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Wild West road trip Day4 Yellowstone National Park
 
 
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We left Idaho Falls and took the scenic road towards Yellowstone. In these small towns the cowboys have upgraded (downgraded?) from horses to bicycles.
 
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We saw lots of farms
 
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including the famous Idaho potato (still we saw quite a lot of wheat too).
 
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We saw more turf roof buildings in Idaho than we did in Iceland, which is supposed to be famous for turf roofs.
 
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Our goal with the scenic road
 
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was to see
 
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the Grand Tetons
 
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from the west.
 
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It was a nice
 
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windy
 
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drive through Idaho
 
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until we reached
 
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Yellowstone National Park.
 
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Pretty
 
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nice place
 
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for a drive (or whitewater rafting or hiking or seeing animals).
 
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Before long we were at the geothermally active areas
 
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The were more areas
 
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and much larger ones than we'd seen in Iceland,
 
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but when we'd seen them in Iceland we were the only ones around
 
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and the hot areas were surrounded by acres of snow.
 
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Still these sites like the Grand Prismatic Spring were certainly worth seeing (check out that thick orange bacterial biofilm).
 
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Here's the steaming hot Silex Spring.
 
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And I personally just can never see enough boiling mud. That stuff is so interesting. Makes me just want to jump right in and take a bath (but I'd get kicked out of the park and burnt really bad, so I refrained myself).
 
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Before long
 
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we were seeing our first
 
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geyser. This one is Twig Geyser.
 
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This one is Spasm Geyser.
 
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True to its name it was really freaking out randomly and kicking up sulfur-smelling water all over everyone.

Around half of the world's geysers are in Yellowstone. No other region comes even close to that number.
 
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As we were leaving our first series of geysirs and mud pots, we saw one of the old Yellowstone Park buses.
 
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Then we headed to the most Disneyland feeling tourist heavy part of the park.
 
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We thousands of people sat together for many minutes
 
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waiting
 
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for Old Faithful
 
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to shoot water
 
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way up into the air.
 
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Ilaria really wanted to see some of the park's wildlife
 
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so after a quick break
 
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for Ilaria to stick her feet in the cold water
 
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at a non-touristy area (Lake Yellowstone),
 
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Ilaria, myself,
 
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and the just-developing little one
 
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went out to find Buffalo.
 
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Turns out it's pretty easy to find Buffalo in the Southeast of the park.
 
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But we also got to meet a coyote,
 
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which was pretty neat.
 
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We soon learned that in Yellowstone, buffalos are in charge. There's a buffalo in the lane ahead and he could care less about the line of traffic he's making.
 
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He was just looking for something to eat.
 
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After a little more geothermal
 
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tourism
 
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we drove north, where we found a few buffalos
 
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hanging out by the water.
 
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Pretty amazing place.
 
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If wildlife, boiling mud, and geysers are enough for you Yellowstone National Park also has its own Grand Canyon.
 
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Complete with
 
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two different
 
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waterfalls.
 
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We also met a deer by one of the falls.
 
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Ilaria took a picture of this fisherman, as we headed towards the park's exit.
 
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The first Buffalo you see in the park tends to make you pull over illegally and slow up all of all of the traffic.
 
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But it gets ridiculous when people are all stopping at the exit/entrance of the park and no one can get in or out.
 
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Plus it give the buffalo enough time to get in the middle of the road and stop even more cars. This buffalo took a liking to our Scion XD and came right up and smelt the bumper for a little while.
 
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But eventually we got out of the park
 
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and found a place to sleep in Wapiti as it was getting dark.