Idaho Part 2: Yellowstone

Vic & I took a day to ourselves & toured all through both loops of Yellowstone.  I have been there several times, but never everywhere at once.  It took a long time, but it was worth it.  We were constantly amazed by all of the crazy variations of the earth all so close to where I grew up!

I was really excited to go see Grand Prismatic Spring as it is always on the front of calendars, postcards, etc.
So when this was all we could see, I was a bit disappointed! 

When the wind blew hard enough to get the steam away we did see little peeks of its gorgeous color. 

 This amazing pool was right next to it & the blue was gorgeous.  Made me really love Yellowstone!
Our family was pooped by time we got to Morning Glory Pool so I hiked up to it by myself & I am glad I did as it was my favorite one.
Nothing special about this picture, I just love Whitney's cheesy grin as she's just learning to smile for the camera :)
I really hate this picture, but we have to have proof for Whitney & Tommy that they have been to Old Faithful.

Whitney exploring the new Old Faithful visitor center.
We lucked out to get to see this geyser going off right by Old Faithful.  It is a much bigger geyser, but only goes off twice a day & once usually during the middle of the night.  We liked it a lot better as it really gushed out & we didn't have a million people all around us.

Tommy's favorite part was seeing animals, especially the buffalo because they were so close to the car!
 Little Tommy is so obsessed with beaches that he really whimpered when we had to leave Lake Yellowstone's "beach". 
 Tommy thought being right at the top of a gushing waterfall was pretty cool. We are thrilled he shares our love of waterfalls. (Vic & I are pretty obsessed)

 When we walked up to this canyon we felt like we were looking at a postcard.
 Here's a picture of us in front of it to prove we were really there!!!
 I don't know if I've ever been to Mammoth & we were getting pretty tired at the end of the day so I was tempted to cut this part out, but I was so glad we didn't.  Yellowstone is SO crazy & beautiful!
 Had to post this one of my little cheeser. Cracks me up every time :)
 Can you imagine being one of the 1st explorers to walk upon this place?!
 The back side of Mammoth was my favorite because there was this frozen looking waterfall with beautiful teal pools of water throughout it.  It really made me wish I had brought my nice camera along to capture its true beauty.  You can slightly see them if you look really close. 
 We loved it so much we decided that we needed to ask a stranger to get our entire family in front of it & this is what we got. Haha, can't even see it :)
 Our last picture of the day. I think my feet fell off right after this.
 It was a long day, but I loved every bit of it & can't wait to some day spend at least 3 or 4 days there hiking around more & being able to spend time relaxing at all of our favorite places.


Ben and Becky said...

the park looks beautiful. We are still trying to figure out how to work it out so we can take the kids there and see it all. maybe next year

Vicky Van Sickle said...

I read through all your posts last weekend and left a comment on every one, but they didn't post:( As a young girl my family vacationed there. All my dad's siblings and their families would go. I had fun with all my cousins. We could go up and stay in the campground all together :)