Sunday, May 31, 2009

Roadtrip IDAHO

It's Friday morning of the Memorial Day weekend, Bruce has the day off, and we have no plans at 8am. By 9:30am we are on the road, with no plans except to head towards Idaho, and stop wherever, and whenever we want.

First stop: Lava Hot Springs, and they don't call them HOT for nothing.

The pools were between 104' and 112'. A little too hot for the kids to truly enjoy, but they still had fun soaking their feet, and splashing around in them.

And the popsicles were devine!

That night we found a nice hotel in Pocatello, and swam the night away.

Day 2: We loaded up the van and headed in the direction of Rexburg. We were happily driving along, when we saw a sign that said Potato Museum next exit. So, since we were in the land of the POTATO, we had to stop.

We saw the World's largest Pringle

An entire wall of Potato mashers

some old Potato farming equipment

And a fun old train with bunnies running around under it.

The next thing we came across was a sign that the traveling TITANIC exhibit was at the Museum of Idaho, so we decided to go there. It was a really cool exhibit, with photos, movies, artifacts from the sunken ship, and lots of interesting stories of the people who were on the boat. As you enter they give each person a card with the name and other info, of a person who was on the Titanic. At the end of the exhibit there is a wall that tells you wether your person lived or died. We had 4 of our 6 people die. They also had a huge piece of an "Iceberg" at the end, that the kids could feel, so they could see how cold it was. The kids were really into it, and we all had a great time. Unfortunately the museum didn't allow photos, so this is as good as it gets.

Our next stop was in Rexburg to hit Bear World.

Where we saw lots of these

And a ton of these

So many, so, that at one time our car was surrounded by bears, with one pushing on our bumper, which totally freaked out Alex.

The baby bears were ADORABLE

Especially these ones.

Then we walked through the petting zoo, and fed all of these

While Halie, chased around some of these

And then we rode on some of these, which the kids loved!

And then we found a hotel in Rexburg, & swam the night away.

The next morning we loaded up and headed to Yellowstone. We had a great time walking along all the trails, enjoying the scenery, seeing the animals, and taking in the hot springs.

Bear kept stopping at every sign, to point out the letters and tell us what they were.

This is the happy bunch waiting for Old Faithful, which is not as faithful as it used to be.

And this is them 20 minutes later, still waiting, and get soaking wet in the rain.

But when she finally blew, it was worth the wait.

After a fun day, we headed back to Rexburg, found a hotel, and swam and swam and swam. The next morning we headed over to take a walk around the Rexburg Temple. It was beautiful, and we were able to have some spiritual time with our kids. I love, that my kids love to go see the Temples.

And then we headed home, after a most EXCELLENT adventure through Idaho. We had a blast, but we were all feeling just like Bear in this picture. Totally Exhausted!



  1. That sounds like so much fun! I want to try making a vacation that way...just stopping when something looks cool. You are such a fun Mom!

  2. This blog is a good thing you've done Kristin. I like to reread these stories, because it brings back the memories of the event, and it's almost like going there again. I think it might be time for another mini-vac!

    Also during this trip Josh learned how to swim by himself, thanks to Kristin. He finally got over his fear and did the tiniest little doggie paddle strokes which took him exactly 52 minutes to cross the pool. One way. If I tried to help him he vehemently warned me, "I do it myself!" He's been doing that a lot lately. You go Josh! - Love dad.