Yellowstone National Park

Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The next morning, we sadly packed up camp, then started our drive to Yellowstone, which was surprisingly nearby. Woo, Yellowstone! I had wanted to go here for so long, since I fdirst learnt about it in Geography. The thing I love most is the fact it's a supervolcano! That just fascinates me. I immediately started manically wildlife spotting. I was desperate to see some animals, whether they be bison, elk, deer, bears, whatever! We didn't see anything on the first day though. Our first stop was the geyser Old Faithful. Another thing I had been wanting to see forever. Whilst waiting for it to erupt, we went round the boardwalk, and saw some more amazing geothermal features, including smaller geysers, hot waterfalls, and this amazing blue pool! Then we took our places and waited for Old Faithful to be faithful. And it was! It erupted right on time. And it was amazing! It shooted this boiling water high into the air in a vertical spout, it was just fantastic. When it finished we went and got some lunch, and then drove to the Grand Prismatic Springs. Most of you won't know what that is by name, but it's that amazingly coloured pool you see in photos. Another boardwalk went round the area, and there were other pools there too, and some amazing colours around. 

 When we got to the Spring, we unfortunately realised that you can't really see it if you're standing at the same level as it. You could sort of see the colourful edges, and the steam was actually coloured like the different sections. We saw some people on a hilltop nearby looking down, but we didn't have time to get up there and look ourselves. It was still amazing though! Our final stop of the day was to another geothermal area called the Fountain Pots, with some more geysers, pools and awesome geothermal landscape. After that we went to camp, and my friend on the bus lent me her spare tent, so I got to camp for the first time! We made veggie burgers for dinner, and started up the campfire early. 

 Then someone found out there were bison grazing by the river right next to camp, so we made our way down there to check them out. They were so cool! There were loads of adults and even some little calves sleeping next to the river. Luckily they were a safe distance away but we could still get a good view of them! We watched them for a while, before heading back to the campfire. At some national parks, they hold ranger talks, where a park ranger will give a talk about something related to the park. They had one the night we were there, so I decided to go and have a listen.There was a nice young ranger holding the talk. She told us all about the bison and showed us some great photos and video footage of them. 

 Then to finish she got everyone to sing 'Home on the Range'. I didn't know the words, so just listened to everyone. My excuse is I'm not American. That night I had a fabulous sleep in my tent. I was so warm and toasty, it was a complete contrast to the Grand Tetons! But in the morning we found out a bear had been through camp that night. Pretty cool, right? I think it's awesome, Mum doesn't agree though....
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