|The boy loves slides|
|The depot was right next to stables filled with beautiful horses. I got to talk to the woman who runs the stables and you can tell she loves her horses, probably more than people.|
|Gramma Debbie toughing out the weather.|
The actual train ride was short but cute. A teenager from Dallas shared fun facts and silly jokes with us over a loud speaker as we chugged along through the woods. We were his only passengers but he still made us laugh and even managed to call us pretty.
|Ready for the train to go go go|
|chugging along through the woods|
After the frigid train ride we decided to find something to do indoors so we drove down the the forestry station for a look at the animal they had on exhibit. It was a lot of dead animals. A lot. Gideon loved the bear and the armadillo and the aquarium.
|I swear he isn't picking his nose...|
|This picture was a must|
|some people see stuff like this and think "look how old that tree was!" but I think "look how much older that tree could have been," then I get depressed.|
|in case we look back on these pictures in a few years and think "where were we again? oh yeah!"|
|loving one of many dioramas|
|we thought it would be funny to have him sit in this old log chair. we were right.|
|posing with a large piece of something from somewhere|
We were pretty tired after walking the museum and it was starting to rain so we headed back to our cabin for lunch. The guys returned later that afternoon with three trout and tales of fishing adventures (like when they stopped for coffee and dad had to go back to the cabin to use the bathroom). They are pretty much fly fishing experts now so I expect there will be more fish in our future.
|this picture makes me smile. I can't imagine how cold that water must have been but you can tell they are having a great time. and my dad looks like a dork.|
We passed the rest of the day indoors listening to the rain, playing highly competitive angry birds, being silly with grampa, and dancing.
|poor grampa was trying to read|
For dinner Mac stuffed the trout with lemon, garlic, and onions, sauteed some mushrooms in butter and wine, and steamed broccoli. It was so good I couldn't stop eating to take pictures. After the Giddy monster went to sleep the husbandit managed to get a fire going by finding dry sticks and leaves under the house (I tossed in a couple of pine cones that I am sure made all the difference) and we followed Debbie's instructions for making a campfire girl favorite, bananas stuffed with chocolate, wrapped in foil, and thrown on the fire. It was extremely delicious and the perfect way to end the day.
|the little fire that could|
|watching the bananas cook and enjoying some warmth|
|yummy banana face|
|please with the outcome|
|my banana was awesome|