Last Day in Yellowstone

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Jul 30, 2008

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

We got to sleep in on this day.  Well, some of us.  Matt decided to go for a sunrise walk around Beaver Ponds Trail.  He borrowed some bear spray from Macneil just in case he came across some bears and we didn't even hear him head out.
Beaver Ponds
We had the car packed and were ready for check-out.  Our last breakfast at the Mammoth Dining Room was very leisurely.  The group met in the lobby and then retired to the historic Map Room where Macneil checked over the girls' junior ranger homework papers.  The girls were given digital cameras at the beginning of the program and Macneil gave us CD's with the photos on them.  They chose their three favorite photos to present to the group and tell about the significance of the picture.  Katie and Sarah did a wonderful job.

It was now time to bombard the ranger at the visitor center with junior ranger material and candidates.  The ranger did seem a little overwhelmed when five girls showed up so bright and early, each with all of the pages complete.  They did not have to finish all of the pages, but they did!  She (the ranger) looked over their work and quizzed each of them.  Every now and then they were a little stumped and looked over their shoulder to Macneil for a little help. 
With the official documents signed, the ranger then presented each girl with a junior ranger patch. 
The Park's Newest Junior Rangers

We stopped for a photo of the girls and Macneil and then headed out on our final hike.
It was a very short hike.  He took us up into the hills that were behind our cabins.  Luckily for all of us, he knew a less steep route.  We encountered a solitary pronghorn buck who seemed somewhat interested in Macneil's stories, but got a bit more skittish as more people came up the trail.

We ate our final lunch as a group in the Mammoth Dining Room.  I had a grilled Tuscan chicken sandwich, Matt had a salmon sandwich, Katie had a cheeseburger, and Sarah...back to chicken nuggets.

It was a great vacation!  We drove straight through back to Salt Lake City and spent the night.  Our flight home to Boerne was the next morning. 
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