This past July, my family and I drove from northern Indiana to Yellowstone National Park. We arrived at the campground in Yellowstone a few days later and began hiking and driving around the scenic roads. We hiked up Mt. Washburn first, which had an elevation of 10,243ft. On the way up the mountain, a herd of mountain goats were standing in the trail and didn’t even bother to look at us. On top of the mountain was the greatest view I have ever seen in my life. It was the middle of July and we were having a snowball fight on the top of the mountain. Following that hike we drove to the Yellowstone falls and saw the Upper and Lower falls. The next few days we just drove around the park and while we were driving through Hayden Valley a herd of about 200 buffalo were crossing the road and were right next to our truck. Later in the week my family and I went to see Old Faithful and all of the other geysers around it. While we were driving on one of the roads we started to pass a small lake next to the road and there was an island in the middle of it with a moose on it. So we pulled over like all tourists do and we started to take some pictures. A little while later the moose swam straight towards us and got up on the ground about 30 ft in front of us and just walked away. A few miles down the road by more geysers a grizzly bear was walking along side the road and down through the geysers. The animals in the park seemed very used to all of the traffic and tourists. The next day we left and headed to South Dakota. This is the most memorable trip I have ever had with my family and I’m thankful I was able to see this amazing park. I know I will return to Yellowstone.
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