life has been a little crazy for us lately and it feels like we've just been getting shoved through it without hardly even thinking about what we're doing, and there has been no time for anything extra! but we had a recent weekend off and didn't know what we were going to do with it, so we got up one morning and suddenly decided that we were going to go to yellowstone for the day! we felt like our old selves again, randomly deciding to go gallivanting off to somewhere crazy at a moment's notice. it felt good, just like the good ol' days! i love yellowstone so much, and to be so close now that we can wake up on a morning and take a day trip makes my heart happy:)
there was an elk out in this meadow, it doesn't look much more than a spec of dirt in this one, but the landscape is beautiful!
here he is again a little closer
this elk was really pretty! he was right along the road and we were super close to him, he was very majestic and beautiful and was totally causing a traffic jam. i love that you know whenever there's a critter sighting because there's cars stopped all over in the road. it's an endearing quality of yellowstone that we've grown to love and only gets irritating sometimes when you've already seen 300 buffalo and just need to get down the highway! Lol!!
one of our favorite spots is firehole falls. we've seen it a million times, but it's always awesome and not as frequented as some places there
this was the boardwalk to the paint pots and geysers, it was pretty cold outside so it was hard to get a shot where everything wasn't covered with steam! we managed to get a couple throughout the day, but there were a lot of places that we couldn't even see because there was so much steam!
cuties! everyone's eyes were all watery because the wind was blowing so hard, it was really windy when we were on the boardwalk!
there was this cool tree that we wanted to get a few pictures with, it was a perfect photo site that i don't think we've seen before!
look who we hauled up there with us . . . grandpa jeff! it was fun to have him come along, and without him we wouldn't have found the cool, gnarled up tree to take all these great pics by!
this one of the guys was my favorite! they were all looking and smiling even, what a priceless pic!
it took us awhile to finally find some buffalo, but eventually we did and we were really close to them!
stupidity at its finest . . . we thought this guy was going to get mowed down right in front of us! people are beyond stupid sometimes . . . Lol!!!
old faithful was less faithful this time . . . the sign says a time, give or take 10 minutes, but it erupted 12 minutes before the scheduled time and we pretty much missed it! but aiden ran up and snapped a few pics for us so we still got some pcs of it
this one looks like it could be in a national geographic or something, i loved it! (well, if the photographer was a little more talented and it could be edited to perfection that is;) but even still, it was one of my favorites!
this was the best shot we could get of grand prismatic spring, sad! it was so steamy that you literally couldn't even see it! just a little orange around the edges . . dang it! there weren't very many people in the park since it was the offseason though, so that was pretty worth it!
as we were walking back to the van after grand prismatic, we spied this herd of buffalo down the river and i thought they looked so cool! it was getting late in the day so our pictures are a bit dark, but cool nonetheless;)
another buffalo herd
and of course the day's not complete without a beautiful sunset! the best way to end a trip to a national park if you ask me!
we had such a fun day and it was so fun to get back to what we love . . . random, unplanned drives and trips to wherever we want to go and whenever we want to go there! it's what we love and what makes life great for us, i can't wait for our next impulsive getaway, we're going to find so many new adventures in our idaho life!