Amazing Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park Travel Blog

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Did you know that Yellowstone is *the* oldest and largest National Park in our country?  Pretty neat! 

And did you know that much of Yellowstone is smack on top of an active volcano?!  The entire lower third is over the caldera of the volcano! 

That is why everywhere we go in this immense park, we see steam rising from bubbling hot springs- some beautiful sapphire blue pools and some in thick mud.  Some stink like rotting eggs.  One cave makes the sounds of a roaring dragon- scary!  There are boardwalks over steaming streams of various colors due to mineral deposits. This is an amazing park!

We are staying our second night, which has been all the more exciting due to our terrific campground neighbors- we just love Tracy and Eric and their 3 boys from Miami!  Campfires in the evening have provided so much fun that a nearby tenter had to yell their request for quiet- embarrasing and we feel terrible being inconsiderate- but that gives a fine idea of the fun.

Old Faithful
Tomorrow we hope to explore Mt. Washburn together before they south into Grand Teton and we head north for Glacier.

Also, did you know the dump station can be the most entertaining place?  While stuck in line, we meet many interesting people.  Today we met a family who had shipped their RV from Germany.  When I asked about the number of sanistations in Europe (they had a cassette-type toilet indeed), they said, "No problem!  They are everywhere!", which confirms what I'd read.  They too had used Seabridge International to ship their rig on a roll on- roll off carrier and 3 weeks after shipping, picked it up with no problem.  They said Seabridge was the only one who allowed one to ship it full of supplies, but they do have a door separating the cab from the coach, which they thought was helpful in reducing theft.

We explored Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstones (which is in all the famous pictures of Yellowstone), the National Park Ranger Museum, and well, most of the Ranger-recommended highlights around the double loops.  It is a huge park and after a fabulous dinner (the atmosphere and experience, not necessarily the food) at the Historic Old Faithful Lodge tonight, it took about an hour to return to Canyon Campground (the roads are curvy and slow and we had to stop for Yellowstone Falls and the wolf and bison at the roadsides- very exciting!).

We lost 10 minutes this evening going to Old Faithful because of a herd of bison crossing the road - now THAT was thrilling!  We are SO hopeful that we can see a bear- ANY kind of bear.

Bison crossing the road beside us
 

Our dinner buzzer beeped us just about 3 minutes before Old Faithful was scheduled to erupt and Charles thankfully ran downstairs to ask them to move us down the  wait list- we were going to stay for Old Faithful's show- so they kindly did as requested and we were thrilled to witness Old Faithful erupt from the vantage point of the 2nd floor outdoor viewing area.  Charles called it "Young Betrayed."

Then we were seated in the "old" historic section as requested and had a terrific dinner.  Daddy-on-a-stick really loved the origami hats created from napkins between courses and pictures should emerge soon.

Some of the parents here are a bit careless- the day before we arrived a 4-year-old was gored by a bison while the parents tried to get the child's picture- we hope the child is okay, although no one knows the outcome.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  Then today I actually yelled at a Dad to warn him- he'd watched his toddler wander off the boardwalk over the hot springs crust area (where "Danger" warnings are posted) and up to the edge of a boiling 4' crater!  Hello!?  Smartly thereafter, he retrieved her.  While all of us walking along the boardwalk were horrified, I was the only one who spoke up.  Whew!  I couldn't live with myself if that child had fallen through the crust while I'd just watched.  While the Dad did speak another language, the danger sign lists many different ones.  Hopefully he got a clue.  A mom with her toddler had just been told via a Ranger's loudspeaker the same thing not 15 minutes earlier.  These beautiful National Parks can be a parent's worst nightmare if unprepared for vigilant overprotective behavior.

Most of the employees here at Yellowstone (not the Rangers, who are professionals) are on international exchange programs and are delightful students - they really add to the flavor of the Park.

Cell service

  • Verizon internet=1 point
  • AT&T /Cingular cell phone service= 0 points

We're able to get internet, but cell service is ONLY at the Old Faithful village.  Mom, I'll give you a call when I can get service.  I just got messages from 6/30. :)

Having a terrific time!  Eric asked what my favorite place was and I honestly could not come up with an answer- we just appreciate every single place we are lucky enough to experience- they are all so very special!  How could one compare the charm of Capital Reef to the amazing rock features of Arches NP?  Or the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone?  The rugged wilderness of Big Bend to the splendor of Rocky Mountain National Forest?  Zion red cliffs to Bryce hoodoos?  We are so blessed living this dream!

bookwoman says:
What an amazing adventure you are having. I haven't read all your blogs, but one of you had better be writing a book about this trip. Let me know what you have been reading, or if you need any recommendations. Mrs. G
Posted on: Jul 07, 2008
N_loves_T says:
Yellowstone looks awesome. Love the pics of Yellowstone at sunset, especially the one in front of Old Faithful.

Have fun in Canada - speak to you soon!
Love,
N/D
Posted on: Jul 05, 2008
proller says:
LOVE the picture of all 3 kids at Old Faithful - great light!!! Sounds like you're having a great time - I'm green reading every post. :) It's great to keep up with you. We're doing exciting things like replacing our sewer pipes - aren't you jealous?! After 3 days of no running water, we're thrilled to have our PVC pipes and indoor plumbing! Still trying to sell Amber Hills. Next project: grading the backyard. Be safe, have fun, keep up the fun posts. Lots of love from TN!
Posted on: Jul 04, 2008
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Old Faithful
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Bison crossing the road beside us
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Ranger Desk at Visitor's Center
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Bookstore at Visitor's Center
Bookstore at Visitors Center
Bookstore at Visitor's Center
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Ranger at Visitor's Center
Ranger at Visitors Center
Ranger at Visitor's Center
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