Yellowstone National Park. Epic Road Trip. Day 11.
First day in Yellowstone!
Our first day in yellowstone we drove up to see Old Faithful. It’s a totally original idea and we weren’t joined by 10,000 other impatient tourists.
Driving into Yellowstone totally blew me away. I realize that it probably sounds strange but I guess I sort of thought only about the big hitters and not so much about the park as a whole. On the drive in we passed a huge gorgeous canyon and a gorgeous waterfall. In other place these would have been the main event and here they are only a pull off from the main road. I’ve never read about or heard of Lewis Falls but damn.
Once we figured out how to get of the parking lot (omg chaos) we were lucky enough to snag some seats and catch old faithful within a few minutes of getting there. Old faithful is pretty much exactly what you expect, but also totally breathtaking. Even the kids were kind of impressed.
We walked around the shorter geyser loop, and I could visibly see both kids start to lag. They were enjoying it BUT I could tell that wouldn’t last much longer.
We took a break for lunch at the Old Faithful Inn. This place. It is so freaking impressive. The inside takes you back about 100 years. I wish I took more photos, but I was busy standing in the longest and slowest deli line of my life. Also I paid 3.50 for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And then Olivia claimed she wasn’t hungry. Sweet.
After lunch the family walked out the long way around the rest of geyser area, but I could tell the kids would not make the journey pleasantly. I took the kids back to the general store for ice cream, and it was the right choice. Yum.
After we braved the epic crowds out of there, we headed over the grand prismatic spring. Also equally epic crowds. The tour bus crowds were ridiculous and I seriously do not understand how people cannot conduct themselves like normal humans in public. Ugh. It’s a boardwalk people. Not a lay down and take selfies on this 2 foot wide path walk. GRRRRR.
Olivia also threw and epic fit in the parking lot, so Jake and I ended up taking shifts walking the boardwalk and hanging with the kids. This is tourism with small children, it’s a glamourous life.
Our dinner plan was to cook out at a picnic area in Grant Village, but the weather was looking iffy. It was sunny and thundering as we drove towards the small grocery store there. The threat of rain pushed us to basically what I would call a very resourceful plan D. We cooked dinner (illegally?) under the awning in front the camp store. It was a very gourmet velveeta mac and cheese dinner, complimented by free range happy hot dogs. Ha. We were just lucky they didn’t kick us out.
Obviously we could have just gone to a restaurant but things here are so expensive and Abby was asleep in the backseat, so yeah. Not waking her up. Also, it’s the year of adventure.
After dinner we headed over to the West Thumb Geyser Basin. We weren’t sure what was over there, but we were excited to find a completely peaceful and uncrowded geyser area compete with mama and baby elk. YESSSSSS. The girls were completely in love. I mean, so were all the adults, but how cute is Abby saying baby elk, mama elk?!?!
This was probably my favorite of all the geyser experiences, just because it was so peaceful, and the colors of the sunset are hard to beat.
Ok Yellowstone. I get it.
Check out our second day in Yellowstone National Park!