I’m not sure who started it on Trek, but eating cereal out of a coffee cup was a game-changer. It saved on washing and, therefore, saved time. TIME I USED TO EAT MORE CEREAL.
Now, listen to this. Especially if you’re going to be taking part in a Trek in the future.
There are a few telltale signs of a decent Trek America tour leader. The obvious need no mention. You’re probably thinking of a few right now. But you know what number one is?
Owning a French press. I’d be surprised if Trek America didn’t test for this during the interview stages. Luckily, Devon had a press for us to use each morning for delicious and much needed coffee. And this simple addition to the breakfast amenities was a big difference between Good Morning Dean and Bad Morning Dean.
Day 3 started with the realisation that Yellowstone gets bloody cold during the nights. I also found that hair management was a cause for concern. But that didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. We were going on a volcanic adventure today!
Liz and I rearranged our increasingly messed up morning hair and had coffee and breakfast. It was technically a no-drive day, so the tents stayed up. However, despite no official van travels, Devon still had to navigate us around the park to ensure we saw the gems. Reason being – Yellowstone is massive. It more or less requires you to drive from spot to spot if you want to tackle the place efficiently and not die from bears.
Our first stop of the day included a gentle walk towards a stunning waterfall that fell into a valley. It marked Potted Meat’s first waterfall experience, so you could say it was a pretty important event.
The annoying thing about Yellowstone is that no matter how you describe the place, or how many pictures you take, nothing can do its beauty any justice. You simply have to go there. Sincerely.
Regardless, we snapped pics and made our way back to the van for more exploring. BUT FIRST. Group dancing video 🙂
Driving around Yellowstone is, what I quickly found, a pleasurable experience. The sights are absolutely incredible. Yellowstone is vast. It absolutely feels like a living and breathing entity that wants you to enjoy all it has to offer. What’s also amazing are the expected yet spontaneous appearance of wild animals.
Bison graze around the area like drunks with a kebab.
Elk majestically make their way around the park.
Bears, somewhere, are probably plotting to kill me.
We spotted an area overlooking a herd of bison. A thin river separated us from them. And a thin layer of fabric separated me from my shorts, so if the bison decided to charge us then both of those things would become agitated.
However, it was a beautiful spot to grab lunch and take in the interesting examples of Yellowstone’s ecosystem.
Now, seeing as we were on top of a volcanic hot spot, it would have been rude not to go and experience some natural hot springs. CLOTHES CHANGE. SWIMWEAR ON. LET’S GO!
Visiting the natural hot waters of Yellowstone was worth it just for Graham’s face in this photo. It also brought about interesting temperatures, both scalding hot and what-the-hell-is-going-on cold. Honestly, it does. One second you’re sitting in a sweet circle of heavenly heat, then it could change and slap your body around with a cold blast.
The photo above is just a tiny part of the river. It stretches a long way down and is incredibly popular. There were loads of people here experimenting with the temperatures of the water. It’s an must experience if you travel here!
We relaxed here for a good while before heading back to the van. It was around mid-afternoon, so we needed to get a little bit more Yellowstoneness in before retiring to the campsite.
The last photographically rich and observably wondrous area of Y’stone we stopped at was crazy cool. The formation of the land and its colours were ridiculous in the best way possible. I mean, look at it! WHAT’S GOING ON?!
We arrived back at the campsite, cooked grub and then sourced some sticks for our marshmallows-over-the-fire party. Potted Meat joined in, bless him. He can’t cook marshmallow for crap.
Our last night at Madison Arm Campground ended with ol’ Pabst guiding me towards Silly City. It had been an exhausting day, even though a good portion was spent in the van.
In the morning we leave Yellowstone behind. Two days here, I found, is enough to give one a fantastic feel of the place, and I genuinely believe we did the best we could with what was on offer in such a small amount of time. However, like most stops on Trek, it leaves enough for a reason to return.