We were fortunate enough to spend three days in Yellowstone National Park. We weren’t quite sure what to expect of this place. We have heard stories from previous visitors about how amazing it is. Our first few hours in park were unimpressive, but as we pressed on, we started seeing the magic is this place.
Dragon’s Mouth Spring – This cave continually rumbles and breathes and was fascinating to hear.
A bison stopped by the mud pots to warm up.
Old Faithful – Luckily, after a long walk, the geyser erupted after about 15 minutes. Although, the gift shop took a lot longer to see.
We got to see a herd of elk in the distance.
Artists’ Paint Pots – The water in these hot springs reaches up to 143 degrees.
We stood for about 20 minutes watching the mud pots splatter and pop. It is funny how entertaining this was.
Mammoth Hot Springs – It was so beautiful to see how the mineral deposits formed.
Mount Washburn and the surrounding area – Simply beautiful!
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – We all felt that this was the most impressive site in the whole park.
The water is so incredibly clear. It felt too sacred to even step in.
Grand Prismatic Spring – This place was beautiful. This is the place the Sara was most wanting to see, but it fell short of expectations due to the fact that you can’t see the colors in the same way as you can from an aerial view.
We all worked together to help Max become a junior ranger and got to learn so much about the park in the process.
We tried to book camping in the park about 2 months out from taking the trip. Well, that didn’t work out. So, we stayed at the KOA outside of West Yellowstone, MT. We all enjoyed this camp spot and the mini-golf. And, on the last night in town, we got to have s’mores.
Poor Maddie came down with pink eye within the first few days of our trip. Her eyes starting getting worse and we had to take her to the doctor only to find out that she was allergic to the medication eye drops another doctor had prescribed. Her eyes continued to bother her for most of the trip. She was a trooper though.
We couldn’t get over the fact that we were standing in the caldera of an active volcano. There are so many places in the park that were magical. Even the kids agreed that they would want to return here one day.
Next up, Grand Teton National Park and Star Valley Wyoming.