We arrived at the West Yellowstone KOA a day after our reservation started thanks to the engine issues we had on day one. Rather than go into the park, we decided just to hang out at the campground and relax. The boys played mini golf and swam in the pool, we had an easy dinner of tacos, a small campfire, and then we were done for the day.
Early the next morning we ran into West Yellowstone for last minutes supplies, so we wouldn’t have to worry too much in the park. By this time we were becoming really good at adding hooking up the Jeep to our campsite breakdown chore list, so we were on our way to Yellowstone National Park by 8:30 or 9:00.
We made a couple of scenic stops once we were officially in the park, and we decided to stop at Norris Geyser Basin before going to the campground. So many people! It is the 100th anniversary of the National Parks, and people are celebrating by visiting. Because parking was so crowded, it took us half an hour to get up the short road to the parking lot as we crept along at about 2 miles per hour. To make it more nerve wracking, we were still new to towing and I was scared I wouldn’t be able to maneuver. Fortunately, I found an RV spot right away when we made it into the lot.
I love seeing the faces of people seeing Yellowstone for the first time! They are so full of wonder! We didn’t walk around Norris for nearly long enough to see everything, because it was so crowded. What we did see is just as beautiful and amazing as it had been on my other trips to the park.
After Norris we went straight to Fishing Bridge campground. We ran into our first buffalo traffic jam on the way, and my husband spotted a moose by a river. I missed the moose, because I was driving.
Fishing Bridge had our site ready. We set up camp and then we ran to Grant Village for phone service to check in on the world. (My husband just can’t not check in on work without making himself completely crazy!) We got back to the campground just in time to have a buffalo stroll by about 20 feet away.
We spent all day Thursday exploring as much of Yellowstone as we could. We were in and out of the car dozens of times that day, and according to my fitbit, we walked over 10 miles. I don’t even think we were still awake by the time it got dark that night.
I will always love Yellowstone, and I can’t wait to go back!