We last visited Yellowstone in 2000, and we looked towards this vacation with great anticipation. Would we see all the great wildlife we saw on the last trip? Would the areas burned by forrest fire of 1988 look different? Would traveling with our diabetic dog work out ok? Would vacationing with relatives work out? (just kidding…we vacationed with the Russell’s last year and knew it would be great) 🙂 2000 was also the last time I had taken 2 whole weeks for a vacation….lots to look forward to!
Our trip to West Yellowstone, where we would base our trip, worked out great. We drove over the Sierra Nevada range the first night and through Nevada the second day before passing into Idaho. We enjoyed some of the history of the route, including the Oregon Trail stop along the Snake River Plain. We also enjoyed pretending we were in Hawaii when we stopped at a Lava flow covering 222 square miles….an oozing flow, just like on the Big Island! It happened only 4,000 years ago….a mere blink of the eye, geologically speaking.
We also enjoyed arriving early and spending the day in Idaho Falls. It is an ideal small town, with a nice downtown bisected by a river with parks along both sides. Really picture perfect, as you can see.
Arriving in West Yellowstone, we checked into Grizzly RV Park, a great place stay, and joined up with Debbie’s sister and husband (and their 5 chihuahuas!). Mike and I got up early each day for a morning walk all through the town…great way to start each day!
Each day, we’d plan a different day trip into the park. First, the Mammoth Hot Springs area, then the Lower Geyer Basin around Old Faithful Inn, and then Yellowstone Lake the Grand Canyons of the Yellowstone. We also spent a day in West Yellowstone, shopping and eating our way through the town. We especially enjoyed the Huckleberry Ice Cream!
The Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone is a must see. This is a non-profit organization and all the animals have been rescued. The program rotates the animals into the habitat throughout the day, and it is a great way to see Grizzlies and Wolves up close and personal. You will learn a lot and support a great organization.
Here are several photos from our trip, which I’ve loosely organized.
1) On the way to Yellowstone!
2) The base camp in West Yellowstone
3) Old Faithful Area
4) Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Area
OK, this one was stuffed…but you get the idea…. 🙂
So…Would we see all the great wildlife we saw on the last trip? Yes and no. Last time we saw moose and grizzly in the wild. This time, we saw less wildlife overall, but really enjoyed the Discovery Center in West Yellowstone.
Would the areas burned by forrest fire of 1988 look different? You can still see where the fire was, but now there are millions of small trees growing.
Would traveling with our diabetic dog work out ok? It worked out fine since we took day trips and we were back in time each day to feed and give him an insulin shot.
Would vacationing with relatives work out? It was awesome…enjoyed the walks and company!
Now, on the part 2 of our vacation in the BWB…the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole!