It’s moving day today, and we are on our way to Yellowstone National Park!
Yellowstone is the oldest park in the world, and I would argue that it is the most popular. It is filled to the brim with amazing geothermal attractions, hikes and wildlife.
Both Bryan and I agree that as far as parks go, Yellowstone is the most impressive from start to finish. There isn’t a dull moment and I am pretty sure I have worn out the word “WOW” while driving.
It is literally breathtaking.
Every. single. inch.
This wasn’t our first geothermal experience, so we went in prepared for crowds and stinky smells (think rotting eggs!).
We battled crowds and stormy weather the entire day, but we had our home with us the whole time and I am so thankful that the Park is so RV friendly.
Now you can’t visit Yellowstone without visiting Old Faithful!
It is a highly predictable geothermal feature (earning its name clearly) that goes off every 44-125 minutes. But these park rangers have got it down to a science, they were only 6 minutes off in their prediction for the next eruption.
Each eruption of boiling water lasts between 1-5 minutes and reaches up to 185 feet. It’s quite impressive!
We stopped at each spot, made up a quick meal while the kids played outside in the trees building fairy homes.
RV life is amazing!
Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the US and the third largest in the world. The vivid colours come from the microbial mats that range in colour from green to red and change when the temperature of the runoff water changes.
In the summer they are red and orange, but in the winter they turn dark green. Amazing.
Due to the rain we had and the temperature change, we didn’t get the best view of those perfect tourquoise and orange colour, so I will post it below if you are one of the only people on earth that don’t know what it looks like already.
Basically – it’s stunning and it truly feels like you are looking at something that belongs on another planet. It’s one of a kind!
Before exiting this fantastic park, we stopped at Mammoth Hot springs. This is a large collection of hot springs that pour over a travertine hill. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tonnes a day!).
We spent only one day in Yellowstone and played tourists only stopping at the major attractions. It is certainly one of those places that you must visit if you haven’t, and even if you have – it’s worth a trip back.
For now, our eyes are set on our next destination. After one entire week of boondocking, we are looking forward to showers, laundry and wifi.
Till next time, xo
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