Vice President of the United States

The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence is speaking at Old Faithful today.

Had to leave early on the way down the view reminds me that I am in a volcano.

Notice the two people on the roof of the Inn. I helped setup their communications.

Got to have good lighting and a helicopter flying around to make sure all is well before he comes in.

I was cleared by Secret Service to be in the group of people who would listening to his speech.

The Second Lady, Vice President, Sectary of the Interior and the Superintendent of Yellowstone.

Old Faithful went off during his speech. Timing is everything.

Can you find me in the pictures?

It was nice that in his speech he recognized people that he just met and ones with long histories with the park. It was also nice that he made a couple of religious references.

On the way home I saw this crazy looking fox.

Working in the park

These little guys created a multiple hour backup.

On the way home I saw the mother grizzly with her two cubs again. People were way to close. Luckily they stayed in their cars. A Harley came by and shared the cubs. That got mom’s attention. Thought for a minute I was going to see something that I would wish I hadn’t. Everyone gave her room and it worked out in the end.

Sunday with ACMNP

Snow was deeper in the Canyon area.

This was the path to the amphitheater where the service was going to be.

The service was about everyone being welcomed in God’s Kingdom. Caleb gave three examples that made this message new to me. I have heard that all are welcome my entire life. Caleb’s first example was Simon the magician. Simon was clearing doing things that the message from God says not to do yet Simon was welcomed into the Kingdom. The second example was an Ethiopian eunuch. These people were not accepted by others and many times they were shunned. Yet in this example he was welcomed. Lastly he talked about Paul’s conversion. Paul was attacking the Church and killing Christians and even he was welcomed. If you are doing things against God’s will, are an outcast or even attacking Christians God still welcomes you. We have to learn this lesson and see people like God sees them and welcome them with God’s Love.

After the service I had to go do some work. Saw a large black bear on the way to Grant.

On the way home saw two grizzlies. They were chasing each other some.

And an elk welcomed me home.


Snow, Snow, Snow – In June?

Well this broke the date from last year. In 2018 the last day I saw it snow was June 1st. Well it snowed today (June 8th). Will be 25 tonight and maybe more snow. Many roads were closed in the park due to multiple inches in the higher elevations.

This is from the house in Gardiner.

We had the little round snow balls that make you think you are living inside a snow globe.

This is from the Old Faithful webcam.

Second try at Seven Mile Hole trail

Well last time I had to turn back due to a lot of snow. So I am going again.

This is a view of the approach trail. 

Official start of the trail, looks like some work is needed.

Well no snow here so that is a good sign.

Trail still had some snow but not too bad. In a few sections the snow was still about knee deep.

Saw this cool geyser.


It only had a few small holes so it made a hissing sound.

The terrain kept changing.

The views were great.

Made it to the bottom. Only fell twice…

This was my lunch spot. Sitting on a rock a little into the river.

Well time for going back.

These pictures don’t explain the constant up hill. I thought I was going to die.

Call Bobo because I found Bigfoot!

Views back at the top. The pictures just can’t show how beautiful it was to see in person.

Now that you have made it this far I will give you the painful details.

Total distance : 12.08 mi

Total walking time : 06:27:59

Official elevation change on the trail, not counting the approach trail:  2,043 feet

Total elevation changes on the hike: 3386 ft

Samsung Health thought I walked up 67 flights of stairs.

Heart rate hit 150 bpm

I think this one earned the hard rating. At times I felt that it was closer to mountain climbing than it was to hiking.



A Christian Ministry in the National Parks

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks starts today. I am supporting the group at Canyon Village.  Logan, Star, Katrina and Caleb did a great job.

Katrina gave a message about James 1:2 Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith produces endurance And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed, lacking in nothing.

Her point was working through the daily issues and keeping your joy was training. She talked about training for a marathon. You can start with couch to 5K plans. You know the date of the marathon so you you can training and be ready for the big day. With life you don’t know when the big day will come. It will come. We all have major life impacts. Her point was training and trusting in God with the daily issues prepare us for be able to stay in Him for the big ones.

I hope to support them every Sunday at Canyon. If you want to know more about this ministry you can go to


Indy 500 2019

Pre-race action included some mean games of Boccie Ball.

On race day events leading to the race.

Seeing some vintage Indy cars.

Checking out the crazy checkered flag outfits.

Some supper cool fly overs!

And then the racing action.

One of the drivers I pulled from the pool won! Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.