We had very special visitors last week. Catherine was a bit standoffish of all adults who weren't mommy or daddy after a week of doctors and poking, but she warmed right up when she saw Uncle Ed!
Ed and Georgina brought the kids some very fun treats. Catherine had a lot of fun with her new stamps:
Catherine blew me some kisses and I headed out and came home to some great new projects:
James took a few days off this visit so he could join us. Last time we had discussed showing them Glacier but we need a slightly longer travel time (and better weather) so we went to one of my other favoritest parts of the country and headed down to Grand Teton. For the second time, Ed and Georgina had GORGEOUS weather for the off-season. Everything was still hazy from fires but just as gorgeous and very bright for our first stop at the Cathedral Group:
Then we headed over to Jenny Lake to hike to Hidden Falls. The hike was 5.2 miles and was a highly recommended hike (though most of the season its 4 miles shorter due to a boat shuttle). It truly was a great day for hiking, sunny and cool as we followed the edge of the lake.
Matthew hiked for about the first mile before being carried in the backpack by dad and Uncle Ed the rest of the way. He could have cared less about the waterfall but there was an (unfortunately) habituated ground squirrel that was keeping a close eye on him which he found hilarious.
Afterwards we drove down the road a ways and had a picnic. I'd say the scenery wasn't too shabby:
Last time Matthew and I were in the park, we were on snowshoes and none of the overlooks were plowed so it was nice to be back in the summer. Love the Snake River overlook:
We headed down Tuesday evening after work so we had Wed and Thurs to explore Teton and Yellowstone. By the time we hit Yellowstone on the way down it was dark which was a little unnerving. The ranger at the entrance warned us about buffalo and sure enough, 10 miles later there was some slamming of the brakes and too close van-to-face time with a buffalo wandering over a bridge (hopefully I can get Matthew's impression of the buffalo on video. Hilarious.) An important lesson was learned about my kiddos - at 15 months, Matthew slept well in the car and like crap in his tent/pack'nplay/crib. Catherine sleeps like crap in the car, but slept like a dream in her tent in the hotel room. This throws a wrench into future "leave when James gets off work" trips but I'm sure like everything else its a phase.