Yellowstone National Park


Add one more day to the ADVENTUROUS category. The way I see it, each of my posts have a relative theme. The ADVENTUROUS category is reserved for the events I have experienced such as getting charged by an Elk, White water Rafting down a waterfall, Etc. The other categories that I have put my posts in may include TRAVEL DAYS and most likely LAZY DAYS as well. Anyway, what made today so special?

After breakfast we were RIGHT back onto the road again. On the long drive there was gorgeous scenery around every single bend that passed on the 2 hour ride that passed soon enough. Once we were there we went right to Yellowstone National Park to witness the famous Old Faithful Geyser. Scratch that, we TRIED to get to witness the Yellowstone National Park’s famous Old Faithful Geyser. We knew there was a lot to see, but there was a LOT more there than we though. The first time we got out we thought we were there. Nope. Yet we couldn’t let the opportunity to walk down the boardwalk across those amazing Hot Springs everywhere! Some of the names given by the park to them were Diamond Core, Sapphire Spurt, and Shell Rock.

Every hot spring area had a different type of Hot spring! I am not an expert on this, so I just realized that I may be offending some of the people out there that are. I do not know if they are actually hot springs or not, I have not done very much research like I normally do for a blog post; I have only seen the real thing in person. Anyway, they were beautiful. The first one that we saw was right by the entrance (In which I do not mean the very entrance where you pay to get in, not the one that is conveniently located 3 minutes away from our campground, but the one after the 2 hour drive from the REAL entrance to the first of the geysers). Its color was a deep blue color and had streams of beautiful Orange and Red bacteria among the sides of it.

The next few were all different from each other. Some of them looked like structures that the Flinn Stones used to live in (Just a Disclaimer, I have not actually seen that show for I am only a Teen, I have only heard about it through my parents). One of them you could see bubbles but they would so oddly disappear before hitting the surface. Later on we saw the bubbles that were back there (probably connected by some sort of underground tube) splashing chunks of boiling mud upon arrival of the surface. There was an ongoing loop around the entire thing so we did not have to turn back.

The path led right back to our car that looked like it was shoved too far out of its parking space and into the Pine trees ahead… Nobody else noticed that, just me. Nobody cared either… Anyway, it was another 45 minutes until we got to the next location. We found many more amazing sights on the next boardwalk adventure, but going to the next we saw an insane geyser that we thought must have been old faithful. The other people (the few that actually spoke English) said that it wasn’t! It took a while to find Old Faithful but it wasn’t hard once we saw the thousands of cars scattered everywhere across the large parking lot. Walking in it started to rain. Right when we got out of the car! Ugh. We were so lucky it was not bad like it had been every time it rained (which was almost every day). IT did not last long, and the time we had went to use the restrooms we came out and went to the large Colosseum where the insane geyser lay.

The timing was impeccable. Right when we got there and sat down the geyser started to act up. What happened next made then entire rest of the day look Pathetic. The geyser erupted about 186.5 feet into the air, spurting 8,500 GALLEONS of boiling hot volcanic water into the air. The steam was simply amazing! We decided that this was enough for the day. After that, we were not sure if we wanted to keep trying to get a better experience than that one- it was NOT going to happen!! Besides, we would be there tomorrow.

We decided to check out the gift shop and I finally found something that I wanted. I had not bought a single (big) souvenir until now. I got a Wolf plush that said Yellowstone on the tag.

It was very early at night so we had a lot of time to do what we wanted. I spent some time with some other guys I met at the park and threw people around in a large tire. When it started to get dark about an hour later I decided to come home and blog, which is obviously what I did for the rest of the night. My wolf plush that I now have has been right next to me the entire time while I have been blogging as well! I thought that maybe he could be the mascot for the trip that we want in every photo even though I am the buyer; I have not quite officially put this idea out yet, but I will try to maybe bring it up tomorrow. What a cool day!

Bozeman, Montana

“Where is Everybody?” When I woke up, there was literally nobody around! I was up for a bit reading my book and then I all the sudden got a few texts from my lost (or perhaps I was the lost one) family that had left somewhere without me. I got out of bed, still practically asleep, and languidly wandered to my device.

I had a few text messages asking if I was up yet… I asked where they were and they responded that they were at breakfast! I ran to breakfast in what I had on (I was so tired last night that even though it was only 10:30 I went to sleep in that day’s clothes) to where the Continental Breakfast was being held.

When I got there they were closing but I didn’t know that… I just ran inside. Nobody told me that they were closed, so I didn’t know that it was until later that day hen my brother told me. I grabbed everything I could and ran outside to join everyone. Not a good way to start the morning! The day after 4th of July, I was pretty tired meaning I didn’t actually “wake up” until about noon when I jumped in a 48 degree (Fahrenheit) pool that REALLY woke me up.

The place I went to was a hot springs and spa lounge. They must have had Dozens of pools ranging from 48 degrees to 106 degrees. We were there for about 3 hours and then went home to take a short break. After that we were there for another few hours until we saw lightning hit near our pool and decided to get out. Oddly the people running the lounge didn’t do anything about it.

I went home and googled movie times for my family and I to go to. The new Pirates Of the Caribbean movie had just come out and everyone wanted to see it so I decided we should just do it! It was a great movie and everyone enjoyed it. I’m not giving any details about the movie, but I don’t think there was exactly enough Johnny- I mean Jack Sparrow in it. What an amazing movie though!

Fourth Of July

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The 4th of July has come my fellow Americans! I have forgotten to also mention for my fellow Canadians 3 days ago was Canada’s birthday! I actually thought Canada was a lot older than America, yet apparently not true! Canada became a country in 1867 while America became a country (almost a HUNDRED years before) in 1776!

Anyway, I decided to take a short break from blogging. Do not worry at ALL, the very short break from blogging has already ended. I felt that the break I took (Which was only one day) relieved a little bit of stress that was put on me to blog EVERY day and respond to every comment and question that was asked. I think that I will be taking a one day break once a week and fill it in with the next days post, as I did yesterday. I have realized that I do post a lot more than some of the other blog channels I have seen on my Discover page, which is why I feel in the first place that I was “allowed” to make another post to fill in for the one I missed a day late. I hope everybody understands.

Now, for what I was ORIGINALLY going to make my post about. It wasn’t until 10:00 when I got into the car with my brother to go to a small town further north to spend the day. Because of all the fishing gear in the front seat, I had to sit in back instead. Once we got there we walked along the boardwalk to look at the buildings that might be interesting to check out. That was half of it, what I was doing was trying to find the bathroom. One of the buildings had a sign on it saying that they had cold drinks and public bathrooms.

The same building was a rock company that sold all kinds of knives/gems. While I was there I saw what it had to offer. What I found was a lot of bags that had a few gems inside of them that were mixed with a lot of rubble. It sounded like a scam in the beginning, but when we bought a $25 bag and soon enough found out that it was worth the money! Inside the bag was tons of awesome crystals that were actually worth some money! I’m sure we found at least a hundred total crystals (and shark teeth) One of the shark teeth that I dug up was most likely an actual Megaladon tooth. It was not even complete, just a third of one yet it was STILL 2 inches long.

The best part of the little town was the candy shop. Some locals told us that they had the BEST candy in the United States! I got 2 pieces of taffy and some brownie: They were most likely right, excluding all the big companies like Snickers and Skittles Etc. That wast he end for that small little town! We left to go see a concert under the stars… and fireworks. Let me remind everyone, this was YESTERDAY, July 3rd. How odd! They thought that it would be best to do it on a MONDAY! It was long (yet very thankfully fun)!

The party lasted until almost midnight, which gave me the chance to sleep till a semi-average time today (for the first time since the trip began).

Spelunking

As everyone already knows, I spend a lot of my time blogging and, in fact, have become a full time blogger. I sometimes I will spend hours working on my blog on days and sometimes I just log on and make a single post before logging off. I spent most of my morning doing that today. A short period of time was dedicated to my book, but I ended up exceeding the time I had givin myself and ended unable to check on my blog before breakfast was made (the reason that I may have not replied to some comments or questions).Breakfast was short, it was just cereal. Unlike normal days I wasn’t hungry and I only had one bowl instead of the usual two or three that I would have on a normal day. Let me refrase that, actually: on a normal day I would wake up and do the same thing over and over without having breakfast lunch and, if I wasn’t so hungry, dinner. That would describe either my weekend or summer, of course. Now that I am on a huge vacation away (permanately) from everything, my average day would look like today.

Around noon everyone got into the car and then (obviously) we were off. The drive was extraordinarily long, however, I did have a great book to read so by the time we were there I once again didn’t want to get out of the car. Looking back on it I probably shouldn’t have. The wait was an hour long! My brother and I walked to the front desk and gave the man our tickets. A little while passed by when we started telling jokes and conversations, and it helped both of us get through the wait that we wanted (in his case that was work of course).

Of course nobody wants to hear about the waiting necessary in order to go to the caves (I do realize that I have not said where I was going until now, that was part of the suspense for if you didn’t read the title). Anyway: we got our guide who was probably just a couple of years older that I was. She was hilarious though, which made our tour just that much better. We had to hike in hundred degree temperatures across 8 different checkpoints on the mountainside to get to our destination. The worst part was that I was in my BLACK leather JACKET! We needed our jackets for the cave as it would be around 60-70 degrees in there on average. Immediate relief leterally swept past me as I walked through the enterence of the cave.It took the guide a little while to get there because she had left after us, but when she eventually did she then told us the story of how the caves were found and used before we went into the cave to explore what it had to offer.

“Two hunters were hunting game in the wild when one of them saw something odd in the distance: smoke. They went to check it out, and the smoke was coming from the cave. They threw rocks down and tried to see how far they would go: about 50 feet or so. They wanted to check it out but knew that they were un-equipped for the job. They came back a little while later (six YEARS, actually) and checked it out. What is the first thing that someone would ask when making a new discovery? How can I make some money from this. They got a local from the area to check it out and they started leading tours right after. The CCC however came and took it away because they had found it on their land. They put a lock over the gate that they founders had originally put over it and claimed it as theirs. They had, however, heard of bolt cutters. They cut through the bars and illegally lead tours until 1933 when it was officially shut down.

When going in there was a large metal door that the guide needed to unlock the door (from past experiences with caves I know that they are there so nobody can break in and take anything). Walking in everything was lit by yellowish LED lights that were actually powered by the city energy supply from a very complicated wiring system. On the left, once down the stairs, was a 90 foot cliff that had broken all of the bones in an uncareful man’s body after falling down from half way. I do realize that this post is a long, maybe a little bit TOO long for some of you guys to read all of it, so I’m going to skip to the end so I can simplify it: there were columns and popcorn shaped minerals and thousands of different cave formations that grew everywhere.

It was pretty amazing to see it all everywhere! The guide told us to get away from all stairs and get to the center of the room. Then she turned off all the lights and you could see LESS than nothing, I swear. One man had apparently tried to come down with a flashlight to steal cave formations but his flashlight broke. He went mentally insane. When they found. He thought he was staining up in the middle of a room yet he was really laying on his side with his body partially stuck in a small cave hole! He was down there for 50 hours. Wow. When we were st the end, however, there was a five hundred and fifty three foot cavern that was man made. When the air from outside met with the cool,air inside when they met, however, it would break someone’s skull form the 60 mile an hour winds that came through the chamber. They solved the problem by putting two doors, opening one, closing it, opening the other, then closing it. What a cool place to be able to see!

World Mining Center

After taking the long drive this morning (see that post here) was when the adventure started. The drive there was interesting, yet nowhere near as fun as any other days that we have experienced (such as becoming a billionaire, White Water Rafting off a waterfall, or getting charged by an elk [all of these scenarios actually HAVE occurred on my current travel adventure], Etc.) Today, however, was the day we went to the World Mining Center of Butte, Montana. None of us knew it, but Butte Montana was a complete mining town. Oddly enough, all of the buildings were either completely broken down and trashed or extremely well kept and in great condition!

 The World Mining Center was right behind the Montana Tech Institute (which was ALSO oddly not a tech institute like stated but a Miner Training Center). Walking in was the gift shop where they sold rocks and other random things and souvenirs that applied to mining, but that was nothing. When I walked outside, there was an entire mining town there. The stuff inside was all buildings were staged with things that would have actually been there (old Coca Cola machines, old cigarettes, beer bottles, Etc.) but the buildings were COMPLETELY legit. I thought that was the cool part. How awesome was it to travel back in time like that? There have been other times that are much more simulating about past cultures complete with old cars and jukeboxes and stuff, but it was still really cool.

I was very wrong thinking that that was the coolest part. The cool part was going into an actual mine. Walking in there was a few minecarts and small cheap lights for working deep underground. Eventually there was an area where it had collapsed, but it was interesting being in the dense atmosphere with the darkness everywhere, showing you how depressing it would have been to be a child or adult working 12 hours a day there for 6 days a week! There was also an underground museum part. In the museum were large machines and real sticks of dynamite behind glass, which I also thought as quite fascinating.

The tower that dangled the minecarts thousands of feet down below the surface was around 80 feet tall (at LEAST). We climbed to the top of it on not-so-sturdy stairs to to get to the top. You could see the entire mine from up there! The last thing I saw before I left was the memorial. It was kind of like the Pearl Harbor memorial with all of the dead soldiers,  it this time it was miners. There was at least a few thousand names names there and one of the men had actually fiven his life to save 50 other of his crew mates before the poisnous gass caught up and killed him too. Butte Montana is a neat place!

Travel Day


As you may have noticed, I did not post yesterday. Yesterday, I feel, did not have anything, exactly, post worthy. Therefore, I will be posting the two days into one blog post. Yesterday was the day that we left the hotel. After we got on the road, it was an hour drive back to where we had left the trailer the previous day. At that point, our dad had to take the rental car back and get our regular Beast (what we call our massive black truck that is used to pull “beauty” across America). 

He was gone for about 5 hours needing to drive there, wait for the truck to actually finish getting fixed, and then drive it home. What we did was waste about 3 hours at the library. We biked over to it and went inside. We’re we there to gain knowledge that would help us succeed in life? No, of course not! We got onto the computer and wasted most of our time there. Once finished we went home, I went to sleep a little bit, and then read until he came home. I told you, it was a boring day. We left and drove the remaining 4-5 hours that we needed to get to the next state, Montana, and then stopped at a truck stop to stay the night. 

The next morning there was not much longer that was needed to drive. I was woken up at 9:00 so we could drive the remaining way to our destination. My dad taught my mother how to drive the trailer, so it took a little while longer to get there (not saying she did a bad job, obviously). We stopped to eat lunch in the middle of a half abandon town. There were buildings that stipped being built, and a mess of rotting wood and oxidized metal lay scattered or in large clumps across the poor landscape. There were glass and broken shards and spider webs in the other buildings composed of rotting wood and peeling paint everywhere that were at some point family businesses. Like I said, we didn’t stay long, just for lunch. Then we got back onto the road again and saw a crazy looking Lake that looked like large fingers carved through it and ripped some of the waves in half. That was about the whole day: sometimes we will have adventure, sometimes there will be just big driving days. In the future I realized that I should just not post on these kinds of days, but I thought I should add a little message saying that right now.