Nashville Parthenon

In Nashville for Memorial Day Weekend visiting my sister and her family. Today we visited the Nashville Parthenon. I suggested we visit here because it is in Albert’s movie Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. It was interesting to see it and read about how and why it was built. We stayed there a little over an hour.

After leaving the Parthenon, we started looking for somewhere to eat lunch. Our first idea was Hattie B’s hot chicken, but the line was out the door. Then we drove around a little, before driving over to Boombozz Pizza. Pizza was high on Albert’s list of places to eat. The pizza was good, Shari and Martha created a pizza with fresh spinach, katakana olives, grilled chicken, and feta cheese. Everyone enjoyed it.

After eating we walked across the street to the Soda Parlor where Albert, Martha, and Shari split a waffle sunday.

Memorial Day

While traveling to my sister’s house outside of Nashville, we stopped for dinner at Chick-fil-a. In the dining area they had this simple tribute table. Touching. Chick-fil-a has some great people working for them.

Memorial table inside Chick-fil-a outside Chattanooga, TN

Last day in Jackson Hole

We went to Persephone’s Bakery for breakfast. After eating we walked down the street and did a little shopping. Albert had to have his picture taken in front of this bear and this bison.

We drove out to Slide Lake. It was a remote area where a landslide in 1925 dammed the Green River. Interesting, but not much to see.

We decided to drive south of Jackson to see what was there. I took a scenic route past the Mormon barns again. Susan wanted to see the barns down a road that had a road closed baracade. She moved the barricade and I drove down the road so she could take a picture of the barn.

We drove 13 miles south of Jackson. Not much to see. When I came to a roundabout, I turned around and drove back to Jackson.

We had a bit of trouble finding a place for lunch. Many restaurants are closed for the off season. We wound up at Moe’s bar b que.

After lunch we walked back to the hotel. Shari wasn’t feeling well so she stayed in th room while the rest of drove up to the town square. Susan and Mike exchanged a T-shirt while Albert and I went to Hagen daz for an ice cream. Initially I was not going to get anything, but Albert wanted be to have some fun. So at his insistence, I got some, too. Sometime you have to make a sacrifice.

We drove back to the hotel and lounged around for a while. For our last night in Jackson Hole, we went back to the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill for dinner.

Today was my wife and my 24th Wedding Anniversary. Hard to believe.

Easter Sunday

One of the nice things about being Roman Catholic is that you go to church every Sunday, regardless of where you are. I’ve attended mass all around the world in some beautiful churches. This morning, Easter Sunday, we attended church at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church here in Jackson Hole. The church was decorated beautifully for Easter.

The Altar at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church

We also noticed that a girl with Down Syndrome was an altar server.

Yellowstone NP

We left for Yellowstone NP right at 6:30. We stopped at Cowboy Coffee company on our way out of town and picked up breakfast and coffee..

The three hour drive was very scenic. First we climbed over Teton Pass and into Idaho. We drove through Victor and Driggs, ID. Both small farming communities.

The West entrance of Yellowstone National Park

When we arrived in West Yellowstone, MT. We stopped at the National Park information center in town. Next, we drove into the park. Today is the first day of National Park Week, so our admission pass was not needed. We drove throug the park toward the Old Faithful Guyser, stopping along the way to take pictures of the bison that roam own the park.

A “local” out for a stroll

We parked and walked overt tho Old Faithful and only waited a few minutes before it erupted. Afterwards, we walked over to the shops and restaurants nearby to use the restroom, shop, and eat. We went back to Old Faithful around 12:20 to see the next eruption that happened around 12:38. To me, it looked larger and longer than the first one.

Old Faithful geyser

Yellowstone is a massive park, but because it was only the second day the park has been open for the season, the crowds were light. We drove North to Mammoth Hot Springs stopping along the way to see various sites. During the high season I doubt we could have covered as much ground as we did. Mammoth Hot Springs was spectacular. What always get’s me is that I’m seeing the same things that early settlers and Native Americans saw hundreds of years ago. Mammoth Hot Springs has been slowly build over thousands of years.

Mammoth Hot Springs

After thoroughly exploring Yellowstone National Park we drove back to Jackson Hole. It was almost 11:00 when we arrived at the hotel. A day well spent.

Wildlife Expedition

Today we took a Wildlife Expedition with theTeton Science School. Our guide, Tyler, picked us up at our hotel right at 6:30am. He had coffee and mini blueberry muffins for us for breakfast. We started out on the backside of the National Elk Refuge looking for big horn sheep. After watching a pack of coyotes hunt ground squirrels, we drove behind a butte and saw the sheep on top. They were grazing on top of the butte and a few males were head butting, but not seriously. The serious head butting is done in the fall during mating season. We watched the sheep for half an hour and then moved on.

Our guide drove around to the main part of the National Elk Refuge where there is a fish hatchery. There our guide could look through a high-powered telescope and see a few bison grazing on the refuge pasture. We heard a splash in the pond where we were standing and saw a muskrat swimming below the water. On the far side of the pond were a couple of Golden Eye ducks.

Next we drove toward Kelly, WY and Slide Lake. Driving on the road towards the lake we stopped to watch two bald eagle fish. It was a majestic sight.

We left the eagles and drove toward Mormon Row. Along the way our guide spotted a moose in the sage brush. We stopped and got out of the van. Once you know what to look for, their hairy ears, you can spot the moose bedded down on the ground. We counted eleven moose at this one sighting.

We continued driving north until we reached Oxbow Bend where we stopped at the partially frozen lake. On the far side of the lake we could see, through the high-powered telescope, a dozen bald eagles perched on the ice and nearby trees. Closer to us, two big muskrats were sitting on the ice. At first, we thought they were beavers, but then we could clearly see that they had a long rat like tail, not a beaver tail.

We drove a little farther north to the completely frozen Lake Jackson. We hoped to see a bear. We did see bear tracks in the snow, but no bears.

Lake Jackson was the northern most part of our expedition. We stopped for a few minutes at the Lake Jackson dam. It was interesting to see the water flow under the ice and come out the other side of the dam. From here we turned south and heading home. Along the way we continued to look for Bison and Bears, but didn’t see any. We arrived back at the hotel around 2:30. It was a nice day and a great expedition.

On Vacation

The first day of my spring vacation, I went somewhere where it is still winter, Jackson Hole, WY. We didn’t really plan it this way, but we did plan to be here in the off-season.

Today is an orientation day. We don’t have any specific activities planned, just wander around Jackson Hole and see what is happening.

You cannot visit Jackson Hole without getting your picture taken under one of the four Elk Antler arches that decorate the town square. I learned something new today. Elk shed their antlers each spring and grow another larger set in about 140 days.

Happy Birthday, sweetie

My wife is very difficult to buy for.  I struggle every year with Christmas gift ideas and then her birthday is 3 weeks later. At least once, she mentioned wanting to go fly fishing.  So, for her birthday this year I gave her two tickets to Garden & Gun’s Ladies-only Fly-fishing Excursion.  She was thrilled.  She has spent several month planning for the trip and took her best girlfriend with her.

Yesterday she texted me this picture of one of the fishes she caught.  She said that she actually caught 4 fish, two baby ones and another that she lost just as she was getting it to shore.  The smile on her face says it all for me.  She had a really good time.