If we were having coffee, we’d be meeting at my local coffee shop once again. Because summer is finally here, I’d be sipping an iced vanilla latte on the back deck, basking in the morning sun. What would you be having?
It is so good to be back with you all again! I just returned from a vacation out west and, while hiking in the mountains was a great adventure, I missed these weekly chats. What have you all been up to?
It’s crazy that summer is finally here! Spring is slow to come here in Minnesota, but summer appears in the blink of an eye. One day, you’re wearing light sweaters complaining about too much rain and, the next, it’s eighty degrees.
With the sunny weather and kids being out of school, the library is busy this time of year. Our annual Summer Reading Program is up and running. We had a kids musician come for our opening program this week, which was really fun. Next week, I’m launching Lego Club, summer preschool story time, and having the local princess candidates in to read to the kids. I’ve been in post-vacation catch-up mode all week, running around like a crazy person, but it’s good to be back.
This weekend, I technically have nothing on my calendar, but lots of little things to do. My priority is to build a cat house for the new kittens I’m hoping to get next week, but I also want to go see Wonder Woman. Plus, there’s the inevitability of housework.
And now for my vacation!
I just got back from a big road trip out West–the first I’ve done without my parents. While our destination was Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, we also spent time at Badlands National Park and stopped at Devil’s Tower National Monument. While we definitely had our fair share of bumps along the way, it was a fantastic week of camping and exploring. I had never driven in the mountains before, so going through the high passes with steep corners and cliffs was daunting… but we made it through okay.
At the Tetons, we did a lot of hard hiking around lakes and into the canyons between the mountains. My friend talked me into renting a canoe for a few hours and taking it on Lake Jackson–I’m so glad she did! The conditions were perfect for being on the water and I don’t think I’ve ever canoed in a more beautiful place.
At Yellowstone, we camped at Madison Junction and, each day, picked a new part of the park to explore. We chose a few key destinations, then explored whatever pull-offs and scenic byways that struck our fancy. It was really touristy, even for early in the season, and the crowds were sometimes annoying. My favorite thing we did was hike 1,353 feet through the snow to the summit of Mt. Washburn. We had the trail almost completely to ourselves and, at the top, had stunning views of the entire park. We could see for 75 miles, it was incredible!
While on our trip, I took video footage of scenic or interesting things on my iPone. I plan on putting it together into a travel montage video–I’ll let you know when it’s done so you can see. In the meantime, here are some photos:
That’s all I’ve got this week. What have you been up to lately? Have any weekend plans? What would you share over coffee? Head over to Nerd in the Brain and check out the Link Up to see what others have been up to.