Roadtrip : Yellowstone

We got into Yellowstone Sunday afternoon and most places in the park were full. We were very lucky to find a tent site in the Mammoth area. From my experience national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and  Sequoia fill  up very fast in the summer. Make reservations well in advance or get there super early for first come, first served camping.img 0606 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

We were warned that there are bears, elk, bison and many other critters in the park. Everytime Ben and I go to Yosemite we want to see a bear, but never get lucky. This time we had one very far away bear siting. This is a grizzly bear that was hanging out on the side of a mountain. You c an’t really see him in this pic, but a couple let us look through their binoculars, he is there.  I love him.img 0646 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

On the drive to Old Faithful cars were stopped on the side of the road to gawk at this beauty – a huge buffalo was super close to the road. I love him too.img 0664 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

My friend Terence got us a tent from our wedding registry and we were able to use it for the first time in Yellowstone. It actually started pouring super hard when we set it up. Then, as soon as we were done it stopped. Fantastic.img 0613 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

Check out this beauty…img 0640 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

These hot springs are in the Mammoth area of the park. From the brochure:

Hydrothermal features are fragile rarities of nature. Yellowstone preserves the largest hydrothermal area on the planet…Toxic gases exist in Yellowstone. Dangerious levels of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide have been measured in some hydrothermal areas. If you feel sick leave the location immediately.

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img 0658 Roadtrip : YellowstoneThere are several little areas for camping, attractions, food etc. The Mammoth area where we stayed has a hotel, post office, general store, restaurant and visitor center. img 0604 Roadtrip : Yellowstone img 0605 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

The night we got in we ate at the sit down restaurant (there is also a fast food type of place, but we checked it out and it didn’t look great).  Since it suddenly got super cold and rainy I grabbed some running clothes and layered up! I actually didn’t pack anything warm so I unpacked one of my clothes bags and  I put on running tights on the bottom and yoga pants and 2 sweatshirts. I basically looked like a crazy. But, crazys have to eat too right? img 0578 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

I love that Yellowstone is committed to providing sustainable fishing and gaming cuisine to visitors. The menu had a add-on of information that explained how they provide game meat is farm raised outside of the greater Yellowstone area.

I started with some bread and butter because fresh warm bread is heaven.img 0584 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

I got this amazing Summer Squash soup topped with green chili. I loved it and want to recreate it at home!img 0590 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

I also got a salad topped with farm raised Idaho trout. But, it was smoked trout, which I just discovered that I don’t like. Oh well.img 0594 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

We spent Monday exploring the park. We took a short hike around the area…img 0620 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

Then, went to the Paint Pots. This area has more hot springs. They are so colorful and interesting. I also think it’s funny that they smell like sulfur so strong.img 0653 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

Old Faithful!!!img 0681 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

Old Faithful erupts more frequently than any of the other big geysers, although it is not the largest or most regular geyser in the park. Its average interval between eruptions is about 90 minutes, varying from 51 – 120 minutes. Eruptions last 1 1/2 to 5 mintues, expels 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water and reaches a height of 106 to 184 feet!

Since the next eruption was predicted for about 30 minutes from our arrival we got an ice cream to enjoy while we waited icon smile Roadtrip : Yellowstone img 06741 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

And I left an Operation Beautiful note in the Old Faithful hotel lobby restrooms icon smile Roadtrip : Yellowstone img 0671 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

Yellowstone was beautiful, but I did not see one yellow stone. What’s up with the name?

Oh, since this is a food/fitness blog and all…

I did not run today since I figured we’d we walking around. We did end up walking, but it wasn’t the same icon sad Roadtrip : Yellowstone

We had cereal for breakfast. I added raisins and PB for staying power!img 0614 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

I packed a lot of goodies for snacking and lunch. I had a wrap with hummus, carrots, cherries, trail mix and those Quaker chips thingers. Normally I don’t like individual packages of “fluff” – since they don’t fill you up at all and most of the time are just empty carbs, but I was afraid to bring a whole bag of chips in the car with us because I knew we’d eat tham all in one day!img 0635 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

I also have a lot of Kashi Crunch bars, Fiber One bars and fruit that I’ve been snacking on.

The trailmix is a mix of almonds, cereal, raisins and dried apple chips – it really needs some chocolate chips though!img 0637 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful, but I am still partial to Yosemite…dscn00642 Roadtrip : Yellowstone

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Comments

  1. says

    Hello! Great pictures :) I like how you said you love the bear and the buffalo. Makes me want to say I love them, too. :D I’ve been following your journey across the country and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing!

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