Day 90 - Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The best sleep so far for the littlest Kempton, 11.5 hours with no feed. Woo hoo. Please don't let it be a one off. Dylan still topped the leader board with 12.5 hours. Rich next, then Emma trailing behind.

Today is our first day in Yellowstone National Park. We set off before breakfast the short hop up the road to the south entrance of the park, pick up our maps and information, and stop for our breakfast.

Today's itinerary is exploring the lakes area of the park. A very imaginatively named Yellowstone Lake. The road passes along the side of the lake. It's huge, and with the Absaroka mountain range as a back drop its an amazing sight. Yellowstone Lake is North America's largest high altitude lake, at 20miles long and 14 miles wide. We catch the light just right, and some still water for a few reflections shots.

We stop at Lake Village and look in the gift shop. We find a t shirt and jumper for Dylan that we all like. We buy size 6-8years. He's not grown that much, something tells me their sizing might be a little out! Emma and Dylan both fall for a little plastic key ring bear that poo's when you squeeze it's tummy. Makes us all giggle. We sit and read "Do Princesses wear hiking boots" book that we really enjoy, so will try to hunt it out when we get home.

A wander by the lake in this area, then a quick hop north up to the Hayden Valley area to a picnic sight for lunch. Beautiful setting on the banks of a stream. It's supposed to be a good wildlife spotting area which is why we chose it. We see some cute grey squirrels, but were hoping for something quite a lot larger. Dylan teases Emma by shouting "there's one", then "no, there's no animals". He started this game well over a year ago whale spotting in Hermanus. Dylan was most disappointed we didn't eat lunch outside yesterday, so he is pleased we have taken note for today.

Emma observes Dylan playing a very in depth game with his cars about which he narrates the whole thing. It seems to be some huge car crash, where the green van saves all the people and checks them to see if they are ok, then the same van fixes all the cars. We love the way that the people all hop up and down on their journeys. Where do they learn these things?!

Nap time for Taya in the RV whilst the rest of us sit and play on the bank on the picnic rug in the sunshine. Dylan had a lie down, but decided he didn't need to sleep again today. He tries really hard, and quietly, to go to sleep, but literally overnight seems not to quite need it. We will see how the week pans out. We are so used to nap time, it's been engrained in our lives for nearly 3 years, it seems strange to have him with us at lunchtime, but absolutely fine if that's the way it is to be.

Emma has a wander along to the river and finds a family swatting crickets then throwing dead ones in for the fish to come and snap up.

When Taya wakes we go to find our campsite for the next three nights. It's called Fishing Bridge RV Park. It's the only site with a hookup in the park. It didn't have great reviews, but its a good price, and a good location, so we are pleased with it. We booked it months ago from the UK, and a good job since its full up.

We walk from here to a different part of the lake picking up an ice cream on the way. Emma picks the best ice-cream - vanilla between two chocolate chip cookies, Dylan promptly changes his mind on his, and has "just another little bite" of mummies.

The beach at the lake shore is nice and sandy. We pick a picnic table and watch as Dylan plays. It, of course, involves sticks, digging and throwing.

Taya giggles all the time she is in the rucksack as she has worked out how to stand up and down in it, and she finds it hilarious.

Dinner and speedy bedtimes for the kidlets. Dylan's earliest bedtime in well over a year. Looking forward to exploring more of this park tomorrow. Very impressed so far, so much more to see.
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