Yellowstone National Park

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011- Settling in at Yellowstone

Today Jen drove us to Yellowstone. We took some pictures by the entrance then moved on to Mammoth Hot Springs.  Right after we parked, a bald eagle flew over us!  We walked through the wooden walkways to check out the smelly springs.  There were a bunch of elk just hanging out near the springs.  After we sufficiently explored the hot springs, we stopped at the general store to get ice cream, and we tasted our first huckleberries.  Plus, I found an awesome cowboy hat, which I really needed (ok, wanted).  We drove another hour through the park to get to our campsite in Canyon Village.  On the drive we saw three bison and a deer.  We finally made it to our campsite and got checked in and got some information from the ranger station about where we can hike tomorrow.  The lady at the check-in told us that we could have a fire if we could find our fire-ring.  We thought that was a little weird, but then she mentioned that a lot of the fire rings and picnic tables are still buried in snow.  It really wasn't that cold, but there was snow around our campsite because of the elevation.  Luckily our fire ring was out in the open, and we didn’t need our picnic table because we had chairs.  We found and chopped some firewood (we are all grateful that Shannon got them an axe for Christmas) and made mountain pies for dinner, but we did not stay outside too long because the mosquitoes were a’ bitin’ and it started to get chilly.  Jared and Jen taught us how to play cribbage on their cool homemade board.  Unfortunately for me, Bryant and Jen won (really, Jared wasn’t the best partner- hahaha).  We made sandwiches and packed our day packs so we can get up early for a long hike tomorrow.  Jared wants to get up at dawn.  No one else is really on board with that plan.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011- We fell for the falls!

We woke up at our Canyon Village campground and after a quick bite, we made our way to Mt. Washburn.  We hiked about four miles up to the top of the mountain- 10,243 feet high!  At the top there was an observation room where we ate our packed lunches out of the wind.  The hike back down was much easier and faster, but the whole adventure took several hours of the day.  After the hike, we drove through the "Roosevelt Area" of the park and saw a grizzly bear on the side of a hill.  Traffic was all backed up, people were parked along the road, and there were several rangers making sure everyone was safe, so we knew there must be something to see.  We just got some pictures from the RV and moved on towards Tower Falls.  En route to the falls, we saw some buffalo from afar.  We took a short walk from the parking area to check out the brink of the lower falls and headed back towards the Canyon area. We wanted to check out the other views of the falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  We drove along the north rim of the canyon, and we stopped at lookout point, where Jared and Bryant saw an Osprey nest.  The best view was further down the road, from the aptly named Inspiration Point.  After that final stop, we headed back to the campground.  We grilled burgers and hot dogs for dinner, showered (we were quite stinky), and relaxed a little.  Bryant beat us all at a game of Phase 10 dice.  It was a really full day, so we were exhausted and definitely ready for bed!
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