Travel Journal: Yellowstone
I’m sad to say that I LOST or somehow accidentally deleted the rest of the pictures from my roadtrip. It’s a travesty, but luckily I have a few on my phone that aren’t so bad and there are only a few more spots to highlight.
YELLOWSTONE. Yellowstone is magnificent and I highly recommend staying on-site. They have campgrounds, cabins, and hotels. We went at the beginning of September and the weather was quite cold + rainy, so though we stuck it out in our tent, we wished we had gotten a hotel. Hotels in Yellowstone book up months and months out, so plan ahead.
Yellowstone is a massive national park in Wyoming (but also Montana and Idaho), filled with geothermal activity. It was the FIRST national park in America, which is pretty incredible. There are a gazillion geysers, hot springs, and waterfalls to view in the dense forest area. Oh, and humungo bison in herds that get *THIS* close to you. You need several days to take most of it in. One of the most renowned geysers is Old Faithful, which is also the most predictable. It goes off every hour (give or take a bunch of minutes, lol) and can shoot over 165 feet of boiling hot water straight up into the air. It’s pretty bonkers that the Earth makes this phenomenon happen.
The entire park has a strong smell of sulphur (‘rotten eggs smell’), which is a natural product of the hot springs and pools. The colors are brilliant due to the natural minerals and elements in the water—bright blue, orange, yellow, green. Really amazing.
You must do this trip once in your life. Especially as an adult.
Number one tip: plan ahead, and have a back-up plan if you plan to camp in a tent.
Number two tip: Don't bring animals. It's dangerous due to the many areas where walking is restricted, limited, or forbidden due to the acidic/high temperatures in the ground.