Imagine traveling 2,000 miles through six different states accompanied by a funny bus driver, an intelligent tour guide and 53 other girl scouts and leaders. I got to take part in exactly this to Yellowstone on July 17th through the 25th this past summer. From meeting new people, to seeing new places, to adjusting to living on the bus, all made this trip unique. I was lucky enough to experience this adventure with four of my friends and two leaders. I have learned a lot from this trip.
Day one was mainly plane rides from New Jersey to Houston to Salt Lake City, Utah. Once in SaltLake we were aloud to roam the city, which was exciting. We met Jim our tour guide and Lee our Bus driver the next morning at (a typical starting day for us). On the second day we drove through Idaho and had lunch at Chuck-o-rama which had great food. Then we went to Jenny Lake, Wyoming were we took a boat ride and hiked up to a waterfall. The sights were very beautiful.
On the next day we went back to JennyLake and went rafting in the rain then after that we set off to Yellowstone, Wyoming. Now everyday we were on this bus for 6 to 8 hours a day. Once we arrived at Yellowstone we went and saw Old Faithful erupt. It was so amazing to see in real life. Day four and five we saw a lot of thermal features in Yellowstone and my favorite was the Grand Prismatic Spring. The steam coming off the hot spring was reflected blue. We also saw the mammoth hot springs and Dragon’s mouth.
On our sixth day we had fun which we all needed. We went white water rafting in the morning in Montana then we drove to Cody Wyoming to see BuffaloBillsHistoricalCenter. The center had five different displays we could visit. Then we went to Star plunge water park which it is made up of mineral water pools and slides. It was very small and the smell of sulfur was a draw back but the water was so warm.
That night everyone in my troop was feeling bad. We all were tired of sharing a bedroom that should fit four people where we had to fit five people, then not having any privacy from one another. We all were starting to fight with one another and our troop leaders had to put a stop to it. No one knew how overwhelming this trip would be from the long of bus rides to the cramped living space. After that night we were brought back together.
By far day seven was the best day of the trip even though we had to suffer an 8 hour bus ride. We went and saw Mt.Rushmore in South Dakota and got to watch the lighting ceremony. The ceremony was very moving and everyone should go and see it. On day eight we went and saw the Oregon Trial and a Register Cliff were the pioneers carved their names in a giant rock.
Finally on day nine we came home. We had a direct flight this time from DenverColorado to Newark. I was so excited to be home. Out in the Midwest everything is so open a free then it is here. I loved it there because you felt like you could actually breathe. This trip has taught me how to share my privacy with others, and to appreciate the world a little more.
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