Day 94 - Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming (USA)

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

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Pinch punch first of the month.

Rich is secretly disappointed that he doesn't get woken early enough this morning for successful animal viewing.

Emma is treated to a lie in - woo hoo. A rare opportunity but very much appreciated.

Today we set off north from Madison towards Norris. We stop at Beryl Spring and Artists Paintpots, before finding a spot for lunch. Neither really capture our imagination. Dylan isn't too keen on the smell of sulphur, "it stinks". He learns the new word which he tells us sounds like sofa. We enjoy spotting two male elk shortly after we head out of the car park.

Rich has his first, and hopefully last, meet head-on with a car today, after he pulls out of the Beryl Springs car park onto an empty road on the wrong side. Not sure who was more scared as we met on a corner and Rich corrected his lane.the man in his pick up with caravan in tow, or Rich! Why does it take two months before these crazy mistakes catch you out?

During naps we have our best wildlife spot so far. A black bear less than 100 metres away from the RV. Amazing. We are able to sit and watch a while before needing to move on to prevent traffic chaos.

We drive up past some lovely small lakes, Nymph Lake and Twin Lakes, up to Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces. Emma does a speedy jog to the top of the boardwalks for a couple of snaps. These are white calcium carbonate terraces that look like waterfalls on the side of the rock face.

Our return to Madison is full of giggles as Taya and Dylan play peek a boo. We also see another elk, a female this time.

Back at our campground we decide to go down to the river for a dip. It's a lovely setting, and the water is nice and warm due to all the geothermal activity in the area. Only the boys took their swimming things, but Taya wants to play, so Rich takes her in her clothes. Emma wades out too. Dylan plays on the shore and in the water until Rich takes him out into the middle of the river to play throwing stones and splashing around. Taya doesn't want to sit on the picnic blanket as she wants to scratch around in the mud and eat it. Lots of fun and a perfect before dinner activity.

We spot some accessories that we clearly should have if we were doing this RV malarkey seriously. Picnic bench and table covers with elasticated edges to hold them in place. And a wooden sign hung on a tree outside the RV with the family names on it. Not sure how we've managed without!

Dylan's new words for today are 'vertical' and 'horizontal'. We were using them when playing with his road (a cushion from the bed) and talking about how the road needs to be horizontal not vertical for the cars to drive on. Those two are now banked.

Taya has added high pitched shrieking, usually for fun, to her vocabulary. We hope it doesn't last long!

Taya is hilarious in her shower tonight after an absolute feast for dinner. She is so excited and plays around. Such a cheeky smile. Can't wait to see what she is like in the bath now. It's been a while since her last one in Hawaii.

Our last night in Yellowstone tonight. It's been incredible, and a real privilege to have been here.The scenery was breathtaking and varied, but it will be the animals we have seen that we remember the most, especially the bears. We hope to be back one day to cover more walks and sit a little more quietly to spot even more wildlife.

Dylan and Rich head out for a stroll this evening, back to where they heard the band at the amphitheatre last night. This evening we are the only ones, so we take the stage. Dylan has a lot of prep before Rich is ordered to his seat in the back row, and a word perfect rendition of Blah Blah Black Sheep, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is performed, with enough volume to be heard 15 rows back. Someone wishes they had the video camera with them this evening.

We hit the road tomorrow for two days to take us to Lake Tahoe. Fingers crossed our entertainment is up to scratch for the children. We have lots of miles still to cover, today our RV trip dial hit 3,000 miles.
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Gwen Irvine on

Gosh, how can Emma &Richard take all of this in, what a journey. I think they'll enjoy reading abut it when they return home and then won't believe they actually did this.Taya has grown so much and Dylan enjoying the trip to be outdoors in the fresh air and seeing so many different things. Not long for you now,you must be so excited. I'm excited for you as you will be getting to know them all over again

Sheila Romburgh on

Just had a wonderful trip through Yellowstone National Park!!!!! X x X x

thekemptons on

Glad you enjoyed it :)

thekemptons on

I'm thrilled we will be able to read back on what we've done. I've already started reading the beginning of the trip.

Margie Stephen - extract Club! on

Wonderful game sightings!
They seem to have got away from the worst of the heatwave.

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