Beautiful Jackson Hole was the first stop that the travelers get to spend some free time together, stay a couple nights, and go shopping more than once, so you can imagine that some did not want to leave. On the contrary, we all were looking forward to 320 Guest Ranch and all that comes with it. On the way out of town we drove parallel to the Grand Teton Mountains and stopped for some pictures at an overlook.
A few short miles later we entered Teton National Park; we have to drive through this national park to get to Yellowstone. We enjoyed the drive alongside a river and took in the panoramic view of the snow capped mountains around us that were at some points covered in clouds and other times outlined by blue skies. Once inside Yellowstone National Park (the oldest of the US national parks) we stopped for a rest stop beside beautiful West Thumb Lake. Our next stop was the mud volcanoes where the group took a small hike through a quite rotten-smelling area of bubbling ponds of mud and water. On the way to the mud volcanoes the group saw several bison roaming the land. Estelle stated, “thatʼs so cool” as we slowly crept by a herd of bison. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was our next stop. Uncle Toms Point was our first overlook stop to view the canyon. A spur of the moment hike along the rim of the canyon led us to Artist Point, an overlook that juts out over the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, where we could see down the canyon to the waterfall. Upon Duncanʼs first site of the canyon and waterfall he said, “man what a site! Thatʼs unbelievable!” An amazing site to the eye! Our final stop in Yellowstone was Old Faithful which was a 40 mile drive in the unbelievably huge National Park. On that ride, in conversation with his seatmate, I overheard Connor say “All the mud volcanoes, lakes, gorges, geysers and wildlife....this place is awesome and huge!” Upon arriving at Old Faithful, we sat as a group and waited for the geyser to erupt. Old Faithful never fails and put on a show for us as it shot water and steam around 30 to 40 feet up in the air. Travelers had a little more than 30 minutes to explore the surrounding ponds, Old Faithful Lodge and gift shops after the eruption.
The highlight of the day for most of the group was getting to 320 Guest Ranch. We had an amazing dinner of Cesar salad, lasagna, pasta, and ice cream sundaes. Afterwards, we spent time outside playing ladder ball, roping an iron cattle and sitting by a fire. It was a beautiful night full of fellowship and fun.
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