Saturday, March 31, 2012

A blue sky day - sort of

We went to sleep listening to the rain on the roof - still. And laughing because it was still raining, we were dry and having a good time. The guys had hoped for some back country skiing- and dreamed of fresh snow and sweet turns. Oh well. Those are good dreams. Some time in the early morning hours- it was quiet. The rain had stopped. what? Yes, the rain had stopped.

You can't tell very well by the photo- the table had a map laminated and covered with a clear resin on top. It's really fascinating to find the creeks, mountains, trails and roads immediately surrounding the Yurt.

We woke up with happy feelings.Well almost. Christy had been up twice in the night, which means Kurt was up twice in the night so they tried to hide in their bags for a little longer. But they were happy.
After breakfast - Question. How many packages of oatmeal can Tyler eat? A lot. We packed up, refilled the wood pile and cleaned the Yurt. Every one helped.

Then the kids played out side - NOTICE THE BLUE SKY !!! while the adults finished packing.
We gathered for the obligatory group photo - Look BLUE sky.The kids got their ski's on -ready to go
And off we went.

Opa's ready to go. I thought that after all the rain, the snow would be way packed down. I had snow shoes and discovered that I really made sunken steps in the snow. It would have been much worse with out the snow shoes. Opa gave me a ride on his polk. It was a blast riding out the last little bit til we got to the packed trail and I could easily walk out.
The little ones got sled rides when the terain changed from down hill to up hill. (Blue sky)

It doesn't' get better than this. For the last little bit, Jake rode in the sled I pulled. It had a pad on it, so he put his head down between his hands and went to sleep. He must have slept for almost a mile. Then when we got down to the cars, blip, the sled turned over, and Jake landed in the dirt.He didn't cry he just looked around, and said "where are my snacks?" because they had been left in the car. He was thrilled to finally get his snacks.
And Jed made the last hole. Bringing the polk to the car, he went into the snow hip deep. Fitting for a snow adventure. Happy Birthday Jed. You look cute with snow hip deep.
Our next stop was Bonneville hot springs for a quick soak. We had a little tromp in from the road. We were glad for our snow boots, because we often punched through the snow if we missed the packed trail. At the hot springs the kids were a little disgusted by the slime and algie growing, but it didn't stop us from having more fun.
This was the best pool, comfortable -til a 1/2 inch of hot hot water swirled through. So we explored all the possibilities.

Kurt challenged the kids to try out the river water
The closer to the river, the colder the water.

In this pool, the water by shore was tepid, the water by Kurt, cold.
So the kids danced on the rock

soaked in the shower
There is a bath house on top of the hill, we didn't get to check it out,because it was occupied. I loved the waterfalls and colors the hot water creates.

And then it was time to get dressed. Put the snow boots (and squishy wet socks) back on for the walk out. And to make this totally memorable - it rained on us on our walk out.
Should we do it again? YES PLEASE!

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Rainy Day in Paradise

Ahhhh the soothing sounds of rain on the yurt roof. All night long. Sometimes soft, sometimes hard and even though we wished it would turn to snow- IT RAINED ALL NIGHT LONG.

So we played some card games.
Cleaned up breakfast and lunch

Took trips in the rain to the out house
Looked at the view of the rain on the mountains
Played some more card games
Took walks in the rain

Tucked the little ones pants into their boots because of the growing puddle in the potty house.

Scooped snow to melt for waterplayed dogpile on Uncle Jed

Played charades - see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil monkeys
Gave up waiting for the rain to stop and went out to play in the snow
It just made the hill a little slick

But it was really really fun

Took Christy's photo by the snow depth pole.

Played dogpile on Uncle Kurt
Kurt and Gil gave up waiting for a lull in the rain and took a load of extra stuff to the cars and brought up the polk the Davis's had taken down the night before. IT was Still Raining when they got back.

Tucker listened to a little music- we played some more card games had dinner, cleaned uptook out the grey water
And as the little ones tuckered out
Gil and Kurt stoked the fire for the night
We found our beds and fell asleep to the soothing sounds of rain on the roof of the yurt.