Ennis Oregon Trail: Yellowstone National Park

September 12, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

"Rest" Day - Yellowstone National Park 

Miles: n/a

Hours: n/a

Things of Interest: Crossed into Montana, Geysers, Buffalo

 

We slept in a bit though we probably shouldn't have since we had over two hours to drive to get to Yellowstone. 

 

I also woke up to a message from our Airbnb owner warning us to watch out for bears since there were a couple in the yard last night eating apples and leaving nose/paw marks on the windows of the house. I guess maybe we should invest in bear spray...

 

I digress... Knowing we only had one day at this park with at least four hours in the car, we chose to see two of the attractions rather than trying to squeeze in too much (plus traffic in the park is dumb -- we probably would have done a third if we hadn't had so much traffic getting in -- turns out a buffalo herd was right at the road so everyone was taking pics).

 

We started at the Grand Prismic Geyser walking around at the base of it. You could feel and smell the sulfur steam. It was really something -- this stop had a couple of smaller geysers as well which were super blue.

Old Faithful was next. We've been told this is a little underwhelming, but you can't not see it. It erupts every 90 min or so, so we planned our picnic lunch around the eruption. 

Ending our day hiking up to see the first geysers from an elevated view was the highlight. Pictures truly don't do it justice. 

On the way home we grabbed a frozen pizza and ice cream for dinner and settled in for the night. We attempted to look at the stars again, but when we opened the door to go out we both heard a noise and convinced ourselves it was the bear again. So no more stargazing for us. 


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