Archive | August 2010

Lots of Beginnings

Miss Bug started kindergarten a few weeks ago is the first in a series of beginnings…

DH added another candle to his birthday cake..

It was German Chocolate and I used coffee in place of the water in this DELICIOUS recipe.

The final new start around here is that school starts back tomorrow for DH and me.  Fall semester is generally tough starting out, but less emotionally stressful than spring semesters.  The parking and traffic drive me CRAZY.  There are so many people and they don’t really know where to park or go.  I try to avoid the parking issue by riding my bike. However, since Bug is at a new school on the other side of town, I’m having to revise my usual trip.

Knitting, friends, and fun

This has been a pretty productive summer as far as crafting goes.  Two shawls (blue Annis in Malabrigo Lace

Annis

Annis

and multicolored Citron in Knit Picks shimmer lace),

Citron

Citron

two pairs of socks (green cable Trekking and chocolate monkeys in Shibui sock),

German Chocolate Monkey socks

German Chocolate Monkey socks

1.25 pairs of fingerless gloves (both based on Merletto mitts in pink Stroll by Knit Picks, but one uses a lace pattern out of Victorian Lace Today).  I’ve also gotten started on another Citron out of Jawoll Magic (autumn orange-browns) and another Annis out of Plymouth Alpaca Lace (steel).  I’m going to do beads instead of the nupps.

We also visited friends… here at a games park – This game involved slinging water balloons…

and on the lake…

Back to our own altitude…

The next day we went to Virginia City and Nevada City, Montana.  We took the little train from Virginia City to Nevada City.  Virginia City is more of a touristy town and Nevada City is more the whole-village museum.  It had lots of things to see – some parts were a bit depressing, that is to see some of the old buildings in disrepair.

There were some amazing music-players… in well-kept building, thank goodness.

We got caught in a storm and had to wait  a while to catch the train to return to our vehicle.

Then Bug, Dad, and Pappaw went panning for gold and rubies in a freakishly cold pouring rain.  I stayed in the vehicle and knitted in peace, quiet, and warmth! Little Bug passed out on the way back.

The next day took us back to Bozeman, but not before spotting a moose and a baby moose near the side of the road.  We got lunch at the Cat Eye Cafe (which is AWESOME!) and then dropped off the vehicle at the airport.

The bathroom sign near the top of this photo says “litter boxes”!

Of course, little Bug made a friend at the airport.  This buddy who was traveling to live in Australia.

We arrived home about 4 hours late due to a delayed layover in Denver.

A nice vacation, but we were glad to be home!

My favorite day at Yellowstone

We took a turn on the northern loop at Yellowstone on Day 2.  Our first stop was at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone where the upper and lower falls are located.

Bug made another buddy who talked about skulls.

We then stopped by the petrified tree near the Tower Fall area where we found these amazing wild flowers.

We then headed to the Mammoth Hot Springs.  I was disappointed in the lower terraces and we nearly left without seeing the upper terraces.  I am so glad we didn’t miss these!  They are my favorite!

Steam and stink… Day 1 in Yellowstone :)

So, we spent the next two days in Yellowstone.  Day 1 took us to the southern part of the loop around Yellowstone National Park.

Our first stop was Old Faithful with a short hike around the Geyser Loop.  It is just not the same without the sulfur-y smell that permeated these 2 days!

Old Faithful

This was named heart pool.

Heart pool at Yellowstone Geyser Hike

These are the Lion Geysers – they (3 of them) sound like they growl just before they erupt.

Lion Geysers at Geyser Hike in Yellowstone

This was our next stop – West Thumb Geyser basin which on the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake.

We stopped by the bank of Yellowstone Lake on the way to the Mud Volcano.

This was called Dragon’s breath at the Mud Volcano…

This was one of the “mud volcanoes.”

What a full day!!!

Catching up a bit at a time

The summer has surely been flying by and we’ve been up to lots. So, let’s start with vacation – Museum of the Rockies and Yellowstone.

We flew out to Montana in early June.  This was Bug’s first airplane ride that she will remember.

We arrived in Bozeman, MT and had lunch/breakfast at The Cat Eye Cafe – which is now in my top 10 of favorite restaurants ever!  The food was different and  great, the atmosphere was quirky and cute (lots of cats), and every table had a toy drawer!

We went to see ‘Big Al‘ from the Allosaurus film by the BBC, but also got to see ‘Big Mike’ who is a T. rex.

Bi Al at the Museum of the Rockies

Big Mike at Museum of the Rockies

We also visited their ‘living museum’

We went back the next day and visited Big Al again and watched some of the films.  I got to see the DaVinci “machines” exhibit while Dad and Pappaw took Bug to the film.

DaVinci was so creative and talented, it almost made me cry.

Then we headed to Wyoming to get ready for Yellowstone… this was our view along the way.

As for crafting on those days… it wasn’t much.  I took my Dad’s socks, which are finished and received.  I also tried to work on an Annis (rav), but ended up ripping it out.  I had altitude sickness, which was constant nausea, so I didn’t knit much.