This summer's family vacation was camping in Yellowstone National Park. In summary, it was a phenomenal vacation. It was a lot of hard work, both preparing for and in daily activity. We were camping with two small children, after all. We never would have survived without our ingenious and thorough preparation. Kevin did almost everything from packing (and didn't forget anything!) to buying individual/dual DVD players for the kids. These players saved our lives.
Erika bought quite a few small toys as rewards and car entertainment. These she wrapped, so the kids got "presents" along the way. It worked well to keep them behaved.
We did actually forget one thing - Mason's shoes. Kevin didn't pack any, and Erika put the kids straight from bed (notice the PJs) into the car, sans shoes. Day two in the car we went to a Walmart and bought a pair. The irony is that Camryn had four pairs.
We survived the car ride and arrived! We ended up setting up camp with barely enough light. Dada and Mason shared a tent and air mattress and Mama and Cami shared the tiny tent, with only thin pads. Who decided that was fair?
Day one we spent in the Upper Geyser Basin. There was so much to do there! We walked the trails and saw so many geysers, hot springs, and steam pots. Erika took almost 400 photos the entire trip, and hasn't had time to sort them all yet, so here is a sampling of day one.
View of the basin and Yellowstone river.
Chromatic pool, a hot spring
The spectacular Old Faithful. We saw this probably 4-5 times the entire trip and it was one of Mason's favorite things. Then we went back to camp to finish setting up and have some campfire food!