Steven Longhurst’s birthday is September 27th. He turned a whopping 41 this year!!! We were so glad he wasn’t in the middle of busy and chaotic harvest, so we were able to get out of town for a few days.
It was also Spud Harvest, so the kids were out of school as well.
We headed to the cabin. It was our first time staying there and we were all so excited. I made a huge salad and a big pan of chicken enchiladas to have to eat while we were there.
It was so nice because we didn’t have a plan, we didn’t have a schedule and we didn’t have anywhere to go. Rare for us, but oh-so-needed!
We surprised Steven with some presents on the morning of his birthday. (Can you just see how much Logan loves his dad? I think it’s the coolest thing!)
We decided one day to venture into West Yellowstone. Specifically intending to get to Mammoth Hot Springs – we’ve never been there (or tons of other places inside the park-so excited to explore that are more).
We had taken a wrong turn and ended up about 20 miles in the opposite direction before we realized it. This was fun because we saw some fun stuff as we stopped along ‘the wrong route’.
Logan and I were so intrigued with all the ‘rubbings’ on the trees from the animals.
I could’ve sat and watched the two groups of elk at Mammoth for hours. I love, love, love to hear them bugle. We were able to get pretty close to watch for a bit. They were on the move, so we couldn’t stay in one spot too long – the park rangers were all over the place directing traffic, tourists and the elk themselves.
We thought the terraces were awesome and enjoyed walking around exploring a bit and taking pictures (and ok, screwing off – we must’ve been getting tired, because we were all messing around – even while we ate an incredibly late lunch - -we had taken that wrong turn, then had to be detoured all over to get to Mammoth – but that made the trip all the more adventurous – and long, right).
On the way back, it was getting late, but we had been told to check out Lamar Valley (in hopes of seeing bears, elk, buffalo and wolves). Plus, really….Lamar is Steven Longhurst’s middle name, so we just had to go. Period.
It was actually so pretty and we were glad we drove the extra few miles to enjoy it.
When Steven started farming out in the area we live, a local farmer wanted to go into business with us. We declined the offer (and have NEVER been so thankful and sure of a decision) and this guy told Steven in a truly snotty and arrogant tone “Well, it ain’t for the faint-hearted”.
We were not sure exactly what IT was, but we have never forgotten that and honestly…it’s been a bit of a propeller for Farmer Steven. He was driven by the insinuation that he/we didn’t have what it took to farm out here and be successful (note to self – NEVER tell Farmer Steven what he cannot do).
When I saw this sign - inside LAMAR VALLEY – I truly laughed out loud! We have said to each other over the years “Well, chickens ain’t for the faint hearted” or “Morning Glory ain’t for the faint hearted”. We have truly used it hundreds of times.
So, to say I loved seeing this saying in a valley that shares the same name as my determined (and even somewhat stubborn) hubby….made my whole day!
We didn’t see too many animals in Lamar Valley – only a herd or three of buffalo.
We always find funny stories and situations to remember.
First, on the drive up – we passed this van. It had written on it “No One is Listening Until You Fart.” And then it promoted a website WICKEDCAMPING.COM. What the?!?!
Oh mercy! And then there were the tourists!!! This struck us all funny for some reason. We just stayed in our truck and snapped a few pictures of the elk at Mammoth. But these crazies were out of control. Running and jumping over steps to get a bit closer to the elk! It was quite comical and it kept the Park Rangers busy.
Another humorous thing was this buffalo. I was so excited that it was right by the side of the road in Lamar Valley. I rolled down my window and proceeded to try to get a quick picture focused up. Apparently when the ‘click’ of the camera went off, that buffalo DID NOT WANT HIS PICTURE TAKEN! He snorted and made a weird noise, then brushed by Steven’s truck – almost in a charge-like manner. I screamed of course, Logan laughed, Saydee sat stunned and Steven swore – typical behavior for all of us! Afterward, we all laughed at it happening, but more at our individual reactions! Good stuff!
Saydee and I worked on our ‘beauty routine’ the last night. And the boys made total fun of us!
We cleaned up as a family before leaving after 5 days of down time - much, much needed down time! It was glorious!
This was the best few days we’ve had in a long time. We are so excited for this cabin and cannot wait for lots and lots of memories to be made there over the coming years!