Welcome Home to Irma and Chaos

We were up early and in line at COSTCO to try to get some supplies before the storm arrived. This was no fun to arrive home from summer vacation to. The lines were long and people were mean. I was OVER it quickly. We got what we needed and headed home.

We were all nervous when the storm kept shifting to cover the entire state!

We prepared the lanterns and flashlights knowing we would loose power. We have a generator but during the storm you dont want to go outside and start it. 

Irma grew closer and closer.

We went for a long walk about the neighborhood before the storm to get the wiggles out knowing this would be the last trip outside until Irma safely passed and we were safe to go outside. 

The winds were really strong all night but thankfully the palms out back broke the worst of them from the house. In the morning we found lots of fronds ripped from the trees. Palm trees lined the street blocking access. Neighbors awoke and came out and used ropes and trucks to drag the trees out of the road. 

We got the yard cleaned and enjoyed the cooler weather that followed the storm.
We found the owls. They must have rode the storm out in the trees in the backyard. They were wet but alive. We had to bring Luna home since the AC stopped working due to a surge during the storm. The house was without power for 5 days. Dad finally got parts and fixed the AC a few days later. We offered our generator power to neighbors to charge up their phones.

We snuck away to sweat over at Disney Animal Kingdom rather than at home. We enjoyed our first trip to Avitar World and bought banshees too.

We came home to a resourceful Dad who was using a portable AC unit to cool the master bedroom. We could sleep in the house and not the RV tonight. But it was too loud. Dad retreated back to the motorhome. We toughed it out and got a good nights sleep. 

We are watching the tropics and more is brewing. Lets home it all misses us! We spent some time working on 4-H sewing projects while we waited for school to start back up. Mom figured if the public schools were closed we should have the time to do other things.

I got my service project of making dog toys done and delivered to the Humane Society. 

New Hairstyle

We arrived back is hot Florida and I decided enough was enough. I hemmed and hawed for a week and finally decided that it was time to say goodbye to the long locks I’ve had most of my life.

Ms. Alyssa, Mom’s dresser, was awesome. She knew just what to do and went shorter and shorter to let me make sure I wouldn’t regret my choice. I am very happy with the short hair. It is SO much easier to care for each day. I didn’t like the new part location so it has slowly moved back to the middle.

St. Louis Fun

We stopped along the way for the night at a campground and spent the evening bug hunting and pinning our collected critters.
We arrived in St. Louis and stayed at a casio campground. For dinner we went over to have the buffet at the casino. E hate many shrimp, his new food of the month. B downed lots of chicken fingers and then the entire dessert bar. Our main stop was City Museum. We had a blast with a full day outing to our family favorite. We led GrandmaJo and GrandpaHowie all over. Mom braved the dome again. Grandma and Grandpa rode the ferris wheel on top of the 14 story building. We had fun in the spinning chairs. We saw an amazing bug collection! E loved the ropes in the skateless park. We had some fun making snowflakes with The Snowflake Lady. The giant hamster wheel was fun. Grandpa and Grandma were both defeated but didn’t get hurt. We smells smoke and a few minutes later the entire building was evacuated. We stood nervously outside after gathering everyone up. Everything was okay and we were allowed to return back inside. B was a bit frightened but was able to calm down and enjoy the rest of the day. So now we have the long journey home. It will take us two days. E passed the time wearing Dad’s shoes, reading on his kindle and annoying Breighton at every chance.

More Custer State Park Fun

We got caught in a buffalo jam a few times. This one was by far the worst at almost 30 minutes. Dad’s car doesnt make much noice so the buffalo just weren’t getting out of the way. Cars were able to go around us but we just couldn’t follow them close enough to get out. Mom was near tears afraid of getting trampled! No zoom lens here! UGH! Stopping for a snack? Move along! The burros were hungry and nasty. They tried to get in the windows and use the car as a scratching post. We gave them carrots and E was apparently dangling his fingers like carrots and then closing the window when the burro came around to look. We saw a LOT of pronghorn. Saw some amazing smokeless views. B found a cool beetle and handed it to Mom, still alive! UGH!

A few photos that were left out from the last post of the Buffalo Safari ride. We had a great time!

Custer State Park in South Dakota

No trip to Custer State Park is complete without seeing bison. We enjoyed a family safari ride and got to get up close to the buffalo.

CSP is one of our favorite places we have been and we were so excited to revisit this year. We had a nice warm fire a few nights.

We drove the Needles Highway in search of great views of Mount Rushmore. The boys and Laurie did some off trail hiking around the lake. The kids were up on everything they could find to climb on. They certainly love rock scrambling.

Our hiking earned some water and snacks at the lake shop. ON the way back we stopped at the rock shop we visited a few years ago. E got a fox tail and a ton of cool rocks and gems. B picked out some gifts for Grandma Susie and found some neat rocks for his collection as well. We all did the chuckwagon cookout and hayride. We all sang and laughed and had a grand old ti At the cookout we danced the hokey pokey and did the chicken dance. We really enjoyed out time relaxing and exploring in Custer. It seems we always find more to do!