Yellowstone National Park has been on our bucket list, so we decided to take advantage of the 3 day weekend and go over the 4th of July.
I don't think I have ever seen prettier views. Everywhere we looked it was breathtaking.
We stopped for lunch and look what was roaming right in front of our car!
We were walking to that gray looking mountain area when it started sprinkling and thunder and lightning in the distance. We decided we didn't want to chance being forever away from our car on the top of a mountain in a thunderstorm so we went back to the car to snack on all the food I packed and let the boys play. They think being in the car but not in their car seats is the most fun thing ever. Glad we decided not to risk it because it started pouring as soon as we got to the car.
The next area we stopped at had geysers. There was a walkway but no rails and I was terrified of one of the boys falling. They said the ground around us looked completely normal, but it was thin and fragile and right below it was boiling water.
The face of two little boys whose mom just explained all about thermal formations to them and threatened their life if they let go of our hands.
(A lot to ask of two wild boys who've spent a ton of time locked in a car over the past 2 days!)
That color is insane in person.
They did have rails in a few places...which just made them want to climb over ;)
After we got rained on, I was freezing so I had to get out the Yellowstone long sleeved shirt I'd bought at a gift shop the night before. Being July, I hadn't even thought about it being anything other than hot, but being so far up North it was pretty cool.
Pulled over on the side of the road for some selfies :)
Stopped at a little gift shop area and Shep was asleep in the car. Holding my sleeping (biggest) baby never happens anymore. One tradition we have is anywhere we travel we always look for a Christmas ornament and a fridge magnet from that place, so that's what we were looking for at the gift shop.
We walked around and stopped for ice cream sandwiches. Yellowstone is known for huckleberry and they had huckleberry ice cream sandwiches that were so delicious.
How cute is Major eating his sandwich!?
Yellowstone is a lot of driving and there are a few main spots with lots of parking (like Old Faithful) land then everywhere along the drive they have spots to pull over for pictures or if you see wildlife and want to stop.
Definitely one of the prettiest views I'll ever see in my life:
Our last stop was Old Faithful. We had saved it for last and had perfect timing. We got there about 10 minutes before it would erupt. Any later and we would have had to wait another 45 minutes or so to see it.
Love taking our boys to these places, even though they are too young to remember.
The drive home was so pretty and we even got to see a double rainbow.
I love seeing God's beautiful earth and pretty views always make me cry. I can't get over that God could have made the earth black and white, flat and boring and we wouldn't have known the difference. But instead he made it stunning and colorful and different all over the world.
This will go down in my books as one of my favorite weekends ever.