This is my last post about Yellowstone. It is such a huge park and there are so many different areas to visit! If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone, I would suggest spending at least 1 or 2 weeks and don’t stay at the same place the whole time. Move around to the different areas of the park as you visit each section. Otherwise you’ll spend a lot of time driving.
The last section we visited was at the east entrance to the park, the Fishing Bridge section. First we went to see the Mud Volcano and Sulphur Caldron. This was similar to the geyser basins we saw earlier in our trip in that it was interesting to see smoke and boiling substances coming from the ground. But it was not nearly as pretty as the geysers and blue pools we saw in the Old Faithful section. These were definitely muddier pots and very stinky from the sulphur.
This one definitely smelled like dragon’s breath! Eww!
Look at Jesse’s face! He thought the smell was so gross! 🙂
Then we went to the LeHardy Rapids for a picnic lunch. It was pretty cold that day and this area seemed especially cold so we ate fast and moved on.
Then we hiked to Natural Bridge. This started out as a hike down a road that didn’t seem like a trail so we weren’t sure we were going the right way. And we were the only people on the trail which was odd for Yellowstone. But eventually we started seeing signs to the Natural Bridge so we knew we were going the right way.
Finally we hiked the Storm Point trail along Yellowstone Lake. This was a beautiful hike! Part of the hike was through forests and another section was through a meadow where you would typically see bison grazing. However, when we walked through the meadow there were no bison in sight at that time.
After hiking through the woods for a little while we got to the beautiful Yellowstone Lake.
The boys loved running up and down this hill and making “sand” angels. I think they miss the beach! It’s been several months since we have been near the ocean. This is no ocean, but it sure is a huge lake!
We stayed at Buffalo Bill State Park in Cody, Wyoming while we visited the east side of Yellowstone. This was one of my favorite campsites we’ve ever had, the view from our site was incredible!
That spot on the trail is our Fat Cat.
Fat Cat loved this campsite! She had lots of room to roam around and hide in the long grass and hunt rabbits.
She also liked climbing trees. Can you see her in this tree? She is somewhat camouflaged by the branches.
The boys liked playing in the water but it was kind of cold.
Cody is a really cute and charming western town. We went to the rodeo while we were there. I have been wanting to catch a rodeo somewhere along our travels, but it seemed we were always missing them. I’m glad we made it to this one as it’s considered the “Rodeo Capital of the World”.
That wraps up my several posts about Yellowstone. If you have been reading all of them, thank you! I write these blogs mainly for my family and friends to keep up with what we’re doing, and sort of as a travel journal that we can go back and read later to remember the places we have visited. If it inspires anyone else out there to get out and travel and see these amazing places, then that is an added bonus.
Next up Glacier National Park!