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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fore! and other fun

We hit the road over the weekend for our annual family trek. This year's destination: Yellowstone National Park.

Our first stop on the road trip was a quick visit with Auntie Kelly in C'dA to drop off a baby crib and give a nice big birthday hug to the ol' girl. Next stop was lunch at the $50,000 Silver Dollar Bar. We didn't let the kids go into the bar, but they came out of the place acting crazy anyway. Our destination for the first night was Anaconda, Mont. You may be asking yourself, what the heck is in Anaconda, Mont.? It is an old copper mining town, but had enough activities to keep us all entertained for the day.
Our primary reason for staying the night was to let Rick golf at Old Works, a Jack Nicklaus signature course. They utilized the former copper smeltering site and tons of slag for the construction of the course, they even incorporated old equipment into the site.While Rick was golfing the kids and I explored Anaconda. We found this great display of the Anaconda Copper Mine rail cars downtown.
We found this huge pot from the smelter at the Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park. The 585' 1.5" stack is on the hillside behind the pot, but it's just a big chimney, not very photogenic.

After the sightseeing, we went to the skate park where the locals took it upon themselves to teach Rikard the basics of boarding. He got a skateboard for his birthday two weeks ago and has yet to brave letting it move while he is standing on it.
A couple streets over we found a little park that features a 40-foot slide. The first 10-feet is nearly a straight drop. The kids had a ball! After watching the big kids for a couple of trips down and up, Keeli finally got brave enough to go down. She looked so tiny on that slide and the first time down you could tell she was holding her breath. After that there was no stopping her.

On to Yellowstone.


The Tin House said...

Kate, I envy you visiting Yellowstone. It's on our list next time we cross the big pond.
Lisa x

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