American West Adventure – Day 4
Since we did so much in the Canyon area yesterday, we decided to head up to Lamar Valley in the NorthEast section of Yellowstone today. We hadn’t thought we would have time to visit there and it was supposed to have lots of wildlife. Along the way we stopped at Tower Fall, which is a waterfall on Tower Creek. 1,000 yards upstream from the creek’s confluence with the Yellowstone River, the fall plunges 132 feet. Its name comes from the rock pinnacles at the top of the fall.
Yes I just used the word ‘confluence’, so now you know I just quoted from Wikipedia 😉
When we reached Tower-Roosevelt area we went East towards Lamar Valley. We stopped off to watch a wild Bison herd grazing and resting along the Lamar River. When a bison would head onto the main road it appeared bigger than any of the cars they were blocking.
We went much further towards the North East corner of Yellowstone, almost in Montana, and a nice older couple with a telescope had spotted Mountain Goats – a mom and baby – climbing in the snow on the side of a mountain. These cool people let Brandon and Sofia climb in the back of their F150 and check out the goats through the scope. The kids were super excited!
Next, on the way back towards Tower-Roosevelt we pulled onto a dirt road we had seen on the way East and went several miles off the beaten path. We came upon the Slough Creek Trailhead 2K5 and decided to explore this set of backcountry trails for a bit. My Camelback wasn’t working and my sweet girl kept offering her water to me.
From Sofia – “I wanted to give Daddy my water because his wasn’t working. We asked Daddy to tell stories because we had to make a lot of noise so Bears knew we were around and we didn’t surprise them. He told us funny stories and we kept asking him to tell more. I told Brandon and Daddy a story about Alana, my sister. She is 5 and she went to Sesame Place with Mia and Mommy while we went to the National Parks”.
The kids were tired and we went to the cabin in Canyon to shower and just chill out. Later on, I had to go out and get ice. Sofia was already in her PJ’s but she didn’t have to get out of the car. Once we were out though, the kids and I decided to take a drive. We went through Norris and the local Geysers but didn’t get out. When we reached Madison and drove in the lot for the Terrace Springs, the kids really wanted to get out and take a look so we did. No one was there and it was fun to have the whole place to ourselves.
Tomorrow, on to the Lake area. Lake Yellowstone is the 2nd largest mountain lake in the world. Should be fun!
Today a lot of funny stuff was said and happened and I made a point to jot them down on my phone (useful even with no wifi or cell signal):
“Ooh, I need my hat. Wait, now I need a new butt!” – Sofia
“What rice?” – Sofia, when I said I was getting more ice
“And that’s how the missile rolls” – Brandon, from the bathroom
“I would eat Brandon first” – Sofia. Yes, we had a convo about if we ran out of food. I didn’t start it. And she said it was because his brain looks tasty.
1st, 2nd and 3rd most talked about topic on all of our hikes: FARTS. Memorable ones, weird sounding ones, what each person in the family sounds like. And of course what else do kids talk about when talking about farts….
Best 2 conversations in 1: Watching Bison with Brandon, talking about their history….after some time guessing which one would make the best tasking Bison burger
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