Yellowstone National Park - My Family Travels

The last vacation I went on I was fifteen and the whole family was going, so I wasn’t too excited. We went to Yellowstone for five days with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. We borrowed my aunt’s car to use while traveling.

On the way it was kind of crowded in the car, but as soon as we got out I wished I was back in the car. As I stepped out of the car a cold blast of wind hit me. Hurrying into the entrance of the hotel, I looked around the room noticing a restaurant that would I would become familiar with over the next few days.

The restaurant was rather homely with a wooden carving of a trapper by its entrance. I studied the carving for a few minutes, then returned my attention to my parents checking us in. After checking in we hurriedly took our bags to our room.

A small room containing two beds, table, TV. and one bathroom. We unpacked and quickly put warmer clothes on. We met up with the rest of the family in the hall. Together, we all proceeded to walk to the equipment building. Once there, we spent a good two hours trying to find all of us a snowsuit that fit.

Once my parents, siblings, and I found snowsuits thatĀ fitted us, we walked back to our room where we watched the Olympics. That is until my aunt knocked on the door and invited us to go to dinner with them. The next morning we woke early and got dressed in our warmest clothes. We went to eat breakfast and then returned to the room to put on our snowsuits, boots, and grab our helmets.

We returned to the equipment shop to meet the rest of the family, get our rented snowmobiles and meet our guide. That day we went through half of Yellowstone Park. At lunch time, we stopped at a rest stop. There was a wooden cabin with a fire to warm us up and dry us off. It also had working plumbing! After we split the lunch we packed, we started off again.

We saw a ton of buffalos and deer. We also saw hot springs. The hot springs were pretty cool, although there was a lot of steam so it was hard to see very far. When we returned to the room we quickly stripped some of the many layers off. We went to have a family dinner after which we all eventually met up in the hotel hot tub.

The next morning went much the same as the one before. We met up with the tour guide again and this time we went through the other half of Yellowstone. We stopped to see Old Faithful, but we were an hour early so we ate some lunch and went into the souvenir shop. My brother got a walking stick which was a little hard to carry back on the snowmobile, but we managed.

After watching Old Faithful we started to head back. That night we all went to a pizza restaurant. The next morning was a day we could do whatever we want. My uncle, who had been snowmobiling in Yellowstone many times before, led us to the top of the highest point. When we got there the scene was beautiful. There were trees all over the place covered in snow. There were even some that had bent over from the weight and froze to the ground. These trees had been covered with snow forming snowy archways.

We spent about a half hour up there playing around and posing for pictures under the archways before heading back down. We got back around lunchtime and grabbed lunch in the hotel restaurant. After lunch we went back out and spent more time riding the snowmobiles.

The next day we got packed and turned in all of our rented equipment. We spent a few hours looking at all the shops and each of us came back with a few souvenirs. My older brother got a model of an antique gun, my younger some metal plaques to go on his walking stick, while I got a metal engraving of a bear that said Yellowstone. After a while we met back up at the car. After one last look around we all piled into the car for the ride back knowing we would never forget this trip because some of the best times are those spent with family.

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