More adventures – Jackson Hole and Yellowstone

Laura Ingalls Wilder Books

Laura Ingalls Wilder Books

Myself and the boys have enjoyed reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series of nine I purchased before leaving. As we travel over all the vast open prairies, through mountains and snow we imagine how Laura and her family’s arduous journeys were by wagon.

I was initially surprised by the hunting in the first book Farmer Boy, the story of Almanzo. As one journeys through all the series of these wondrous little books, it is miraculous to learn how they survived in the wild, with relentless weather conditions, living in total isolation, completely depending on nature for survival. So much is taken for granted in our modern day life.

Old log homes from the early settlers

Old log homes from the early settlers

We were thrilled to see a reproduction of the log homes built by the early settlers. Laura’s pa built most of their homes himself. They survived cruel fires and unyielding blizzards.

Log homes

Log homes

The wooden creaky old wagons that were pulled by horse over vast prairies and though great rushing rivers and creeks. Our next book will be Little Town on the Prairie.

The boys in a wagon

The boys in a wagon

The children playing on a wagon. We found a miniature wagon for them to play with.

Grisly Bear

Grisly Bear

How fortunate we were to see a few bears in the yellowstone park. Watching them amble about the sage brush, looking for grubs and slugs. They looked so cuddly and warm.

Bison grazing alongside the steam near the warm spring geysers

Bison grazing alongside the steam near the warm spring geysers

The bison, so powerful in the herds. I remember how the great herds used to roam in Africa, it’s hardly seen with their restricted land. The animals struggled with the late winter and deep snow in Yellowstone, many calves were lost.

Moose

Moose

We were delighted to finally see a moose. Moose is a popular animal in our home as Sania’s favorite plush toy is a moose whom he’s been loving for 3 years and shares life with us.

Bison on the freeway

Bison on the freeway

This impressive fellow was moseying along the freeway all by himself. He must have climbed down one of the mountains.

Scenery from a park in Yellowstone

Scenery from a park in Yellowstone

Overlooking Yellowstone Lake.

Knitted Scarves

Knitted Scarves

It was so cold that I quickly knitted up two scarves for my little boys from some amazing hand spun pure wool, kettle dyed from Uruguay that I purchased at a cosy little knitting store. What a pleasure it was to knit with such fine wool.

 

First time in Snow

First time in Snow

The boys found a small mountain of snow in the alongside the road to play in.

Sliding down a snow bank

Sliding down a snow bank

We then took them up the tram in Jackson WY for some REAL snow.

Trying to climb through the thick snow

Trying to climb through the thick snow

I slid down a small snow bank

I slid down a small snow bank

I managed to climb to the top of a small hill after continuously sinking so deep in the snow, obviously not dressed for it, to slide down and enjoy the fun with the boys.

Brrrrrr

Brrrrrr

A wonderful snow experience but next time we will be dressed for it because the boys wanted to play more but their feet were almost frozen.

A Narnia Ship

The Chronicles of Narnia book series written by CS Louis, has taken myself and the children into a world of fantasy and adventure. I have enjoyed reading them as much as they have, it’s been hard to put the books down.

Chronicals of Narnia

Chronicals of Narnia

The books sparked much creativity and the building of this wonderful ship. We have no craft materials with us in France just yet so the children are finding whatever they can to be creative with. We’ve received some packages in cardboard boxes which have been used for their making of their Narnia ship and a castle. The figures were made from Stockmar beeswax.

Lights for the bowsprit

Lights for the bowsprit

The ship journeys across many oceans and needs light on the bowsprit.

 

Adding the ropes

Adding the ropes

The mast made from a stick they found along with matchstick railings, ropes and windows embellished the ship. Ladders were constructed to climb from the lower deck to the upper deck with sticks and cardboard.

 

Lifting of the sail for still waters

Lifting of the sail for still waters

Ship AHOY! Adding the sail from some material, completed the project, ready for its journey to the faraway islands.

 

Sailing the boat in the ocean

Sailing the boat in the ocean

A blue sheet became the deep dark blue ocean for the ship to sail in search of land.
Bows and swords

They carved many bows and arrows from bendable sticks they found in the nearby woods. The boys cleaned them up and sharpened their arrows with their knives. They are good strong weapons.

Narnian with his torch

Narnian with his torch

A Narnian character from the book, there were many more but went to battle.

Sania with testing the string of his bow.

Sania with testing the string of his bow.
We have some keen young Archers.

Sasha practicing with a friend’s bow and arrow

Sasha practicing with a friend’s bow and arrow