Yellowstone

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Why didn’t anyone tell us not to go to yellowstone?!?! I don’t know so I’m telling y’all. Don’t go to yellowstone with your kids until the youngest is at least five and really well behaved. Like almost perfect.

It was a trip to be remembered. Anntilley threw up all over the ergo the day we arrived so I spent the next five days worrying about getting mauled by a bear on the search for some milk vomit. They really scare you about the grizzlies. Bears have a really great sense of smell so to avoid a bear these are the things you must do…

-travel in groups of three or more
-wear bells on your shoes or talk loudly while hiking so that you don’t surprise a bear, they even suggest singing
-if camping, store all food and food utensils in a bear box or inside a car
-do not sleep in clothes that have been worn while consuming food…put those clothes inside the car or bear box
-don’t go somewhere where others of spotted a bear especially if their cubs are around

Thankfully, the only bears we saw were while driving.

20130723-103259.jpgthree grizzly bears

Ross loved the grizzly bears and kept saying that they were nice. He corrected every person that mentioned bears and made sure that they said grizzly bears.

The other terrifying thing about yellowstone are the thermal features. Many children and adults have died from falling, jumping, or diving into the hot springs. Some of the hot springs are 400 degrees. They do look so inviting and beautiful….kind of like the Caribbean.

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The most terrifying thing of all, though, was riding in the car for 10 plus hours with kids. When we finally made it to the park, we were in and out of the car and driving from one place to the next took about thirty minutes. Unless a bison decided to walk in the middle of the road…then it took about an hour. The bison got old real quick.

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Camping was super fun but was really cold at night.

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It was a beautiful place and I would really like to go back in 10 to 15 years.

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Us looking at a grizzly that was really far away.

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The most fun we had was playing in the river…and watching Ross attempt to climb a rock wall.

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