Blogs from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States, North America

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Today is the first day or this trip that we’ve had any amount of time to ourselves. The guys are our fishing and Karen and I are organizing, repacking, visiting the shops, planning ahead, and walking around town. LTer this afternoon the guys will come back and we will drive though a different section of Yellowstone looking for wildlife and seeing the sights Guys came back at 2:30 and we headed out through the park again. The girl that checked our park passes was from Hinton, WV. She was surprised to see someone from WV. This trip we headed for Lamar Valley. Our primary objective was to visit a part of the park we hadn’t visited and to look for wildlife, particularly bears, elk, and something we hadn’t seen. Even those there was no prediction for ... read more


This was Day 7. Hard to believe what we’ve packed into a week. We’ve traveled through 11states. We’ve stayed in 3 Airbnb’s and 3 hotels and we’ve traveled 2642 miles. We’ve been to the geographic center of the 48 states, visited 3 national parks, countless national monuments or historical sites, witnessed a 61 degree temp change get in 2 days. We’ve traveled Interstates, state roads, county roads, and dirt roads. We’ve fished a little and shopped a lot! We’ve talked to countless travelers from all over the United States and given a lot of advice and taken a little. So far it’s it’s been great. Today we started out at the Roosevelt Arch and headed through Yellowstone to see Ike Faithful. We stopped several places along the way; Mammoth Hot Springs, Fort Yellowstone, Sheepeater Cliff, Gibbon ... read more


We awoke a bit later than usual, around 7am, and headed out for our last trip to Yellowstone, stopping on the way there at our Sinclair station for some coffee. Not long after we ended the park, I spotted a buffalo not too far from the road, so I pulled over so we could take some photos. We continued on south to Old Faithful. I noticed today that the 20 to 30 mile drives from one main place to another through the park don't seem to take nearly as long. I guess that when you are not looking so closely at the scenery, even the slower speeds and frequent stops or slowdowns, the same amount of time passes more quickly. When we reached the Old Faithful, or Upper Geyser Basin turnoff, we fairly easily found a ... read more
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We woke up around 6am again, and since we already knew there was no coffee available nearby, we headed towards Yellowstone. About 14 miles down the road, we found the expected gas station (Sinclair) and pulled in to get a couple of hot coffees. Manoli got a large coffee and I got a large Cappuccino.. for 1 buck! We continued on to Yellowstone, about 40 miles from our KOA, and entered Gardiner, Wyoming without even realizing we'd crossed the border. Gardiner is the typical tourist town you expect to find, with lots of restaurants and such, and surprisingly a group of deer grazing right on the main street. When we spotted them, we had to pull in to get out and look, along with photos of course. There were 3 large deer (I believe 2 does ... read more
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After breakfast this morning, we decided to go see Grand Prismatic. This is Colleen's favorite sight to see at Yellowstone, and I think it's a must-see as well. For me personally, the most memorable things I've seen in Yellowstone during past trips were Artist Point, Grand Prismatic, Old Faithful, and the limestone walls in Mammoth. So, I wanted our kids to have the chance to see most of these things as well. It doesn't look like we'll get up to Mammoth during this trip, but I'm sure we'll be back to Yellowstone again in the future. Zach and his family were still in bed, so they told us to go on without them. The rest of us headed to see Grand Prismatic. Every other time I've seen Grand Prismatic, it has been from the boardwalk. This ... read more
Overlooking Grand Prismatic
The kids with their grandma and great-uncle at Grand Prismatic
Lily Pads


Once Andrew's parents made the decision to join us and learned my parents couldn't make it, they asked if it would be OK to invite Andrew's uncle and Andrew's brother's family to Yellowstone. We said yes, of course, and have been really excited to spend time with family. Andrew's parents and his Uncle Scott arrived to Lake Village last night in time to join us for dinner. We got to visit them at their cabin at the Lake Hotel. Their cabin is very cute, and I'd be happy staying there, but it's not as roomy as ours. We have a dining table in our Lake Lodge western cabin, whereas they have only a side table. However, theirs is a stand-alone cabin, whereas ours is connected to a few other units. So, there are advantages and disadvantages ... read more
Our Family at LeHady's Rapids
Bison Near the Mud Pots
Mud Pots


Last night, we stayed just west of Cody, Wyoming at a ranch called Bill Cody's. It was a good place to stay because it was just 30 minutes from the east entrance of Yellowstone. After staying there, we decided it would have been a good place to spend a few days! They offer half day trail rides that would have been fun to do. For us, though, it was just a quick overnight. We enjoyed breakfast in the morning out on their big patio, though! The breakfast was delicious, and the view was picturesque, as we were nestled in the mountains. After breakfast, we set out for Yellowstone. The drive was beautiful, and we had no line to get in. We're meeting Andrew's parents in Yellowstone. We'd invited both of our parents to meet us there, ... read more
Trail to Lone Star Geyser
Our Hikers
Old Faithful


The park was established by the U.S. Congress on March 1, 1872, as the country’s first national park. It is also generally considered to have been the first national park in the world, though some naturalists and others have argued that there is evidence that indicates that the creation of Yellowstone was predated by the creation of Bogd Khan Mountain National Park in Mongolia, which may date from as early as 1778. Yellowstone was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1976 and a World Heritage site in 1978 The Roosevelt Arch, built in the park’s Army era, is said to have been the idea of Hiram M. Chittenden of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He felt that the approach to the park was barren and lacked suitable grandeur. Park administrators and townspeople agreed, and plans ... read more


June10th Yesterday was an incredibly full and wonderful day. We enjoyed our breakfast and tjen headed out for the lovely day by 8 am to drive over to view the Grand Tetons in the morning. We drove north of Jackson to “Mormon Row” where some of the early settlers lived in the wide valley to the east of the mountain range. We had to take photos of the iconic barn with the peaks behind. AND Megan won the first $1 - spotting a pronghorn – our first of the trip. We continued on to the Grand Teton discovery center, which sadly was still semi-closed due to pandemic restrictions. No displays. But the gift shop was open so Jean got her hiking stick badge and essential photo book, and Andrew’s big score was a “ranger” vest with ... read more
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Travertine formations grow much more rapidly than sinter formations due to the softer nature of limestone. As hot water rises through limestone, large quantities of rock are dissolved by the hot water, and a white chalky mineral is deposited on the surface. Yellowstone National Park, the oldest, one of the largest, and probably the best-known National Parks in the US. The park was established by the U.S. Congress on March 1, 1872, as the country’s first national park. It is also generally considered to have been the first national park in the world, though some naturalists and others have argued that there is evidence that indicates that the creation of Yellowstone was predated by the creation of Boyd Khan Mountain National Park in Mongolia, which may date from as early as 1778. Amazing experience to enjoy ... read more




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