Hot Springs, Waterfalls and Nature!!!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 26, 2011


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Hey Guys,

So here I am on the home stretch (even though my blogs are a little behind so you can blame Contiki for that since I went out most nights and was sightseeing all day!). I am currently waiting at Seattle airport for my flight to HAWAII!!!!!

Anyway now, back to my Contiki. Today we left Cody, Wyoming for Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is one of the most famous National Parks in the world. Not only does Yogi Bear live there, but it is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. This park is so big it extends into 3 states: Wyoming, Idaho and Montana; however Wyoming has almost 95% of it. There are many different things to see here which you will see from all the different things I talk about over the 3 days we were there. Some of the pictures are incredible and some of the things we saw were just fantastic so this will be a good blog to read!

Yellowstone National Park is in large part an active volcano. This I did not know until we visited. In a lot of places we visit, Volcano activity is very obvious either by water, steam or sulphur. It really is incredible just how much activity is here, and there are earthquakes here but only on the low scale. In the next 10,000 years or longer a big earthquake and eruption will occur, and it could wipe out a lot and kill a lot of people it is so big. But regardless, it is a beautiful National Park and I hope the pictures I show give you even a remote idea of just how pretty it is here.

So, back to the day. We didn't leave Cody until the mid morning. We had breakfast and then some people went rafting. I walked around Cody, just on the main street and explored while they did that. Then everyone who didn’t raft waited for the rafters to return and then we were on our way.

The weather for our first peek into Yellowstone was amazing!!!! Blue skies, sun shining, just incredible!!! In the mid afternoon we had our first stop and it was one of the best parts of Yellowstone we would see over the next few days. We stopped at what look like hot springs. We were in a place known as the Geyser Hot Springs and it was just beautiful!! There were little pools of water in all these different colours, it was so pretty. They were as blue as you can imagine, orange like fire, or some were so clear they were no colour at all. In some cave hot springs which were grey in colour, there were huge blasts of steam shooting out. It was clear that a lot of volcanic activity happens here. Even though the water looks so pretty and cooling (which on a hot day makes you want to jump in!) these springs are so boiling your flesh would peel off if you touched it. I wonder if stupid tourists who don’t read the signs touch the water thinking it is cold...it would not surprise me!!!

After the hot springs, we drove a little further and then made our last stop to the Old Faithful Geyser. It was incredible to see this! I wanted to see this more than anything in Yellowstone so I was very excited to see it finally in the flesh. This Geyser is so cool that you can time when it will go off. Every 90 minutes it shoots out a huge water fountain so you know kind of when it will go off. There are little Geysers as well so they go off every so often as well. But Old Faithful is the main reason for visiting this area.

Unluckily for us, Old Faithful went off as we were in the bus pulling up which meant we had a 90 minute wait before the next one. It was ok though as it gave us time to look around and eat and buy souvenirs so it didn’t really matter too much. When 80 minutes had passed we went outside and waited near the Geyser area and soon enough it finally went off. It kind of teases you a little by spurting little fountains out but then it just goes off and it gets so high it really is incredible to see. The whole process only goes for a few minutes though so if you want a picture with it, you kind of need to take it the minute it hits the highest spot as it will go back down into nothing within a few minutes. We had a lot of fun seeing this and taking pictures before it went down so we were all really glad to see it. Again, the Old Faithful Geyser shows just how powerful the volcanic activity is here and Old Faithful is a result of all this.

After this we drove to the hotel and relaxed since it had been a long day. We had the night to ourselves so I just had a small dinner with a few people on tour, did my laundry and then relaxed in the room.

The next morning, half of the tour did an optional to the Grizzly centre. Since I had had the most ultimate experience of seeing Grizzly’s in Alaska I passed on doing this. Grizzly’s in the wild beats Grizzly’s in the zoo. Once they were back from this tour we left for another day in Yellowstone.

There was so much beautiful scenery to see here on this drive. We had lakes everywhere and beautiful mountains with trees. It was another nice day so you couldn’t ask for more. We stopped at one of the waterfalls in the park which was beautiful to see. We had a few hours here too so everyone went for a hike along the cliff to get better views of the waterfall. I was scared the whole time of a bear attacking us, but luckily nothing happened.

Being in Yellowstone makes me apprehensive when walking as black bears especially are in the area and we saw one when we were driving...it crossed the road right in front of our bus!!! It was cool to see that but it just shows how close they can get to where people are. A few days after leaving Yellowstone, I read that a man had been killed by a bear in Yellowstone. He had been camping alone but I think he was stalking a mum and baby due to the pictures on his camera they found. So it is very easy to be attacked here, and the main rule is not to run if you see a bear, make yourself look tall and make a lot of noise...yeah right!!! As if any of that would be in your mind if you saw one!!! I would just want to get the hell out of there!!! But if you are in a group you don’t have to be the fastest, just faster than the slowest person so you can survive if you outrun the others :). The one thing that is scary though, about seeing a bear is that you don’t want to get in between the mum and baby as then the mum will attack you, so you may think it’s cute to see a baby but momma won’t be far behind!!!

We drove a little further and then stopped at another volcanic area. It wasn’t half as pretty as the day before, but it was interesting to see the rock formations that had been created by the hot springs here. Some of it was beautiful to see, it just didn’t compare to yesterday and all the colour we saw there.

It was our last day in Yellowstone, but we would see more tomorrow as we drove through Idaho to get to Salt Lake City, Utah. Yellowstone had been amazing and it made me excited for Canada as there would be some beautiful things to see there in a few weeks.

That’s all for now, hope you enjoy the beautiful pictures.

Love, Toni xo
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daddy on

what can i say , great pics again Tone

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