Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mosquitoville, USA

This place is seriously thick with mosquitoes. We have had to be well-armed and sticky with layers of bug repellant and sunscreen before leaving the house. The boys really want to make s’mores every night, but no one was willing to stay outside with all the bugs, so the s’mores operation was moved inside tonight. Nothing says camping fun like roasting marshmallows on an electric stove in the kitchen.

We’ve spent two days exploring Yellowstone and torturing Simon along the way. We saw a lot of interesting things (at least I thought so); Simon had a different viewpoint. His looked something like this…






and even this…


I thought he might enjoy all the wildlife we saw in the park, and he was sort of impressed with the bears.


The buffalo in the middle of the street was mildly entertaining.


He missed out on the snake because he stayed in the car.


He wanted to take the ground squirrel home for Freckles to play with.


The elk was just ho-hum.


He really wasn’t impressed with Yellowstone until the very end of day two. After multiple slow-downs while people stopped driving in the middle of the road to get out and take pictures of the buffalo, Torsten lost his patience and was getting upset with the slow drivers in front of us. “It’s just a stupid buffalo. We’ve seen like a million of these,” he said. Then Steve looked over and said, “But how many have you seen pooping?” And that was it. Simon was finally impressed. When we got back to the house and someone asked how his day at Yellowstone was, he replied, “It was awesome!”

P.S. Here are some of the cool things I saw. Simon was too busy complaining to notice.

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