Thursday, August 6th, 2009 we drove the Grand Loop around Yellowstone. Yellowstone is such a large place and it took us most of the day to drive just the loop. We did stop and watch Old Faithful. I got some really good photos of it! We stopped at a few other spots but it rained most of the day so we just enjoyed the sights from the car. There is so much to see even if you don’t get out of the car!
Friday, August 7th, 2009, I stayed back at our camp site because I wasn’t feeling too well from the elevation changes. Missouri is around 1,000 feet above sea level while Yellowstone is between 7,000 and 8,000 above sea level. So I decided to stay back and relax for a bit. The boys took off again to Yellowstone to go hiking and do other things that I physically couldn’t do being pregnant. They were gone all day long! I believe they went to see Old Faithful again and walk the trails around it to look at all the other geysers. They also stopped at lots of other places and took tons of pictures.
Saturday, August 8th, 2009, we drove around Yellowstone again, this time taking a different route. We drove clear to the northern part to see the Mammoth Springs. Everything was so beautiful! On our drive we also saw 2 bears, 2 elk and lots of buffalo. The buffalo were all over the place and didn’t care anything about traffic. They had no problems just walking right down the middle of the road! It was very neat to see such a large animal so close.
Sunday, August 9th, 2009, we left Yellowstone and Cody, WY and drove to Castle Rock, CO. It was about a 6 hour drive. Justin’s friend Mike lives there and it was a good place to stop on our way back. We stayed overnight in the Walmart parking lot there. LOL We weren’t the only ones either!
Monday, August 10th, 2009 we left Castle Rock, CO and headed home Missouri! It was a 9 hour drive and the longest length of time we’d spent actually driving. But we were so ready to be home!
And that sums up our Vacation 2009! Click on the link below to see photos of Part 5, but be prepared, there are well over 300 photos in this section!