Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Great American RoadTrip: Day 3

Last night I stayed up late watching the lightning storm.  While my husband snored, I propped my elbows on the windowsill and watched flashes slice through the sky and light up the town.  I kept expecting to see something in those brief periods of light, maybe a bear or someone running down the street like in a horror movie but no such luck. 

Speaking of horror movies, the general consensus was our historic lodging was more The Shining and less Charming Country Inn than we would have expected. 

After three days on the road, we've noticed an interesting phenomonen.   Our driving times are getting shorter but they feel longer.  We've also noticed some conceptual dissonance about Yellowstone expressed by the following question.

"Mom, do you think they'll ever take Yellowstone down and move it somewhere else?"

 The best part of the day awaited us just outside Gardener at the North Gate to the park.  The fourth element to our complicated adoring group of ten, which is now officially fourteen: the Minnesota Hardy's!  They were waiting for us in the driveway.  Even though the kids haven't seen each other for a year they fall into their old routines as though they'd only been apart for a week or two.

Rach, Georgie, Birdie and me go into full Sista' wife mode and whip up dinner for fourteen.  Rach suggests we take the Sista' wife thing one step further and have all the ladies share the master bedroom.  The husbands think we're kidding, but we're not.  All of us are fully capable of pulling an all night slumber party gab fest.  Sadly, for the husbands, we are not down with the idea of a girl-on-girl pillow fight in skimpy pajamas.

The house, which I will hereafter refer to as the Chalet, is ridiculous.  It has everything we could want, from Citronella candles to a full slew of dress-up dresses and boxes of legos.  As the kids eat their strawberry shortcake I ask them for a full sentence describing their favorite moment of the day.  Here they are in all their glory.
"I went to Mammoth Hot Springs."

"I liked getting here."

"We set up a fashion boutique in our house."

"I liked the store."

"Having strawberry shortcake right now."

"Tonight, because we're probably going to watch a movie."

"Playing with my friends."

Re-reading the above sentences, I realize it's all about the little moments.


Alison DeLuca said...

That sounds like an amazing trip. And you are so right - it really is those little moments.

And do let me know if they move Yellowstone!

Hart Johnson said...

I just caught up on your vacation--this looks amazing! I hope you're all having a fabulous time!

Sarah Tokeley said...

If they move Yellowstone, could you please put in a request that they consider England? Thank you :-)

Johanna Garth said...

Allie and Sarah, I'm on it. Notifications and requests will be sent if Yellowstone is up for grabs!

Hart, thanks! We're all sleep-deprived and loving every minute of it.