Two grown up kids and a van – Day 19

DAY 19 – Thursday 18th May 2017

Idaho Falls ID to Livingston MT

Today was probably the greatest day of our trip, if not our lives so far haha. Driving through Yellowstone National Park was seriously the best thing ever. Every time we would see something really cool, we would then be topped by something even cooler a bit further down! Seriously. You need to go here!

First there’s the scenery, creeks, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, rocks, cliffs, forests, geysers, hot springs and white terraces, which just blew our minds. I don’t think words can do it justice, hopefully my (average) photography skills will manage to capture your intrigue and inspire you to visit this spectacular place yourself one day!

On top of the amazing scenery, there’s also the wildlife, which was constantly surpising us. We saw a couple of Bison right next to the road chilling on the grass which was super cool, but then we would see a whole herd (group?) of them with a couple of little baby ones which were sooo cute.

You could always tell when there was any form of wildlife, as cars would be randomly stopped in the middle of roads. We managed to park in the perfect spot to see a coyote cross the road directly in front of our car, cool, but then we saw 2 Grizzly bears walking on the side of a mountain 10m from us. Wicked!! Nature just couldn’t stop outdoing itself! We kept looking at each other in disblelief, like is this really happening, how did we get so lucky!

Why did the coyote cross the road?

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A list of all the animals we saw:

  • 120 Bison
  • 2 Grizzly bears
  • 14 Deer
  • 1 Coyote
  • 2 Squirrels
  • 1 Great Horned Owl
  • 3 Marmot
  • 1 Pica

We also got to see Old Faithful go off, a famous, very large geyser. Unfortunately a lot of the roads were still closed due to the snow, which sounds ridiculous to me because it’s pretty much almost summer time. So hard to imagine! Sydney seems so mild and boring now :p I’m not sure the exact elevation, but we are right up there, roughly 6000 feet I think, so pretty high.

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If we get the opportunity we would definitely go back here later in the year when everything is open to see more of this place, we came in through the West Entrance, the people at the visitor centre were really friendly and extremely helpful, and exited through the North entrance, but there was a lot of the park we missed. Still, even with the limited amount we saw, we definitely got our monies worth! Yellowstone easily topped both of our favourite places. We found a little town just North of Yellowstone to crash in.

 

We are finding truckstops are a good place for us to sleep in the van for the night. As long as you stay clear of the big longhaul trucks, no one really minds. Or at least that has been our experience!

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