RV: Grand Tetons

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Time for the first real RV trip! We had the destinations picked out long before the RV was a reality. So now it was time to pack up and head northwest to…Wyoming? While much of Wyoming is a big vast nothingness, the NW corner packs some of the best landscape in the United States. And there it appeared on the horizon as I drove in. You don’t see mountains quite like those in Colorado.

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Kim and I had road tripped through here on a cross-country college adventure.  But we never really had time to stop and enjoy.  Now with the kids, it was an even better time to enjoy it.  I felt like the RV had arrived so I took its picture…with no humans.

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Rare selfie of the parents.  The camera doesn’t do those mountains justice.

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The kids.  I really think they believe these mountains are normal.  I am still in awe.

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We actually didn’t go into the park itself that night.  You can drive through but not really into the park.  We had to get down to Jackson (Hole), WY just south of the park for our RV spot.  First true dinner.

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The dogs were like we drove all day and now we get to chew bones in a yard?  Sweet.

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The next day we went to Jackson to check it out.  Never been.  There is the ski hill in the background of course.  The town is pretty cool if you are into touristy stuff.  But it has a less cheesy, more upscale tone than say, Estes Park.  The kids have fun shopping so we spent a few hours going around town.  That is a huge arch made of antlers in the back.  There are 4 of them actually.  One on each corner of that town square.  Everyone agreed they would like to go back to Jackson again.

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Minutes later, we were at the park.  Here is the mandatory sign picture.  While I was taking this, Lizzy jumped out of the RV window and came running up to me.  She cannot be separated from me.

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As we drove through the park, Kim and her buddy are always making out.

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Time for some water!  I knew people paddleboarded at the park and we found out it was best at a place called String Lake.  It was very busy so we had to leave and try back for lack of RV parking space.  But we finally got in and got on our boards.  It is a nice thin shallow lake that warms up more than most mountain lakes.  It was fun to get wet and cruise around.

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Sydney rated this her favorite stop of the whole trip.

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Kayla was ready to party and get wet.

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The big girls out on the boards.  It has been a long winter so nobody had there “stand up” legs yet I guess.

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Reagan also voted this a “must see” stop.

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After some more sight seeing, we headed north to our next stop: Yellowstone.  The kids crashed on various beds in the RV while we motored on.

Bang Bang

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Sydney is on this forensic anthropology track.  She is going into a medical program specializing in forensics for high school.  She watches every crime show on TV.  I figure she will work for the FBI.  But there was a missing piece.  All the FBI agents I see on TV carry guns.  So we better check that one off the bucket list while she is 14, right?

Gun Club

Gun Club

In all seriousness, teaching a responsible kid about firearm safety seems like a good move. You never know when they are going to go to someone else’s home who isn’t as safe and encounter a weapon. At least this way, she understands this is not a toy or how to unload it if she finds one unattended.

RV Life

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This spring we decided as a family that we needed to hit the road a bit more. When we started going to Leadville, we only went to Leadville. It is nice to have a home base in the mountains but it closes your mind to anything that is too far from home. So we started looking at campers. We shopped for travel trailers. Then went shopping for 5th wheels. Then went shopping for new trucks to pull those heavy monsters. Then shopped for Class A RV. Then went back to trailers. Then someone finally told us what we needed because we didn’t know what we wanted. A Class C RV.

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The kids and the dogs get to just hang out while we put the miles in up front in the cab. You have all the nice comforts of home. I can drag any toys, tools, and accessories I want. It has Wifi so it is like a mobile office. It seemed like the right addition to our family. The dogs agree. They stand guard when we get out and it looks like this when we return.

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We had to take it on a test overnight to just see if everything worked. A recommended practice by the dealer before you try and go far away for a long time. We headed up to Estes Park. Not too far but close enough. Just to practice backing into a camp site, hooking everything up, and seeing what 101 things we need that we don’t have. It is a mini-house so you gotta outfit the kitchen, shower, bedroom, etc.

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The kids enjoy the campground life.  There are always things to do.  Places to ride your bike.  Games to play and more.

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Dinner time.  We have a pretty nice kitchen inside with our grill outside.  Kim can whip up a meal that everyone will eat.

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Remember, the dog mention?  Yeah, they like it too.  Riding around with the whole family instead of being at some kennel.  That’s a good life.

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End of the Season

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I was a bad social media soccer parent this past season. I didn’t photo every game my kids played. Sorry fans and child who reads this later on. However, I tried to make up this weekend by getting some shots at the end of season tournament game.

The team didn’t do well in the tournament. The actually lost all their games. But they played really hard and the quality of play was better than we had ever seen. Showed the progress over the course of the fall and spring season. The girls love this team and will be back with them in the fall.

Oh, and there was a special appearance by Reagan but you will have to read about that on her blog.

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Graduation

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After switching schools at the start of middle school, 3 years has flown by. Suddenly, we are sitting at a graduation ceremony watching this group of kids get ready to separate and head out to various high schools.

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Sydney seems pretty proud and maybe a bit overwhelmed at all the goings on.

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There she is on stage getting her diploma.  There is a slide on the screen with info on her and a quote but the camera couldn’t pick it up.

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Sydney’s friend group after graduation is over.  Heading to the dance!

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Pre-graduation photo shoot at home.

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Guess she grew up.

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Well, off to high school in the fall.  See you with another graduation post in 4 years!