Thursday - Catherine feels a bit warm. This is reminiscent of our first attempt at this trip, which turned out to be a 24 hour thing. Trip is still on.
Friday - Catherine's temp is 102 and she's a hot sweaty mess. She definitely can't go to daycare but status of trip is TBD.
Friday afternoon - Catherine has not left my arms all day, making any attempt to work from home impossible and one attempted vendor call comical. We pick up the trailer but postpone our departure until Saturday morning, planning a fly-by trip if needed so Catherine doesn't share her germs with grandma. James and Matthew pick up the U-Haul and Matthew couldn't be more excited about it (or maybe it was just the toy they gave him). Oh yeah, did I mention it also started snowing?
Saturday Early Morning - We get the kids up around 5:30a and are on the road at 6. Catherine still has a fever but we decide to push on (mistake #1). The plan was to stop in Livingston for breakfast to go then get back on the road. As we head out of town and the road is empty, I say "hey, since it's daylight and early, let's go through the park on the way down instead of the way back" (mistake #2). In Livingston I check the weather for the towns on the outskirts of Yellowstone and they all have the same weather as Livingston, mid-30s/snow. Weather/Roads in Livingston seem manageable so we figure we can handle the park and veer south (poor assumption mistake #3).
Saturday Mid-Morning - Get to Gardiner. Starting to see cars with 3-4 inches of snow on top. Get to the park entrance and our exit park strategy through Jackson has been closed. Instead of turning around and backtracking 40+ miles we decide to press on and head east out through Cody (mistake #4). Head out toward Tower/Falls, not noticing the sign that parts of the road are closed until a few seconds too late. Take this picture and turn around South toward Norris and figure then we'll head east through Cody instead of cutting our losses and getting out of the park (mistake #5):
Saw a few elk by the road which almost redeemed this stressful 3 hour timewasting excursion:
On the upside of the weekend, we were able to take some time on Monday to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. We headed downtown for the parade and a chance to impart at least a small bit of what the day is about to Matthew. In his two year old brain though he was most excited by the F-15 flyover: