Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

5 Bison

0 Bears

1 Trusty Old Faithful

After 5,989 signs (for a total count of 6) indicating that we better beware of bears, we saw no bears.

No bears.

I strained my neck looking very carefully for the beautiful animals but we came up empty. We did however see five bison and that was magical. The first one we saw had a ranger body guard. The second one slowed a whole lane of traffic (see pictures below). The third and fourth were relaxing in gorgeous blonde fields and the last one was inches away from our truck as we drove by.

Even in September, there were quite a few tourists. It occurred to me as we drove and walked around the park that I think many just go to see the sights and then turn right around. A check on their traveling list. So, if you’ve been to Yellowstone, do you remember that warm, humid feeling of the sulfur steam coming from the geysers? Do you remember the stunning blue color of the hot springs? Or the super dusty bison? I am guilty of walking briskly through places to check it off a list but I tried to take in Yellowstone a little more when we were there.

I sucked in the smell of sulfur even though every kid walking by me yelled, “EWWWW! IT SMELLS LIKE ROTTON EGGS”. Well, it did.

It was fun to stick our toes in the freezing cold river where we took Phoebe for a walk. She is becoming quite the rock diver.

And nighttime was almost equally as beautiful as the park itself. Stars, stars, stars and more stars.

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Salt Lake, UT

Salt Lake, UT

Helena, Montana

Helena, Montana