See, there was vacation. Then there was recovery from vacation. The return week back to work was tremendously busy, too. No rest for the weary, I guess.
However, this weekend gave chance to catch up, re-acquaint, touch base, and settle back in.
The week in Yellowstone was absolutely grand. Grander than grand. The grandest ever! Eldest Daughter and Manfriend made their connecting flight coming to, which I had come to realize may have been a weak link in the whole week's plan. I was wrong, however. The return flight, which allowed almost twice as much time for connecting, was an hour late departing.
That pooch was screwed pretty much from the git go. However, time was made up in flight and cabin attendants said 'please let those like them get off first' and the gates were near each other on the concourse, so with the door closing right behind them! The two made it onto the plane.
Which was delivered to them the next afternoon. Which, for what? $25/bag, darn well should have been!
But back in Yellowstone, we hiked with rangers (about 17 miles total). We saw wildlife and wildflowers. We floated on the Snake River in the Tetons one evening. We photographed Lake Yellowstone, Old Faithful, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We saw randy buffalo, and thermo-features of every ilk. We took a ride in one of the old yellow buses. We swatted mosquitoes and viewed smoke from fires. We ate cheeseburgers. We had off and on cell phone service, no TV or internet, and manage quite nicely.
Funny though. We downloaded photos a couple of evenings while sitting in the Lake Lodge. We were asked by passers-by who saw us working the computer 'do you have internet?' Alas. We had to disappoint! All we had were AWESOME PHOTOS!!
See. Eldest and I had a plan. When we were out hiking, one carried their kit lens (and by one, I mean me!) and Eldest carried her telephoto, which is more tele than my telephoto. Mostly, we were riding from here to there, we both had on our telephotos, the better with which to photograph the critters. And mostly? The plan worked.
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I am back, and I have photos (Yellowstone and others), news (both exciting and the mundane), and trite exclamations.
Such as...How can this be August already?