The Grand Loop 

Hay, I’m Lily. And today we went all around Yellowstone National Park. So at first we went hiking to Lower Falls. It is 308 feet. It was pretty.

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The hike was short but fun. The next hike was short but a lot of stairs.

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We hiked to the same waterfall but a different view.

 

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After that we drove to dragon mouth which is a sulphur.


It was pouring so before we went to dragon mouth we had to wait in the car till it stopped. When we were about to get into the car a bison popped up on the trail.

Bison near Dragon’s Breath

And yesterday I forgot to mention that we saw 3 bears. Later today we’re going to the hotel pool. And we’re having s’more’s for dessert. Today was so much fun. 🤗☺️

 Driving the Grand Loop is quite incredible. I’d call today – the day of the waterfalls. And what magnificent waterfalls they were. The Lower Falls is 308 feet of rushing water into what is know as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. We hiked two separate trails to this waterfall. One hike involved a paved path down to the brink of the waterfall.

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What’s a brink? It’s that point when the water cascades over into oblivion. The rushing water sounds like a roaring train when you stand this close to the brink.

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Standing at the brink of the Lower Falls

 

The force of the water pushes over the brink, hitting rocks and causing a great deal of mist to rise. It’s quite a sight.

The view from the brink of the Lower Falls

The second hike took us to a lower end of the Lower Falls. The Uncle Tom’s hiking path leads to 320+ metal stairs heading down to a platform that allowed us to view the falls closer to the bottom.

It’s on the platform that you realize how long 308 feet actually is. On the way down, the mist of the water and the blazing sun caused a beautiful rainbow to spring from the waterfall. It’s in those moments that I realize how truly magical Mother Nature is.

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Though both hikes were under a mile, they both involved steep inclines, which caused my calf muscles to burn and to garner several stops along the trail back up to catch our breath. But what’s a hike without a little workout! 🙂

After leaving the Canyon area, we drove through Hayden Valley–most famous for its grizzly population. Unfortunately, we saw none. But we did get to see another black bear frolicking down a grassy hill and several bison and elk. This stretch of the drive takes you through the one area of the park that wasn’t touched by the 1988 forest fire. It’s incredible to see because the trees stand so tall and lush and green; whereas, blackened and barren tree trunks tower over the newly formed forest below. It’s quite the contrast.

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As the rains came in, we decided to stop at the Lake Hotel, which sits right on Yellowstone Lake.This is the kind of place you imagine it to be. Big. Wooden. Yellow. Historic looking. The lobby is grand and brings you back in time. It’s easy to see the draw of staying here. We all sipped on something to drink on a leather couch in the lobby and waited out the rain before heading back to our cabin to chill after a long day of adventure. ~Gina

Hay, it’s Lily again. After we hiked to the falls we went for a short break to the Lake Lodge. It is a beatiful hotel over looking Yellowstone Lake. We relaxed in the lobby looking out over the lake while we waited for the rain to stop.

Today was another day of driving through diverse landscapes as fire plagued forests turned to meadows then canyons then young trees to lakes and rivers.

Though we were hungry after a long day of exploring the park, mom and dad couldn’t bare the idea of spending a lot of money on another park hamburger. So we raced back to our cabin and dad cooked up elk steakes that were given to us by Betsy and Mark from our Livingston stay.

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After dinner and s’mores by the fire, mom and dad FINALLY let us watch TV. We were so happy! 😄

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