We had decided to go in to Yellowstone Park on Tuesday. We planned to do a little hike (so we could be out of the car for a bit), a few stops, and then Old Faithful.
The hike. It was pretty much "the worst hike" our family has done together. I don't know what everyone's problems were, but it was pretty much a combination of a whole bunch of factors that equaled an ugly adventure. Some factors included: kids who didn't want to hike (ahem, okay, maybe that was a big red flag), a feverish Emmy, a totally hot and exposed trail, trail being at least 1-mile longer than expected, hike taking way longer than expected, etc. But we all survived. . . barely.
After the hike, and a super-late lunch eaten in our car, we drove to Old Faithful.
First things first. . .
It was already getting late (remember, longer than expected hike?) and so we decided to do just one stop on our way out. We went to the fountain paint pots and Erin and fam joined us again - though, again, they had already done it.
Thank goodness for the fountain paint pots! They helped end our Yellowstone adventure on a high note.
We then went to dinner at our family-traditional spot in West Yellowstone, The Gusher. It was yummy and not too difficult considering we had 6 kids, 8 years of age and under.
Luckily, the horrible and very bad beginning of a day had a much better ending.