Saturday we packed a cooler for lunch, and headed to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It was only about 2 hours from Nikki and Tom's place. I had never been there before and it was amazing to see God's beautiful creation and the animals. We also had fun checking off states as we saw license plates from all over the US.
The views were breathtaking and it was quite relaxing to drive through the park and get out every once and awhile to explore. Jonah was fascinated by the wildlife and enjoyed checking them off on his junior park ranger checklist! We were a little disappointed that all we saw were elk and LOTS of buffalo. We had hoped to see a moose or bear, but maybe next time.
First, we drove to Old Faithful to watch the famous geyser erupt. We only had to wait about 20 minutes and it was quite impressive. It wasn't as big or as loud as I had imagined, but still amazing. I think the temperature of the water is over 200 degrees F! After we watched the geyser we found a picnic table and had a nice lunch break.
Thanks to Laura we still were able to get some "classic" vacation pics (even though I forgot my camera at home)
After this we drove through more of the park and made our next stop at some water falls. Elijah had just fallen asleep so I stayed behind and waited with him while he napped while the rest of the crew hiked up to the beautiful water falls. The pictures are stunning and I can only imagine how amazing it was in person!
In the words of Laura: An "Epic View"
After a long hike to the top...
It was a great day at Yellowstone and it was too bad we couldn't spend more time there. There was so much to see and do! Maybe next time we can stay a little longer. We were glad we made the trip and Jonah was especially glad to add another state to his list!