Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Edie was five today and we tried to make the occasion BIG –but really difficult when it is just mum, dad, grandma, grandpa and lily and fynn. All the presents (which had to be something that she could carry on her trip) were all wrapped in Yellowstone brown paper grocery bags (no wrapping paper in the area) and tied up with our washing line rope. Edie didn't mind it was what was in there that counted. Breakfast was large buttermilk pancakes (Uncle Buck style) and candles. What a start to a great day.

A sad moment was saying farewell to Grandma and Grandpa who were heading into California. We had had a fantastic time with them in Yellowstone and having new people into our group was great fun (and meant Ian and I had other people to talk too).

Our first stop was to the Visitor’s Centre at Fishing Bridge to see whether Lily, Fynn and Edie qualified as Junior Rangers. They had all worked really hard all week filling out their newspapers (Headmaster Ian doing a terrific job). After being tested and the kids reciting their Junior Ranger promise (which was an optional extra I must add) they were bestowed their new rank. The Ranger stood up and announced their award to the whole of the Visitors Centre and a large round of applause followed (well as much noise as 12 people could make). The kids were really chuffed.

We left Yellowstone through the west exit which was about 9,000 feet above sea level and en route Ian screamed "Bear" and hit the brakes. Yes, on the side of the road eating berries was a medium sized Grizzly. We had a fantastic view from the RV and as we were the first to see it, reverse back to just beside it. Then we were joined by the masses including one complete idiot from South Dakota (number plate identified!) who throw sticks at it for a reaction. Thankfully (or perhaps not) the Grizzly took no notice and continued to munch. We were amazed by how stupid people were being in trying to ascertain a photo by going so close – about 25 – 30 feet instead of over 100 feet (yes we know this as our children were now Junior Rangers and that was a question!).

Feeling happy at finding a bear we left him (or her – sorry a question on determing the sex of a bear was not in the Junior Ranger swot book and there was no way I was checking for balls) and headed off for Cody.

We were staying at what seemed like a family run RV site beautifully named “Ponderrosa” who were all really enthusiastic about Cody and helpful on what we should do that Labour Day weekend.

Now for those who do not know, Cody is where our dear friend Buffallo (or Bison for those who have been following our blogg) Bill lived whose really name was William Cody. It is a real cowboy town and that’s what we wanted.

Our first port of call was to The Old Trail Town, which I think was one of my favourite places of interest to date. A lovely old man called Bob Edgar had the forethought to gather western historic buildings and artififacts. Buildings moved from about 150 miles from the town of Cody and set up to form a western town giving you the sense of actually being there back in 1890s. Bob Edgar also researched historic data on the buildings and there were cabins there that was used by Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid plus a saloon where Butch Cassidy and other outlaws drank. It was a brilliant experience

We visited a miniature portrayal of Cody and the area over the last hundred years and then ventured to a country and western showdown for Edie's birthday supper. This was a buffet and music evening with western music. A Chuckwagon Dinner at The Cody Cattle Company. Funnily enough it was fun and Edie was called up for everyone to sing Happy Birthday to her.
Not quite a party but Edie had a great day.
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lscinlondon on

Happy Birthday Eddie
We hope you had a lovely birthday, it sure sounds like you are having a grand time all around. Last night we had parents night and someone asked how many are in the class and they said '20' and various people said it was '21' last year we had Eddie then and we were all a bit sad. So you can know for your birthday that you are missed but wow what a great thing to be a Ranger! You have seen a real grizzly bear and your classmates just get to take home an old teddy called Barnaby bear.
Toffee is still doing well, except today for the first time he moved his own bedding from his studio flat upstairs down the tube to the ground floor and is sleeping there under the water bottle. His cage had a good clean yesterday and perhaps this is a protest?? We'll keep you posted. Looks like you will be taking off in a few days to Lima. Best of luck, Isabella and Laurie

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