Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yellowstone National Park Trip 2012

So, I’ve returned from my favorite place once again. As always, it was a delightful trip! Not only did I get to enjoy Yellowstone’s unique features, but I was able to do so with my family, which is what makes it special in the first place.

The pace this year was a little different. At first I found it frustrating, but once I decided to roll with it, all was well. For example, never have we gone into the park and simply relaxed for the first little while. This year we did, and it was lovely! This is the Nez Pearce Creek picnic area off Fountain Flat drive. I highly recommend it.


Our second stop was not to rush out to see geysers, as it somehow normally is. We visited Lower Geyser Basin, which is a nice introduction to Yellowstone newbies (which we had several with us) because it has all four Yellowstone features: geysers, hot pools, fumaroles and mud pots.


Next, we tried something we’ve never done before: a short hike out to Mystic Falls. It was well worth our effort. The trailhead starts off Biscuit Basin, in case you’re ever there and want to try it out.


The next day featured a lot of waterfalls including Gibbon Falls, Upper and Lower Falls and Crystal Falls.


Of course visiting Upper and Lower Falls means a trip to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It has one of my favorite hiking trails in the park: the North/South Rim Trail.


We originally planned to take some time visiting the beautiful Yellowstone Lake, but, alas, the weather didn’t cooperate, so instead we had ice cream, spent some time in the gift shops and called it a day.


Day 3: my favorite thing in the park: geysers!!

We took a very early morning hike out to see something new, Lone Star Geyser! It made us wait for about an hour and a half, but we did see it erupt. How wonderful to try something new! The cone is so impressive, standing about 8-10 feet tall.


We waited a very long time, about 3.5 hours to see our most favorite geyser, Grand, erupt, but it gave us a great show, so it was totally worth it!!


Our final stop of the evening was to see Castle Geyser. This is another one with a very impressive cone. We were delighted to discover the eruption is exciting as well.



Okay, we might’ve had ice cream one last time, but after sitting in the sun for so many hours waiting for Grand, we needed something to cool us off. See how toasty some of us look?



Can you see why this is my most favorite place? I love it and am always excited to go back! I may have been there many times, but there’s always something new to discover. We’ll see what next year’s trip brings.

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