Thursday, July 23, 2009

"Gonna be a Dental Floss Tycoon"

Frank Zappa has been rolling through my head since we stepped off the plane in Bozeman for a family reunion. My Father in Law is the son of a twin and every other year we have a family reunion for the offspring of the twin sisters. I am looking for the dental floss ranches I have heard so much about. Hopefully by weeks end I will meet one of these tycoons Mr Zappa sang so fondly of.

We have been enjoying our selves by enjoying the beauty of nature.

It is hard to not be impressed by the surroundings. These photos are from our family hike to Ouzel Falls.

The water is melting off the glaciers above us on Lone Peak just above Big Sky where we are staying.

Spectacular scenery everywhere you look.

And a great spot for lunch. I am about 8000 feet higher than where I usually reside and my hunger for food is intense.

It is not hard to understand why they call it Big Sky Country.

That is Lone Peak at sunset. 11166 feet high. Large snow fields hug it's flanks.

I have seen a few Airstreams like this beat up polished 1970's rig in serious need of a restoration. It kills me to see them like this.

We take lots of hikes. The scenery is, as I said, very spectacular. The mountain views are too.

Yesterday we went to Yellowstone. Nothing like sitting in huge traffic jams to see unspoiled wilderness. This hour long traffic jam was created by everyone stopping to take a picture of a bison by the side of the road.

Lots of bikers are in the park heading toward Stugis. I kind of like their sense of humor.

The are some very dramatic things to see in Yellowstone. We walked around one of the geyser basins. This one is called Clandestine Geyser.

The whole family is enjoying the sights. Halle keeps saying "it smells like eggs here Daddy."

I keep remembering the science show on cable saying this is the most dangerous place on the planet. A catastrophic eruption is emanate.

We saw Old Faithful. It was only 16 minutes late to erupt.

But it did go off as promised. Never heard so many languages saying "wow" at the same time. People from all over the world had come to see it go off.

Probably the most spectacular thing about Old Faithful is the Inn.

What man can do with logs is mind boggling.

Lots of wildlife to see in the Park. I had hoped to see a Grizzly. No luck.

This is only the second Airstream I have sighted. Where are they all? Are they still in Madison taking advantage of the unlimited electric for $225?

We sure have enjoyed horseback riding into the Porcupine Range. This is the winter grounds for a major Elk herd during the winter months. They come here because this area only gets about 110 inches of snow. Where they spend their summers gets 300 inches on average.

I am still hopeful to meet a Dental Floss Tycoon before the week is out.


the byamcaravanner said...

Follow the trail of the Zircon-encrusted tweezers.

nmbosa said...

Now you are really out West! Yellowstone sure is amazing don't you think? I can't wait to get the Captain out there.

Tom and Juliet said...

She's right - Yellowstone does smell like eggs.

We saw a mid-70s Caravanner in similar state out near Custer State Park. Had to resist making a stop...

Tom M

Brad Norgaard said...

Get yourself a cup of coffee and give your foot a push.
You'll find one, I know they're out there.

Yippie ty oh ty aye.

Sugarfoot said...

Movin' to Montana soon . . .
Yippy Ty O Ty Aye

Cool photos!