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Yellowstone National Park

In my last post about Grand Teton National Park, I mentioned that it snowed the last day we were there. As we drove to Yellowstone the next day we noticed a lot more snow on the drive and saw that Yellowstone got even more snow than we did the day before. It’s amazing that this was June!

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Driving to Yellowstone from Grand Teton

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Amazing snow in June!

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Okay, so I guess I went overboard on taking pictures of the snow on our drive, but it was so beautiful, and after our winter in Breckenridge I just can’t get enough of snow.

Anyway, enough about that, let’s talk about Yellowstone. This is another park that we are repeating this year because it’s just so awesome and definitely worth repeating.

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Old Faithful

This time of the year it’s so nice that it stays light so late at night because we can easily go for a hike in the evenings after work. The night we went to Old Faithful we hiked the trail from there to see several other geysers.

One of my favorites is Artemesia Geyser. We saw this one erupting last time we were there, which was good timing since it doesn’t erupt as regularly as Old Faithful. We didn’t see it erupting this time, but it was still beautiful.

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Artemesia Geyser

Another favorite is Morning Glory. Even though the colors in this one are beautiful, sadly the colors are the result of visitors throwing items into the geyser. That’s just not a good thing to do.

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Morning Glory

The river walk was beautiful with little spots of steam coming up everywhere.

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I forget what this one was called, but it started erupting just as we walked by. That was pretty cool!

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Another view of Old Faithful erupting again as we finished up our hike.

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I couldn’t believe how many bison we saw this time. It was weird when we were there 3 years ago with my parents, we hardly saw any bison. This time they were everywhere! Several times blocking traffic.

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Another night we went to Grand Prismatic Spring, another one of my favorites. On the hike to the overlook we saw this aggressive bison. We know he was aggressive because we saw him chase 2 ladies that had just walked by. We stood back and waited until he was well off the path before we continued on.

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Grumpy bison

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Grand Prismatic Spring from the overlook

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Grand Prismatic Spring up close

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Hiking along the boardwalk next to Grand Prismatic Spring

A few more pictures from the Grand Prismatic area.

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Another evening we went to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This area is so beautiful and the hike along the canyon offers some amazing views.

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Artist Point

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I see that Jake is now taller than me ūüėČ

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

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Lower Falls

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I was disappointed to find that Uncle Tom’s trail that takes you down over 300 steps to get a closer view of Lower Falls was closed. That turned out to be a blessing though because we went around to the other side and went down a trail to see it from the other side. This is something we didn’t do last time so it was cool to see it from a different perspective.

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Top of Lower Falls

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Another view of the canyon

Lastly we went to see the Artist’s Paint Pots. This is something we did not get a chance to see last time.

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We stayed at the Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone, MT again. We love that park and the little town of West Yellowstone is so much fun. We also got to spend some time with 2 other Fulltime Families that were there.

Now that we’ve been to Yellowstone twice, would I go there again? Most definitely! This is one of those places I could visit over and over again.

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Yellowstone: Geysers and Hot Springs

Wow, just wow!! ¬†That’s what I have to say about Yellowstone National Park. ¬†It is the most unusual and fascinating place I have ever seen! ¬†It’s also a huge park and there are so many different areas and features to see. ¬†There are mountains and lakes and rivers, geysers and hot springs, a canyon, lots of wildlife, etc. ¬†I will write about Yellowstone in a few different posts because¬†there is way too much to put in just one.

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This post will be about the various geysers and hot springs we saw in the Old Faithful area. ¬†We started at Grand Prismatic Spring which was one thing I wanted to see the most, but it ended up being a little disappointing because it was such a cold morning (35 degrees in August!), and the heat from the springs gave off so much steam that you couldn’t really see the colorful springs. ¬†I’ve seen pictures of Grand Prismatic before, but it didn’t look quite the same when we were there because of all the steam. ¬†Nevertheless, it was still a spectacular sight to see.

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Grand Prismatic Spring

This is Chris walking down one of the boardwalks and there was so much steam everywhere. ¬†It’s like the entire ground surface is just boiling under us and steam was everywhere!

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From there we went to Old Faithful. ¬†You can’t come to Yellowstone and not see Old Faithful because it’s the most popular thing to see. ¬†But I was really surprised at how many people only come and see that and don’t venture out and see all the other amazing things to see around Yellowstone. ¬†And quite frankly I didn’t think Old Faithful was nearly as interesting as all of the other things we saw at Yellowstone. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, Old Faithful is pretty cool because it is so predictable (hence the name). ¬†It’s amazing to me how accurately they can predict when it will erupt. ¬†We were able to see it erupt 3 times that day from different angles all because the predictions are so accurate.

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Front row seats at Old Faithful

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Old Faithful from the back side

These hot spring pools were a lot more interesting to me. ¬†Look how deep into the earth it goes! ¬†I wanted to just dive in there and see how far down it goes, but of course I wouldn’t do that because I don’t want to die right now.

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Morning Glory

I loved all these turquoise blue pools. ¬†And you could see that they went down so deep into the earth. ¬†It looked so mysterious, like I wonder how far down it goes and what is down there? ¬†The kids’ junior ranger book has a chart to show how hot the various colored water is, and I was surprised to learn that blue is the hottest. ¬†Blue looks like it should be cold.

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Sapphire Pool

Artemisia Pool¬†was one of my favorites. ¬†We went on a long hike and came upon this geyser that happened to be erupting at the time. ¬†That was good timing since it doesn’t erupt very often. ¬†On average it erupts anywhere from every 11 hours to every 3 days! ¬†I guess we were pretty blessed to come upon that geyser at just the right time.

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Artemisia Pool erupting

We walked by later and it was no longer erupting.  Still just as beautiful though!

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Artemisia Pool dormant

As we hiked around this section of the park we came across many steaming geysers. ¬†It was so incredible to see all this heat and steam coming out of the ground! ¬†Yellowstone does a good job of providing¬†many safe hiking trails and boardwalks so you can see these amazing features without getting burned. ¬†But some people don’t take the warnings seriously and the worst can happen if you walk off the boardwalks. ¬†We’ve heard stories of the tragedies… please follow the rules.

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Giant Geyser

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Yellowstone is very crowded in the summer. ¬†If you want to enjoy the scenery and hike some nice trails, plan to get to the parking lots early. ¬†As I mentioned before, I’m surprised at how many people just come to the popular spots like Old Faithful, and don’t even go any further to explore all the amazing features at this park. ¬†But that is great for those of us that like to hike the trails! ¬†We love to get away from the crowds, and once we started walking off towards the other geysers and hot springs in the area the crowds dispersed.

We went to the Norris Geyser Basin mid-afternoon one day and it was pretty crowded, but not as bad as the Old Faithful area. ¬†The Norris area is mostly dormant geysers that don’t seem to erupt very often, but it was still a pretty walk along the boardwalk to view this area.

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Norris Geyser Basin

I follow several other blogs of fulltime RV’ing families, one of them is Crazy Family Adventure. ¬†They went to Yellowstone last summer and wrote several blog posts about their visit which I saved for future reference. ¬†I found their posts¬†about Yellowstone to be so useful in planning our time there. ¬†One thing I learned from their blog that we did was the¬†hike to Lone Star Geyser. ¬†This is definitely one of the “roads less traveled” in Yellowstone as we did not see very many people there. ¬†It is aptly named “Lone Star” as it is a geyser all by itself out in the middle of nowhere. ¬†It is quite spectacular though. ¬†It only goes off every 3 hours or so and erupts for about 30 minutes. ¬†And it is powerful! ¬†We timed it pretty well in getting there just about an hour before the main event. ¬†I say “main event” because there were a few false alarms where it erupted for a few minutes and then stopped. ¬†The other people there said that when it goes, it really goes for a long time. ¬†So we waited and it was worth the wait.

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Lone Star Geyser before eruption

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Long Star Geyser erupting

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The kids were able to play in the river while we waited for Lone Star.

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I should mention the hike to this geyser was over 2 miles and it was a boring hike. ¬†There was not much to see on the hike out there, and then of course you have to hike the same boring 2+ miles back when it’s over. ¬†I would recommend riding bikes instead.

This blog post has gotten long enough.  I will post some more later about other areas we visited.  Stay tuned!

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