Yellowstone National Park

Finally, after 29 years of my husband, Bill, telling me about Yellowstone National Park, today, we visited a section of Yellowstone… Since Bill and I are located only 37 miles from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park,  we have a very unique opportunity to visit the park on many occasions. We have a National Park Senior Pass that we purchased for $10.00 when we were in Utah, so we can visit as many times as we want without paying the entrance fees.

Today we  packed a picnic lunch, and went to visit Old Faithful, the Old Faithful Inn, and surrounding areas… We will continue to explore the park throughout our summer stay here in Wyoming, but today we focused on visiting Old Faithful.

Bill had been telling me about Yellowstone, and Old Faithful,  for the past 29 years, and I was beyond excited to get to go and actually see Yellowstone and Old Faithful for myself… I have never ventured much outside of Arizona, so  you can imagine what I felt like when we entered Yellowstone.

OMG! Even after hearing about this place for 29 years, I had no idea what I was about to experience when I first entered Yellowstone…

I had heard that there would be wildlife along the roads…. but you have to know that I, at 64 years of age, have never even seen a deer, elk, or antelope, until Bill and I landed in Wyoming…

Well, our visit to Yellowstone today was everything Bill told me it would be and more!

Right out of the gate upon entering the park, we saw Bison grazing in open fields.

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And I don’t even have words to express the beauty we saw as we climbed our way into the park… Just look at this…

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And this picture of the mountains across the Yellowstone Lake area. Breathtaking…

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When we reached Old Faithful, I was beyond excited to see first hand what Bill has been telling me about for the past 29 years…

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When I first saw the site, I have to say I didn’t think it was going to be “all that and a bag of chips…”.

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And as we waited for the “big” moment… I was really beginning to have my doubts that this was worth waiting 29 years to see…

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But, then, OMG…, when the eruption happened… it was everything I could have hoped for and MORE!!!

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After Old Faithful erupted, we then made our way into the Old Faithful Inn.. Wow, what a beautiful, and unique, place. So glad we took the time to really take it all in.. AMAZING!!!

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On our way home, I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of parts of the park that were damaged by fire… but still, beautiful with the snow on the ground.

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And how could I not take a moment to capture this picture of the damaged forest with the snow-covered mountain behind it.. Just beautiful.

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And the perfect ending to our day trip today, was seeing this mama grizzly bear, along with her cub, crossing the road just about 30 feet in front of us . Nature at its FINEST for sure.

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On our next visit to Yellowstone Park, we will visit the Grand Tetons and Jackson Wyoming. I’m so looking forward to that visit as well.

A BIG Thank-You to Bill for making our Yellowstone Visit come true…The section of Yellowstone, and Old Faithful,  we visited today was everything you said it would be and so much MORE… I LOVE you, and can’t hardly wait for the Grand Tetons… ! 🙂

Stay Tuned!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    May 28, 2016 @ 00:51:39

    Omg those bears! You were really close. Harvey was amazed at the pictures of Old Faithful Geyser. Just amazing! Really enjoying your retirement life like you should . Beautiful Inn too. Just don’t eat your picnic lunch near the Bears ! Love you…

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 28, 2016 @ 20:41:12

      Yes, Aunt Ellen, Bill and I were lucky enough to be about 30 feet away from them when I captured that picture. We were in the car though and I had to point and snap the picture as fast as I could so as not to tie up traffic once the bears crossed the road. We are enjoying every minute of our retirement life… Love and hugs to all. Xoxo

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  2. Bill
    May 28, 2016 @ 01:06:17

    Thank you Girly, yes we saw some of the beauty of Yellowstone, don’t forget we are going to the upper and lower falls before going to the Grand Teton national park. My favorite part was seeing the grizzly bears, mother nature at her finest.
    Love you and can’t wait for our next adventure!
    Love Your Bill.

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 28, 2016 @ 20:43:14

      Oh and I can’t wait to go back through Yellowstone Park to see the upper and lower falls, then make our way to the Grand Tetons, and on into Jackson… just can’t hardly wait! Love you too. XoXo

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  3. gotham girl
    May 28, 2016 @ 12:42:34

    What a wonderful day!! So happy you are experiencing one of the greatest places on Earth! Great photos (especially love seeing all the snow and the bears!) and can’t wait to hear more! Love you!

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 28, 2016 @ 20:51:27

      Yes, GG, we really did have a wonderful day in Yellowstone. We are going places and seeing things that I know it’s hard for some people to understand or believe…but I really have never seen deer, elk, antelope, bison, or bears out in the wild ever in my life… So it’s all so exciting and amazing to me. Since we have been in Wyoming, I’ve just been in a constant state of AWE, and I hope I never lose that sense of awe and wonder I feel every time I experience all this beauty of nature all around me… XoXo

      Reply

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