My husband is so good about introducing us girly girls to the beautiful back country here in Idaho. Coming from a lifestyle of glitter and Barbies, these girls and I definitely are expanding our horizons – whether it’s watching a sunset from the sand dunes, or ripping earthworms in half for the fish hook. I’ve enjoyed watching them discover new activities, and gain interest in animals, wildlife, and nature.
So, of course living this far north, we needed to take advantage of the mother of all nature and wildlife – Yellowstone National Park! Ever been? I hadn’t - unless I went as a child and just don’t remember. So we wanted to give the girls some memories of the beauty and nature.
Even up close…
We saw many paint pots, which didn’t let off the best of aromas…
… many prismatic pools and hot springs (we didn’t touch the water, but the steam and heat that emitted from the pools were enough to convince me not to go for a swim)…
Not much luck on the “wildlife” part of Yellowstone. We saw two bison clear off in the distance while driving, and we did see this elk just lounging in the leaves. But other than that, we were cheated out of that grizzly bear encounter I so hoped for.
And of course, we saw plenty of what Yellowstone is famous for – Geysers!! It makes me wonder why this place hasn’t imploded (or exploded) from all the activity that happens underneath the earth! One day, I have a feeling it will…. but I won’t be there when it does!
Plenty to see and do in Yellowstone, just not enough time in one day to see it all!
A few things I learned from our day in Yellowstone:
1) If planning on spending a night anywhere in the park (lodging), reservations need to be made at least ONE YEAR in advance!
2) The ice cream tastes like whipped cream.
3) Kids don’t necessarily enjoy all the walking on boardwalks and they need time to rest and nap in the car.
4) Always go prepared with a cooler of food – meals and snacks – and plenty of water to drink. Not many options inside the park and what food you will find isn’t a bargain!
5) I’m a VERY paranoid mom around the cliffs, hot water pools, and any sign warning of “danger”.
6) What a beautiful world we live in and I take it for granted most of the time.