“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than she seeks.”
I visited Yellowstone National Park this Autumn with my family and we stayed at the Lake Lodge Cabins located in the park right by beautiful Lake Yellowstone.
The Lake Lodge cabins were very nice and had everything I needed: a clean bed, a heater, and a clean bathroom. We had no television, no phone service, and no Wifi ! It was quite literally a quiet little “Cabin In the Woods,” and it was a dream come true for me. My roommates were a little less enthused but they still loved the cabin and location nonetheless. I helped them sleep at night by reading them Yellowstone ghost stories from a book I bought in a gift shop there. It was fun ! Oh, and I was completely obsessed by the little bear soap toiletry ! SO cute!
We began our adventures in Mammoth where you can take different pathways to view the calcite terraces and rock formations. I really wanted to reach out and touch these amazing features just to see if they truly existed! In Mammoth you can also find the park headquarters, along with numerous amenities, and the iconic Roosevelt Arch.
We got so lucky with how the weather turned out for us while we were there! We arrived in October, a week or two after the busy Summer season (June-September), right before many of the accommodations and restaurants closed for the cold season (November- March). I was reading up on what to expect with the weather before we left and the consensus was that the weather would be unpredictable. The first few days we were greeted with a light snowfall. Being a girl born and raised in Southern California I was amazed and giddy at the prospect of seeing snow! All I wanted to do was play in it. Then, as the week progressed the sun came out to greet us !
My favorite thing about our Yellowstone Adventure was seeing the animals! We saw Elk, Deer, a black bear, two grizzly bears, antelope, and the king of Yellowstone (because they do what they want!) the American Bison!
One of the greatest sights I have ever had the privilege of seeing was the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. I hope that all of you will be able to see this someday soon.
You can truly feel the life teeming around you and it makes you feel connected to a higher source.
The Geysers and Hot Springs are plentiful in Yellowstone and they are one of the main attractions for visitors. They are a beautiful sight to behold, but boy do some of them reek! I can’t tell you how many times I heard the joke ,”This is a great place to fart,” because of the strong sulphuric stench that permeated the air.
Old Faithful , the most famous geyser of all, is amazing in person! Large crowds gather every few hours to test the posted time prediction and she hasn’t failed.
This region is also home to Grand Teton National Park known for it’s amazing mountain vistas and pristine lakes. The entrance fee for Grand Teton is included in your admission to Yellowstone so don’t miss it! We were excited to venture through here on our way to visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming .
I have to say, I fell a little bit in love with the town of Jackson Hole. We wandered around town and into this small bakery. There was a bulletin board up with town announcements and happenings, most of which took place in the town square. The town square seemed to be a pretty happing place to be ! As we wandered some more I couldn’t help imagining what my life would be like if I left the warm, sunny weather of San Diego and started a new life in a small town. I really like the sense of community that this town had.
It’s always hard to leave your vacation and return to reality but I had a particularly hard time leaving Yellowstone. I was a little nervous in fact about coming home. It was wonderful to be away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, away from the freeways, and away from technological distractions. It was a treasure to just spend time relishing in the beauty of nature with loved ones. We took time to really see things and walk closely among some of Nature’s greatest gifts. I came to Yellowstone seeking another family adventure and something to check of the travel bucket list, but I received so much more. I received clarity and a new perspective. I received a sense of calm and stillness of the mind that only being immersed in the natural world can grant you. I will definitely be back Yellowstone! Besides, I still need to catch a glimpse of the elusive wolf! I was dying to see one the whole trip!