Yellowstone to Tetons

Today we headed off through Yellowstone and out of the south entrance. We stopped at Grand Prismatic Spring as we haven’t seen that yet. It was amazing. There were lots of colours, reds, oranges, browns, blues and lots of steam. The colours are made from different coloured bacteria called thermophiles. You are not allowed to throw anything in because it will block the geysers and spoil it for everyone else.

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On our way we saw a frozen lake. We looked on the map and it was called Lewis lake. We stopped to take a photo and I threw a snowball at daddy and put one up his t-shirt.

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Into the Tetons and Jackson lake

We stopped at Jackson lake for a picnic lunch. It was beautiful. I threw some stones in the lake.

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We got to the hotel in Driggs which is in a new state, Idaho and it has a pool so we all went swimming. We went to a pub for dinner and I made two new friends.

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Goldilocks and the 3 bears!

Today when we stopped I realised I had my shoes on the wrong feet and my trousers on back to front. Mummy said that was typical Martha and took a picture.

We went to the Lower Falls again but the road is open now so I saw it from the other side. We walked down a very big, steep hill and got to stand right next to the waterfall. It was amazing.

We went to look at more Geysers at Mammoth and we saw a black bear on the way. It was a long way away but we could see it on mummy’s camera. There were some Bison in the road and it was a traffic jam.

The geysers at Mammoth were cool. It was like being on another planet.

We saw some Elk lying in a field.

We walked down another big hill and Mummy and Eliza saw some bear hair. Daddy and I saw a ground squirrel. Daddy said it was a chipmunk but I said it was a ground squirrel. Daddy didn’t believe me until I showed him my book. I was right!

We stopped again to look at the view and saw a man with a spotting scope. We asked what he was looking at and there was some pronghorn on the cliff and they had just had a baby.

We stopped at the north entrance. It’s called the Roosevelt entrance. We stopped at the 45th parallel. This is half way between the equator and the North Pole. It was by a cool river with lots of rapids.

There were lots of nice views today because we did the upper ring road where there are less people. It was a long day and Mummy said you see lots of wildlife as it gets to the evening. Then we saw 2 coyote more Elk and a grizzly bear with 2 cubs. It was amazing and then best bit so far. I was so excited!

Geyser girls!

Today we went to look at Geysers on the West side of Yellowstone.  We went to look at Old Faithful again and did a very long walk around all the other Geysers around there.  I saw lots of different poo so I took pictures of lots of it so I could check what animal did it.  You aren’t allowed to go off the paths in case the ground is on fire but some animals had and we saw their tracks on the ground.  The Geysers were lots of different colours like a rainbow.  We went to look at a waterfall and we all had a picture.  I don’t want to write any more tonight because I’m very tired.

Oh and I took a picture of a Bison and it stated to do a poo so I checked the camera and I took a picture of it.

Each night we upload the pictures from Martha’s camera and there are lots of funny videos she has taken of herself whilst sitting in the back of the car.  Unfortunately at the moment our wifi signal isn’t strong enough to upload video but we hope to add some later on in the trip.

Dinosaur Grrrr!

Today we went to the Museum of the Rockies. It was brilliant because we got to look at dinosaurs and crocodiles. There was a crocodile part with real crocodiles, an olden days part, a dinosaurs part and a geology part. I went in the gift shop and bought some pretty rocks, one was a crystal, one a peacock stone and one a geode. Eliza bought some dinosaur shaped rocks. We went into the planetarium to watch a programme about space and time and gravity. My favourite part of the museum was when I got my rocks.

After that we went to a cool cafe that had a bison head on the wall. I had soup and some homemade bread and I got a cake to take with me.

We drove back to West Yellowstone and we are staying in a new wooden cabin. It has a toilet and shower, not like the other one. We have sent Daddy out for Cheesy Pizza and we are playing outside.

On our way here we stopped because Daddy thought he saw a bear but it was just a monument. We also stopped to see people white water rafting on the rapids. I really want to have a go but Mummy and Daddy said we’ll have to see as the rivers are really high with all the snow melting and going into them. They said I might have to go on a gentle river but I told them I would be fine on the river we saw the grown ups on.

West Yellowstone is at about 2000m above sea level and almost exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole. The coldest it’s ever been here is -54 degrees Celsius.

 

Old Faithful (Daddy’s new nickname!)

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We left Cody to go to Bozeman today but we decided to go through Yellowstone rather than the boring way.  First we went to a big waterfall it was very epic. It’s called The Lower Falls and the place we watched it from is called Artists point. We couldn’t go to the other side of the waterfall as they are digging up the road. Eliza thought this was very funny as they dig up the road in Peppa Pig and she keeps doing the voice where it says ‘we’re digging up the road’ ‘it will take as long as it takes’. She does this in a funny voice like Mr Bull.

On our way around we saw lots of animals. Lots more Bison, a fox but mummy couldn’t get a picture before it ran away, a bird of Prey (we need to look it up in a book) and big horn sheep.

We saw lots of geysers and stopped at old faithful in case it was about to go off. We got there just in time and saw it explode. A geyser works from under the ground water is on hot rocks. The rocks get hot from the volcanos lava. When it gets too hot lots of water and steam shoots out of the little hole like a big fountain.  On our way back to the car Mummy said to let go of her hand as I was messing about and she had Eliza on her back. I said to Daddy ‘can I hold your hand Old Faithful’ and everyone laughed very hard. So Mummy said that can be Daddy’s new nickname.

We stopped at the continental divide. The continent is split in half like a cake and if you pour water on one side it runs to the Pacific Ocean and the other to the Gulf of Mexico. In Yellowstone there is a bit of the divide that goes in a bit of a circle and the water flows around and then goes out in the opposite side.

We’ve moved into another state now called Montana and it’s really nice with lots of mountains. Mummy is going to tell you about it.

Oh I forgot. I’ve been having big waffles for breakfast with lots of syrup on them and they are very yummy.

Montana facts from Mummy

  • Montana is at the top of America and shares a border with Canada.
  • The highest point is Granite peak 3905m.
  • The animal of Montana is the Grizzly Bear.
  • It’s slogan is ‘Big Sky Country’.
  • Montana has the largest migratory Elk herd in America.
  • Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.
  • The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman gained fame through the work of its chief paleontologist, Jack Horner. Horner was the prototype for the character Dr. Alan Grant in the best selling novel/movie, “Jurassic Park.”
  • Just south of Billings, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops made their last stand. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument features the Plains Indians and United States military involved in the historic battle.
  • Montana’s name comes from the Spanish word mountain.
  • The most visited place in Montana is Glacier National Park, known as the crown jewel of the continent. It lies along Montana’s northern border and adjoins Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, forming the world’s first International Peace Park.

Old Faithful has a webcam where you can watch it live. Here’s the link! https://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldfaithfulstreaming.html

A day at the museum

First we went to a cafe and had a croissant and a milk. Then we went shopping buying Mummy’s cowboy boots for her Birthday. Before Mummy showed me her cowboy boots Eliza and I were playing with the horses and Daddy kept getting grumpy at me. I was just playing and he kept saying because (big elephants can always understand small elephants) I had too many toys out.

We went to the museum when it was the museum time and I kept wandering off. The museum is called Buffalo Bill Centre of the West. It had lots of statues for me to take pictures of. It had lots of different parts. There was a cool projector that put a picture of Bill Cody onto smoke. It had a big bear and a bison and an old car. We saw a bird of prey display and there was a red tail, a bald eagle and a saw-whet owl.

After that we went back to the cafe and bought some small toy figures. I got animals that live in Yellowstone and Eliza got cowboys and Indians. We came back to our log cabin for a picnic dinner and then went to get an ice cream. At the ice cream shop there was a seat like a saddle that I sat on and we had a big ice cream dipped in chocolate. On the way home we played with my frisbee and I ran through the sprinklers and got soaking wet.

It’s a really hot day today and I took lots of photos and we bought some postcards.

Thank you to everyone reading this love Martha xxxx

Yellowstone is epic… apparently!

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Hi, it’s Mummy here as I’m the only one still awake. It’s been a long day and Martha is exhausted! I’ll try and add a little update from Martha in the morning. She’s been asking if she can do a video blog so perhaps we’ll try that and add it in.

Firstly for those who have been struggling with our riddle from yesterday.

If a cowboy rides into town on Friday and three days later leaves on Friday, how does he do it?
The horse’s name is Friday!

Sorry if that’s been driving you mad for the last 24 hours!

Well today we decided to venture into Yellowstone from Cody. It’s about an hours drive to the East entrance of the park from here. I really had forgotten how beautiful this place is, the sun was shining, there’s still snow on the mountains and there are animals everywhere. We decided to stop at the Buffalo Bill dam on the way in and I’m glad we did! (Apart from the part when we thought Martha might fall down the compost toilet!) It’s really well set up with a visitors centre and the staff were super friendly. The volumes of water the dam holds are hard to comprehend but Eliza loved watching it all shoot through the other side. After our stop we reached the East entrance to the park, literally the other side of the kiosk and we saw 3 large bison. Yellowstone really is brimming with life! A little further on we had a play in the snow and despite getting upset that her hands were cold when she touched the snow Eliza was committed to carry on picking it up. One of Martha’s snowballs got Daddy in the head but unfortunately we didn’t get that one on camera. Just after this we saw a marmot run across  the snow and onto the rocks and managed to get some great pictures. We followed the road until we hit the circular road that runs around the park, stopped for a quick ice cream and carried onto the mud pots.

Although I have been really looking forward to this holiday I was also worried that it might be a bit much for the girls or they might get a bit bored in the car. Well today certainly proved me wrong, they have not stopped talking all day and although we have only seen a fraction of the park they have been interested, animated and excited throughout.

When we got home Martha saw a bunny rabbit in the park and managed to do a trick on the rings I had taught her yesterday. Both made her ecstatic and she told me she was going to write about them in her blog.

There are so many photos from today, some taken by myself and some by Martha. Ive tried to narrow them down but there are still a lot! Enjoy!

Howdy!

IMG_0393Today we left Casper and went to Cody. It was a long drive but we went through some really cool mountains and a tunnel and it was raining really hard. We had lunch at a cafe called little bear cafe and I took lots of pictures inside.

On the way we saw a rattlesnake in the middle of the road and stopped to have a look. Someone had run it over and I am really sad and worried about if it is ok.

Cody has got lots of cowboys and cowgirls. We are staying in a log cabin. It has a swing outside and a park. We had our dinner on the picnic bench. At bed time we saw 2 deer just outside our log cabin and it was really cool.

We have some cowboy jokes for you.

What does it mean if you find a horseshoe?
Some poor horse is walking around in his socks.

Why do cowboys ride horses?
Because they’re too heavy to carry!

Why was the cowboy a lot of laughs?
He was always horsing around.

What did the cowboy say to the pencil?
Draw, pencil

Knock Knock
Who’s there!
Ya!
Ya who?
I didn’t know you were a cowboy!

We also have a puzzle for you and we’ll give you the answer tomorrow.

If a cowboy rides into town on Friday and three days later leaves on Friday, how does he do it?

Cheyenne to Casper

 

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Today we went from Cheyenne to Casper.  It was 178 miles. I sat in the back and took lots of pictures out of the window.  I found lots of snow and bear poo and lots of places for them to live in caves. I needed the toilet so we stopped for a rest and it was raining really hard.  Mummy took me and we both got soaking wet.  It was really hard.  When we got there we went to an outdoors shop called Sportsmans Warehouse. I bought a map and compass so I can learn to map read.  There were lots of big animals heads all around the shop and lots of bears and lions too.  Mummy explained they were dead and stuffed like teddy bears and it is called taxidermy.

Alison’s cat has the same name like Casper it’s amazing. The hotel has a pool but it’s outside so we can’t go in it.  Not even a water baby like me.  I’ve been tired today. Eliza was sleepy too.

Last night we crossed the state border from Colorado to Wyoming.  Cheyenne is the largest town in Wyoming and Casper the second largest.  Although the largest town it has a similar number of people as Leigh! Wyoming so far has been quite flat and empty, wide open prairie on a high plateau.  At times you can see the Mountains up to the West and they look stunning covered in snow.  

We had a classic Martha moment in the Sportsman shop today! We lost Daddy looking at fishing rods whilst we were looking at bow and arrows.  I said to Martha, right lets go and find Daddy.  She walked off and sniffed a chair near by.  I asked her what she was doing and she said she was picking up his scent! I think we may have been overdoing the wildlife programmes but I’m still laughing writing this now and thinking about it.

Some facts about Wyoming

  • Wyoming is slightly bigger in area than the UK
  • It has a population of 680000 about the same as the city of Glasgow
  • Wyoming was the first state to give women the vote
  • Wyoming produces 3 million tons of coal a week
  • The red desert in the south of the state drains neither to the East or the West.  The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the desert without normal drainage
  • Wyoming has an official state dinosaur which is the Triceratops
  • During the 1880s Cheyenne was the wealthiest city in the country and possibly the world due to the booming cattle industry and the gold rush
  • The average height of elevation is 2042m twice the height Scarfell Pike
  • The lowest point in Wyoming is a similar height to the highest point in England

Traveling

Written by Martha Comments in Blue by Mummy

Mummy had to wake us up to go to the airport.  We were asleep in Mummy’s bed and Mummy took a photo of us before she woke us up because Eliza had cuddled up to me and looked really cute.  First we went to Manchester Airport and got on an aeroplane to London.  We had to wait at London but I liked it because I got to play on my iPad and it was a nice cafe.  Then we got on a bigger aeroplane to Denver.  All aeroplanes have numbers rather than names and this tells you what type of aeroplane they are.  We travelled on a 747-400.  It was really good and I kept needing the toilet and I got to watch the new Star Wars.  When we got off the aeroplane we went to get our bags.    I have a yellow bag and Eliza has a red one so they were easy to find.  We got our car and drove to our hotel.  Me and Eliza were playing Tiger and dolls and making funny faces.  It was still daytime because America is 8 hours behind us.  The whole world is split into time zones so if it’s day in England its night on the opposite side of the world.  We could see lots of big mountains and they had snow on them.  The sky went red before it was dark, it was pink and then it was red and then it was a little bit rainbow colour.  When we got to the hotel there was still snow on the ground and it was very cold.  Eliza kept saying she was starving so Daddy went out to find some food and we had a midnight feast in our hotel.  We had Pizza and Chicken nuggets.  Our hotel room was quite nice and I really wanted to go on the top bunk because it was my wish but Mummy and Daddy wouldn’t let me because it was really high and I could touch the ceiling.  And she’s a wriggle bum! IMG_0381IMG_0382IMG_0383