Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Brigham, Lydia, and I just took our first family vacation (besides to visit family) to Yellowstone. We had a great time! We met my family and stayed in a fun house in Island Park just outside of Yellowstone. We covered Yellowstone in two days and then we spent a day doing fun things in Island Park. It was so fun and just what I needed to get away for awhile. Here are a few highlights from the trip.
Here's the outside of the house we stayed in.
This is everyone eating ice cream after a hike. You used to be able to hike to the bottom of the falls we were at but they closed it off halfway down and I was so angry! It was a hard hike for nothing!
My brother, Scott, prepared Brigham's side of the bed with the baby mobile. Haha, it was pretty funny.
Some of the awesome scenery.
This buffalo (technically bison) was RIGHT next to us on the road. It was just casually walking down the side of the highway. Brigham rolled down the window to take a picture of it and I was ok with that, however, I warned him, DO NOT TALK TO IT. So, what did he do? The second we were next to it (and we were so close he could reach out and touch it if he wanted) he said, "Hey buddy!!" The buffalo turned its head, looked at Brigham and flicked its ears back. So... I drove off as fast as I could in a panic it was going to charge our car. Brigham was furious that I ruined his optimum picture shot and I was mad he talked to the buffalo. Sigh. It was AWESOME!!
Lydia with her feet up, enjoying the ride outside of Old Faithful.
Our family picture in front of Castle Geyser. It's a surprisingly good shot for our family.

Brigham and Lydia on the Coffeepot trails hike (thanks Sam and Caitlin for the idea for the hike, it was beautiful).
It was Brigham's first time ever to Yellowstone and I think he had a good time. I was grateful we made it through with no car troubles, no screaming children, and no sickness. We really had so much fun. Especially on the boat float down the river in Island park where the water was so shallow my mom got out of the boat and ended up dragging everyone until it was deep enough to float again. Yes, we all sat there laughing- we are bad children. Unfortunately we didn't get a picture of that. My mom really spoiled everyone this trip just like she usually does on every family trip. I hope I can plan vacations as well as she does some day. My dad kept proudly saying it was the first "Nelson family reunion" and that was a fun thought as well. What a good time we had :)


  1. LOVE Yellowstone! Seriously jealous...and it's gonna take a long time to get over it :).

  2. I too am jealous. I had such a fun time in Yellowstone this summer. I miss it so much. I'm glad you guys had a lot of fun and you were able to enjoy your much needed break!