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RV Trip USA – Yellowstone National Park

From the beautiful Rocky Mountains we made our way through Wyoming to Grand Teton National Park (NP) and then into Yellowstone NP. It was actually like having an entree before the main. Grand Teton was beautiful in its own right but not nearly as amazing as its bigger neighbour. We had our own thoughts and expectations about what Yellowstone would be like but they were surpassed but what we saw.

There were stunning views around every corner

There were stunning views around every corner

Nowhere had we been where the landscape changed so rapidly. One minute we were looking at lush forest, the next we were seeing enormous half frozen lakes, giant lakes, huge protruding rock, deep valleys or prairies with grazing bison. Some of which got very close to our vehicle.

Lis and her bison friend. Neither were bothered by one another's presence.

Lis and her bison friend. Neither were bothered by one another's presence.

Yellowstone is enormous, 2.2 million acres in fact. It was formed from volcanic activity and there are more geysers here than anywhere else in the world (including New Zealand and Iceland) to remind of its past, present and future. It is actually the first ever National Park. Established as a NP in 1872. That’s right America can take their hats off and bow to being the first nation to preserve land in the form of National Parks (NP) and Yellowstone was their first. Which goes to show that land hasn’t been protected for long. Many see it as America’s greatest idea. We do to. America has a lot of National Parks, approx. 360 units of them.

In order to see most of Yellowstone you really need to drive. Although there are some hikes and walks to do, it is mainly catered for cars and RVs. This way you can get to see all the different faces that Yellowstone has.

A geyser produces steam that rises above the trees. There were geysers everywhere.

A geyser produces steam that rises above the trees. There were geysers everywhere.

Technically the road belongs to the bison.....

Technically the road belongs to the bison.....

The wildlife here is also something to behold. There were plenty of bison, moose and elk throughout the park. And there are brown and black bears, grey wolves, coyote, mule deer and bighorn sheep among many others. They are not all so easy to see so when you do it adds so much to the whole experience.

A black bear, around 3 years old, s early years without it mum.

A black bear, around 3 years old, in its early years without it mum. This is as close as the ranger would allow us to get.

After each day of driving and walking around Yellowstone, we would find a campsite, park the RV, light a fire and relax. It was enjoyable. The weather changed very frequently. We experienced all the seasons in the 4 days we spent there. It went from a sunny day to a snow filled one in a matter of moments. It made the experience even more special.

One of our campsites. It was such a scenic and beautiful place to sit around the campfire.

One of our campsites. It was such a scenic and beautiful place to sit around the campfire.

This is the same campsite the next morning. It was pretty chilli over night, lucky we had good sleeping bags

This is the same campsite the next morning. It was pretty chilli over night, lucky we had good sleeping bags

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  • Leonienolan

    This is just sooooooooooooooooooooooooo fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love Mil amd Mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Daniel Cusack

    Bison! I always wondered if there were any Bison left. Dont tell MacKenzie there are still a few available.

    Looks awesome! D Cusack

  • Thanks Prozac. When are you guys heading to Europe mate.

  • Bridg

    Incredible photos. But I can imagine that photos don't do it justice. Makes us want to go there so badly.

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