Meet the Putman's:
They had mentioned that they were going to Yellowstone, and offhandedly said "You guys should come along."
They're hospitable like that because they're from the South. And technically they probably said "y'all" and not "you guys."
And it's a good thing southerners are full of hospitality because before they knew what had happened we were all sharing this little puppy as our home sweet home:
Yup, 4 adults and 4 kids ages 4 and under.
Traveling with kids is
like dying a slow, painful death never easy, but we had a nice time and saw a lot of beautiful scenery and just plain cool stuff.
Like boiling emerald poolsThis...stuff (sorry folks, the kids don't like to stop to read the signs)
And wildlife that has no respect for personal space.
I rolled up the window as soon as I took the picture. Not sure that the window would have stopped him had he decided to gore me though.
A few lessons learned from our trip:
1) Driving around bug-filled nature is not the time to run out of windshield wiper fluid.
Happy Labor Day!