A visit to Yellowstone National Park!

 

 

We began DAY 3 with a visit to this delightful little coffee shop, where Mom & Dad indulged in a Cafe au Lait while the children all enjoyed hot cocoa!

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The drive from Livingston, MT south into the park is breathtakingly beautiful!

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As we drove through the town of Granger, just outside the park, we spotted an elk casually pawing the snow and grazing on the grass she uncovered along side a church in the city.

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The views can take your breath away... and the weather was clear and cold.

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One of our first stops was to the Mammoth Hot Springs, where the volcano heats the natural springs to boiling temperatures.

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Packed snow paths were calling Remington to slide on his belly like a penguin.

 

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It might have been -17 F but even little Harrison enjoyed getting out of the car and running.

 

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The first spotting of bison caused the car to erupt with screams and we had to pullover immediately.

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We definitely weren't in Minnesota anymore!

 

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We had to stop counting how many bison and start counting how many herd of bison.  We saw 14 herds in all and each herd ranged in total from 50-100. It was a spectacular moment as a family to see such raw and wonderful nature!

 

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Windows and sky lights were opened and Manon quickly pointed up and said "Look mom a Mountain Sheep!"

 

 

 

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Our fearless driver! (He of course would title this ... "What a handsome devil!" Haha!)

 

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Nature sisters.

 

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The bison were really that close.  We had to make sure the children kept their bodies inside the van.

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We stopped at a local pub for lunch. Some of the nice cowboys there taught the kids how to shoot pool.

 

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Much to Remington's dismay, Manon finds all signs that are "female power." Manon is quick to show her little brother!

 

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Nice try girls! No they did NOT gamble!

 

 

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We crossed the continental divide as we left Wyoming and headed into Idaho.

 

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Distance traveled DAY 3: Livingston, MT into Yellowstone National Park, WY then back to Livingston and on to Ashton, ID = approximately 307 miles (494 km)

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