The summer is coming to an end WAY to quickly, and every day seems jam packed for the rest of it. That's why it's taken me so long to post about our trip. So in between batches of beans I'm canning right now, I thought I'd share about our little family vacation.
A few weeks ago, in July, we packed up and headed up to Montana for a little getaway. We went to Crystal Park on the first day and had a lot of fun searching in the dirt for little crystals. Bill would dig and fill the shaker box, then Cheyenne, Natalie, and I would shake out all the sandy dirt. Then Billy, Jon, Chloe, and Maddie would join us and we'd sift and sort through what was left and hopefully find some crystals. It was quite a lot of work, but we had a great time. The little kids would also wander around looking for crystals just on the ground. Every shiny rock they saw they'd pick up and come ask us, "Is this a crystal?" After a few hours of that and hiking around this mountain side, they were all pretty tired and started asking when we were going to the hotel. We ended up with quite a few little crystals and a couple pretty good sized ones.
|The view from the mountain side. Not a very good picture, but Cheyenne is holding some of the bigger crystals (we found a couple bigger ones) and you can see more in her bucket.|
So we headed into Butte to our hotel with a pool. The little kids were beyond excited about this - a pool!! That's were we spent the next couple hours and I think that was the highlight of the trip for the little 4. Although getting to watch TV while they were in bed was pretty exciting for them, too. The next morning we headed to Lewis and Clark Caverns and took the tour there. I'd forgotten what a hike it is up to the opening to the caves. On the way up as we were really getting our workout in, Bill and Natalie were questioning whether I'd signed us up for a "Fat Camp" vacation, especially after the hiking the day before, and all the walking we were going to do the next day, too. I think it's the first vacation that I didn't gain a pound. :) Anyway, the caverns were really fun and the kids all enjoyed seeing all the formations and stuff way down underground. After that we had a picnic lunch and then drove to Virgina City. Virgina City is an old mining ghost town. They have the old stores and buildings set up and displayed just like during the mining boom times. The kids thought that was pretty cool. We had some good homemade ice cream there, too, and of course the kids thought that was the best.
|Fun in the car!|