Yankee Boy Basin & Governor Basin

We’d been planning to go up to Yankee Boy Basin for weeks. It’s very well-known among photographers for it’s stunning display of wildflowers during the last few weeks of July. While, it was still beautiful, unfortunately most of the flowers were finished blooming. We stopped to have a snack and take pictures and had a visit from a rock chuck =) Too bad we didn’t get a picture of him!


The gang at the top of Yankee Boy


A few of the flowers that were hanging in there despite two weeks of solid rain


Ammon had to take a picture of Jack at the top of the hill


Purple flower just for me



After Yankee Boy, we decided to explore a little up Governor Basin, which turned out to be incredibly breathtaking…



Waterfall on the way up


View at the top





One cute little columbine growing by the side of the road, all by itself!


View on the way back down

For the second weekend in a row, we’d planned to go camping on Friday, but since the forecast was predicting rain and it rained the whole week long…we had a backup plan. Not the same, but still lots of fun. Take a look:


We just finished eating our hot dogs, etc at our camping table, in the garage. We even did smores in the garage over a stove. We actually have a small fire pit, but we didn’t have enough time to get the coals ready. Next time!


Everyone did really well sleeping considering we hadn’t gone camping since last year. The kids loved their new sleeping bags Daddy made them. Annika unfortunately, still managed to slide out of her bag and since I was right beside her, I had the privilege of shoving her back in!

Annika refused to take a nap today, despite not sleeping as much as normal the night before. After I got her up from her futile nap attempt, I was laying on the floor and she came right over to me and layed on me and fell straight asleep! Talk about how to melt Mommy’s heart! She has never been one to sleep in the same bed with Ammon or I and never EVER even as a baby would fall asleep on us like that when we were laying down. It was one of those “to remember” moments as she’s already growing up so fast! When she woke up, she snuggled with me and stoked my arm softly and had lots of giggles. Sigh….

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