Thursday, July 24, 2014

SV! Day 21

Wednesday 9 July 2014

I finished reading Yellowstone Has Teeth (excellent) and then went on to reread (also excellent) Number the Stars.

Ken kissed me at lunch and said, "You get cuter every day." Thought I'd better record that for all the posterity we don't have.

We went to Ranger Mike's evening program which is a terrific blend of park, American history, and humor. I would call it "interpretainment." I loved how he mentioned that Lewis and Clark never quite made it to the Yellowstone region because they didn't have the twenty-five dollars by the time they got out here!

I have a new second counselor serving with us in the stake Primary presidency! We were sad to see Rachel go but excited that with baby number five on the way they were able to move out of their condo and into a house with grass in the back yard.

Ranger Travis has his wife and kids here visiting from Washington (NPS is tough on families!). Ranger Landon volunteered to babysit so that Travis and his wife could go out to dinner together. In a way, we all babysat because Landon played with them in the yard near the picnic table. He made dinner for the kids (8 year old girl, 2 year old boy) by roasting hot dogs and marshmallows in the fire pit. Ranger Graham was out there with his guitar providing some distraction as well. When the parents returned, Landon and the girl proudly showed the parents pictures on his phone of the girl placing bison hair she had found around the yard in her armpits to pretend that she had these really hairy underarms (she was wearing a tank top). It was hysterical and I regret that I didn't snap one myself. That's what you get when a twenty-something single man babysits in Yellowstone--armpits full of bison hair! Here in YELL, we just make do with what we have. A good time was had by all!

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