Friday, October 28, 2011

Enjoying the Beauty

The beauty is breath-taking! Amazing photography by Randy and Diane!
Enjoying the beauty and chasing Cody to make sure he didn't fall over a cliff or get too close to a bison!
Life is fun when Grandpa's around!
Me and my sweet boy!
Hiker in Training!

Old Faithful

Old Faithful is always a fascinating site to see. The precision of this geyser and its eruptions always draws a crowd.  The Upper Geyser Basin is the home of Old Faithful, the most famous and celebrated geyser in the world. Old Faithful has frequent and regular eruptions over 100 feet.
Jason and Randy
 I love that you can see Old Faithful behind us.
This is how Cody enjoyed watching Old Faithful! He said "look, smoke!" and then was uninterested. His Yellowstone bus was his souvenir from us and brought much entertainment!
Cody enjoyed the children's part of the visitor center! It will be fun when he is older and his science-major dad can teach him. I have definately learned a lot about science from him.

The Campsite....Our Home for the Week

Our campsite was tucked back into the woods and perfect!  We had two sites side by side.  Randy and Diane had one site and Uncle Bruce, Cody, Jason and I had the other.  Cody had fun running in between the trees and loved the freedom that being outside brought him...complete with dirt! Canyon campground has bathrooms and running water with a lodge area close by for showers, laundry machines, restaurants, shops and a grocery store! So, although we are camping we are not roughing it too much!

 We rented a trailer in Jackson and it was great. The only stipulation I had for taking a 2 year old camping was that he could sleep in his pack and play and that we could somehow keep him out of the feezing temperatures at night. The trailer was perfect. Jason slept at one end and I slept at the other. The place that is intended for a table worked great for Cody's pack and play. We unzipped a couple windows to still be able to sleep cold but Cody was perfectly warm in his fleece jammies and blankets. We all slept great!  There was even two nights where it rained hard and one of those nights was a LOUD thunderstorm and Cody slept right through it. We were pleasantly surprised! We only used the trailer for sleeping, changing diapers and getting dressed but otherwise did all the cooking outdoors.
No food in the trailer = no bears in the trailer!
Unlce Bruce's tent was set up a few yards from our trailer.
Randy and Diane's tent. They have a nice set up complete with cots and a nightstand!
Grandpa and Grandma came prepared and brought this tent to set up so Cody could play under it.  They brought a rug and later we added a tarp.  It also worked great to put our camping chairs under a couple times when it rained while we were eating dinner. 
Randy would get up in the morning and start a campfire and when Cody woke up we would sit and snuggle by the fire while breakfast was cooking!

Just like at home Cody wanted to see what was cooking and be right in on the action at the table.  Grandma was "in charge" of the kitchen...therefore she got to benefit from Cody's help!  I think they both loved working together!
Even Uncle Bruce got to help! Cody ate all his meals on these fun animal plates.
Helping Grandma stir the vegetables!
Grandma and Grandpa brought a little surprise for Cody  for every day we were camping!  He definately caught on and knew where the stash was kept. 
Uncle Bruce enjoying the campfire!
No camping trip is complete without making s'mores! 

A visit from a deer!
A tired but happy little camper!

Yellowstone National Park

When we got to the campsite Randy (Grandpa!), Diane (Grandma!) and Uncle Bruce were waiting for us.  They drove from Oregon and we got to spend the week camping with them. They were wonderful and provided all the food for the week. We had better meals cooked outdoors than we have at home. The pictures from our trip are a combination of 3 cameras...ours, Randy's and Diane's with Cody at the center of many of the pictures. Yellowstone National Park is Jason's favorite park and has become mine as well. It is so beautiful and the weather was great...nice and cool like we like it!
The waterfalls are's so peaceful to hear the rushing water.

This rock is looks like a bear!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stevenson Family Road the Mountains!

Our little family of 3 traveled from Dallas, TX to Jackson, WY and spent 2 weeks in the mountains!  Honestly, I didn't know how the 23 hour drive and camping with a 2 year old would go but it was so much fun!  Cody was amazing on the drive and a greay camper!  We took 3 days to reach our final stop at the campsite and I think it really helped to break up the trip for him.  We stayed in 3 different hotels along the way which kept us all rested and not too road weary.  Cody thought it was so fun to be in the hotel room and would jump on the beds and run in circles.  We packed in water proof tubs and it was great for travel and kept us all organized. At each hotel stop we would take what we needed for the night and move everything else to the cab of the truck.  Cody thought it was fun to climb in the back of the truck and help Jason pack and unpack.
Cody also enjoyed riding on the luggage cart all the way from the truck to the room. We did get a few stares at our choice of "luggage" but once we explained our destination was camping in Yellowstone it all made sense.
Almost there...the mountains...our home away from home!
Our first views of the Grand Tetons!
Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are extra special to us because this is where we honeymooned and took our 1st married summer vacation together six months after our wedding!
Sunset in Yellowstone!
Cody took his nap almost every day in the car while we were driving around.  We were amazed that he still kept his 2-3 hour nap routine and woke up happy! He would go back and forth between watching movies and playing games on the iPad to watching movies on the laptop. We was such a great traveler and really enjoyed being in the car.  As much as he had fun at the campsite we realized that his happy place was in his carseat.  We think this is where he was the most secure when surrounded by nothing that was familiar.  It definately made it easy since we were in the car a lot!