Friday, June 01, 2012

Murmeltieren and More

 Our whole crazy crew, after a long, wild night!
 We took Fabigail with us to keep Maddie company -- we'd take her again tonight. Before some of our own children. These two set up camp before the rest of us, slept more than the rest of us, wowed all the little girls and even spent their hour in a canoe rowing kids around.
 All of us in and Flaming Gorge too
 There were oodles of butterflies of all sizes, shapes and colors
 Maddie and Fabs took a swim in the lake. Then we asked them to go pick up a cup that we'd dropped in there. They were pretty cold by the time they came out.
 Sebi found a mama robin guarding these beauties
 We saw several deer like this one at dusk
 More of Flaming Gorge. It was really beautiful
 We ran into two groups of big horn sheep, this one at night, and a much younger group the next morning
 And we saw more than two dozen marmots (or murmeltier in German). In a few weeks they would have been completely camouflaged by the browning grass, but they stood out a lot in the spring. They looked like land beavers to me, but they're also called ground squirrels. I could have stayed for a whole week to see and do everything they have around. I would have liked to take a German-style vacation and hang out playing cards on the beach for hours. There are just two things keeping me from doing it: no showers and vault toilets.

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