wales Hotel    The hiking trail at Waterton National Park

                   Prince of Wales Hotel                                   The hiking trail at Waterton Lakes National Park


LOCATION:  Waterton Lakes, Alberta (Canada)    SITE:  Waterton Lakes National Park
DATE:  9/24/09    SPACE: D6    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  40 miles

Thursday September 24, 2009

We woke up at 7:30 am. Today is very exciting because we are going to Canada. I have never been to Canada. Glacier National Park goes into Canada and mom and dad decided to go to Canada because we are so close. The National Park in Canada is named Waterton Lakes instead of Glacier. The border doesn't open until 9:00 am. So after we had breakfast mom and dad took me for a longer walk than usually around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad broke camp and we started our adventure to Canada. The road out of Glacier is rough so dad took his time down the road. We were driving towards Waterton when we saw cows walking along side of the road and once in awhile they would walk in the road so dad had to be very careful. We also saw beautiful mountains and cool clouds. Mom took pictures of the mountains. We also saw a wild horse running down the road. When we got to the border we met a very nice border patrol officer. Dad wasn't sure what all he needed to get across but he was prepared. We had no problem because we had everything we needed. Once across the border mom and dad stopped at the border sign and took pictures. When we entered into Waterton Lakes National Park there was a pull over so dad pulled over and took pictures. At the pull over there was a scope for people to look through to see the scenery. After they finished taking pictures and looking at the scenery we went to the entrance gate of the park. Mom and dad stopped at the visitor center to get some information about hiking and the park. The forest ranger at the visitor center was also very nice.

Waterton is a very nice park. Before you get to the campground you have to drive through a small town. The town has little shops, cafes, post office, banks and homes. The campground was set up like an RV park. The campground still had the electric and water turned on. The restrooms had showers. There also are some hiking trails right at the campground. The town is very close so you can walk to it. The campground is right off a big lake. There is a trail that goes along the lake and into the town.

When we first got to Waterton Lakes we found a site. Mom and dad set up camp and than we went back to the campground entrance and paid for the night. We walked around a little while and than went back to the Minnie for lunch. Mom and dad had ham sandwiches because it was too windy to barbecue. Mom gave me a snack. After lunch mom and dad went on a walk around the campground and around the town. They also walked up the road to a beautiful hotel. The hotel name is The Prince of Whales Hotel. It looked over the lake and from the campground you can see it. When they got to the hotel they took pictures. As they were taking pictures there were 3 deer in front of the hotel. Two of them were butting heads. There were a lot of people at the hotel taking pictures so everyone stopped and watched the deer for awhile. After mom and dad finished taking pictures they took a hiking trail down the hill back to town. When they got to town they walked around a marina. If you want to you can take cruises on the lake. After they walked around the town they came back to me. After they rested awhile they took me for a walk. When we returned to our site we sat outside until the wind got to us so we went inside.

An hour later mom and dad decided to go on a hike. They knew I get tired so they left me in the Minnie. The hiked a 7 mile hike to the Lower Bertha Falls. While they were hiking they saw a lot of people. They climbered up a mountain to lookout point. The lookout point was halfway to the falls. At the point you could see the lake and a cruise boat. The mountains surrounding the lake were gorgeous. As they were hiking pass the lookout point towards the falls they saw a beautiful creek flowing down the mountain. When they got to the falls they had to climb under the bridge to get a better view of the falls. The bridge was under construction so you couldn't walk over it you had to go under it. They said they were a beautiful falls. After they took pictures they headed back to the campsite. They were about .5 mile away when 4 deer walked in front of them on the trail. They didn't want to disturb them so they waited for them to get out of the way. They told me that the deer weren't in a hurry so they had to wait for about 20 minutes before they could finish their hike. When they finally got to the Minnie I was waiting for them and I was very happy to see them.

After mom and dad played with me for awhile they took me for a walk to the lake so I could get my feet wet. After I got my feet wet and drink some water we went back to have dinner. The wind went down so dad barbecued hamburgers for mom and him. Mom fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground and to town. I really enjoyed this because I saw a lot of people and deer. When we got back it was time to call it a night. 

A campground in British Columia    A moose along the hiking trail

Mount Fernie Campgrounds                                      A moose seen during a hike


LOCATION:  Mount Fernie, British Columbia (Canada)    SITE:  Mount Fernie Provincial Park
DATE:  9/25/ 2009    SPACE:  2    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE: 100 miles

Friday September 25, 2009

Today is a special day because it's mom's birthday. We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom and dad took a shower and than we had breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned to the campsite we broke camp. We going to another campground in Canada. The campground is going to be in British Columbia instead of Alberta. This is very exciting. We left Waterton Lakes about 8:00 am. On the way to the campground we did a little detour we drove to a lake that was up a road right outside of the campground. The lake was gorgeous and there was a glacier right behind it. Mom and dad got out and took pictures of the lake and glacier. Afterwards we continued our adventure to British Columbia Canada. The scenery on the way to the campground was of rolling hills and mountains. Today we didn't see any cows or horses on the road. The ride was very relaxing. I slept most of the way. Mom took a nap too.

The campground is located in Fernie. We stopped in Fernie so dad could get fuel. After dad got fuel we stopped at the visitor center to get information on hiking and camping in Fernie. Afterward we went to the campground. The campground is called Mount Fernie Provincial Park. We arrived at the campground about 11:30 am. Mom and dad set up camp. It was lunchtime so mom made sandwiches and she gave me a snack. After we had lunch mom and dad took me on a hike. We hiked for 3 miles and it took us 2 hours. The hiking trail was right in the camping area so it wasn't too far to walk to. The trail went up a hill and through trees. It was a great hike. We cross over bridges. We were hiking along and we saw a stroller mom and dad looked at each other and said the people that had the stroller must of had a hard time hiking this far. We cross over a bridge that took us to a lookout point, where we met 2 women, 5 kids and a dog. The dog was a golden retriever. The dog and I said hi while mom and dad visit with the ladies. Afterwards we continued our hike we were about a half mile into the hike and dad saw a bull moose. Dad told mom to hold me back until the moose moved on. Dad walked closer to the moose so he could take pictures and I really wanted to be with dad so I cried for him. Mom told me to be quite so I would disturb the moose. I really didn't understand. We were standing there for awhile and the ladies and kids were coming up the hill. Mom told the ladies that there was a moose in front of us. The ladies decided that it was too dangerous so they went back down the hill. We were standing there about 30 minutes when a mountain biker came by and scared the moose off the trail. Mom and dad talked to the biker for awhile. After he left the moose was still too close. A couple of bikers came by going up the trail the same way we were. Dad told them about the moose so they made a lot of noise and scared away. Once the moose moved off enough off the trail we continued our hike. That was fun seeing the moose up close. The trail we hiked was Sherwoody Forest. We had a great hike. When we got back to the site I was tired so I went to sleep. Mom even took a little nap.

At dinnertime came around mom cooked up bow ties noodles with a little spaghetti sauce. Mom and dad ate that while I ate my food. After dinner we went on another hike. This hike was only for 2 miles because the sun was starting to go down. The trail started at the entrance of the park. The name of the trail was Stove. We only hiked 1 mile up the trail and than turned around and hiked back. Along this trail we saw another Bull moose in the trees. This time we didn't have to wait for him to get off the trail. We hiked right by him. We crossed over some bridges and up a hill. When we were hiking down the hill towards the beginning of the trail we saw a couple of bikers mom and dad told them about the moose and they thanked mom and dad. As we continued our hike we could hear them making noise to scare him off. When we got back to the campsite I was exhausted I went to my chair until we went inside. Mom baked some blueberry muffins for her birthday cake. When the muffins were finished cooking we went inside for the night.  


The border back to the United States

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Copper Falls

Copper Falls


Fifth Week of Vacation
LOCATION:  Eastport, Idaho    SITE:  Copper Creek Campgrounds Idaho Panhandle
DATE:  9/26/2009    SPACE: 7    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  60 miles

Saturday September 26, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am. Mom fed me. Than she sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk around the campground. I was still tired from my hike yesterday that we didn't go too far. While mom and I were walking dad got ready to go. When mom and I got back dad was already. We left our campground at 8:00 am. Today we're leaving Canada and going back to the United States. We had a great time in Canada but now it's time to go back. As we were drive down the highway towards Idaho the scenery was gorgeous. When we got to Cranbrook British Columbia dad stopped at a Walmart for a few things. After mom and dad did a little shopping we continued our adventure back to the states. We were about 16 miles from the border when we saw a rest area so we stopped so we could stretch our legs and go to the restroom. The rest area was very nice. After we walked around for a few minutes we continued go down the road to the border.

We arrived at the border a little early so we had to wait for it to open. Once it was open it didn't take too long to go through. The United States border wasn't as pretty as Canada and the border patrols weren't as friendly but we had no problem getting back. The border entrance was at Eastport Idaho. The campgrounds that we were going to was a mile from the border. As soon as we got to Idaho the time changed for the second time and we gained another hour.
We arrived at the campgrounds at 9:15 am. We drove to the campground and found a site. Once we found a site we set up camp for the night. When we finished setting up camp mom and dad took me on a walk around the campgrounds. We went back to the entrance to pay our camping fee and found out that it was free. We continued our walk to get familiar with the campground. We walked the river trail. The river trail is very short but it goes along a river. I really was glad it was short because I was still tired from yesterday's hike. After our walk around the campgrounds we went back to the campsite. It was too early for lunch so dad set up our chairs. We sat in our chairs until lunch came around.

Dad barbecued bacon for lunch. Mom gave me a little snack. After lunch mom and dad put me in the Minnie because I was very tired. I went straight to mom's seat to sleep. After I was in mom's chair mom and dad decided to go for a hike. The hike was to Copper Falls. The hike was 2 miles up the entrance road. Mom told me that I was lucky I didn't have to climb up a steep road. They were only a half mile into the hike when mom was ready to turn back but she decided to continue on the hike. Once they got to the top of the road there was a sign that had an arrow pointing to Copper Falls and there was a little picnic area. Mom and dad rested at the picnic area because mom was tired. After their rest they took a nature trail to the falls. The nature trail was a mile loop. While they were hiking the loop they met our neighbors. The neighbors had a young German Shepard. After they visit with the neighbors they continued their hike. They had walked half the nature trail when they reached the falls. Once they got there mom said it was worth it. They walked to a lookout point and saw the falls from above. As they looked down they saw 2 ladies and 4 kids playing at the falls. So they waved at them. After a little while they hiked down to get a closer look of the falls. Dad took pictures of the falls. When dad finished taking picture they finished the nature trail. The scenery was beautiful with all the trees and rocks. At the end of the nature trail they headed back down the road. When they returned to the campsite I was very happy to see them.

We sat on our chairs so mom and dad could rest after their hike. When they were rested they took me for a walk to the river so I could get my feet wet. I liked this because it feels so good on my feet. After I got my feet wet we went back to our chairs. We sat in our chairs for about an hour and than mom took me for a walk around the campground. As we were walking I met our neighbors and their dog. After I played with her awhile we went back for dinner.

Dad barbecued some pork ribs. The pork ribs were for my snack but as he was barbecuing them mom and dad decided to have some of them for their dinner.
After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk. We walked around the campground and down a service road. We didn't go too far down the service road because we ran out of road. At the end of the road we turned around and walked back to the campground. We stopped at the river on the way back just to enjoy it. After awhile we went back to the campsite and sat in our chairs. When it started to get dark we went inside for the evening.



Robinson Lake

Robinson Lake


LOCATION:  Eastport, Idaho     SITE:  Robinson Lake Campgrounds Idaho Panhandle
DATE:  9/27/2009    SPACE:  2     TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  5 miles

Sunday September 27, 2009

We woke up at 6:15 am. The sun was coming up so mom and dad decided to get up. It was earlier than normal because the time changed. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down to have breakfast with dad. After breakfast was over mom took me for a walk. We didn't go to far because mom was cold. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad got ready to go. We stayed an extra hour because the next campground was only 5 miles down the road. That was the shortest distance we had to go so far on our trip. We arrived at Robinson Lake Campground about 8:00 am. Once again it was free to stay there. On the way in to the campground we saw 2 deer crossing the road. When we got to the campground we found a site and set up camp.

After mom and dad set up camp we went on a walk to get familiar with the campground. Mom didn't bring any water because we were only going for a short walk but it ended up being 4 miles. Robinson Lake Campgrounds have 3 hiking trails. One trail goes around the lake called the Lake Trail. One goes along the ridge called the Ridge Trail. Another one is an interpreter trail. We hiked the lake trail to the boat ramp for .6 mile. Once we got there we hiked up a gravel road for about 1.5 miles before we decided to turn around and go back to the boat ramp. Than we took the lake trail back to the campground. Mom and dad took me with them on the hike. The hike was an easy fun hike. We hiked through trees, up and down hills and along a road. When we were in the trees it was cold but when we were in the sun it felt good. We hiked through a few privative camps in the trees. Dad found a fishing hook on the road so he put it on a tree. He also found a bungee cord he kept that. When we got back to the campsite it was too early for lunch so we sat in our chairs and rested.

For lunch dad barbecued hamburgers and mom gave me a treat. After lunch we went on another hike. Before our hike we walked to the fishing and swimming docks. Afterwards we hiked the interpreter trail. This trail is 3 miles long. The first half of the hike a creek ran by the trail. Dad took me to the creek so I got get my feet wet. When I finished getting my feet wet and a drink we went back on the trail. We hiked through trees, up and down hills and over trees. There were some trees on the trail so mom and dad climbed over them and I climbed down them if I could. There was one tree I climbed under and I should have climb over because I almost got stuck. It was a challenge but I made it. I liked this hike because I could do a little exploring in the trees and I walked on pine needles. When we got back to the campsite it was 3:00 pm so we sat in our chairs to rest.

An hour later mom and dad decided they would hike the ridge trail because we had not hiked it yet. I was tired but I still went along with them. The trail itself was short but we hiked part of the interpreter trail to get back to the campground. I enjoyed this hike too. We hiked through trees and we climbed about 300 feet. It was a beautiful hike. When we hiked the interpreter trail we hiked along the creek so I got my feet wet again. This was the best part of the hike because my feet needed the cool water on them. When we returned to the campsite we rested until dinnertime.

Dad heated up the rest of the bacon and pork n beans for mom and his dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we just hung around the campsite. Before we went in for the night mom and dad took me for a little walk around the campground. By the end of the day we hiked over 9 miles and I am very tired. Now it's time to say good night.

      
Dad and Flo relaxing at the campsite

Dad and Flo relaxing at Round Lake State Park

LOCATION:  Sagle, Idaho    SITE:  Round Lake State Park
DATE: 9/28/2009  SPACE:  8    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  60 miles

Monday September 28, 2009

Mom and dad woke up about 7:00 am. I got up with mom and dad. Mom fed me and than sat down and had breakfast with dad. After breakfast mom took me for a walk. I walked slow and not too far because I was still tired from the hiking we did yesterday. When we got back mom and dad broke camp so we could go to Round Lake State Park. Round Lake is located about 60 miles from Robinson Lake. Mom and dad wanted to make a few stops before we got to Round Lake. The drive to Round Lake was a very nice and peaceful. Mom and I napped. When we arrived at Ponderay we stopped at a Walmart so mom and dad could go shopping. I stayed in the Minnie to sleep. When they got back we went to The Home Depot which was right across the road. We needed a new grill so dad went inside and found one. When he returned we went to a McDonald so mom and dad got get to the Internet but dad couldn't get in. He said because McDonald must not have had wireless. Mom and dad were disappointed but they decided they could try another McDonald another time. So we left Bonner went to Round Lake State Park. Right out side of Bonner there was a big lake. It was beautiful. There were signs that said there were beaches but we didn't go to the beaches because they were out of our way.

We arrived at Round Lake State Park at 11:00 am. Mom and dad found us a site and than set up camp. After they set up camp we ate lunch. Mom and dad had ham sandwiches and I had a little snack. After lunch we went down to the entrance to pay for our site. Afterwards we went on a 3 mile hike. Before we got started on the hike mom had to go to the restroom so dad and I waited for her. While we were waiting a lady came by and paid attention to me. I really liked that. She was going to hike the same trail as we were with her two lady friends. When mom came back we let the 3 ladies start their hike before we started ours. The trail we hiked was Stewardship Trail. There was a booklet in a box that had a trail map in it for 25 cents so dad got one. The trail had numbers along it and the booklet tells you what each number represent. The trail was through trees, looped around the lake and at places we climbed up hills. The trail was 3 miles long. The beginning of the trail was easy but when you got to the other side of the lake the trail was harder because you had to climb up hills. I really liked this hike because I could do some exploring along the way. I was tired but I made it through the hike. When we got back to the campsite we sat in our chairs. After we rested a little bit mom and dad took a shower. After their showers we sat in our chairs mom worked on our number book and dad put the new grill together. About 4:00 pm more people were starting to pull in the campground so I really didn't get much sleep. When dinnertime came around dad barbecued some pork chops up for mom and him. He also cooked some beans and mom fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for another walk around the campground. When we got back we sat in our chairs until it got dark and than we went inside for the night. I was glad to go inside now I may get some sleep.                 




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An apple tree at Windy Point National Forest


LOCATION:  Tieton, Washington    SITE:  Windy Point National Forest
DATE:  9/29/2009    SPACE:  7    TRIP:  51    DISTANCE:  230 miles

Tuesday September 29, 2009

We woke up at 7:00 am. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad to have breakfast with him. After breakfast mom took me for a short walk around the campground. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad broke camp. Today we're going to Washington State. We're going to have an easy day because we're going to drive a lot. When we left Idaho the scenery was a lot like New Mexico. There were a lot of desert shrubs and rolling prairie. Mom and I slept most of the drive. Occasionally dad would wake up mom to look at something. When we got to Spoken Washington we tried to found a McDonald's so dad could check his e-mail and mom got update the website but we couldn't find one so we continued down the road. As we were drive down the road we saw farm fields. The farm fields kept mom and dad entertained for awhile because each field had a sign that said what crop was growing. After the fields of crops went away there were groves of fruit trees. We saw some trucks with loads of potatoes and crates for the fruit. We stopped at an overview of a gorgeous canyon. The canyon was formed by the Columbia River. After mom and dad took pictures we cross over the river on a neat old bridge. When we got to Yakima Washington we looked for a McDonald's so dad could connect to the Internet. It took awhile but we finally found one. So mom and dad went inside to get something to eat. While they were there dad checked his email and mom updated my website. Dad was still checking his email when mom decided to checkup on me. Mom took me for a walk around the parking lot and than she gave me my dinner and water. After I was finished with my dinner mom went back into McDonald's to see how much long we were going to be there. By the time she went back dad was finished. I was glad when they both got back.

Mom and dad decided to drive a little longer before set up camp for the night. Before we left Yakima dad stopped by a gas station to get a map of Washington because that would make it a lot easier that the atlas. Dad read the map to see how far it was to a campground. He found out it was too far away. Mom and dad decided to stay at the first campground on the map. It was a National Forrest Campground called Windy Point. The campground was by a river. Mom and dad found a site and than set up camp for the night. After they were done they walked around the campground. As they were walking around they found an apple tree with apple in it. They wanted to try an apple out so they came back to find a pull to reach one. When they came back for the pole they decided I could go with them. Mom and dad kept me on leash because the river was flowing very fast. They were afraid I would try to get in the river. When we got to the apple tree the pole was too short but mom found an apple on the ground that looked ok to eat. We continued walking around the campground. I enjoyed this because it was nice and cold. It also gave me a chance to stretch my legs. Once we got back to the site we went inside for the night. Mom cut open the apple and shared it with dad. She also gave me a piece. Dad thought it was a little tart but mom said it would have been better if it was cold. I didn't care because I liked it.





Mom standing in front of Twin 1000 year old Douglas Firs

 
LOCATION:  Castle Rock, Washington    SITE:  Seaquest State Park
DATE:  9/30/2009    SPACE:  37    TRIP:  51  DISTANCE:  200 miles

Wednesday September 30, 2009

We woke up at 6:45 am. Mom and dad got up and had to wake me because I was tired. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down to have breakfast with dad. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned to the site mom and dad broke camp. Today we're going to Mount Rainier. The drive to Mount Rainier was a beautiful drive. It was raining on and off so dad had to be careful. We drove through a mountain pass to get to Mount Rainier. There were a lot of gorgeous trees and the road was curvy. The reason we stayed at Windy Point last night was because it was going to be cold at the campgrounds closer to Mount Rainier and also they said that there would be some snow. They were right in the mountains there was snow. This is the second time we saw snow in September. The first stop we made was at a visitor center at Ohanapecosh Campground. I had to stay in the Minnie because I wasn't allowed in the visitor center or on the trails. We were a little early so mom and dad decided to walk the nature trail that was at the visitor center. The nature trail was .4 mile long. Along the trail there were signs about the plants and there was a hot spring. Mom took pictures of the trail as they walked it. After mom and dad finished their hike they went back to the visitor center.

The lady that talked to them there was very nice and gave them a map of Mount Rainier National Park. She also highlighted places to stop and see along the scenic route. Mom and dad returned to the Minnie and decided to drive the scenic route because it was too wet to hike much. As we were driving the route dad would stop and take pictures. The mountains looked so beautiful with all the snow on them. There were also clouds and some of the clouds were so low dad had to drive through them. Dad stop at a spot so mom and him could do a little hike to see big old trees. The hike was about 1.5 miles. They said it was beautiful. They saw a lot of big trees. There were signs along the trail to tell you what the trees were. There was one place that they saw twin Douglas Furs that were 1000 years old a piece. They told me it was hard to describe how big the trees were because they were over 200 feet tall and you couldn't even put your arms around them. There were a few people hiking the trail that were just as amazed as mom and dad were on the size of the trees. After their hike we continued our drive. We stopped at an overview of a canyon that was formed by a river. Dad took pictures on the canyon and a tunnel that we were going to drive through. In fact we drove through a couple of them by the time we finished our drive. Dad had to be careful as he was driving because as we were going up the road was slippery. We drove all the way up to Paradise. We were going to have lunch at Paradise but we decided not to because it was too cold. When we got to Paradise dad took pictures of mom in the snow and the scenery. We also saw a group of kids planting plants. They were cold but they were still planting. We waved at they as we went down the mountain pass. When we got to the bottom we stopped at another visitor center to have lunch.

Before lunch mom took me for a walk. We we came back mom gave me a snack and than made sandwiches for dad and her. After lunch mom and dad went to the visitor center to get some postcards but didn't find any that they liked so they came back to the Minnie. When they got back we decided to drive towards Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The campground we decided we were going to stay at was Seaquest State Park because it was close to Mount St. Helens. In fact there is a visitor center right across the street from the park.

We arrived at Seaquest State Park about 3:30 pm. Dad drove around to look at campsites. He found out that there were plenty of sites so he drove to the visitor center before it closed. He knew we would be long gone before it opened in the morning. When we got to the visitor center mom and dad went inside. They got there right in time to see a movie about Mount St. Helens. The movie was 15 minutes so by the time they got out the visitor center was getting ready to close. Mom and dad went to the center store to by postcards. When they got back we went back to the campground. Dad found a site and than mom and dad set up camp. Afterwards we walked to the front to pay for the site. We walked around the campground to get familiar with it. There are 5 miles of hiking trails around the park. It was a little cold and nasty so we didn't walk too long. When we got back mom made stew for dad and her for dinner. While the stew was cooking she fed me. After we all ate dinner we decided to stay inside for the rest of the night. Mom baked some muffins.