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Wyoming through Instagram

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Borrowing a Backyard: Experiencing Rural Life in Wyoming

It’s no secret that I love the idea of living on a little farm. Courtney is one of my oldest friends. When we were little we’d spend hours dreaming of owning…

It’s no secret that I love the idea of living on a little farm.

Courtney is one of my oldest friends. When we were little we’d spend hours dreaming of owning our own horses or chucking pastel colored ponies at each other during the “Pretty Pony Wars”. Time changes a lot but it doesn’t take the love of horses out of a horse girl’s heart.

Years later, Courtney lives in rural Wyoming with her family, a horse, a dog, a cat, and a small herd of goats. Their home is surrounded by bad lands leading up to the Big Horn mountains and pastures full of horses grazing under the biggest sky you’ll ever see.

A week there was a week in paradise.

Families WY

So fun to catch up after so many years.

Spotted Appaloosa WY Spotted Horse WY

These beauties trotted right up to us on our bike ride.

Bay Quarter Horse and Thing 1 WY

Courtney’s horse, Biscuit, was so sweet and gentle even Thing 1 who is nervous around them petted her.

Goat Push WY

We all loved Blondie, especially Thing 1.

Hiking in the Big Horn Mountains WY

Spring was in full bloom in the Big Horn mountains.

Thing 1 and Helen WY

Thing 1 made a special friend. He spent 3 nearly full days with Helen, Courtney’s piano teacher, who helped him to improve his music reading skills.

There was hiking, a raptor show at the library, cookouts on the patio, sunsets and sunrises, bike rides, yoga, and relaxing in the wild countryside of Wyoming.

Sweet Goat WY

This (and this) is why I think our next adventure needs to be setting up a little farm of our own or else we need to figure out how to pack a goat in our RV.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Nomads in Wonderland – Yellowstone National Park

Steam rises and swirls in a dance with the wind. White mud bubbles and boils like living pots of paint. Geysers explode from the earth daring to touch the clouds….

Steam rises and swirls in a dance with the wind. White mud bubbles and boils like living pots of paint. Geysers explode from the earth daring to touch the clouds. Water rages through the canyon and trickles out of cracks. Rings of yellow and orange surround crystal clear springs filled with water so turquoise, it makes you wonder if you have ever seen turquoise before.

It’s every bit as magical and mysterious as I expected. And more.

We are in Yellowstone National Park.

It is the first, most famous, and most visited national park in America.

A giant caldera is responsible for the dynamic geothermal shows. Deer, bear, bison, elk, and many other animals make this natural wonderland their home.

And for 10 days we made it our home too.

Boardwalk Yellowstone Silhouette

Geyser in the Distance

Mom and boys Canyon Yellowstone

Steam Rising Yellowstone

crazy geyser yellowstone

Old Faithful at Sunset Yellowstone National Park Dad and boys Yellowstone Elk Yellowstone NP

Old Faithful Geyser Yellowstone

Jump Yellowstone

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Stopped in Our Tracks at Grand Tetons National Park

Some places you don’t know what to expect. To be honest, we only stopped at Grand Teton because it was one our way to Yellowstone. We hadn’t even looked up…

Grand Tetons Panoramic

Some places you don’t know what to expect.

To be honest, we only stopped at Grand Teton because it was one our way to Yellowstone.

We hadn’t even looked up pictures of Grand Teton National Park on the internet.

But as we drove in through Jackson Hole, we were stopped in our tracks.

There are no foothills to make introductions.

Like teeth of a great beast trying to chew its way out of the earth, the mountains jut abruptly out of the ground without apologies.

Unfortunately most of our photos from Grand Teton were lost but thankfully there were a few left to remind us of this majestic place.

Brent Grand Tetons National Park

Wild Flowers Grand Tetons National Park

Jackson Lake Grand Tetons  Lake Grand Tetons NP Thing 2 Looking for Elk

Thing 2 watching an elk with his scope.

Lake Grand Tetons National Park Grand Tetons National Park RV Grand Tetons National Park Sunset Grand Tetons National Park

Wild Flowers Grand Tetons Wyoming

What a lovely and powerful place to make home for five days.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Picnic with a Friend

We met Lucille when we delivered groceries in Ventura to homebound elderly. Every week would would deliver her order of Lean Cuisine, Lays chips, ice cream, and diet Coke. Afterwards…

Cemetery Picnic ID

We met Lucille when we delivered groceries in Ventura to homebound elderly. Every week would would deliver her order of Lean Cuisine, Lays chips, ice cream, and diet Coke. Afterwards we would stay and talk.  She lived alone and had never had children. Her nearest relative, her brother, lived hundreds of miles away.

It didn’t take us long to develop a special friendship with her and when she was moved into a nursing home we continued to visit.  In the nursing home, she had one picture by her bed, a picture of us.

We didn’t get to say goodbye the way we had hoped.

I knew she had been buried in Idaho so once we made it to northern Utah I began my search to locate her grave so we could give a more proper goodbye. I discovered she was buried in a little town called Aberdeen. Once we arrived at our campground I asked the host if they knew where the cemetery was located. It happened to be only a few miles away.

That evening we packed a picnic complete with Lays and diet Coke for Lucille. As the sun set we reminisced and laughed about our times with her.

Cemetery Friend ID

And I finally got to say my goodbye.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Utah through Instagram

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Jenn

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Saying Goodbye in Salt Lake City

We were supposed to say goodbye in Provo. We didn’t. We were supposed to say goodbye on Antelope Island. We didn’t. Instead, Brent and I decided to head back south…

We were supposed to say goodbye in Provo. We didn’t.

We were supposed to say goodbye on Antelope Island. We didn’t.

Instead, Brent and I decided to head back south to Salt Lake City to spend a few more days with our dear nomadic friends.

Temple Square Salt Lake City UT

We visited Temple Square where our friends proved how much they really do like us when Brent and I decided to ask our sisters, a.k.a. tour guides, two millions questions about Mormonism. Fascinating.

Friends Salt Lake City UT

We explored (and got lost) the streets of Salt Lake City and ate German food at Siegfried’s Deli. Highly recommended.

GMO March Salt Lake City UT

Never mind that we all live in RVs because you know you are really with like minded people when you come across an anti-GMO march and find yourself wildly chanting and cheering along with the protestors.

Trader Joe's Salt Lake City UT

Clementine and I cleared the shelves at Trader Joe’s.

The Grill Hero Salt Lake City UT

Brent played grill master.

After a few days in Salt Lake it was time to say goodbye and this time…

Another Group Hug Salt Lake City UT

…we did.

Goodbye Salt Lake City UT

Eli escorted us to the gate on his bike.

Sniff.

See you down the road friends!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Adventures on Antelope Island

So we thought we were going to say goodbye to our village friends Sunday morning in Provo. The RVs were packed so we took our goodbye group picture and gathered…

So we thought we were going to say goodbye to our village friends Sunday morning in Provo.

The RVs were packed so we took our goodbye group picture and gathered for hugs.

Then…

In an attempt to deal with my sadness and to throw out one last effort to put off having to say goodbye, I half jokingly said something about coming to Antelope Island with us.

Pause…

After some discussion the village decided to head to Antelope Island State Park for five more days together!!!!!!

YES!!!!!!!!!

The sun smiled and a bluebird came out to sit on my shoulder

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah-zip-a-dee-ay! My, oh my, what a wonderful day!!!!

Sunrise Antelope Island UT

Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. While Antelope Island is only a hop, skip, and a jump from Salt Lake City, it feels like a world apart with its nearly untouched beauty. Mountains surrounded by golden rolling plains overlook the glassy water of the lake.

Visiting Antelope Island State Park UT

An abundance of wildlife, most notably bison, call Antelope Island home. The bison were everywhere: dotting the hills, on the roads, cruising through the campground, and even on the beach.

Three in a Row Bridger Bay Campground Antelope Island UT

Bridger Bay Campground, while primitive, was a beautiful spot to call home for five days.

Morning Coffee Antelope Island UT

We sat on a hill overlooking the lake, a perfect place for morning coffee.

It was a relaxing week filled with bike rides, walks, and being with friends.

Swimming in Great Salt Lake Antelope Island UT

We even braved the cold and wind to take a quick dip in the Great Salt Lake.

Burrrr Antelope Island Great Salt Lake UT

Burrrrrrrr!

Buddies Antelope Island UT

Buddies!

Don't look behind you

I finally got to spend time with a blogging friend and her family who I met online over 5 years ago. Some bison cruised by at dinner.

Brent Biking Bison Antelope Island UT

Brent and I slipped away for some hiking and a bike ride.

Bison on the Beach Antelope Island State Park UT

I have this habit of calling beautiful places “magical” but right now, even with the bugs and the bison poop on the beach, I can’t think of a better word for Antelope Island.

Magical.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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People not Places – Provo, Utah

After leaving Moab we had to make a choice between heading down to Zion and Bryce Canyon or meeting up with our friends in Provo, Utah. We chose our friends…

After leaving Moab we had to make a choice between heading down to Zion and Bryce Canyon or meeting up with our friends in Provo, Utah.

We chose our friends because if we’ve learned one thing it’s the people not the places that really make the journey. Afterall I have a feeling Zion will be there for a while and who knows when we’ll cross paths with our friends again.

The boys were happy to get to spend a week with their friends. There was jumping, skating, sleepovers, bike riding, and a campfire.

DI Thrift Store Provo UT

Jema, Clementine, and I spent an eternity afternoon in the thrift store. Ahhh, women after my own heart.

Thrift Store Wedding Dress Provo UT

I considered renewing my vows just so we could were these dresses. 😉

That Jump Place Provo UT

Jump!

Buddies Provo UT

Silly skaters!

Popping Bottles Provo UT

Clearly, I’m not Mormon.

The Village Provo Utah UT

The Village Provo UT

The week passed and much too soon we were posing for a group picture before we said our goodbyes.

Or so we thought….

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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Arches and Adventures in Moab, Utah

When we hit the road in 2011, we each had the places we most wanted to see. Brent was excited about Maine. Thing One couldn’t wait for New York City….

When we hit the road in 2011, we each had the places we most wanted to see. Brent was excited about Maine. Thing One couldn’t wait for New York City. And Thing Two insisted we go to Egypt. Maybe someday, Thing Two.

Utah was my promised land. No, we aren’t Mormon but I had seen enough pictures of red rock arches and sheer cut canyons to know I would love it. And I did.

Moab was crazy beautiful.

BLM land moab UT

Our home for the week was a desolate spot on BLM land. This may be my favorite “backyard” yet.

Arches National Park Moab Utah

We spent a few days exploring Arches National Park. Arches National Park is known…well…for its arches. There are more than 2000 in the park.

Double Arch Moab Utah

Thing One wasn’t that into standing under arches after seeing the movie at the visitor’s center. He kept saying matter of factly, “You saw how that thing was formed. That (pieces of rock falling) could still happen.” It was just an excuse to not have to walk so much. Nice try, buddy.

Shoving me into a puddle!

He was, however, into trying to shove me into a mud puddle. Anything to avoid hiking I suppose.

Delicate Arch

State Symbol of Utah Delicate Arch

We did hike to Delicate Arch, the most famous arch in the park. We couldn’t let the Utah license plate be our only view of the arch.

Canyonlands National Park with friends

While in Moab, we also spend a day in Canyonlands National Park with full time RVing friends, Rachel and Spencer, who we met in Breckenridge.  Canyonlands is divided into four districts most of which are not easily accessible by car. Just another reason to come back, next time with a 4-wheel drive.

Arch in Canyonlands National Park

It was nice to not have to ask strangers for family photos.

Slick Rock Moab

Jeeps in Moab

Jeeps Slick Rock Moab

We tried mountain biking on Slick Rock Trail but decided it was out of our league after about…100 feet.

It was fun to watch the jeeps though. And another reason to come back.

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We did find some easier trails to bike.

Family Mountain Bike Ride Moab

Mountain Biking Moab Sunset

Nothing beats a red desert sunset.

Mothers Day

Except for maybe a red desert Mother’s Day followed by lunch at an authentic Mexican dive with my two favorite kids.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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