Today we went to Yellowstone National Park. From Bozeman it’s about an hour and a half drive to the entrance gate. We saw this sign as we were driving.
Just before the entrance gate was a little town that we got out and had a wander around in. We don’t know what this town was called, but it was really cool and had some awesome old signage.
Then we got back in the car and turned around the corner and got stuck in a long line of cars waiting to get into the park. Seems we have suddenly found all the tourists.
Finally we were in and we were greeted by another sign that we have never seen before.
Yellowstone is a big park. It spans 3 states. Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Most of our time in the park was spent in Wyoming. Underneath Yellowstone is a MASSIVE volcano. Try not to think about that too much. It’s a bit crazy. Anyway, because of this volcano, the whole park is filled with hot springs bubbling away and geysers shooting up into the air. You can’t bathe in the hot springs – the water is like over 200 degrees Celsius.
Our first stop was at one of the springs. Can’t remember what this one was called. We walked long the boardwalk and marvelled at the scenery.
Then it was back in to the car and onto the next sight. The Grand prismatic spring. When we got there, it was busy. Cars lined up for miles. We somehow managed to find a spot and decided to eat our lunch in the car before we headed out. We had cleverly packed sandwiches for the trip. Best decision ever.
We also got these handy pickles in a bag.
And luckily, our car has these handy pickle holders.
After lunch, we walked up to the Prismatic Spring. These springs are orange and blue and green and really cool looking. Ideally they should be viewed from above, but we can’t fly, so that’s not really going to happen. They looked amazing. Here’s some photos for your enjoyment.
We kept driving around the park. There’s quite a bit of distance between things. We decided to stop at the Old Faithful Geyser which erupts every half hour or so. We got there when there was about 15 minutes until the next eruption, so we decided to wait with all the other thousands of people. To be honest it was pretty disappointing. I mean, yeah there was a big fountain of water, but that was about it. Then the thousand of people all crammed into the nearby shops and cafes and it was madness and all Blainie wanted was some Huckleberry icecream but no, everyone was pushy and coughing on us, and, look, it wasn’t a great scene, so we grabbed a couple of ice coffees and hightailed it out of there.
We decided to drive the long way around the park because it was really quite stunning. Also, we were yet to witness any of the supposed wildlife that live here.
We were driving along, when suddenly traffic started to bank up. We were really hoping it was a Wildlife traffic jam, and then from out of nowhere, we saw the bison.
Blainie may have screamed. Then suddenly there were bison everywhere. Grazing in the fields, crossing the road, rolling in the mud. There was even baby bison!
We eventually made it past the bison. They were literally everywhere though, as far as the eye could see. A bit further on, we got stuck in traffic again. As we slowly travelled to the top of the hill, we looked out of the car to see what all the fuss was about and saw a Grizzly bear and two cubs!!!!!!! They were very far away (which was probably for the best) but they were there and we saw them.
As we drove on it started to rain. We drove through some spectacular scenery. Just stunning. And the rain made it look even more amazing. Especially when a rainbow appeared.
We had to leave the park eventually.
We stopped in Livingston, Montana for dinner at a French-ish restaurant. It was really good. Blainie had duck confit. Steve had a Montana steak. They also have really cool signs in Livingston.
After a very big day on the road we finally managed to make it back to our hotel in Bozeman. There was a super spectacular sunset happening as we drove back. Sorry there’s no photos because they didn’t work so good, so you’ll just have to imagine. A very successful day trip to Yellowstone. What an amazing place.