Travel Days Don’t Always Have to Suck

Yellowstone National Park, WY. Road Trip - Day Eleven Ahh, another travel day! Nothing beats sitting in a car for 12 hours with every muscle and joint begging for mercy. We spiced this travel day up by cleaning ourselves up a bit and putting on our best tourist face. With that, we were off from [...]

Yellowstone National Park, WY. Road Trip – Day Eleven

Moose in front of the Tetons - There are 3. Can you find all of them?

Ahh, another travel day! Nothing beats sitting in a car for 12 hours with every muscle and joint begging for mercy. We spiced this travel day up by cleaning ourselves up a bit and putting on our best tourist face. With that, we were off from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park. My only demand of this long day was that I not leave until I see a Moose. I think that is a completely rational demand and oh boy did I get what I want! With the Tetons as a backdrop, three moose posed for some local animal paparazzi and we joined in on the shutter clicking fun. We waited for about ten minutes for the bull moose to stand up and bare his horns, of which he was having no part of so we settled on our lady moose photos and carried on to Yellowstone. En route to see the Old Faithful show, we also saw wild horses and a rogue Bison crossing a geothermal flat.

Bison on Geothermal Flat, Yellowstone NP Wild Horses in front of the Tetons

After about an hour of driving from Jackson and several animal sightings later, we entered Yellowstone. At which point, we waived our National Parks pass and were given a park map (standard issue) and a bright yellow warning sheet warning of visitors having been gored by buffalo.

Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone NPBeing in tourist mode, we headed straight to Old Faithful to make it to the 11:30 +/-10 min show time. She did not disappoint and I had a little fun emulating her eruption. Not ready to get back in to our torture chamber (aka car), we walked around the geysers surrounding Old Faithful and finally retreated back to the car to carry on with our road trip. We did make one last stop in Montana, before heading to Utah. We had to have a buffalo burger.

10 hours of driving from Wyoming to Montana to Idaho, we finally arrived in Price, Utah. A lightning, thunder and snowstorm halted us from driving any further and we were ok calling it a night and driving to Moab in the morning. We splurged and got a motel. Either because a tent was too much work at the late hour or we just wanted a shower, most likely the former.

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 111 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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