Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Big Plans - Thousands Of Miles From Home

Teachers aren’t privileged to extended vacations through the school year, save Christmas and Easter, so summers tend to be the time for big adventures.  In our household, we sure take advantage of that time. This year, per my request, we decided to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Brian, ever the adventurer, found a way to get as much out of one trip as possible, and I soon discovered that other stops had been added to our agenda; in fact, we’ll be gone for more than two weeks and cover some two to three thousand miles.  Along with a visit to Yellowstone, we will visit Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, and Glacier National Park.  Provided I don’t have an encounter with a bear, all should be great!   
I’m very excited to spend some of this trip with Tom and Ann, Brian’s uncle and aunt, and their two boys, Daniel and Xavier.  They’ll be with us to explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone.  The rest we’ll do on our own.  
This will be the third anniversary that we will be doing something climbing related – anniversary #1 was spent coaching at a climbing competition in Michigan (we even had to stop at The Big House – I was sure to sport a Badgers T-shirt all day), anniversary #2 was spent in Yosemite National Park, and anniversary #4 will be spent in Yellowstone National Park.  Climbing certainly is fun, and because of it, we’ve seen some wonderful places and met some amazing people.  However, it’s also a lot of work.  As such, I’ve already put in my request for anniversary #5.  It involves, sun, fruity drinks, and a beach…or Italy!

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