We started at Madison and signed our kids up for the Junior Ranger Program. It is awesome. They get a newsletter filled with info and activities that helps them learn all about Yellowstone as you go around the park. After completing certain requirements they earn a Jr Ranger patch. Here Abi and Tal learned about the 3 dogs in Yellowstone from Ranger Bob. Just ask, they can identify a red fox, a coyote and a grey wolf.
If you see a traffic jam in Yellowstone, it is because of the wildlife. We spent more time in traffic because of people slowing down to take pics of animals that we did for road construction. But then here we are taking pictures of the big bull elk as well.
Norris Geyser Basin: Abi and Tal laughed and giggled that it smelled like "cow poop" or other things we won't mention. Tal didn't like the steam from the fumeroles spraying onto him.
Mammoth Terrace: We hiked down and around and back up again. There are 131 steps going up: we each guessed and then counted. It was a great incentivizer to make it back to the top. It's just amazing to see what water and minerals can make.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Leah was asleep by this point so Kris hiked to the overlook with the kids. It's OK, I've been before. For one of his activities, Tal wrote a poem about the canyon and waterfall. Just gorgeous.
We saw a whole herd of bison in the Hayden Valley. This guy crossed the road and few cars in front of us and then was just posing for pics. I stayed in the car but there were of course other crazies who tried to get close.
Abi and Tal earned their Jr Ranger badges and were presented with them at the Old Faithful Visitor's Center. They worked hard and learned a lot, I'm proud of them.