AND we went to Yellowstone

When we were planning our trip we thought we’d try to go camping, but eastern Idaho weather is a bit tricky.  We decided we’d just play it by ear and see what we thought as the dates got closer.  Rain.  Wind.  COLD nights.  We decided that camping wouldn’t be very fun.  We wanted to see Yellowstone anyway, so we made it a day trip.  It was a lot of driving in one day, but I think the memories were worth it.


There were bison, bison, bison for my cute nephews to spy with their new binoculars.

nephews at Yellowstone

Seriously, could little boys be any cuter (other than mine, of course)?

bison view

crossing the road

My favorite area was the Lower Geyser Basin area with the mud pots, colorful pools, and lots of little active geysers.

celestine pool

mud pots

at the gysers

spasmatic geyser

watching it

blue bird

The only other time I’ve been to Yellowstone was on our first wedding anniversary.  We decided to ride the main loop on our bikes– which was about 100 miles– which didn’t really give us any time to actually see anything but the backs of RVs.  This time was good from the comfort of our van and since it was early in the season it wasn’t very crowded.

We made the obligatory stop to watch Old Faithful.  There was quite a crowd and I was prepared for it to be pretty anticlimactic, but it was actually really cool!

old faithful

old faithful

I can’t imagine what the Native Americans thought about this place– was it holy?  was it cursed?  That’s something we should research…

We drove all through the park and made our way toward Grand Teton National Park.

Look what we found once we got past Old Faithful:

lots of snow

About 5 feet of snow.  I’m glad we didn’t try to camp.

breathtaking Tetons

It was the perfect time of year for the drive though.  The Tetons were breathtaking.  Not a single picture we took can really do them justice.   It’s hard to get the metering right.  Just imagine the bluest sky you’ve ever seen and dark mountains highlighted with white snow.

so, so, so beautiful!

We listened to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (and we really love this series) for the drive from Colorado to Idaho and part of this Yellowstone trip and also to Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke.  Road trips are made so much better with good books to listen to.  Much better than movies, I think, because one story can take 10 hours, fill everyone’s imaginations for the long haul, and even make it so the kids don’t want to get out of the car just quite yet when we get where we’re going.



6 thoughts on “AND we went to Yellowstone

  1. I always wondered what the big deal about Yellowstone was. Until I went. Then I finally understood. Beautiful!

  2. I am so sad that I didn’t coordinate my trip to Washington/Idaho/Utah with you. We just finished our trip to potato country which also included a drive though Yellowstone. If you also went to temple square I think I might cry.

    Glad you had a great trip.

  3. What an amazing adventure!! So glad you guys got to go exploring together. And I agree about listening to books during road trips. So many life lessons to teach during those long drives together. Ahh! Can’t believe how big the kids are!

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