Above the Rest Lodge
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... kids to join in. I don't think they would have otherwise.
The kids ended sitting on the nose of the raft which I wasn't thrilled about at first because we would nose dive into the rapids. The kids loved it. Along the way, the kids got to jump in. John also played some games with them like bronco where they stand one the nose of the boat and we paddle and turn and try to knock them off. They loved that. Also another game of trust where they each ...
... then white as it contrasts with the dark mountains. It almost looks like the sky is torn paper. Like someone tore the sky in a jagged line revealing a black abyss below. Then the contrast disappears into total blackness with stars popping up like some took a needle and poked holes in the heavens. We also have our morning and evening guests which have become fairly mundane now. A family of elk wander through our property and down into other ...
... river then crosses the only bridge across into the heart of Gardiner. Gardiner has only 3 streets running parallel to the river and another 4 or five streets that flow into the river. There are small homes, restaurants, shops, recreational stores, a post office, a Catholic Chruch and a few other incidental places. You can spend an evening in Gardiner having drinks, a dinner, some meandering and have some dessert. Our cabin is nestled up on the hill at the ...
... see the falls at all.
Then it was finally off northwards up and over the caldera rim for the last time, and down a very pretty descent to Tower-Roosevelt where we turned east down the Lamar Valley, which is renowned as the best wildlife spotting strip in the park.
It's funny how you so quickly get immune to the amazing. Just like in Africa where zebras went from exciting to so common that you didn't even mention them, it's got that way here with bison and elk. So we ...
Mission accomplished. Not only did I see a bear, we saw three! Well kind of.. They were so far away they were like blobs without the binoculars. We saw a badger too. He was cool, and a bunch of bison/buffalo (I don't know the difference) We tried huckleberry ice cream because my mom said she read reviews saying we had to. It was pretty good but I think it was just black raspberry with little blueberries in it. We ...