Monday, July 12, 2010

celebrating year V {in photos}

for our anniversary dinner we went to this funny, although delicious, restaurant in lander that i had been to once before, called "cowfish". their menu makes me laugh. no trying to hide the fact you are eating animals, i guess.
harvey boy was slightly less than amused to be in the car yet again. luckily he demonstrates his annoyance with dramatic sighs, dirty looks, & long naps... not destruction of nearby shoes & suitcases. he really is a great road-trip dog, other than his annoying hourly habit of biting/snapping at every white car that drives by. only the white ones. apparently our dog is prejudiced.
after dinner we hiked {if you can call it that, as we were both wearing flip flops} to the poppo agie falls. the river was still flooding, but had come down considerably from the week before when the national guard was called in to protect houses & businesses. town looked a little worse for the wear & we spotted a few trailer houses outside of town that were not in their original location. 
two things i can say about being married five years: 
1) we still love each other like crazy
2) we still can't take a decent self-portrait
this was our lovely anniversary sunset as we headed back down from the hike. pretty amazing.

after camping for free in the city park {best idea ever!}, we headed west. we stayed a night in dubois. i was surprised by how amazing the landscape is east of dubois--a mini version of the bandlands. i don't think it gets much attention though, because dubois has become a stopover on the way to grand teton or yellowstone. i didn't mind, as it meant we had more to explore on our own. we went into the fitzpatrick wilderness for a day hike & only saw one other group. 
nothing quite like wilderness to remind you how big the world around us really is. plus it is nice to be reminded that there are places on this globe that aren't inhabited. that comforts me.
there is also nothing else quite like the tetons. we forgot just how captivating they are until we came over the pass & caught our first glimpse of them in two years. still as breathtaking as ever.
we spent a day on the snake river, at high water. apparently i kayak with my eyes closed. that explains a lot.
brandon's new camera is waterproof so he was enjoying taking photos on the river. 
just right of the center of this photo you can see my little orange helmet bobbing over the waves. this is the last rapid before the take-out, always a bittersweet moment for me.
the absarokas. i love the way that name rolls of my tongue. the mountain range isn't too bad either.

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