Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yellowstone National Park

A week and a half ago we went to Yellowstone! It was everyone's first time and we had lots of fun. We were planning on meeting up with Paul, Serena and their kids but there was no cell reception for AT&T which made that impossible. But, I'm sure it turned out better because our babies limited the things that we could actually do. We definitely would have slowed them down. We got their Sunday night and camped right by Yellowstone Lake. As we drove in we got to see the geysers from our car with the plan to go back the next day. Camping went well. We all slept good even with the crazy rain and thunderstorms. Thanks to Andrew who knows how to camp warmly. He always gives me the warm sleeping bag and it really does keep me nice and toasty all night long. The next day we got up and started our drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs. On the way up we saw TONS of buffalo. One was walking right by our car and Andrew unrolled Zoey's window so she could see. As it got closer, it started growling/snorting/whatever that sound is and Zoey jumped as high as you can jump in a car seat. I don't blame her, that thing was maybe three feet from her. After that she LOVED the buffalo. It was a really fun trip for her with all the animals we saw. We honestly didn't do much outside our car. For one, it was raining pretty good most of the day and secondly once one of the kids fell asleep I wanted them to stay asleep. But, it was all worth it because we are going back in a couple weeks. We basically drove through the entire park, so we know exactly where we want to stop next time. The places we actually got our were at Mammoth Hot Springs and then at the Norris Geyser Basin. We were planning on doing Old Faithful and stuff but by then it was storming and our kids were both time. We also stopped at Firehole Falls and Andrew got out to check into the swimming. Apparently the water in the river is warm like pool water and people are allowed to swim in it. We didn't swim but Andrew definitely wants to next time. That about sums up our trip. Not the most exciting but we got a year pass so I know there will be much more to come.

This was Norris Geyser Basin. It was seriously awesome (picture doesn't do it justice.) It reminded me of Land Before Time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. The neat thing was that because it was pretty chilly with the storms, it made the hot pots, geysers, and such WAY more steamy and noticeable. Very neat.

One of the pretty views at a random pull off.

In this picture you can see where the land settled however long ago. There's an entire ring around yellowstone with these columns from when the basin sunk.

Taking a break from the car.

They are just SO cute together. I wonder how much longer I can use my "double stroller." I really do want a real one. Any suggestions on good brands?

Zoey was saying "hi buffalos" the whole time.

After our mini picnic lunch at Mammoth Hot Springs

Yeah I know she's cute :)

1 comment:

Alisa said...

Looks like so much fun. We love Yellowstone. Maybe we could go with you. The kids would love it!