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Tiny Trailer Travels Part Five

September 7th, 2011

After leaving Grand Teton, we headed north to see the famous Yellowstone. I visited the park when I was in high school and wasn’t as impressed with it as it seems everyone else is. Mr Chiots had never been, so we decided to drive through.

It’s a huge park and you have to drive many miles to see everything. It’s also quite busy and it can be difficult to find parking at the pull-outs. Since I’m not a huge fan of crowds, Yellowstone is not my favorite park. It’s interesting nonetheless to see all the weird stuff that is found within it’s borders from geysers, hot springs, boiling mud and so many other things.

Luckily we arrived at the Old Faithful stop about a half hour before it went off, so we didn’t have to wait a long time to see it.

As we drove through the easter part of the park the sun was setting so all the wildlife was out and about. We spotted many bison and a few elk. Since we didn’t want to stay in the park, we drove out of the park to stay in Shoshone National Forest on the outskirts of Yellowstone.

As we were driving we spotted a sign that said “Camp at your own risk – grizzly bear area”. That didn’t stop us, we camped at Eagle Creek Campground. Unfortunately we didn’t see the camp at your risk sign again the next morning when it was bright enough to take a photo, just this bear sign.

Check my Flickr Photostream for more photos of each part of the trip, I’ll be uploading them as I have time.

Have you ever visited Yellowstone National Park?

Other posts from this trip:
Tiny Trailer Travels Part I
Tiny Trailer Travels Part II
Tiny Trailer Travels Part III
Tiny Trailer Travels Part IV
Tiny Trailer Travels Part V
Tiny Trailer Travels Part VI

13 Comments to “Tiny Trailer Travels Part Five”
  1. daisy on September 7, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Lovely pix. So glad you got to go back. I remember watching a documentary on PBS about the lodges at Yellowstone and it made me want to visit. Maybe some day we’ll get out there…

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  2. pam on September 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I have always wanted to visit there!

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  3. Mary on September 7, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Visited there when I was in fifth grade. Parked next to a site with a tent (we were in a truck camper–all four of us!). Momma bear decided to make a new entrance into that tent where a cooler was holding her lunch and a little something for her baby! She did however use the front door to leave–without unzipping it first! Those bear claws come in very handy. Your pictures are great.

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  4. Tami on September 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

    We spent 1 week in the interior of Alaska (loved it) but the next year went to Yellowstone/Tetons and (for the time/money investment) felt that Yellowstone offered more. We loved the area and could easily spend a summer exploring that region. Crowds are always a pain. We went the week before Labor Day and it was perfect. Stayed in hotels though so I don’t know if that made it “easier”.

    Love your TinyTrailer!

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  5. VP on September 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    No I haven’t – it’s on the bucket list though.

    There’s something exciting about those Continental Divide signs isn’t there? I have a couple of similar photos from the times we’ve visited Colorado :)

    Thanks for your visit and great comment over at mine – I was lucky enough to go to the Garden Bloggers Fling in Seattle this year and attend a photography session with David Perry. It was lots of fun and I learned loads. Blog post to come – not that you need it, now I’ve seen your fab photos here!

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  6. BeccaOH on September 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m enjoying your travels and feel jealous. I’ve been in a travel mood.

    I absolutely love Yellowstone. It is worth getting up early and seeing the mist over the mud pots, the elk grazing, and the eagles flying. I’ve been there twice. The first time was early fall. We slept 2 nights in the park and did a trail ride cookout. The second time was in late May. That time we river rafted just outside the north end of the park. I LOVE Yellowstone as there is just so much variety to experience. My favorite drive is over the mountain where it opens up to a huge valley (often good for seeing grizzly bears, though I never did).

    Oh, now I really want to go again. I even have a good friend who lives north of the park in Montana.

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  7. MAYBELLINE on September 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

    LOVE IT!
    I was schooled in geology so this park rocks! (Get it?) Try going in September or early October. It’s beautiful and uncrowded PLUS most of the annual road work is finished.

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  8. Lee on September 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I love Yellowstone, so many weird and wonderful stuff there. Did you use the trash cans in the park? At first I couldn’t open the trash cans and was wondering why the lids were so oddly designed. When I was informed they were bear proof, it was such a relief I was slightly smarter than a bear.

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    • Susy on September 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Yes, we saw the same kind of trash cans all over various national parks throughout our travels – I spotted a few kids that were having trouble opening them. We’ve seen them in the east on our travels as well.

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  9. Lisa on September 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Yellowstone in winter is a completely different place. No crowds. You travel the “roads” on snowmobile (with the bison, elk and moose who like the packed “trails” too.

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  10. Claudia on September 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Ooo I love Yellowstone!! It’s been such a long time since I’ve gone there. I really liked the hot springs. I love how they have that bright blue color to them and how the deeper the spring is the bluer it gets. I almost want to jump in but then that would be pretty dumb haha. Very nice pictures!

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  11. Sincerely, Emily on September 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I am just getting back to the computer to catch up on blog reading. Thank you for sharing all the great photos. They bring beck memories for me/ So many things I remember from your photos. Amazing. I went to Yellowstone as a youngster and then again in my mid-20’s in the winter with a family I was babysitting for. We did the snowmobile thing. Two such different experiences, Both great. I do not remember crowds of people when I was young, nor were there crowds when I was there in the winter. Emily

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  12. Kaytee on September 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Dan and I are planning to go to Yellowstone next summer for our delayed honeymoon. I’ve always wanted to go and neither of us have been out west, so we’re going to make a big trip traveling out there.

    Glad you didn’t get eaten by a bear! I heard recently there was a second fatal bear attack out there this year. That makes me not want to camp there!

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