Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day Trippin'

Yellowstone was still full of snow and much too cold for our annual Smith trip, so this year, we opted for a day trip to some cool sights near Idaho Falls.

First stop, Crater's of the Moon. The ground is all lava from a volcano that erupted over 2000 years ago. It has a very strange sort of beauty.

Uncle Bryon leads in the race down the hill.

Alyssa and Halle found nests of caterpillars and thought they were awesome.

There are "lava tube caves" to explore.

I turned around just in time to catch my mom coming out of the cave.

From Crater's it was off to Carey, ID for a nice lunch break in the park.

Some of us even had time for a quick nap.

We then made our way to Twin Falls, ID to take a look over the edge of Shoshone Falls.

Mimi, Bryon, and little Josie in the belly pose in front of the falls. I can't wait for this baby to get here!

We took a turn too.

And so did The Kade's. Why we don't have a picture of my folks is a mystery to me.

Shoshone Falls is called the Niagara of the West. It isn't as wide as Niagara, but is 45 feet higher. With the massive snow amounts we had last winter the spring run off is a sight to behold! SOOO much water coming over the falls. They were gorgeous. This picture just doesn't do them justice.

The rest stop on the way home made a fun place to stop and wiggle for a bit before we got in the car and finished the trip. It was a very nice day, and I enjoyed it immensely.

And because my brother Quin and his family live too far away to join us for day trips, I thought I'd include a couple cute pictures of some fun things they get to do.

My adorable little gnome nephew. I LOVE this picture of Cameron!


Our Family said...

I love those kind of day trips!! We're hoping for a trip sort of like that and maybe stopping in Idaho Falls for a bit. How about some Reed's Dairy ice cream?.....

Grammy said...

There is a picture of us by the falls, but that beautiful one of me coming out of the cave is by far enough!

Trish said...

WOW! That last picture really shows the size of that tree! Love it! And those falls are really spectacular!