Summer in our family means it’s time to pack up our things and cram into the family car and head out on a great adventure. In the past, we’ve gone to National Parks, National Monuments, a great meteor crater, cute small towns, big cities, and many places in between. This year, my husband booked a trip he’d wanted to make for a LONG time, which included most of the above listed destinations.
Stop 1: Salt Lake City.
I can’t say too much about the place, as we were only there one night. It was clean, pretty, and pretty windy. Sadly, we didn’t see the actual Great Salt Lake. Hopefully we can make it back again someday in the future.
Stop 2: Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Inn
Our first stop in Yellowstone was at the Old Faithful Inn. My husband and I have wanted to visit Yellowstone for several years. Last year we weren’t able to go on a big trip, so he took matters into his own hands and booked our trip a year in advance. He didn’t ask advice from anyone we knew, but just tried to figure out what to see based on reading a book and searching the net. He did a pretty darn good job.
The giant clock on the giant mantle in the lobby
These people I love, exploring the hotel walkways.
lobby, from above
Old Faithful is just outside the inn. Just beyond Old Faithful are a few walkways to explore several geysers. I have to say that there are signs EVERYWHERE telling visitors to stay on the path for their own safety.
The paths keep you safe from wandering into a dangerous hotspot.
Castle Geyser. When geysers aren’t active, they are always emitting some gas and steam.
We walked up to this geyser JUST as it was going off.
The Grotto Geyser went off in waves, like the ocean. (Where’s Ariel?)
Girls taking a break by the river
I’m going to make a confession right now. I thought that Yellowstone was JUST GEYSERS. And, of course, a National Park that would be pretty and have trees and trails and whatnot. My husband did his research. I did not. I was treading water all year trying to survive my first year back to work and let him take care of the trip planning, so I didn’t do my research.
Imagine my surprise when we headed to a basin filled with one the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen.
Walking by the river on the way to the Midway Geyser Basin
I was always fascinated by the tiny flowers thriving among the treacherous landscape.
Reading the no swimming sign and discussing the landscape
Hot springs. The lighter blue the water, the hotter it is.
Beautiful but deadly
A waitress in Salt Lake City told us she’d never seen so many colors as in Yellowstone. Now I know what she meant.
My favorite of all, which isn’t done justice by my photograph. The Grand Prismatic Spring. Just amazing.
Click HERE to see a breathtaking overhead view of the Spring, from Getty Images.
We bought me a pair of earrings and necklace that were inspired by the Grand Prismatic Spring.
An example of the boardwalks everywhere to keep everyone away from danger
Bubbling in the water
On the left, you can see where some runoff from a spring is making a little waterfall, altering the ground around it and heading into the river.
The next day we drove to the Lake. We saw more geysers and springs right on the lake, stopped to get a closer look at the lake, and had dinner right on the lake.
pools next to the lake
Beautiful but deadly, part 2
Touching the lake
boy on a log
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taking in the beauty
3 kids in front of the giant fireplace
the lounge of the Lake Hotel
That night, when we got to our lodge, we took a silly picture. 🙂
Since there are so may photos and I want people interested in Yellowstone to be able to see as many as possible, I’m splitting up the blogs into pieces. Stay tuned.