Please indulge me, dear readers, as I introduce you – for the first time in her own voice! – my sister, Bex. This is the sister I have traveled the most with and who I have talked about sharing stories with (telling drunk Irish stories are much better with her!). But without me having to say much, please enjoy her own crazy stories from her own road trip adventures. First up: Yellowstone!
Bounce back with me to the summer of 2015 – a while ago now, I know. I’d just gotten my wisdom teeth out the week before we headed out on a road trip to hit a whole bunch of National Parks; ‘We’ being my parents and my own beautiful purple haired self.
There’s too many to mention in a single post but I may be back for more.
We’ll start with the biggest of the parks – the one we invested the most time into:
While Yellowstone is most famous for the geyser, ‘Old Faithful’ – apparently named such because they can anticipate when it will erupt within an hour and a half either direction. It’s cool enough, but if you’re running short on time or if it’s not going to go off for another chunk of time, I’d suggest taking a walk around to other geysers: a lot of them erupt a lot more often and in ways that are more interesting ways than Faithful’s straight up. We even nicknamed one the “Water Show” because of the amount of tubes and jets directions – mom loves this one!
Old Faithful is still really impressive though.
For people that like hikes, they’ve got some beautiful trails that lead off to hidden away geysers and waterfalls – make sure you remember which way you’re parked, though. Otherwise you’re in for a long trek back when you realize you’ve gone the wrong direction.
A lot of the time, wandering is half the fun!
Explore. Talk to people and the rangers to find little gems off the beaten path. My dad found a secret trail that gave him a great picture of the Grand Prismatic. The boardwalks they put on are great for seeing everything up close, but not great for pictures – to get that, you have to explore!
If you’ve only got time for a drive through the park, then you should definitely take a drive by where the bison wander but remember: park rangers suggest you keep a distance of 100 ft from them for your safety and theirs!
Also: you’ll see tons of people gathering up early in the stretch where you find most of the herds. If you want pictures, keep driving. They’re all over and the less people running around, the easier it is to get good shots.
This is Bex, writing for, Leave on the Wind, Helping you soar!