We entered the park through the east entrance and wound our way to our campsite at
. Even though the mileage is not necessarily big from one place to the next, the traffic, animals, and speed limits make it pretty slow-going. Interestingly enough, at the entrance to the park, there was a sign posted saying that all lodging within the park was at full capacity. However, upon arriving at the campground, it was obvious that the loop next to us was completely vacant & apparently closed, and within the other loops, there were plenty of vacant spots. And when Steve had booked our reservation, he was told that he had secured the last available spot. What in the world??!? Bridge Bay
|Notice the fires burning across Yellowstone Lake. |
These would intensify as our time here went on.
Day two we spent going around the south side of the loop to
Old Faithful. Not only did we see Old Faithful erupt & predict its next eruption, we spent most of the afternoon walking the boardwalk through a plethora of geysers, springs, and pools. We were able to see the Beehive erupt, which is not a commonplace thing to see as its eruption intervals are less frequent & predictable! We also witnessed the Anemone erupt right next to the boardwalk; Alyssa even got splashed by it & verified that it is indeed super hot! Having never seen anything like this in real life before, it was super cool. We also saw the awesome Grand Prismatic Spring, then stopped by the Fountain Paint Pots and got drenched in a sudden cold rain.
|Beehive geyser. This one erupts every 13 hrs. It is much more spectacular than old faithful.|
|No lack of Buffalo|
We continued on to
of the Lower Falls . Soooooo beautiful! We hiked the 328 steps down to see it and back. Since we had sleeping kids, we took turns. Alyssa did this hike twice, once with Steve & once with me! Amazing! Yellowstone River
We drove to the Brink of
& discovered it was another big hike down. Again, we took turns, and this time, Shanan did the hike twice. Genna was bummed about not going, but Steve knew he’d have to carry her & wasn’t thrilled about that option, and so we took turns staying back with the little ones. Again, another spectacular view! The Lower Falls Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was beautiful! We’d definitely come visit this part of the park again. It is by far our favorite section of Yellowstone!
In an attempt to see more wildlife, we decided to drive up to the
for the evening. It seems that the wildlife hears the Zavocki’s are coming and find places to hide! It was pretty, for sure, but it was also freezing cold! Silly Steve had worn shorts, and we had no blankets in the truck, so we hastily ate our picnic dinner while gazing at the multitudes of buffalo in the distance, dashed back to the truck, and began a long journey back to the RV. Thankfully we made it home without another b Lamar Valley jam. uffalo