Yesterday we took a day long drive to Yellowstone. We left the house a little after 6 in the morning, and didn't get home until almost 9:00 - but we had so much fun! We actually made the loop around the entire park - and saw bears two different times! Stopped and enjoyed a few of the little board walks, and even pulled into Old Faithful within minutes of the geyser erupting! What amazing timing! That is always the highlight for the girls - as well as the ice cream cones we usually purchase there!
Anyway - here are some photos of our day - first up, on our way to Yellowstone, the Tetons behind Jackson Lake...absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
Not far into the park we stopped to stretch our legs at one of the boardwalk trails. There were several buffalo grazing near the boardwalk and the steaming thermal pools. You don't really realize how big they are until they are that close...and you sure don't want to get their attention or make them angry!
The girls wanted to get a picture of us as well...
Here is the first bear sighting! The place was full of frantic people trying to get a look - and the bears were pretty far away, so we just snapped a picture on our way by. Wasn't worth becoming part of the crazy crowd!
Then...a little ways down the road we had the fun of seeing this guy up close!!!
First we saw him where another crazy crowd of people were, watching him from a distance. There was a large herd of elk and a buffalo that were running to get out of his way. We drove on, and just around the corner, he popped out of the bushes and we got to see him up close!
Here is how close he was to the girls side of the car - they were SOOOO excited!!! Then when it got a ways away we rolled the window down to see, and the girls, noticing a guy that had been out taking pictures the whole time, said in their loud voices: "What is he doing outside? Doesn't he know that it isn't safe? That's not very smart!"
One of the beautiful thermal pools - LOVE the gorgeous blue!
Amy was FAR less than impressed with the smell! She almost constantly had an icky wrinkled up nose!
Katie skipping along the boardwalk...
...and Amy running to catch up!
Checking out the bubbling paint pots:
Running through the sulphury steam:
Walking with Daddy:
In front of one of the littler and lesser known geysers...the sun was pretty bright! Sorry Amy!
Me with my girls:
Driving next to the Teton Mountains on our way home...
Fun day! Looking forward to staying home and out of the car today though I must admit!