Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reptile Show

We went to the reptile show like we do every year.  One of the favorite features is always the petting zoo.  It was very crowded, but the kids did get to pet a monitor lizard and a tortoise.

New this year was a fossil dig, sponsored by the owners of the prior T-Rex museum (closed).  The kids found real fossils like shark teeth and fish bones.

Mason held a type of ball python that has a special gene trait that causes absence of melanoma (not albinism).  Very neat coloring, and a super nice snake.

Mason had been begging for a bearded dragon, but our investigation showed them to be expensive, smelly, and difficult to care for.  The best starter lizard:  Leopard geckos.  So we got two, one for each of the kids, and they are adorable!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Waterfalls of Yelllowstone

Upper Falls.  
Below are more of the amazing falls, caused by the geologic disturbances, new step-offs, due to the volcanic activity.  So cool!

Yellowstone River Canyon

From the Brink of Lower Falls.  Don't fall!

Lower Falls (the famous one)

A cute picture, even though Mason was having trouble smiling and keeping his eyes reasonably open due to heavy glare from the sun.  Quite the over-dramatic boy.  I think the black bird in the background makes this shot.

Not a bad family picture, and finally a good smile on our handsome man.  And notice the gap in his teeth, he lost one on the trip!

Gibbon Falls, a cascade-style falls, very elegant

On our way out, we passed by Lewis Falls. The water is actually warmer than the air in the cold mornings, so there was mist coming off the river and falls.  It was incredible and a great way to end the trip, and energize a long drive starting at 7am!