Ruining Christmas

Well this is where the fun stopped for me. On Christmas Eve night I became violently ill. I will spare you the details. It involved a trip to the emergency room and days of recovery.

I would like to say that the gift of family and the true Christmas spirit was displayed by Jim. He was very helpful and kind in getting me to the emergency room and getting me back to Mike’s house. He had to make multiple trips to the hospital to get everything sorted out all late at night and on Christmas Eve. Jim was my Christmas angel.

Janet was a real trooper help to take care of my while all the Christmas plans were destroyed. We didn’t get to go to David and Katie’s house, which was a disappointment to me and to all. I feel bad that I cause the Christmas plans to not happen.

It took a few days for me to be able to ride in the car to make the trip back to Atlanta. My sickness also killed me getting to see my family again for friends in Atlanta.

Through all of this Janet was by my side and taking care of me. That is real love.

Indy bound

Leaving very early to go see Janet!

I can’t wait.

Come Monday I will be holding you tight!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Well we have our green on. Hard to believe from this picture, but it was snowing like crazy just a few minutes before we took the picture.

Before we are off on one last otter search we have to get Janet a YNP car sticker. While shopping we found this Nativity set. A must have for any mountain home. Bonus points if you can find Joseph.

Off to find the otter. Hey look a coyote. In all we saw three on them while otter hunting.

I think I am offended.  This buffalo is mocking my southern heritage with a piece of straw hanging out of his mouth,  Maybe I spoke too soon and he is a southern transplant like me? He didn’t say one way or the other.

Found the perfect otter spot……but alas no otter.

On the ride back we saw a moose much closer than last time. I think I scared Janet a little. She was driving and when I saw the mouse I just shouted MOOSE!

Well no otter. We also didn’t find a leprechaun, a rainbow or a pot of gold, but I had already found my treasure … Janet.

We went to dinner at the Rusty Rail and gorged ourselves on fried foods. It was a good day and a nice end to Janet’s trip. She will  me missed by every fiber of me.

Heading out for a snow hike at Tower.

All up hill for a while.

Couple of scenic selfies.

I know they look photo shopped, but they aren’t.  Really nice to be able to share this with Janet.

Amazing view.

I made a snowman for Janet.

Can you find the Keebler elves winter home in this shot?

This is a close up of their winter home.

Not sure if this was a rescue or avalanche dog, but he was ready to help either way.

Some reference shots to give you an idea of the snow. Note the phone in the first and my leg up to my knee in snow for the second.

I am used to the higher altitude now, but Janet is still in better shape than me. All that free food in the employee cafeteria is making me fat.

I love this picture. Seeing Janet smile warms my heart. I also love the way the snow looks on the rocks. Looks like icing dolloped on top of the rocks.

A little snow art as we get ready to head back.

Wait for it…..buffalo jam on the way home.

This group had some big boys.

Out on another otter hunt

Beginning to think we will find Bigfoot or a Yeti before we find an otter.

The movement of the ducks in the water get our hopes up, but alas no otter.

Big horn sheep scoping things out.

What the sheep saw.

My failed attempt at an artist shot.

And you guessed it, no otter but we found a buffalo jam.

On the hunt for the elusive otter

Sad to say we didn’t find the otters.

Janet found an opening that most likely went to the center of the earth. Really crazy to think that molten lava is just two miles under your feet.

Note the no indecent exposure rule. Bet this was party land central in the 60’s and 70’s.

The water flowing into the river was HOT. I jerked my hand back from touching it. Where the hot mixed with the cold people were getting into the water.

The steam was freezing and making some cool looking ice sculptures.

Hard to see in the picture but this opening had a little whirlpool in it. We watched stuff disappear into it. This view also helps with how dangerous things can be. What looks like normal ground could be frozen water with a snow covering. Falling into thinning ice kills more bison than anything else in the park.

Run for your life!

While I am having to run away from buck elks Janet is out skiing.

He felt that I was in his spot, which I gave to him.

This is what Janet was seeing on her cross country ski trip at Tower Falls.