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.
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.
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.