We slept in Butte, MT on day 2 and when we awake we will start our journey home.
As we get ready to go home, we stopped by a gas station and happen to find that Yellowstone National Park was only 80 miles away. We talked….hesitated….and called back home and told the ones at home we are going to stay another day.
Do we regret this decision. No. Everywhere in Montana in beautiful. Huge mountains to the left and right of us capped with snow. It’s surreal. I mean, yes I live in Minnesota and we get A LOT of snow here. But have you seen snow on mountains with perfect, sunny, and 70 degree weather. We don’t get that in Minnesota.
Even the drive to Yellowstone National Park was amazing. We were driving along streams with the gorgeous mountains surrounding us. My siblings and I were looking for bears in the streams hoping to see a bear catch his meal. We didn’t see any.
As we get close to Yellowstone, we start seeing signs to beware of bisons. It sounds so unreal, right? Well they do pop out of nowhere. We saw a family of bison on the busy road and the speed limit was 70mph. My little sister wants to take pictures of the bisons but we kept telling her there will be more, hopefully, in the park. She was super sad and thought to herself that was going to be the last of it.
We enter into the West entrance of Yellowstone. I’m amazed. This place is it’s own little town. I loved how the buildings were so alike. It had its own little theme. It felt warm, cozy, and at home. The buildings were made from from wood, like a cabin.
We make our way into the park. The first thing that greeted us, was a lonely bison drinking water by the Madison River. Yes, my sister got her picture she wanted. But as we kept driving more into the park there was more than just one bison. There’s a pack of bison on the road, blocking us, traveling slowly to wherever their destination is. We loved it. They were super close to us, within arms reach. Our windows are rolled down a tiny bit and we can hear the bisons breathing. It was awesome and totally worth to spend day 3 at Yellowstone.
There were some areas of the park that wasn’t open for the day. But we still got to see a couple great things.
Lower Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin
Norris Geyser Basin
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Springs
It was amazing. We had a great and fun time.
We left the park around 4pm. We have concluded this trip, for real this time. There was no more stopping, except for gas and restroom. Driving through the night is super dangerous. We encountered deers 2 times that evening. Thank God we did not hit any. But they definitely scared the life out of us.
We arrived home around 9AM. First thing first, we showed our films/pictures to the family.
They loved it.
The link below is a video of the entire trip. Glacier and Yellowstone National Park Video