"There will be animals" he said. "Herds of 300 buffalo" he said.
First I will address the fact that we only saw 2 pronghorns, which we called antelope-y things, before we got into the park. The seconds and most important point that can be made here is that the road WAS STRAIGHT FROM HELL for those of us with a fear of heights.
The good news is that after we got into Yellowstone, we got to see our first Grizzly bear.
There are also tons of Buffalo in Yellowstone. We did get to see a herd of them in the park with their babies. Mike was nearly killed by the estrogen release as a giant "awwwwww" came out of the back of the van upon realizing there were babies in the herd. There was a group stopped to see an elk, but by then we were tired and wanted to get to camp. Our campsite was fantastic. It was plenty big, we were caddy corner from the real bathrooms and dish sink, and it was right across from a family that had built their own trailer. I could see the wheels turning in Mike's brain as he talked to Rich about building it. We packed up everything into the van every night as our check in guy had told us they had a grizzly through the camp the week prior.
We saw lots of great stuff in Yellowstone. We got to see Old Faithful twice.
The hot springs are pretty, but smell a bit like sulfur sometimes, which in turn causes loud gagging sounds to emit from Alyssa.
Our hike to Clear Lake, which turned out to smell a little too.
At the Falls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (yes, i went there- personal growth high fives all around) Jillian and Mike wanted to go down a steep stairway/pathway and they took Veronica and Alyssa with them. Jillian took this picture. I didn't cry when she showed me (more high fives).
Then we saw an Elk as we drove to Mammoth Hot Springs. Also note to Mom: Don't drive the NorthEast sections of the upper loop. Not as bad as the drive in, but Yellowstone and I strained our friendship a bit during that drive.
Which it turns out is where all the girls hang out.
We decided to walk to Fairy Falls, by long roundabout way. We aren't sure exactly how long our hike was, because there were some inconsistencies in the distances listed, but it definitely was not the popular hike that most people take. We passed some people from Montgomery on the way.
We tested our hiking/ trail following skills around some hot springs that had flooded the trail. We walked through all kinds of terrain.
This was a little over 1/2way. You can see the falls waaaay back on that ridge off to the left.
We made it!! there had been a lot less shade than we had hoped, but the girls were awesome troopers, and the sunscreen held up well. the only toasty parts ended up being spots we missed when we sprayed up that morning. Mike and I figure he carried a kid for probably 6 miles and I carried one for 3 (on and off).
We chose the Prismatic (i think that's the name) as our last stop before heading back to camp on our last night.
And i'll finish this post with a picture of where we went creekin in the evenings. One evening we even shared the space with a buffalo. Our campground was right off the little beachy looking part on the right. There the stream on the right (cold water) joined with a smaller stream off to the left (warm water). You could stand with a leg in cold water and a leg in warm at one point.