Our first stop(after a quick potty break...and all the big sites have flushing toilets, thank goodness!) in Yellowstone was at Old Faithful. It goes off about every 90 minutes, give or take 15 minutes and we were lucky to have arrived only 5 minutes before it went off.
Geyser Basin. Parts of this walk were steamy hot and smelled like hard boiled eggs. I loved that most of these sites were stroller friendly.
Hot Spring in Geyser Basin
Fountain Paint Pots (these were one of my favorites...basically boiling mud/clay)
We saw some elk, bison, a chimpmunk and a prairie dog.
The first night we stayed at a lodge in Big Sky Montana. It was about an hour and 15 minute drive from the West Entrance of Yellowstone. I think this was my kids favorite part of our trip to Yellowstone. Hotels are always a highlight because of the swimming pool, cable tv, hot breakfast with sugar cereals that mom never allows at home, and they get to stay up late and sleep in the same room as Mom and Dad. The lodge had an indoor swimming pool and just down the street there was a small mall with places to eat and free kids activities outside. My kids played miniature golf, they lassoed a wooden steer and played the pvc pipe ladder game.
I bought a box of microwave popcorn before we left on our trip so that the kids could eat it in the hotels we stayed in for an inexpensive and fun after dinner snack.
After we ate breakfast that morning we drove back to Yellowstone.
The first stop was upper falls and then to tower falls. Tower falls had a long and scary/curvy/nauseating drive to get there that I'd probably skip if we ever went again. The first two pictures are from the upper falls.
While visiting upper falls, Charles climbed up this rock formation before I knew what he was up to. He wanted me to take a picture of him way up there but I wanted him to come down so we compromised and I told him I'd take a picture if he would come down a littler closer to me. He did and Elisabeth joined him.
Mammoth Hot Springs. My mom worked at Yellowstone one summer before she was married and she lived in the Mammoth Hot Springs area which was fun to see.
Now on to the next portion of our trip: our drive through beautiful Montana and onto the Seattle area of Washington. Pictures from Washington to come on the next post. (Notice that Elisabeth fell asleep with her headphones on. We had three portable dvd players and the kids all had headphones and could watch movies and listen to audio books I checked out from the library. We also enforced some quiet/no media time for each leg of our trip.)