Grizzly and Wolf Center, Diamond P Ranch and Happy Birthday to Trish

7/29/19 – Monday

Since Justin had spent the day before driving, we figured a day in town would be good. Thus we all went to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Center. Since we never saw any grizzlies, coyotes or wolves during the rest of our Yellowstone visit, I’m really glad we did.

They are a non-profit rehab and educational center. They had different grizzlies on view throughout the day, plus wolves, raptors, coyotes and ground squirrels.

Rough – legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Bald Eagles
Great Gray Owls – can you find both of them?
Red – tailed Hawk
Grandkids with Grandma on Big Bear couch.

We drove to the Diamond P Ranch around 4:30 pm, after resting at our condos. John and I had made reservations for us all (except Joe who wasn’t interested) to go on a horse ride. Gabe was not happy with the thought, so we went there to let both kids give it a try. Us four adults had ridden at least once before. Gabe was not even about to go near that horse, much less touch a horse, so that made the decision to cancel his ride easy. Lily was excited, loved petting the horse, then got on. She was sure grinning at the end of her 5 minutes. Our rides were reserved for Wednesday but this was our last chance to cancel anyone without penalty. Fortunately, because Joe didn’t want to ride a horse either, it befell him to babysit Gabe when the rest of us had our ride.

Lily riding “Spirit” as Joe watches.

After all that excitement, we went to the Branch Restaurant to celebrate my birthday and Justin/Jamie’s Anniversary, (yes, where the Oregon Short Line rail car rests – thus the rest of our family could walk through it too).

We finished the day with pool time for the kids, hot tub for John and I.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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