Yellowstone You Blew Me Away!!!

Yellowstone You Blew Me Away!!!

Written By: Shalini Edwin

My husband and I flew from Portland to Bozeman, Montana on a Thursday evening. Since I am a huge Indian cuisine lover we googled the Indian restaurants nearby only to find this nice place - Saffron Table

Day 1:

We started early in the morning around 6:00AM and drove to the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The very first place we visited was the Mammoth Hot Spring. The sedimentation was just wow. Next we drove to Norris Geyser Basin. On the way we stopped for a brief three mins at the Roaring Mountain. The Norris Geyser Basin has trails that you can walk to witness the steaming hot springs and geysers throwing super-hot water. Among so many hot springs and geysers we loved the Steamboat Geyser. It is the world's largest active geyser. We then drove to the Gibbon Falls followed by Uncle Tom's Trail to see the magnificent falls. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a must for anyone visiting Yellowstone. There are various viewpoints but my favourites were the Artist Point and the Lookout Point. The day ended with the scenic drive to the Tower Falls. We had dinner at this Indian restaurant named Curry Table and the food was the best Indian I've had in the US so far. The mango lassi was just too good. 

Day 2: 

We decided to visit places in Bozeman since it was snowing at Yellowstone. We went to Montana Grizzly Encounter. We saw the bear named Bella and learnt a lot about bears. It started snowing and we wanted to do something indoors and headed to the Museum of the Rockies. 

Day 3: 

We were on the road around 5:30AM. Our friends advised us to go early so we can get a spot at the parking lot. We went to the Grand Prismatic Spring to the hot spring up close. Then we headed to the Upper Thumb Basin where saw the Old Faithful Geyser. It is said that ever since its discovery in 1890's it has been faithfully erupting every 90mins discharging nearly 14,000L to 32,000L of water every time. We took the trail and walked and walked to see some of the beautiful hot springs and geysers like Blue Star Geyser, Heart Geyser, Castle Geyser, Lion Geyser, Morning Glory Pool, Giant Geyser, Grotto Geyser, Riverside Geyser and so many more.  My favourites were the Morning Glory Pool and the Riverside Geyser. 

With a light lunch at the restaurant in Upper Thumb Basin, we headed to the Fairy Falls Trail. Once we reached the lookout point we saw the Grand Prismatic Spring in all its glory and colors. The sight was just out of the world. It was worth all the hiking. 

The last point of the trip was the West Thumb Basin. We saw some colorful hot springs and then headed to the Yellowstone Lake. On our way back we stopped at the Yellowstone National Park Board for that mandatory pic. The drive back to the airport was scenic with rivers running along the roads, waiting for deer’s to cross, American bison’s grazing and the grizzly bear in the wild. 

 

The memories you create visiting places are the earth's priceless possessions. 


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