Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Star Valley

The three of us recently took a short trip to Star Valley, Wyoming. I've often heard people refer to places they love and consider beautiful as God's Country. Star Valley is God's Country for us. Don't be surprised if we decide to move there one day.

We stayed in a cozy little cabin at the north end of Afton. It was kind of a last minute excursion and the best part was that we had no agenda. We did whatever we wanted which amounted to eating a lot, trying to fish (the Salt River was too high and was moving too fast and I kept having visions of Marshall getting swept down the river in a matter of seconds), reading (I read, Jesse played his guitar), hiking, a little shopping, and relaxing.

As we were driving along a road that led to Bridger National Forest we happened along an alpaca farm. There was a guy standing outside the little red barn who saw us looking and motioned for us to come over. We pulled over and saw a little baby alpaca with his mom. The guy told us that the baby was only 30 minutes old. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. It was so cute to see this wobbly little animal trying to stand on it's skinny little legs. (If you are eating while reading this or just have a weak stomach I suggest that you stop reading because this will get a little gross.) The baby was so new it was still wet and the mother had not even delivered the placenta yet. She delivered it while we were there and that was when Jesse decided it was time to go; the man can only handle so much. After we got in the car Marshall said "She has a balloon on her butt." Which is exactly what it looked like.

On our way home we stopped at a fun playground in Bear River. Marshall loved this horse swing. They sell these at CAL Ranch and I keep trying to convince my parents that they need one for their barn.

We had a blast and we plan on making Star Valley a regular getaway for us.

7 comments:

Linds said...

Your getaway sounds perfect! We were actually near there over the weekend. We camped near Teton Nat'l Park and hiked in the park on Saturday. It is incredibly beautiful country. We bought a year pass, so we should meet up in Wyoming and sing around a campfire or something ;-).

sweet nectar sara said...

michael's grandma has almost 100 acres in afton and we're hoping we can keep some of it in the family, it really is so beautiful up there. we'll need to plan another girls night soon!

Stefanie said...

It looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Next time you plan a trip up there, let us know, it looks like a nice weekend getaway!

Stacey said...

fun!!! Elyssa and I want to raise alpacas so bad and justin won't let us. He won't even let us have a chicken... It looks like you had a wonderful time up there. And I hope you don't move away!!!!

The Van Dyke's said...

Star Valley looks beautiful- that is one thing that I miss terribly here in Texas, is the mountains and rivers- they don't exist here like they do up there. I can't believe how big your lil' guy is getting. They grow so fast- You have a super cute family!!

ColbandSar said...

Thats fun you guys were up this way! next time let me know and we can meet up and play! Infact you guys can come stay up at our place in Jackson! I'd love to catch up with you! It was so fun to see you at the Race for the Cure!

Roden Family said...

Looks like you had a great little getaway. We went up to Star Valley several years ago and it was beautiful.