Saturday, June 27, 2009

Yellowstone: Day five (Friday)

I woke up when my alarm went off (since we had to drive through the rest of the park, and make it back down to the car rental place by 1145, we didn't want to oversleep).

Antler Arches. There is an arch like this at all corners of the town square. The antlers are collected by boy scouts at the Elk National Refuge just north of Jackson Hole.

We wiped down the tent and packed up the gear and hit the road. The drive was uneventful and so we got to Jackson Hole pretty quickly, we parked the car in front of a large outdoors store and then started doing some window shopping. I ended up buying myself a shirt from one of the many T-shirt shops (I've started this new rule that every time we go somewhere for vacation we need to buy a Christmas ornament--something my mom does, and that I have to buy something to wear--I originally wanted it to be all t-shirts, but when we went to Vermont last year I had to buy a strapless bra, and since that was so expensive I couldn't justify spending more on a t-shirt, so now it's really more like 'buy a clothing based item').

We went to a little restaurant called The Bunnery for an actual decent breakfast, and while it was a very healthfood-type-breakfast place, the food was mighty tasty.

We made it back to the rental place right at 1145 and then headed off to the airport. We made it through security mighty quickly (what do you expect when there are only like 6 gates?) and then settled in for the long wait.

When it was finally time to board the plane, they had us walk out the door and down to the other end of the airport on the tarmac. That was fun. The flight was fine, and we landed in Denver 10 minutes early. Then we had to wait for our connecting flight which was 3 hours later. I finished the first Twilight book, so I went and bought the second, and had to convince Shawn to go buy a book for him to read. So we waited, and read. We flight got down to Austin at about midnight and then, officially, our vacation was over.

Of course, since we came back on Friday, and therefore had the rest of the weekend, I went ahead and finished off the second Twilight book, and then moped about all day Sunday about how it was going to take forever for me to get the third book through the library.

All in all, the trip was fun, and I wouldn't mind doing it again...though I probably would only take 2 pairs of pants instead of 3, and one extra shirt instead of 2...and I'd bring at least one more pair of underwear. Yeah. Definitely. I'd also want to spend more time in the Tetons, and in the Lamar Valley...but that's what next time is for. :)


Jon said...

Home, sweet, home, huh?

Sounds like a nice trip. I'm thinking of taking the new motorbike up to Mt. Rushmore, next month.

I love living in the West!

The Spiteful Chef said...

Hey, we're smoking a bunch of pig parts and making some great sides for the 4th, so you guys are totally invited if you'd like to come to Sunny San Antonio!

Dani said...

love the picture. :)