Friday, June 18, 2010

Vacation, Day 18

Thursday after Pentecost 3
June 17, 2010
Vacation, Day 18

The Lord be with you

We woke up this morning in Idaho. We drove into Yellowstone in Wyoming (the west entrance). We left through the north entrance and into Montana. We ended the day in Billings, staying in a Motel 6. By driving the extra 100 plus miles away from Yellowstone we saved over $100.00 per room. However, as I downloaded everyone’s pictures (and had a little difficulty) it is after 2:00 AM as I sit down to write about today’s adventures.

First, we could see some of Idaho in the light this morning. It is much greener than Arizona, and certainly a beautiful state. Traffic is slow in Yellowstone so it took about three hours to get to Old Faithful. We just missed one blow so looked at the gift stores while waiting for the next show. It is beautiful. We then ate lunch in the cafeteria and watched a second display of Old Faithful’s power. Geysers are a true wonder. We spent the rest of the day exploring the park and taking many pictures (I alone took over 300). We saw bears, deer, buffaloes, and elk. One elk chased Dixie. We say a beautiful waterfall, some wondrous mineral springs, and a great sunset as we left the park.

At Old Faithful the park has a camera that broadcasts on the internet. Several of our friends around the country, including my sister Claire and Rachel’s husband Philip, saw us on that internet camera.

In South Carolina, June is a hot month. Temperatures can get into the 100’s. Well the same is not true of June in Yellowstone, at least today. It was snowing! It was a good thing that we were all wearing long pants!

I really can’t say anything about Montana as it was nighttime as we drove through.

As I only have one bar here on my wireless internet, and therefore it takes forever to post the pictures, I will wait until tomorrow to post today’s pictures.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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