We had an AMAZING trip to Yellowstone last week! It had been 4 years since our last trip and definitely time to get back.
|As soon as we entered the park a Bison was walking on the road :)|
We decided to pull over and tour the hot pots and geysers on our way to the campsite...
|Willow wanted to cuddle the ground squirrels...|
|Once we got to our site at Bridge Bay, Mara and Christian started fire for smores :)|
|And Willow found the babies in the grasses :)|
Then we are off to Hayden Valley to check out the big animals....
|A little bubbling hot pot...|
|Bison hanging out by the mud volcano area...|
|This is the Dragons Mouth hot spring. It gushes jets of steam, while making gurgling and growling sounds. A very cool place to start our tour of the Mud Volcano trail area.|
|So many colors and textures on the rocks near the Dragon's Mouth Spring.|
|This may look like a macro shot of mud cracks, but it's not.... yes, they are cracks in dried mud, but each scale is 10-12 inches across and the cracks were 6-8 inches deep. They were quite impressive.|
|After leaving the Hayden Valley area, we made our way up to the Canyon area and were greeted by this small herd of Elk.|
|We pulled over at the Brink of Upper Falls and saw this rainbow over the water...Yellowstone is so magical!|
|So many kids were carrying their DSi's...not because they were checked out and playing games but because they were snapping photos :)|
Then we went to the other side of the canyon where you could see the lower falls and to do a hike to Lily Pad Lake :)
|Then Mara had to totally freak me out....|
The next day we headed out again with another stop in Hayden Valley...
We climbed up on top of Maude and the Bison surrounded us. It was so cool! They were so active!
|Mara. Christian and Willow rode in the loft with a great view of the animals...|
|Future game designer...lol|
|Goofy kids :)|
|One tired Willow and one very sweet Josh :)|
Along the way we stopped to see the Canyon...
|we had breakfast on the 45th Parallel :)|
|little trout :)|
The we headed back to Canyon to turn in Willow's Junior Ranger program.
The next day we were off again to find some adventure...
|So happy and free, she LOVED Yellowstone so much!|
After swimming we headed to Midway Basin to check out the Grand Prismatic Spring...
Then is was back to Old Faithful and to check out the lodge...
Our last morning...all snuggled together :) No,we did not sleep like this but we used to! I miss those days when my kids were wee ones and we all slept in one big bed ( a king and 2 twins pushed together on the floor ;) ) They grow up so fast. I am so glad we can still get these family vacations in before they all leave! Oh, and Aspen...next time you are so coming! ;)
The baby Elk..you can hear them calling to each other, so sweet :)
David, Josh and Willow swimming in the Firehole River :)
'Till next time...