Hopefully this is the right place to post my T.R. I wrote it live while we were living it, so even this is post-trip it will be in the present. I'm going to use my normal TR names from my Disney TR. Perla: (previously, me!): I chose to be a girl mouse from Cinderella along with my sister as we are two parts to a whole when it comes to planning anything. We adore planning things together. Anything from weddings to kids parties to vacations to weight loss. Were pretty good alone, but together I cant think of a skill were missing. Im crafty & good with my hands, full of enthusiasm & endless ideas. She is organized, practical, clever with the internet, and excellent with a stretching a dollar. We both are full of energy & smart & (thank heavens) were both adaptable (since we have 7 kids). Were a good team. Donald Duck (previously Dh): Total Disney-lover. Really up for any vacation I suggest as long as it isnt with crazy people (yes, weve tried that: choose travel partners with care.) Adores spending time with his three girls, loves swimming. Chose Donald Duck because Donald is a pretty awesome duck, ready for any fun Mickey, Minnie, & Daisy can dream up but he can be a bit cranky. Though on this trip, his inner Donald mostly stayed inner. Mulan: Our eldest: 7 on this trip. Serious, but loves to laugh. The best helper ever. Bossy, typical older sister. With a heart of gold. Ariel: Our middle: 6 on this trip. Sunny, sunny person, sings constantly but things hurt her feeling very deeply. She is obsessed with thrill rides. This trip to Yellowstone was for her as she is a huge nature lover & I wanted her to have an outdoor adventure. Boo: 17 months on this trip &. The most observant baby of all of mine. LOVES animals even more than her sister Ariel. With her powers of observation & her love for animals she was a perfect companion to have on a nature searching trip. She spotted animals before any of us! Even tempered as can be. Good sense of humor. Added to our trip were my parents: Dad: 62, entrepeneur, great sense of humor, great cook, great driver. Large wealth of knowledge of all kinds of things (which is helpful.) Notable on this trip was he was having some blood pressure issues and got sick so his energy was very low. Mom: 62, now retired, adores her grandbabies and was looking forward to getting to know her introverted grand daughters better. Good at crafts, LOVES, LOVES nature. Great at watching kids & entertaining kids. So that is the crew. We also had Sheila. Our trusty GPS gal. We all rode together in our 2006 Honda Odyssey. I love this van and I love it even more now. Very versatile vehicle. We also had a car top carrier we bought at Sears. All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better set up. OK, are you ready for the beginning of the journal? It's more of a journal than a TR.