Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wedding Trip: Part 2: The Venue

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch.... Quite possibly one of the loveliest places I have ever been. If you are ever up in the Stanley, Idaho area you must go check them out. Such a lovely place with amazing people, a cook to die for and cabins to spoil you forever. Ahhhhhhhhhh.

If you can't be there at least check out their website

And of course I'm partial to my pictures :) enjoy

- Posted by Steph from my iPad

Location:Stanley, Idaho

Monday, July 29, 2013

Wedding Trip: Part 1: arriving in Idaho

My hubby and I arrived in Idaho after 3 days of driving with the car packed to the gills!

We stayed in Pocatello, Idaho for the next 2 1/2 days ( July 16, 17 and morning of the 18th) with my mother-in-law before heading up to the mountains to the wedding venue.

It was super nice to have a couple days to relax and visit with my hubby's side of the family before all hell broke loose!

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon and evening with my brother and his soon to be wife who is expecting in November. My entire family is very excited at the prospect of having a new baby! The only difficult part in the entire thing is that they live in the Netherlands :( I guess I will be making regular trips over to the Netherlands to meet up with my new niece!!! Any way.... I met up with them in Lava Hot Springs and spent the afternoon enjoying the hot springs and then a nice quiet dinner together. It was a perfect way to have some one on one time with them.

Before we headed up to the mountains I took Adrianna, the junior brides maid, to have her very first mani/pedi done. What a joy to spoil my niece!

On Thursday my hubby and I set off for the mountains early enough to take our time and have a nice lunch and look around Sun Valley and Ketchum. Nice little resort towns but a bit too sophisticated and pricey for my taste.

It was great to finally meet up with Melissa and Dorian at the wedding venue on Thursday afternoon. By this time I think we were all quite excited that the wedding was just 2 days away!

- Posted by Steph from Siouxzeegirl Designs

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wedding Trip: Part 1: getting there day 3. Yellowstone

Day three of our trip to Idaho on Monday July 15 th, had us going through Yellowstone. Before anyone asks.... No, this is not the most direct route for us to get from Chicago to Pocatello. But we had the time and despite my living so close to Yellowstone for several years I have never actually been there. So as we drove along route 80 on Sunday morning we decided 'why not!' And changed course to Yellowstone.

Early Monday morning we headed out from our motel in Cody, Wyoming and by 7 am we pulled up to the East entrance to Yellowstone. With only 6 hours to spend we had carefully planned out where we wanted to stop. The Park is huge and we only got to see a small sampling but it was quite awesome. My primary goals was to see the cool (or should I say HOT) geothermal features. We did however end up seeing a bear, rock chuck, deer, fawn, a ton of bison, eagles nesting, and elk with their antlers still in velvet. And of course I had to see old faithful!

Now for the pictures....let me tell you not easy to edit down my pictures to just several favorites!

a selfie taken at a small lake just inside Yellowstone

that little brown blob in the middle is actually a big ole bear. It was about this time I was really kicking myself in the butt for not having my big DSLR camera with me!!! These pics were all taken with my little point and shoot Olympus.

Yellowstone Lake

me and the hubby ;)

A bison enjoying the day at the boiling mud pits!

boiling mud pits with the Yellowstone River in the background

Fields of Bison just hanging out.

Bison calf causing a traffic jam!

Elk near the canyon waterfalls

Purple wild flowers growing over the edge at the top of the lower waterfall

if I had my big camera you would see the eagles nest with chicks on top of that rock outcropping in the middle of the frame, oh well, more self butt kicking

a great view of the lower waterfalls into the canyon.

geothermal vents near old faithful, they were all so beautiful and very varied. some of them were even boiling and spitting like small geysers.

and of course.... Old Faithful herself! Or maybe it himself or itself????

After leaving the park we headed south down through Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Wyoming and over into Idaho. We made it in time for dinner with my mother in law :) the only drawback to the entire day (other than not having more time and my big camera!) was traffic getting out of the park! The road was just full of these giant campers lumbering along the roads like big snails causing huge lines of cars backed up all over the place. I've never seen so many giant campers in one place!

- Posted by Steph from Siouxzeegirl Designs

Location:Pocatello, ID

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wedding Trip: Part 1: getting there day 1 and 2

The wedding festivities are finally upon us. My daughter and I packed up the bins with all the wedding paraphernalia, decorations, gifts, shoes, dresses etc on Friday afternoon. Friday night my hubby packed up the car and filled it top to tail from the back tailgate right up to the front seats! Wowzers we had a lot of wedding stuff to haul across country!

Saturday by 10 am we were ready to leave. Yahoo!!!! Finally the day had arrived for us to start our road trip. It was kind of liberating to finally be all packed in the car and headed out. We really did not make it too far on Saturday. Drove just a bit over 8 hours to Lincoln, Nebraska. We stayed downtown in the historic Haymarket district at a Courtyard hotel. It felt like vacation actually started :) we went for a nice walk, ate a good dinner at gastro pub and then another little walk around.

Me in front of a cool train rock mural in Lincoln.

Haymarket District, reclaimed old industrial buildings re outfitted in a thriving area of small shops and great restaurants.

a view of the University of Nebraska's Cornhuskers Stadium

Moving on to day 2... From Lincoln, Nebraska with drove for 12+ hours and made our way up to Cody, Nebraska. We got there early enough to walk all around town and eat dinner at The Irma. Buffalo Bill Cody's original Rocky Mountain hotel. :) it was great to spend a couple hours walking around.

Buffalo Bill Cody memorial in Cody, Wyoming

The Irma, hotel built by Buffalo Bill Cody in 1902.

my hubby and I in front of the original Cherry Wood bar at the Irma. (Please disregard the awful picture of me!!)

After a great evening in Wyoming my hubby and I chilled out in our motel and made plans for our following day in Yellowstone.

- Posted by Steph from Siouxzeegirl Designs

Location:Pocatello, ID