Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Back from Our Trip and Adjusting to Reality......

Let me start off by saying we had a fabulous trip out west where beauty abounds everywhere you look...if you ever get the opportunity...take it!!! 

Just a heads up.....this will mainly be a recap of our trip with a bit of stitching news at the end. We flew in and out of Denver and did a BIG circle (over 1900 miles) in a rental (which caused us some anxiety as we noticed a couple hundred miles in we were driving on expired tags). We started our trip with a stop in Pinedale, WY, a cute little town that was very artsy...wish we'd had more time to spend there. Here are some flowers outside the restaurant we ate lunch in. The flowers everywhere were bright and luscious! Later I found that this was due to the altitude and a more intense heat from the sun.

 The next day we hit Jackson, WY, but we didn't hang there too long; we were anxious to get to our next stop, Dornan's Ranch, a little bit north of Jackson with the Grand Tetons in our backyard, so to speak.

Grand Tetons

Here's our little cabin at Dornan's:

 This was my favorite place we stayed--2 bedrooms, one bath, full kitchen and living/dining area right on the Snake River. We hiked....


We biked.....
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and we floated.....

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...for two days (Rich and I want to return there for a week at some point). We also saw our first wildlife there outside Jackson.

Mama and baby moose

Then we were off to Yellowstone for three days. Here we witnessed Old Faithful blow three times.....

 saw tons of geysers, hot springs and mud's kind of other wordly there..

We toured one evening in this vintage yellow touring car....

and had a tour of the Old Faithful Inn....this place is magnificent...very rustic but wonderful architectural design. (Sadly, we could not get reservations there but were in a nearby cabin).

Roof of Old Faithful Inn with stairs leading to roof on the outside

Interior shot of the Inn's you an idea of it's immensity and height
Rich and I by the HUGE fireplace           

We saw a bison by the side of the road

A beautiful rainbow
So, I have to tell you a little story about the rainbow. The wife in the couple we went with and I have been friends since grade school. She had traveled across country for 8 weeks the summer of 1976 with another good friend of ours ( I was married and working at the time, so couldn't go). Sadly, that friend of ours passed away in 2002 but we felt we were getting messages from her the whole time we were there....things like the rainbow, a Beatles song (we were all big Beatles fans), a Let it Be medallion in a room we stayed in, etc.. It was good to feel her presence!

But perhaps, my favorite thing in Yellowstone was the Grand Prismatic. We were able to hike up to a fairly new overlook and see it from above. The colors around the edge are caused by bacteria...unbelievable!!!

Are you still with me??? I know it's a lot, but I'm trying to get it done in one sitting. Next we drove to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone....not to be confused with the Grand Canyon in Arizona..but imposing nonetheless.

We switched to the Yellowstone Lakehouse, where we also stayed in a cute little cabin. We saw more wildlife, hiked and relaxed a bit in the lobby of the main hotel.

Lazy bison?


From there it was on to Cody, WY ,via the Beartooth Highway, where we stayed two nights in a cute little Airbnb two blocks from the main drag. Here we visited the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Now, I have to say, we didn't know what to expect here, but this is a first class museum, associated with the Smithsonian, and it was fabulous!!!

But perhaps the best part was I got to meet a fellow stitcher!!! Greta and I had "met" during the Common Threaded Stitcher month on IG and I knew she worked at the Center. I took a chance she was there that day ....and she was!!! We only got to visit for a bit, but we both felt we could have talked for was so nice to meet in person. And, Greta's husband is the director of the Heart Mountain museum which we visited the next day. Another top notch exhibit, though very sobering. This is the site of a former Japanese internment camp, just a few miles out of hard to believe this happened in the US to US be honest, we were all a bit shocked!!! 

We attended a dinner and cowboy revue in the evening that was a lot of fun!

From Cody, we drove to Buffalo, WY where we spent the night at the Occidental Hotel, supposedly the most haunted hotel in WY. On the way there we hit snow at the higher elevations....luckily not enough to slow us down.

Here's an outside shot of the hotel, an old brothel where the likes of Butch Cassidy, Calamity Jane and President Theodore Roosevelt stayed. There was a car enthusiast group staying there (Austin Healys) hence the cars in the photo.

Here's some shots of our room that had lots of lovely doilies protecting the furniture.

That's a hand painted mural along the top of the wall

The little "Let it Be" medallion I mentioned earlier is resting on that old iron

Now for any Longmire fans out there....The fictional town of Durant, in the Longmire series, is based on Buffalo, WY. The author, Craig Johnson, lives nearby and was actually in the restaurant where we were eating dinner. A number of stores have adopted Durant in their window displays. Sadly, we left early and didn't have time to wander the town, but did get to eat breakfast at the Busy Bee Cafe.

We brought one one of those mugs!!!

From here, we were on to our last stop...Mount Rushmore...a great place to end our trip. It was a little cold and windy but ice cream was had since it's based on a recipe from Thomas Jefferson.

 Now all that was left was finding a hotel for the night and starting our drive the next morning back to Denver for our flight home. Even though this recap was long, there was still a lot I didn't cover. So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail or comment on the post and I'll get back to you.

Now some stitching.....sorry....I'm having gum surgery Friday and trying to get this all out of the way. I had great intentions of finishing ALL the background stitching on my Year of Celebration pieces....but....I only got two done. The roads were either two twisty or I didn't want to miss what was outside the car.

This was as far as I got on the Pilgrim I shared last post:

So, not much stitching went on...but I did come home to some stitchy mail. First, I had ordered this project bag kit from Brenda Gervais. The fabrics are pre-printed and you just have to sew together.

 Then, I had bought three Need'L Love stocking charts on FB right before I left on vacation.

And last, but not least, our friend Vickie sent me this adorable chart...and yes, it has a bee! Thanks so much, Vickie!

So, I think I'm outta gas but hope you enjoyed!!! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!





  1. Whooee! That was a long, enjoyable post Stasi! I have never been out West. It sure looks wonderful! A very active trip! We did all go to South Dakota several years ago though. Very nice new stash enhancement!

  2. I totally enjoyed the journey out west with you with your words and lens. What fabulous pictures you shared about your trip! What awesome stash that you came home to! I will be thinking about you on Friday as you have gum surgery. I hope it goes smoothly and your mouth heals fully.

  3. What a fabulous vacation, Stasi, and a wonderful and informative travelogue you provided us. Thank-you.

  4. That looks like a very enjoyable trip.
    Thanks for sharing all of the pics with us.
    Love the Wildlife there.
    I hope everything goes well with your surgery on Friday.

  5. Wow! I so loved your travelogue today, Stasi! Makes me more determined than ever to get out to Wyoming and South Dakota. I have a good friend from grade school who lives right near Mt. Rushmore and she's been begging me to come visit. Need to schedule that. Did you plan the itinerary/hotels/stops yourself? Looks like you did a great job!

    Enjoy those new charts! And I certainly will keep you in my thoughts tomorrow as you undergo gum surgery. Hope it isn't too painful!

  6. Oh, Stasi it was fun traveling along with you from the sofa in my living room. It looks like a wonderful vacation from everyday life. What an exciting retirement you are experiencing. For the last few weeks I've lived vicariously through your posting from the west, Bernadette's and Becky's from South Africa, Judy from Ireland, and Sherry from Alaska. I'm exhausted! Everyone's home now from their travels, except Bernadette and Becky, and they are now on the last leg of theirs. I'm now going to take a rest! Thanks for letting me tag along. See you next month!

  7. Stasi: I am loving your post today, Mike and I took a very similar trip to yours years ago, Cody Wy, is my favorite place to visit out west, I feel so at home there.
    When we were at Yellowstone it just happened to be a time that Old faithful did not erupt for several hours, not sure why, you are so lucky to have seen it erupt.
    I love Longmire, it is a great series.
    I like the stitching your have stitched, I have the Needl'Love booklets, I have made several stockings for gifts, the booklets are getting tattered.
    Have a lovely week.


    1. Catherine, I tried to respond to your e-mail but got an error message about user was blacklisted...not sure what that means but thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Your trip sounds fabulous! It is one that will definitely go on my bucket list. DH and I have often said we'd like to do a trip out west! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Stasi, What a wonderful trip!!! Jackson Hole is so beautiful. I haven't been there since 76 and wonder how much it has changed since then. I'm so glad you made it to the Buffalo Bill museum and how neat that you saw Old Faithful blow 3x. This recap is certainly stirring up a desire to make a trip out West!!