“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.” Theodore Roosevelt
Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. It truly is a wonderful and magical place and I’m so honored to share these lands with my children. It is our desire to create an appreciation and respect for these amazing places so they can be shared with our future generations.
Mike and I did a drive-by of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons about 5 years ago after a friend’s wedding. We intentionally did NOT go to Old Faithful because Mike wanted to share the experience with his boys. It was pretty awesome to see it together as a family one evening after setting up camp not to far outside the park. We got to see some wildlife, too, that evening.
The next morning we got out very early like we do on park days. You could spend HOURS waiting in line to get into this very popular park. We’re serious about our parks and knowing how to get the most out of our days. We had about 2 days here and LOTS to see!! We spent the morning looking at geysers and fumaroles. It was amazing!!!!
We headed over to Mammoth Hot Springs for a picnic lunch and enjoyed the hydrothermal features over there. Lots of hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles and some more geysers to see! Truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring.
For the afternoon, we headed out to see a petrified tree and what’s called the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Such an amazing afternoon together experiencing this magnificent place. It was an EPIC day!!!!
The next morning we once again got up super early. This time we were out to see the sunrise over Yellowstone on our way to Grand Tetons. It was so worth every tired moment of the day. It was a very brisk 32 degrees when we arrived. There’s something about a sunrise that is so soothing to me. This one was very special.
Other than getting a super crabby and grumpy park ranger for the Jr Ranger badge, Yellowstone was pretty awesome. We were a little surprised at how much trash we found, but it is the 2nd most-visited national park. I just wish people respected and took care of these places more. Sometimes it’s a little disheartening 🙁 There’s still SO MUCH of this place we still didn’t see. Until next time…..Yellowstone! Up next…..Grand Tetons!!!!