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TriPawd toast with Three Legged Red
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27 June 2010 - 8:04 pm
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jerry said:

Oh, and if you make it to the Old Faithfull Inn, be sure to have a toast with Three Legged Red for us OK?


In past years, Mom and Dad would have left the Upper Geyser Basin much earlier and be settled down in the trailer with Allie and me. The threat from a severe rain storm that had skirted the basin had sent a majority of the seasoned gazers and uninitiated off for shelter. Dad was in his usual position standing on the back benches at the center of the crescent timing Turbin and watching the pool very carefully. Then he lifted is radio and broadcast “There are waves on Grand”. The excitement grew among all there as this was the last signal that an eruption was imminent. Moments later he again lifted is radio and broadcast “Grand 18:43 – Repeat – Grand One Eight Four Three”. Quickly the rangers at the Old Faithful Visitor Center replied “Confirm Grand 18:43”. I am sure that they began to change their board to reflect the next Grand prediction approximately 8 ¾ hours later and we watch the worlds tallest predictable geyser – Grand. As a pool geyser, Grand started as a small fountain and continued to grow to maximum height over a short period of time. Bursts from Grand have been measured as high as 200ft but today’s was somewhat shorter. At the 8 minute mark Grand hesitated for a very brief period of time appearing to nearly stop. We seasoned gazers sighed with disappointment while the uninitiated stared at us with curiosity. Then at the 10 minute mark, Grand slowly died away and stopped sending jets souring into the air. However, both Polly and Dad saw that the pool still had water – 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds. Some had applauded, but all the uninitiated were starting to head for shelter from the impending rain. Dad shouted “do not leave!” 25 seconds and the pool started to pulse like a base drum. “Get your cameras ready”. Then Grand rewarded those that had waited with a “second burst”. Unlike the first burst, second bursts are know for lifting to full height, one sheet, at the very onset – truly a reverse water fall. This “second burst” continued for another three minutes but there was not to be a third. As we walked from the view area, many came over to Dad to thank him for letting them know to stay and asked how did he know? Little did they realize how much of a kick Dad gets from both watching these “second burst” and watching the reaction to others as it lifts so quickly.
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Now we headed over to the Old Faithful Inn to perform one last task before leaving the basin for the last time on this trip. Heading directly to the second story balcony we stop briefly to gather the necessary “drink”. The outside portion of the balcony was deserted because of the slight drizzle just before. With camera in Dad’s hands, Mom lifted a glass of Three Legged Red in front of Old Faithful (not in eruption) and toasted all our TriPawd warriors – past, present, and future. It was a very moving moment for all of us.
[Image Can Not Be Found]The next morning Dad took a photo of some of our “required” traveling equipment. (in the same place as last year’s photo of Mom and I) This includes – ICE CREAM in preparation of ampuversary celebrations, the Hypoalergetic biscuits that I became so fond of after my appetite improved and that Magic loved so much as his appetite waned, and jerky treats in honor of Emily. Dad made a mistake and grabbed beef jerky treats rather than chicken jerky treats, but Emily assures me that it was more of the intent rather than the actual formulation. We did have some green beans in the freezer until midway through the trip and from what Dad tells me, that will have to be added to the list.[Image Can Not Be Found]

I hope that you have read the Boston Globe article about Dad that I mentioned in an earlier post. Also, Dad has a web page dedicated to Mom & Dad's best photos of Yellowstone's Geysers if one would like to see what we watch on these trips. One last thing before I close. Steamboat is the world’s largest geyser. It erupts to heights exceeding 300 feet and has not erupted since 2005. I have heard Dad say to many of his friends that he would gladly give up any opportunity of ever seeing Steamboat for just one more Cherry hug. I have to agree!

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27 June 2010 - 8:37 pm
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Oh, I love it! 

Now, I gotta go read the news article!


Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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Great story! I read the article and looked at the pictures also. I was at Yellowstone about 35 years ago; perhaps it's time for another visit. Is there a particular time of year that's best for seeing the geysers?

Daisy, 12 years young, had left forelimb amp on 5/19/2010 due to osteosarcoma. She left her body behind and joined the other spirit tripawds on 7/16/2010.
So grateful for each day with her!
Lexi (Daisy's momma)

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28 June 2010 - 5:58 am
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how special this is!!  when i read the 'topic title', i thought...oooh  white or whole wheat???  we've never been to yellowstone, but it's definitely on the bucket list!!  thanks for sharing your adventures!!

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


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28 June 2010 - 8:35 am
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Great story, thanks for sharing it with us and thank you for toasting to all of the past, present and future Tripawd Warriors.

I personally " Thank You" for always supporting me with your great advice , Tasha says " Thank You"  as she  continues with Miss Cherry's tradition of celebrating each and every ampuversary with ice cream.


Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

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During our "June in Yellowstone 2010", the Today show filmed some segments for airing on this morning's show. As with most "news" reports, the information is not perfect but does convey some of this park's magnificant sights. They even did a segment on one of our hard working Geyser Gazers - Jim and Daisy Geyser. Jim is in the park from early May until mid September and arrives at the Upper Geyser Basin (Old Faithful area) very early 5:00 AM to see what is going on. This is trememdous help for us when we arrive in the basin at 7:30 AM. It also shows the rangers updating the prediction board just as Miss Cherry described. Titled - Geyser-gazing, wolf-watching at Yellowstone. Enjoy!

Spirit Cherry's Dad

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28 June 2010 - 12:27 pm
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We'd take that Cherry hug too... thanks for sharing your geothermal passion.

If anyone wonders why this might be a big deal to us, check out our video toast to Dunham Cellars and read about our bittersweet Yellowstone stay. It was there that we spent our final days with Jerry, and where we toasted his life with Three Legged Red, the day after he left us.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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28 June 2010 - 1:29 pm
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Awesome post, Bob and Spirit Cherry!  We love that you travel with all the necessities - including ICE CREAM and other treats that our tripawd heros love.  And we love and thank you for toasting all tripawd warriors - past, present and future.  We appreciate all of your support from all over the country, and how much you help all of us on our journeys.  We will celebrate both of you by having ICE CREAM in your honor tonight.  big-blink

Thanks very much, Bob!  Safe travels...

Sending lots of hugs,

Holly, Zuzu and Susan

Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!

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Bob, we toast YOU for sharing such a beautiful adventure with us, thank you. This brought happy tears and big smiles to us today, knowing that the Tripawd spirit remains strong in one of the most beautiful places on earth.


P.S. What a great article about your geyser enthusiasm! I wish we'd had you there when we visited, that would have been really fun and educational too!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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28 June 2010 - 3:33 pm
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Bob, thank you for sharing your wonderful trip and toast with us! It was beautiful... but when I got to the end and read about giving it all up just for one more hug from Cherry... well, I just lost it!!! But you know that Cherry was there with you both in spirit...big-blink

Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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29 June 2010 - 9:29 pm
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Oh thank you for a beautiful post..but when I saw the supplies I lost it...Miss Cherry's Miracle Biscuits will live in my heart forever.

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