I asked mom what she liked most about our Yellowstone, Rushmore, Glacier, Waterton trip and she said, "The views."
"But which views?" I asked.
She found this a difficult question because everything she saw was so wonderful that she said it was hard to choose. When pressed, she said she loved Apgar's Lake McDonald in Glacier. She said she loved that lodge right next to the lake.
Art says he liked the BEARS and CUBS. What can I say? We did live in Chicago for 35 years! (For friends from other countries: The Chicago Bears is an American football team. The Chicago Cubs is the baseball team.) It was the first time we've ever seen them (the animal bears and cubs, I mean) in the wild.
Auntie Grace said early on that she loved the colors of the Hot Springs in Mammoth, Yellowstone. She was just so impressed with all the vibrant hues we saw everywhere. She also loved the varied spring flowers.
I e-mailed Tif and asked what their favorite thing was. Looks like they couldn't decide on what was the one best thing because I got this list.
1. Having all of us together to see Yellowstone (including Jon)
2. The view from Village Inn at Apgar (and watching KC playing on the rocks by the water)
3. Seeing the little bear cubs, especially the little one catching up to the others.
4. Grand Prismatic Springs (seeing the orange clothed monks in the distance through the fog/steam)
5. Frozen over Lake Cameron in Waterton
1. Seeing the lady bug (That’s what she's been telling people!) at the Grand Tetons
2. Seeing the bears walk by the window and mommy closing the window so the bears didn’t eat her. (She’s told a couple people this.)
Also the little bear that was slow, like her, running to catch up.
3. Macaroni and cheese
4. Getting the stuffed bear and little fish from Achan
KC is referring to my mom (her great-grandmother). Aachan is short for Obaachan in Japanese. We had two grandmothers on this trip.) She calls me Grandma. Her other grandmother is called Harmoni (Korean for grandmother).
My favorite? You all know I love Apgar's Lake McDonald at Glacier too, but I've got to say what I loved most was being with family and seeing my son, Jonathan! That capped this trip as one of the best we've ever taken. I still haven't gotten over the shock of his surprise visit.
Oh... then there were the flowers, the mountains, the lakes, the animals, the gorgeous skies... sigh...
POSTSCRIPT: KC just called and I asked my four year old granddaughter what her favorite thing was on the trip. She confirmed what Tif said.
"The LADYBUG!" she laughed happily. Then she went on to talk about "the mommy bear and the two baby bears and that slow one who had to run on his paws to catch up and...."
Sorry for the confusion yesterday everybody. I meant for only one post to go up yesterday, but I must have dated this one incorrectly and I had two posts being published in one day. It ruined my sense of order so I am moving this post to today.