Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
21Trip End Jul 25, 2010
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Grizzly RV Park
A week has passed rather quickly with some challenges, a bit of a learning curve (driving a sixty-eight foot rig) and some memorable experiences. We set off on this month long adventure to discover the country that exists beyond our little world. Hoping our eight year old was mature enough to appreciate the experience and grasping a last opportunity with our sixteen year old before he starts his travels to independence. We took on this adventure with my brother and his family knowing it would make the experience so much more enjoyable.
Our first outing was to a little State Park in South Dakota called Custer Park
We had the opportunity this week to visit Badlands National Park and hike these magnificent mountains of earth that change with every drop of rain and every blowing breeze. It was a tepid ninety-seven degrees, very dry but with a fantastic breeze to cool us. We ventured across the desert like terrain and up onto the grassy prairie, stopping to appreciate the unique vegetation and occasional wildlife sighting.
Yellowstone National Park was a lesson in geology and thermal dynamics (at least that’s what I was told). It was an amazing sense knowing that we were essentially walking on a volcanic table. Experiencing the volatility of the earth below, watching as it surfaces with such variety, from the steaming ponds, the bubbling paint pots and the majestic eruption of Old Faithful. The sheer size of the park cannot be overstated and the geological variations throughout the park were what I found most impressive
Yesterday, after much preparation; we ventured down to Grand Teton National Park to kayak the Snake River. We put in just south of the dam and traversed the river together for about six miles. Diane and I spent much of the journey trying, with little success, to find a balance between our somewhat conflicting (lefty vs righty) paddling skills in order to keep our kayak true. At time laughing ourselves to tears at the fact that we found our kayak traveling in a circular pattern more than straight. Darian and Timmy were all about the race and Chuck worked aggressively to compensate for Brendan’s sincere, albeit, challenged attempts to assist in their forward progress.
While the times spent at each of these venues was worth every challenge encountered to complete the journey I find myself thinking more about just that… the journey. We’ve been starting our days early and ending them late, just trying to get a functional schedule
Along the many miles traveled, you often happen upon these small townettes (as I like to call them)… population one hundred and ninety-one (including resident cats and dogs) in the valley below. I find myself contemplating how they function absent of the three Home Depots and one Lowes within five minutes of my home? What do they do when they need a gallon of milk at ten o’clock at night? Diane’s seems to think they just reach out the back door and yank on a few utters on Betsy the cow. Who has the simpler life? I find this unusual peace when I look at my cellular phone and see no service… no one can call me…As a result of this past week I think I’ve diagnosed a modern condition called TDS (Technology Detachment Syndrome). Running a business that predominately deals with technology there is an unusual uneasiness realizing that the technology we’ve come to rely on to make our life easier, doesn’t help out here and wondering perhaps if all the technological tools that are suppose to make our lives easier…don’t.