George actually woke up first today and told me he was getting up and going to the bathroom, that means I’m up too which is fine because the conversations we have in these 1:1 moments in the mornings are invaluable and with him usually hilarious. I’ve been making a point to have some 1:1 time with each of them everyday, usually in the morning. I’ve stolen a trick for gauging their mood and disposition from a firehouse friend. 1-10 ten is the happiest you’ve ever been "how are you feeling today and so far about this trip?" In one of those conversations with Loralea recently I also asked her what she was using as her 10 and her answer was so touching, “the day Charlotte was born was my happiest day ever”. That was so good to hear because I have heard a more than a bit of bickering over LEGO’s and sharing in that back seat in the past few days. It seems like it’s either bickering or unstoppable high pitched giggling. Both will wear on you but I love the meaning behind the latter more.
Anyway, I got up with him and we walked over to the bathroom then started the suburban (I had to know everything was ok, and it was) got Leo out of his crate and made some coffee when we got back.
We made corned beef hash for breakfast and got motivated to ride up to the North Unit of the park to see the scenic drive there. It’s about 40miles north. And uneventful short lego and giggle filled trip went by quick and when we got to the gate the ranger was much more matter of fact about seeing bison instead of what they had at the South Unit. The South unit had a dry erase board of their sightings in the ranger station. Obviously they're more frequent up here.
We had all had showers that morning or the night before so we weren’t really feeling like a hike since the feeling being clean was welcomed and really refreshing at this point, so we had resigned ourselves to just see the scenic drive then and then had back for when the pool opens.
The north unit did not disappoint.
On the way back to the campground and pool we had a little extra time and I knew Charlotte had wanted to see the “Enchanted Highway”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchanted_Highway
On the day that we were hot spotting Wi-Fi from my phone to pick the campground we were going to stay in Medora and make the reservations she and Loralea were reading a description of the top ten campgrounds near the Roosevelt National Park and making their own sales pitch for which one we should pick. You may have already realized I do this kind of thing a lot with them. Charlotte saw the Enchanted Highway when we were doing that and really wanted to see it, so I made a brief thirty min or so detour so she could see the sculptures of the enchanted highway.
When we stopped Loralea immediately recognized it as a great geocaching spot. She was right. According to the app there was one hidden there in the maze. We all searched and searched until finally Carlea found it. She was very pleased with herself.
Sorry no picture.
Then back to the campground and pool for the rest of the day.
After the pool closed down we headed into town (across the street) and got some Mac and cheese to go with the hot dogs we are planning to have for dinner.
We played UNO at bedtime since the girls had been wanting to teach me but it had been to late the past two nights, so tonight was the night. It was so nice to see them getting along so well. Even in losing they were gracious but don’t let that lead you to think that in winning they weren’t braggadocios. It was great.
During a lull in the game I was having a sidebar “Huggie” wrestling bit with George and I said
“George tomorrow we’re going to see one of the most beautiful place in our whole country. “
“Oh! Is it Wegmans?”
Oh man, he’s been asking for Wegmans for every meal I’ve asked his opinion on for this whole trip. He absolutely loves some Wegmans, but thats not where we're going.