We started the day out by driving the scenic bypass West through Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. Boy was this an amazing drive! One of the first awesome things we saw were hang gliders taking off from one of the overlooks. We stopped and filmed one of the dudes take off which was really cool.
We stopped at a couple of other overlooks along the way, and then stopped at a particularly nice and secluded one. We hiked a short way to a babbling brook and surrounded by trees we ate a picnic lunch. Bighorn is definitely a very scenic part of Wyoming. There are mountain slopes, tall pines, and lots of views overlooking the plains below.
Then we stopped at Shell falls which is a beautiful waterfall with a nice overlook.
After the forest, we drove into those plains and saw a lot of yellow and blue nothingness. It reminded me of a video game that’s still being built where the general land topography is mapped out but no elements have been placed hehe.
We did have a very special encounter with a bison. He was blocking the road but then moved to the side and let us get up close and photograph him. Look at how cuddly he is!
We had a long strip of nothing and then we entered Cody, which was cool to drive through. Cody is a famous area but since we were running low on time I wanted to head right to Yellowstone. We did make a quick stop at the Buffalo Bill Dam, which was pretty huge.
Finally we got to Yellowstone in Wyoming, and as soon as we entered I got accused of farting.
I then explained that it was in fact, the earth that farted in Wyoming, and navigated to our first vent that we saw. It was cool because while it was a lot smaller than some of the landmarks in Yellowstone, this one wasn’t saturated with people, so we got up close and got to see the boiling water and enjoy the farty steam splurts in solitude for a while.
We ran into a herd of Bison which was super lucky and awesome.
Next we meandered along the Western road going North through the park where a lot of geysers and pools are. We stopped at Old Faithful which was pretty neat but we didn’t wait to see it erupt because I wanted to see the Grand prismatic spring before sunset.
We saw a few other interesting bubbling and steaming holes and then arrived at the Grand Prismatic Spring. This was pretty awesome, and we took a ton of pics and had fun ooing and ahhing with the other tourists. Something in the air got to me though and I started to have trouble breathing. I could feel my immune system crying for help, and knew I was starting to get sick. We were supposed to tent camp that night in Yellowstone, but I didn’t want to risk the cold so we had dinner instead at one of the fancy schmancy eateries they had in the resort area of the park. We had amazeballs food, and then drove out of the park to find a place to stay in Montana.
Oh on a side note, on our drive out we witnessed a forest fire – which a week later is apparently still burning. I think we saw the beginnings of it. I’ll tell you – even though it was small when we drove by it it was pretty heartwrenching to see the forest burning like that 🙁