Sorry for the late post, day 5 was just so full of adventure we feel asleep right away and didn’t have time to write. Anyways, like I said, day 5 was so much fun!
We started the day in Cody, Wyoming and after an amazing breakfast at our hotel headed off to Yellowstone National Park.
We entered the park through the East entrance, and after about a 30 minute drive happened upon some park wildlife. Yes folks, we saw a bear! It was walking around a hill on the right side of the road.
After we took some pictures of the bear from the safety of our car we continued driving through the park until we saw a bunch of cars pulled over in front of us. There was a pack of wild bison drinking water 50 feet from us! (Ali is kinda obsessed with Bison, and Tori is kinda scared of them). We walked a safe distance toward them and snapped a couple of pics!
We continued through the park and stopped at the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Fun science fact: a geyser is a hot spring in which water intermittently boils, sending a tall column of water and steam into the air. Yellowstone is full of really awesome Geysers! Here is a video we took!
We drove over the continental divide (kinda underwhelming) and stopped at Cascade Falls to have lunch. We ate in the parking lot in fear of the bears (for Tori at least) and then started the Lone Star Geyser Hike. This was about a 5 mile roundtrip hike with a beautiful river next to it. Once we made it to the Geyser, to our dismay, it was 2 hours till the next eruptions. Another fun science fact: Geysers usually erupt on a timed schedule that can range from minutes to hours. We took some pictures of the Lone Star Geyser, but sadly decided to continue on our Yellowstone adventure rather than wait for the eruption.
Next we got ice cream while we waited for Old Faithful to erupt. Old Faithful is one of the most popular attractions at Yellowstone and had many information available for best viewing the eruptions. While we waited about 40 minutes we got ice cream and walked around the area. The wait was worth it when we finally saw the eruption! Here is a video!
After that we visited the Grand Prismatic Spring. It was a rather windy day, so the steam coming off of the springs was kind of in our face. We decided that the steam smelled like a mixture between hard-boiled eggs and ham! Anyways, the Grand Prismatic Spring was really cool because it was rainbow colored!
Our last stop in the park was the Fountain Paint Pot. This was a collection of mud and rock geysers of all shapes and sizes. Here’s a video we took of one!
We ended our day in Big Sky Montana. We got dinner near the mountain and then immediately fell asleep in our super comfortable hotel beds!
Stay tuned for the next (late) post!