Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Yellowstone National Park (Days 12, 13 and 14)

For the final leg of our RV adventure we went back to Yellowstone National Park for two more nights.    Our campground (Canyon) was surrounded by woods and we enjoyed a fire and s'mores each night.


We got up early to travel over to Mammoth Hot Springs (we were worried about parking spaces) where we wanted to see the Travertine Terraces.




After we hiked around Mammouth for a while, we then made our way over to the Gardner River.  We had been told, and I had read, that there was an area in the river where the Boiling River flowed into the Gardner River making the waters like a hot tub.  We lucked out and found a spot for our RV, hiked the half mile in and discovered lots of people "taking to the waters!"  It was so, so much fun!  You could move around to different spots to find your comfort level and I do believe that we could have stayed there all day long!



From the Boiling River it was a short drive to the North entrance of the park where the Roosevelt Arch welcomes visitors to the park.  I really wanted to see it and was so happy that we took the time to go view it.  It seems to me that it is the perfect welcome to such an incredible place.


On the drive back to the campsite we stopped by the Norris Geyser basin.  We hiked around the features and went to view the largest geyser in the world, Steamboat (that Harris refers to as the smallest geyser in the world since it hasn't erupted since 2005 and was basically just a trickle!).  However, for unclear reasons I let everyone talk me into not taking the camera.  Gasp!

On the drive out of Yellowstone the next day, we stopped by the Lamar River.  There were giant boulders on the sides and middle- we couldn't help our ourselves and ended up spending a couple of hours playing in the water and on the boulders.




The rest of the day was spent driving (white knuckled) over the Scenic Beartooth highway, checking in to a campsite in Red Lodge and packing for our trip home!  The entire next day was spent traveling home!  This was such an amazing trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat!








6 comments:

  1. Sounds like such an amazing trip! Thanks for all the pictures!

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  2. The extra time you spent in the Yellowstone area was amazing. Boulders are one of my most favorite things to enjoy in the great out west. And all that water you experienced in so many different ways during your trip. I am so impressed and a bit 'green'.

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  3. Wow! What an amazing vacation!! I love the outdoors & nature at its finest! Places like that make you feel closer to God The Creator!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  4. I am in awe of this fantastic vacation!!! WOW!!!WOW!!!WOW!

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  5. The additional time you invested in the Yellowstone place was awesome. Rocks are one of my most preferred factors have fun with in the excellent out west

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