jUne 20, 2016
Home! Finally! I never thought we would make it. I wonder if Sir Winslow thought the same. While reading his journals he rarely gave an indication that he was glad to be back at Windy Willows. But more about those travels later.
When my husband suggested we attend his brother’s marine retirement in California, I didn’t think it was going to be possible. It seemed a long way to travel with 4 kids and the cost was out of the budget. Thankfully I have a good income during the winter months sewing costumes for our local festival. After deciding it would work and planning the trip we set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
The first day was spent in the prairies of the mid west. Since that is where we are from, I’m not sure I drew much inspiration from it. Mostly a time of “how much longer mom?” Getting into western Nebraska and eastern Colorado we did see Pronghorns. It is an interesting take on either a deer or an antelope.
Day 2 was VERY long. The Salt Flats of Utah had a very ugly bird resembling a seagull. How anything could survive in that environment? Then there was Nevada. Do they have wildlife there? I’m kidding of course. We did see some wild horses from a distance. I would have loved to see some running in a herd. Very majestic!
After the retirement ceremony and some family time we headed north to Yellowstone.Now that was amazing! I most likely won’t do a pillow with Old Faithful or the mud pots. However, I do want to make a buffalo pillow. Those are some big creatures. Wow! Both Jacob and Anna swore they saw a grizzly in the woods too, so I will take their word for it. I was busy driving those windy mountain roads. Eeeek!
Our stop in Cody, WY was very educational. The Buffalo Bill Museum of the Wild West is well worth the visit. The guys of course loved all the guns, I enjoyed the Whitney Art Museum, Emily loved the history of Buffalo Bill and Anna tried to stick her finger up the buffalo's nose. We ended up spending over 6 hours there and could have spent more but we had to keep moving.
Bear Country USA is really where we saw the most animals. If you want to see bears up close and in action you need to go if you have the chance. Not only do they have adults wandering freely (sort of) you also see cubs tumbling and playing together. In addition to the bears they have wolves, mountain goats, elk, mountain lion and a few other native animals. Not sure which one I will make first!
We also went to Mt Rushmore - so cool, please go - and then finally that day, ended up at Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota. One creature that kept turning up was the jackalope. Now the curious thing was that it was always stuffed or mounted on a board. So I a guessing it became extinct somehow. Well that won’t stop me from making my version of it!
So now we are home and happy to be here. On to the next adventure!