If it feels that the blog postings have been lighter this week, you wouldn’t be imaging things! We’re still on our family road trip and are headed back into town tomorrow. (A HUGE thank you to my fabulous contributor Lori for keeping the matchups and other deals coming while I’ve been gone!)
I wanted to share some of our Wyoming highlights with you, and I have to say, these are truly only highlights. I’m sitting here with hundreds of photos of all the amazing things we saw! This is just spectacular country and I hope you all get a chance to come here soon!
For the Yellowstone portion of our trip, we stayed in Jackson (as I mentioned in my last report). It’s an awesome cowboy-themed town and very resort-y. Have you been?
The kids were especially curious to view the hot springs. If you bring your kids, it’s so important that they stay on the boardwalks and attended at all times – and keep them close as many sections do not have railings! I saw a couple kids running along boardwalks, one doing cartwheels (really?!), and a couple people dipping their hands into the water off the side. I picked up a book about mishaps at Yellowstone and was reading what happens to you if you fall in. I think I’ve decided I’d just about prefer to die any other way than falling into a hot spring. ‘Nuff said!
The obligatory shot in front of Old Faithful.
In my experience, it’s also one of the best elk-viewing spots in the park. I’m not sure why this is, but whenever we’re here, there are tons of elk just hanging out around the springs as well as the visitor center, and parking lot areas. Drive slowly. (Again, it looks like I’m mere feet from these elk, but I was actually on the other side of the street.)
Speaking of elk, check out how many we spotted while leaving the park by evening! In fact, we saw more animals in the evening than we did at any other part of the day! On this evening and the next evening out of the park we spotted a wolf, a coyote, two porcupines, many elk, and many buffalo. If you have the chance to be in the park just at dusk, you may well see some creatures you wouldn’t have otherwise.
On Tuesday, we took the kids on a ranger-led hike up Inspiration Point at Jenny Lake. We did this as one of their requirements to become a Jr Ranger. I am going to write about the National Parks Jr Ranger programs in a separate post because more can be said about that topic – but a HUGE thanks to those of you who suggested we check it out!
I was kind of impressed with my kidlets! They held their own on this hike, and it was definitely a hike!
After our Jenny Lake hike, we headed back into Yellowstone for one more day. We decided to check out the Lower Falls area near Canyon Village. WOW. This was certainly worth the 20 minute hike down from the parking lot to experience!
From Canyon Village, we headed past Hayden Valley to exit the park. This was my absolute favorite part of our travels through Yellowstone. Sadly, my photos can’t convey how magical this was…. but let me try to explain. It had been raining a bit, and just let up. The sun was setting, casting a rainbow across the golden valley. And out in the distance were dozens of buffalo.
I wish I could bottle up how it felt to stand out there with the sun setting watching this to share with you!How I love this place. I keep telling my husband let’s sell the house and move out to Wyoming. I could live here and be happy. With a heavy sigh, we drove out through the east entrance and towards Cody. We’ll be back sometime… and I hope soon.
Our past Roadtrip Reports:
- #1: Animals, a Cave, and State Capitols
- #2: Kids of the Wild West, Another Capitol, and Singing Cowboys