Author: Jessica Howell
Family trips mean a lot to me. I have the most fun going out with my family to do something memorable and getting closer to them doing so. So, a little more than a year ago, when my parents told my brother and me that we were going to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, I was super excited! I had never been to a place that far away from my home in Georgia. I love experiencing new places, so this was going to be very interesting for me.
To get to Yellowstone, we first took two planes to get to Salt Lake City, Utah, and then we drove the rest of the way. It took 10 hours to get there. Since I have lived in Georgia my whole life, I was not used to the beautiful view we had driving from Utah to Wyoming. There were huge mountains and long, flat plains. It was breathtaking and we hadn’t even gotten into the park yet!
Once we drove into the park, it took the whole entire day to get to the cabin we rented because there was so much stuff to see. Wild animals were just minding their own business, walking around. They seemed so used to the many people watching them and photographing them that they didn’t care. We stopped to look at things, way too many times to count! What I saw the most of was buffalo! They were everywhere you looked. One time we were driving slowly down the road and this huge buffalo started walking right beside our car close enough to reach out and touch. It was the coolest thing ever! We also saw elk, deer, birds, antelope, a fox, a couple of black bears, and even a wolf! The wolf was my favorite! We had been driving along when suddenly a huge black wolf – I didn’t know they were so big – stepped out of the woods in front of the car, looked straight at us, and then walked back into the woods on the other side of the road. It was so cool but spooky in a way, like we had just seen a ghost. It was beautiful.
We didn’t spend much time in our cabin. We were gone all day every day for the few days were there. We used all our time going to different cool shops and restaurants, and site seeing. There were so many things to do and see that you couldn’t possibly get bored! But it wasn’t stressful trying to do as much as we could do; it was really relaxing and peaceful as well. The site seeing especially was very peaceful. This wonderful place was so interesting to see. There were so many different sides and aspects to it that it seemed like some other world. One minute you would be surrounded by burnt trees and ash from the forest fire that came through years ago, and then next minute you would be deep in rich, beautiful green forest. You’d be around rocks and mountains, and then you’d turn a corner and seem to be standing on top of geysers and hot springs.
Yellowstone National Park was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been lucky to visit. It really made me more fully appreciate this beautiful world the God has given us. It made me even more thankful that I am so lucky to be able to be here on this beautiful world. I am so thankful that I have such an amazing family that I could go visit places like that with. It was the best vacation ever.