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Yellowstone: Part 2

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…..so after our nap in Part 1, there was much more fun to be had.  (I think there will even be a Part 3.)

We saw a lot of these signs:

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And they weren’t kidding:

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Especially the bison.  So, when we drove into the park that first day, we were hyper-alert to see some sort of wildlife.  We didn’t see much, but we did see this bison:

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It was an oh-my-gosh-I-see-one-STOP-THE-CAR-alert-the-media-because-we-may-never-see-another-one moment.  We were so excited.  Well, the rest of our days were like this:

Oh there’s a whole bunch!:

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And more!
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Hey, these ones are pretty close:

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And here’s one walking on the side of the road:

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And this one is walking down the middle of the road:

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And this one is walking through the construction zone:

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We even had lunch with one:

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Ok, you can’t really see him in this picture.  But he is just near that closest tree in the middle of the picture, sleeping.  They were EVERYWHERE!  It was so cool to see them up close.

Which is why it took us three days to try the bison bratwurst and a bison burger.  We sort of felt bad about it.  The bison in Yellowstone are protected, but apparently there are bison farms, just like cow farms, where they are raised for the meat.  The bratwurst and burger were actually pretty good.  But we still felt weird about it.

We also saw these elk near the road:

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I mentioned in the last post about the constantly changing landscape.  Here is an idea of what it was like:

Flat, wet, marshy areas:

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Grassy fields:

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Treacherous mountain passes:

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This road was being held up by steel beams.  We were not thrilled about that:

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Rocky stuff:

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Hot spring mineral buildup things:

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More rocky mountain passes:

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Mountain top views at 8800 feet up:

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I was doing some white knuckle driving.  Paul and I are both not thrilled about heights and there were some parts of the road where I was almost driving in the other lane because I was so afraid I was going to drive off the cliff that was on my side of the road.

Lots and lots of driving.  Yellowstone is HUGE and to see it, you have to do a lot of driving.  At the end of each day, we walked around Old Faithful and the nearby geysers to stretch our legs.  Couldn’t resist a touristy pic of me in front of Old Faithful while it was erupting:

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Ok, more pretty view pictures next time.  And some of my gripes about travelling and the other tourists.  In the meantime, I am happy to be home and looking at this view out my window while I write my blog:

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If you noticed in the trip pictures, there are no pretty color changing leaves.  Just green and brown and blue.  Still pretty but we were worried we were missing our beautiful fall foliage here at home.

The doodlebugs and I preserved some of that this week:

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Blog Silence

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There have been no blog posts from here in quite a while.  Want to know why?  WE WERE ON VACATION!!  …. to YELLOWSTONE!!!!!

It was so great.  But I’ll have to tell you about it later, since I need to organize the 400 or so pictures and figure out how to tell you about it without boring you.   In the mean time, here’s what you missed leading up to our vacation because I was too busy trying to figure out what knitting to bring and could not blog.

Apple crisp and acorn squash made from our CSA shares:

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The apple crisp was great.  The acorn squash was not our favorite (made with brown sugar and butter).  It was just ok.

Pretty sun-setting sky:

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Cruising along on my High Plains poncho… binding off one side and running out of yarn on the last inch and a half:

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….totally annoying.

Then, after we got home, we got our veggie share and I made Apple-Butternut/Acorn Squash soup:

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Forgot to get a pretty picture while it was still in the pot.  I combined a couple of recipes I found, but generally used this one, and added apples. Yummy, spicy, sweet, savory and a much better way to eat acorn squash.

And Ratatouille.  Chopped everything up:

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Cooked it on the stove for a bit:

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Then into the oven for 1 1/2-2 hours:

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So yummy.  My mom made this for family gatherings and my Uncle Jon used to call it “Hatchoo-ey” and pretend like he was sneezing.  It was funny.

Opened up a jar of bread and butter pickles, made in August, after waiting the 8 weeks it said to:

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They are the best pickles I have ever had.  Hands down.  I’m not a big pickle fan, especially not dill pickles, so sweet are the ones I usually go for.  I could eat these until the cows come home.  I hope I can make them they same way next time.

Pretty leaf pics in the yard after a week of being away:

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And a quick drive to Thacher Park to see the view:

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Speaking of views, these are nothing compared to what we saw in Wyoming.  Wait ’til you see.  Next time…

Fall-ish

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Despite the 80 degree weather expected this weekend, I’m throwing myself into Fall.

Finishing up some cozy knitting:

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Black Cherry Lambic scarf. Nice and warm and cozy.

Starting and getting a good bit knit on my High Plains poncho:

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Yes, I’m determined to finish it by the time we go to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival on October 19.

And finishing up my Terra shawl.  No picture in this post.  It gets it’s own post tomorrow…..

More leaf-changing pictures:

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A fall crafty thing with Miss Ladybug:

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The “Hoo! Hoo!” is there in case there was any doubt about what this may be….  And the thing in the bottom left corner is an acorn cap she found at the playground.  Mr. Doodlebug was not at all interested in this project.  He started it and used some glue but quickly asked to be excused (so polite!).  We found out later that it was because he thought the owl was going to be real and fly away.  I felt terrible. I had no idea that he was worried about that and thought he just wanted to go play! Oh, if we could just be inside their heads.  Sometimes.  Then we would also know why he does not like it when a cartoon character on tv sneezes.

More sauce:

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Warm and toasty comfort food, made with one of the million jars of sauce:

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Baked Ziti from The Pioneer Woman.  It has ground beef and ground sausage.  It is really yummy.

Apple crisp made with the doodlebugs.  They loved helping.  And I forgot to get a picture.  Mr. Doodlebug loved the apple crisp.  Miss Ladybug really wanted to love it.  She was so looking forward to having it after lunch.  So excited to have helped to make it.  So excited as I was giving it to her.  So excited as she took her first bite.  She said she liked it but the look on her face told me otherwise.  She spent about five minutes stirring it around, pretending to be scooping some up on her spoon and then not eating it,  and saying that mommy and daddy were going to love it.  I finally asked if she really liked it and told her that it was great that she tried it but it was ok if she didn’t.  Then she said, “I don’t like it.”  I resisted the urge to say “What????? How can you NOT like it????  It’s SOOOOOOOO good!  Apple-y and cinnamon-y and sweet and crunchy!!!  It’s just not possible to NOT like it!”  Instead I told her that I was proud of her for trying something new. (She doesn’t do that too often.)  I’m sure she will like it someday.  How could she not?

Then we got a ton more apples (and some pears) from our CSA:

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So, maybe we’ll figure out an apple-y thing to make that she will like.  Or we could just eat them.  She likes them just as apples.

And we can’t forget about these:

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Full-on fall here.  Maybe the weather will feel that way soon, too!