Friday, July 31, 2015

Montana Part 2

Day 4: Big Mountain
We headed up to Whitefish Mountain Resort to do a little hiking and alpine sliding...

The kids loved it. Even Hayden got a little ride - although she didn't really show any sort of emotion whatsoever. She was all - eh. She was probably thinking about food. She loves to eat. 
So we did. 
After a little meal we decided to take the gondola up to the top and get a little hike in. As we exited the gondola it started hailing on us! Yes, HAIL! Ahhhh, we ran for cover. Inside we checked out the kids room/nature center and learned about all the wildlife. Grayson wasn't a fan of the animal skins when Ethan or Ryan wore them and pretended to be scary. BUT they did like pretending that one of their hands was a claw. Cause that's funny. After hanging around we realized we didn't really have time to do a hike so we decided to start the ride back home. 
Of course we had to stop at Sweet Peaks - so good!

Day 5: Glacier National Park
On Sunday we headed to the park.  There was quite a large fire burning in the park so the areas/roads were somewhat limited. In the past we have done Avalanche Lake but this year we decided to do a little hike along Lake McDonald.
Ethan and Lyla are really into hiding in the brush and jumping out to scare us - it's pretty awesome and I am all about that. I love scaring people. Ryan and Grayson also enjoyed this...although they weren't as skilled. I'll be in trouble in a few years. 
Hayden loved hanging around in that pack. 

There were a few steep and rocky areas by the water and I was not thrilled with the fact that my kids actually wanted to follow the Hale children down there...but they did. It was difficult to let them climb all over those rocks (where they could easily slip or take a tumble, not to mention fall into the water) especially when they sometimes have issues just walking. Whew. They made it and everyone was happy. I am going to need some Xanax when they get older. 

We had a picnic lunch and it was actually COLD! I could have used a little jacket...

Rain was in the forecast for Monday so it was our last opportunity to get a little more tubing in...

Ryan LOVED tubing. He kept giving the thumbs up cue - to go faster! I can't believe what a daredevil he was! 
Hayden also did a little tubing. And she kinda had the same reaction as she did with the alpine slide...

Day 6: Rainy day
Our last day was a lazy day around the house. It rained on and off and we played outside when we could.  It was nice to be at the house so I could work on getting us all packed up. The kids helped Gigi make cupcakes and we also managed to set up a scavenger hunt for them.

Finding the next clue

Happy (although they actually don't look that happy) with the candy at the end of the hunt! Jellybeans!!!!

Day 7: Headed Home?
We woke up and headed to the airport. Once we got there and started to check in the attendant couldn't quite find us in the "system". Wha?? Apparently, when they cancelled our flight on the way out of Dallas (they moved us to another airline) they accidentally cancelled our return flight as well. Big oopies on their part. there was a lot of tap-tapping on the keyboard trying to find us a way home. None of his options were incredibly appealing. Long flights, longer layovers. No thanks. Luckily our exact planned flight was available for tomorrow so we decided to stay and extra day.
We headed back to the house and had a beautiful bonus day! 

Day 8:  
See day 7 but we actually flew back. :)

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