Well we finally have gotten the summer heat that we wanted. Sora has been having a great few days playing with poppa and grandma McPherson.
Take it easy
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Sora has been having a great time seeing grandparents and friends and neighbors and all kinds of people. My aunt Sherry built this little toddler sized picnic table for Sora and her cousin Dylan. Sora loves it.
Monday, June 20, 2011
We decided to crash the Ring family's Father's Day celebrations on our way through Spokane. There is an excellent synopsis with some great pictures on the Ring's blog.
Sora has been faring pretty well overall considering she's devoid of any routine or stability for the past week, but she's definitely had some less than happy moments.
She wasn't too impressed with the Spokane Falls...
She was too small to ride on the kiddie rides, but took that pretty well. And although she looks like she had fun on the slide, she also fell off pretty hard.
Friday, June 17, 2011
After a very cold night, and a cold morning, Sora was ready to leave Yellowstone for good. We did get her to explore some animal scat.
From Yellowstone, we drove to Spokane, only stopping for gas and a few coffees. This was by far the longest drive we had on our trip, and Sora was totally happy most of the time. She got to do "projects" with mom, watch a video with dad, finger paint, read stories, and do a lot of playing. We are now in Spokane for a few days with the Rings and have a lot of fun ahead of us watching Sora keep up with Charlie and Annie.
After leaving Wall, we headed for Rapid City, South Dakota. I think this was one of my favorite stops. We had coffee at a great little shop downtown before heading up to the Dinosaur Park. Sora was much more excited about the idea of this park than the actual park, but it was located at the top of a big hill and had a great view of the area, in addition to massive dinosaurs.
Rapid City is also home to Storybrook Island (not an actual island of course). This park has a playground mixed in with 144 scenes from different stories. Here Sora is driving Engine 9.
The Cat in the Hat is very appropriate for this trip, since we have listened to several Dr. Seuss audiobooks on the drive. Sora's favorite is Green Eggs and Ham and quotes it often.
We spent the night in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Not much to see or do, but we did stay in a campground located right by the rodeo grounds. There was a group of girls on horses taking some type of horse riding class and Sora was fascinated. She has decided that she wants to ride one of her Papa D's horses, but when given the chance to pet a horse, she declined, so I'm not sure that her dream will come to fruition on this trip.
The next day, we headed to Yellowstone. It was sunny and windy, with a lot of bison and hot water involved.
We were lucky enough to get a campsite in the first campground we tried, which was first come first serve and filled up in the early afternoon. Sora enjoyed her first ranger program, a campfire sans fire due to wind, that focused on some lesser known animals of Yellowstone. She was transfixed with the pictures he showed and was fascinated by his stories. After all that excitement, we were all ready for a good night sleep in our tent (which of course didn't happen since it was in the 30's at night).
Monday, June 13, 2011
Today we spent our day driving across South Dakota. It is a sparsely populated state which needs to erect ridiculous attractions to get motorists passing through to stop. Luckily for them, we are such motorists.
South Dakota definitely caters to the motorist. Here is an elaborate rest stop on I-90.
We drove through the Badlands National Park. Sora slept most of the way, but it was beautiful and the first interesting landscape we've seen so far on the trip.
We had planned on camping near Wall in the national grasslands, but with high chance of thunderstorms for a second night in a row, we treated ourselves to a hotel room. This freed up our evening to go swimming at the Wall city pool and play in the playground.