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Yellowstone Day 1

We started at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and ended in Yellowstone

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We did not wake up early, rarely do on these trips, but, figured we’d make it to everything in the two days we had in the area.

We started at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.org because it was close by and we wanted to see what was offered. The kids had to visit the animals right away and we signed the kids up for the Bear food hiding for 3:30 on Thursday. The wolf pups were out so we were all happy to see them. We drove on to Yellowstone.
The kids mainly wanted to see Old Faithful so that is where we headed. On the way to Old Faithful there are plenty of areas of fumaroles, kids went wild seeing them. The wildflowers with the fumaroles in the background were so beautiful.

We finally made it to Old Faithful and Dale dropped us off at the Visitor’s Center. While Dale parked we picked up the Jr. Ranger books and headed out to see Old Faithful Erupt. As we waited, a ranger came along and gave a talk on the Super Volcano, Old Faithful, and the local environment. He told us why people should stay out of the roped-off areas; ie: the crust has taken several hundred years to form and the water has various minerals in it.
Kids looked out for rule offenders and started warning people after the ranger talk; “the water is dangerous” “don’t damage the crust”. Finally, I told them to just let the rangers get after people, there were too many disregarding the signs. But kids were still discussing between themselves when someone would disobey the signs.

We bought ice cream and 4 of us sat down on logs out of the sun. Lucian didn’t join us as he found a table with 1 chair for himself inside the lodge.

On the way back to the RV we took a leisurely walk around the Lower Geyser Basin. There are several geysers located close together that erupt at the same time, mud pots and beautiful pools of water. I had a wonderful time shooting photos and kids were amazed by the sights.

Posted by Miss Chris 11:00 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip travel camping living rv outdoors family_travel yellowstone_national_park rv_travel grandkids_trip rv_adventures 2007_gmc_sierra Comments (0)

A Day In Yellowstone

Visiting Yellowstone's Old Faithful and Mammoth Falls

We did arrive in Yellowstone but not when we wanted, it was late in the evening and the park campgrounds were full. I should have guessed that the campgrounds would be full before leaving but I had no time to think about this trip so I was just hoping that our luck would hold out.

We looked for a campground in West Yellowstone but everything was full so ended up driving back west to something a little further out where we snagged the last site. Looked like lots of people were in the same situation.

It was Christabel’s turn to make dinner and she had chosen to make French toast and crumbled sausage. We’d found some fresh gluten free bread at Whole Foods so I was able to eat with everyone.

By the time we’d parked in our site we were all a little cross; it was 10pm and we were all tired and hungry. Bel and I started getting her ingredients out when Charlotte asked if she could help. Bel said yes so I ducked out of the way. Charlotte and Bel mad wonderful French toast together, consulting each other over various steps. This is really what makes our trips so great, the time together and the bonds that form.

We knew that we wouldn’t have lots of time in Yellowstone but thought that if we could leave by 5pm we’d get into the reunion in time. NOT!!! Why didn’t I think this thru? 1st of all when we get into National Parks Christabel loves to get her Junior Ranger designation and it was no different here. Getting this badge takes time so we spent several hours doing this and Charlotte joined her.

We did see Old Faithful erupt several times and sat on the veranda at the lodge people watching and geyser watching while girls finished badge projects. When they were finished and had taken the Junior Ranger Oath we got back to the RV for a picnic lunch. We wanted to do a walk but then couldn’t find the spot called Morning glory Pool. I looked at maps and decided that Mammoth Falls would be interesting and since it is at the north exit, the exit we needed to take it seemed like a good choice.

If you have never been to Mammoth Falls in Yellowstone it is a must do. There are actual falls, not large but the colors from the water make for the most amazingly beautiful scenes ever. There was a short loop we decided to take but when on the trail found that the path had been destroyed by the springs. There are several other paths but they can take up to 2 hours to walk so we just shot our photos and left the paths for another visit.

Elias made our dinner on the road of potato soup with Rosemary, his creation. I’d never had potato soup with rosemary sprigs in it and it was surprisingly good!

Posted by Miss Chris 11:06 Archived in USA Tagged landscapes people children food road_trip tourist geysers yellowstone old_faithful family_travel grandkids yellowstone_national_park mammoth_falls Comments (0)

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