Yellowstone National Park Vacation

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With summer coming to an end and school starting, I began reflection of what this summer consisted of. One of my favorite memories from the summer was taking a family camping trip to Yellowstone National Park. To begin our adventure, my family and I left July 6, 2016; our first stop was The Badlands. I was speechless when we arrived.  We had a limited amount of time to explore The Badlands due to an oncoming storm. Here were some pictures of the hike we completed in the little amount of time:

We even got to see a mountain goat!

The next day began with a morning shower at a hotel. The weather was so bad we chose not to set up the tent. We set out to see Devils Tower in Wyoming mid-morning. All of us went on a walk around the spectacular tower. My mom and I even climbed up the rocks until we got to "the line" where you have to be certified. To be honest, we climbed a few meters past "the line" until it was really unsafe.

After spending the rest of the day in the car, we arrived in Yellowstone National Park after dark. We set up our tent, ate some hot dogs over the fire, and got ready for bed.

The temperature was cold enough to snow: 31 degrees Fahrenheit! I slept with two layers of pants, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of socks, a sweatshirt, hat, gloves, and a blanket inside my sleeping bag. It would be an understatement to say it was just a "cold night".

The next two morning's adventures included going to see geysers, mud pots, and the springs. They all smelled like rotten eggs mixed with other gross smells, but they were just so beautiful.

This is the Old Faithful erupting!
This particular mud pot is called

Apart of the last afternoon in Yellowstone, my mom and I hiked many of the Lower Falls and Upper Falls trails. The connected waterfalls are gorgeous.

The brink of the upper falls
Can you see all the people next to the Lower Falls? My mom and I got to hike to that same exact spot!
The water in motion is stunning. This is only a few seconds worth of water moving, imagine how much water goes through here yearly!

The day we left Yellowstone National Park, we headed off to The Black Hills. We set up camp one last time, and adventured around. We went past Mount Rushmore--one of the most historic monuments.

An Bald Eagle was flying around the monument!

We took a very scenic drive here, stopping occasionally to climb the mountainous rock formations. I've got to say, rock climbing was definitely one of the top most fun things on the trip. We would climb up so high that if we were to fall off, well...I don't even know if an ambulance would save our lives.

This is only one beautiful formations we got to see from rock climbing
This overexposed picture of rock formations is actually one of te ones we climbed to the top of!
Big smiles for making it safely to the top!

Once it was time to leave, we said our goodbyes to the beautiful landscape. On our way home, we stopped by The Badlands again; this time hiking a more complex trail. We hiked Notch trail and there is even a segment of the trail where you have to climb a latter!

My mom and I so excited for making it to the end of a beautiful view

Coming home the night of July 12. 2016, we reflected on our exciting vacation in nature. Altogether we got to see a lot of wild life from many of the different places we went to. We saw bison, mule-deer, elk, mountain goats, and prairie dogs.

I had an amazing vacation, filled with adventure and beauty. I hope you enjoyed all the photography.

Make everyday a good day,

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