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Frank's Yellowstone Vacation Pictures

Big Frank's summer 2011 trip to Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore

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    This picture was taken by our daughter Leighann at our friends Joanne and Raymond's house near Pinedale, WY.
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    Here is the only moose we saw...in front of the Chinese restaurant in Pinedale, WY
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    Look familiar? The "Elk Antler Arches" in Jackson, WY. They were featured in Clint Eastwood's movie "Any Which Way But Loose" during the fight scene.
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    This was Christina and Leighann at the entrance of the Grand Teton National Park.
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    And this was me taking my own picture, since no one was around to take a family pic.
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    Entering Yellowstone and looking down! So beautiful
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    For the first time in her life, Leighann gets to see snow, though it was a bit dirty.
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    She decides to have a snow ball fight.
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    Kind of hard to explain what this is to a 6 year old, but I told her she would want this picture for a future geography class.
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    Old Faithful
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    Waiting on Old Faithful. I had to buy the jacket, because it was 48 degrees. Then it warmed up about 2 hours later, but I couldn't tough it out. Plus the jacket was only $19.99!
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    Leighann seeing, as she told me, "her first geyser."
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    My family at Old Faithful
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    Here is the first buffalo we saw, or bison as the guy from Ohio corrected me. I ran him off when I said I'd like to have one of those hanging on my wall.
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    This was our neighbor at our cabin. I think it's a robin, but I'm no bird watcher.
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    My friend at Wall Drug in South Dakota
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    This one took some explaining, but eventually Leighann determined there was no such thing as a jackalope.
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    Leighann loves this picture
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    This was the first waterfall we came across. Little did we know this one is, well, little.
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    We tried to hide from Christina
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    Old Faithful getting fired up
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    There it goes! (finally)
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    Look closely and there is an elk
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    And there is a bunch of 'em
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    Canadian Geese, eh.
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    This place was magnificent: The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
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    Leighann was a 'reporter' with my Flip camera.
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    Amazing!
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    I'm scared of heights...
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    ...as you may can tell, I was somewhat uncomfortable in this picture. Plus from what I understand, the man that met his demise by the grizzly bear was near this area, albeit about 10 miles away.
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    Yellowstone Entrance (taken on our last day there).
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    Acting like we still loved each other 5 days into our trip. On a separate note, Leighann takes pretty good pictures for a 6 year old
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    Me and my baby girl
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    Post card beautiful
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    This is the tower falls
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    Smile
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    Oh, what is that?
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    It's a bear!
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    A black bear
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    On the last day we were there, as we were leaving the Northeast entrance of the park.
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    Adios, Yellowstone. Next time, I'm flying to Jackson, WY, and then driving to see you.
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    Our route took us into southern Montana. My memory of that state: mosquitos and high priced gas.
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    This was a road we took...actually a mountain pass...some 11,000 feet up!!
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    This was in Cody, WY. Next time, I want to have a little more time to visit the Buffalo Bill museum and the firearms displays.
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    Explaining to Leighann that this is (a) a real tee pee and (b) no the Indians aren't mad that we are in their house was a fun conversation.
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    One thing they had a bunch of was blue bonnets. Leighann asked the park ranger if these were in fact blue bonnets, and the ranger said "You are from Texas aren't you?"
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    They called them something else, but they are blue bonnets. This was in a national forrest somewhere.
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    Way high in the sky...
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    Entering South Dakota.
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    Mount Rushmore
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    We went there at night, and Leighann wanted to work on being a Junior Ranger there, too.
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    She did well. I liked it when she named the Presidents and said "Tom Jefferson."
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    If you go there, be sure and go at night when the light it up.
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    Dodge City, Kansas. Hot. Cool name for a liquor store.
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    Boot Hill. Bigger than the one in Tilden. Yes, there is a pretty cool Boot Hill Cemetary in my home town.
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    All aboard!!!!
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    Gunsmoke Street in Dodge City.
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    Wyatt Earp - lawman.
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    There's ol' Wyatt
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    I told Christina to take my pic with the Dodge City police
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    Neat town. Great vacation. More pics to come.