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Wild West Road Trip: Artist Point (Yellowstone)

After our stop at the Mud Volcano, we headed to Artist Point.  It is unbelieveable the different landscapes you come across in Yellowstone, literally right down the road from the next. If you read my blog, you know I love waterfalls.  I wasn't about to pass this one up.  Have you heard that expression "a picture is worth a thousand words"?  Not much you can say about Artist Point that these pictures don't.

I'm always amazed at how many years it must have taken for the water to cut through the earth like that.  Waterfalls can be so powerful and yet, so beautiful and peaceful.  Yellowstone was such an amazing place that I think everyone should see at some point in their life.  That is why I added this post to The Best of the USA link.  It truly is one of the best places in the USA!

We took a family picture with the waterfall in the background and used it for our Christmas card this year.  I also made a iPhone cover on for my phone using the same pictur…

Wild West Road Trip: Mud Volcano (Yellowstone)

Our first stop after we entered Yellowstone was the Mud Volcano Area.  We walked the entire loop, a whopping 2/3's of a mile. ☺ Be prepared for the stink! 
The actual Mud Volcano is really small.  I was expecting something much larger with the name "volcano".  Anyway, it was quite stinky and muddy.  Not much to write home about.  

We kept walking around the trail until we reached the Churning Caldron.  It was bigger than the volcano, go figure.  I think I should have had a hand in naming these things.  Isn't a caldron a pot?  Yet, the caldron was bigger than the volcano! 

Our walk ended overlooking Mud Geyser.  Unfortunately, it wasn't doing anything exciting.  Just being a big pit of mud.  It is strange how nature has a way of being beautiful even when it's not.  Yellowstone is like that.  Amazing, interesting, smelly, many adjectives could describe this place. You just have to experience it for yourselves to decide which words you would use.

Wild West Road Trip: Yellowstone

We finally made it to Yellowstone! We started the Wild West Road Trip with Yellowstone as our ultimate goal, but what a fun journey it has been to get here.  Stopping at the Herbert Hoover Library, the BadlandsMt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (along with several other stops) made it feel like one continuous vacation instead of just driving to get to Yellowstone.  But we were super excited to get there, that's for sure!  By the way, I took this picture from the car as we drove by... I have no idea who those kids are! :)
Since we were driving in from Cody, we entered the park through the east entrance.  As we drove the  27 miles till we hit the visitor center, we passed Yellowstone Lake and a bison making his way down the road as well.

Being that this truly was a "road trip" we had no reservations for hotels at all.  We just found a place to stay wherever  we ended up.  That really isn't possible inside of Yellowstone.  You have…

Wild West Road Trip: Buffalo Bill Historical Center

After we left Custer State Park, South Dakota, we kept driving west till we reached Cody, Wyoming.  And what a drive that was! This is the highway we were driving on! Can you imagine?!

I had read that the Buffalo Bill Historical Center was a great stopping point on the way to Yellowstone.  I would  have to agree with the travel books.  It was FIVE museums in one.  We could have stayed all day and not seen everything.  Definitely a must do if you are traveling through Cody.

There were great displays in the Buffalo Bill section of the center.  It was all about his life from childhood through death.  He had quite an interesting life.  But I wasn't really a fan (of him) by the time we left this section.  

What I was a fan of was this cool smokescreen type video they had at the entrance to the Buffalo Bill section.  You could walk right through it.  The kids (and adults) were fascinated! 

One of the five sections of the center was on firearms.  My son was totally into this section.  He can…

Wild West Road Trip: Custer State Park Bison

Have you ever been on the look out for something and when you finally see it, you start snapping pictures, even though it is sooo far away?  Of course you think this might be the best look I get, so I better take advantage of it.  Well, here is my first sighting and picture of a bison at Custer State Park.

Can you even see it?  LOL!  Thank goodness for digital camera's because shortly after this I had the sighting below.  Can you imagine wasting all that film on the above picture.  I love digital!

While the donkeys were fun, the bison were amazing!  They were so large and powerful looking, I was glad to be in the safety of my car.  I enjoyed seeing my kids take it all in.  As a Mom, I get to experience things through their eyes as well.  So enjoyable for me!  And did we ever get to experience it!  TONS of bison were on the wild life loop this day.  

Here is the video I put on YouTube of the Custer State Park Bison.

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