Steamboat Springs to Denver

Today we left Steamboat Springs and headed for our hotel near the airport in Denver.  It was a long time in the car so Eliza and I watched some films on the iPad.  First we watched Balerina and then Swallows and Amazons and then Inside Out.  Swallows and Amazons was great.  We stopped for a picnic at lunch time but there were lots of insects so we ate it in the car.  The view over the lake was cool and there was a little boat on it.  The road was really high up in the mountains and there was a lot of snow.  (Daddy said the highest point was at Berthoud pass at 11300 feet).

We’re at our hotel now Eliza said she has missed everybody but I want to go back to our hotel in Steamboat Springs and the log cabin in Yellowtone to see some more bears.  I miss everyone too and can’t wait to see Toby and my hamster again.

The best bit of my holiday was seeing the Mummy Grizzly bear with her two cubs.

Steamboat Springs

So we slowed down a little and spent two nights in the beautiful Steamboat Springs.  Unfortunately Martha bumped her head so we needed to take it easy for a while.  A little walk along the river, a visit to a Toy shop where Martha chose a joke kit and Eliza some Tattoos (Not sure what insight that’s gives me to the teenage years!) and a visit to a fabulous library.

I’ve just asked Martha what she wanted to write about Steamboat Springs and she said she loved it and would like to live here.

 

Slush Puppy River

Today we had a lot of driving to do.  There was lots to look at but I went on my iPad a lot too.  It took 7 hours and we didn’t leave until late so we could go for a swim in the pool first.

On our way we saw a really red river and I said it looked like a slush puppy when you mix blue and red slush.  After a little while we saw the slush river (Hoback River) meet a normal one (Granite Creek) and the rivers were 2 different colours next to each other.  I got out of the car with Mummy to have a better look and to take some pictures.  The slush looked epic!

We saw three really long trains.  We couldn’t see the end or the start of 2 of them but we were going next to one and Mummy counted how many carriages there were.  She counted 191 carriages! I’ve never seen a train like that before.

We crossed into Colorado again and all took some funny pictures by the sign.  We are now in a hotel and even though Daddy did all the driving he has gone to get us a Chinese takeaway 🙂

We are now in Steamboat Springs. It’s late so we will explore tomorrow.  Mummy has just read the hotel information and it says there are a lot of bears around the hotel at the moment so we’ll keep our eyes open for them.

Chocolate Moose!

Today we went to explore the Tetons. We took a road through the woods and saw a bear and a moose.  It was amazing!

We went to Jenny Lake but we couldn’t get a canoe because the water is still too cold so we went on a boat trip.  I made a new friend on the boat and she gave me some of her Grizzly bear biscuit.  The boat was cool and I liked it when we went fast.

Then we went to Jackson and had a drink in the Cowboy cafe.  We had a look around and went in some of the shops.  In the middle there are 4 big arches made from real antlers.  Mummy bought me some flip-flops because I’ve been pestering for some for ages and they are really nice.

We had a Chinese for dinner and I used chopsticks.  I ate all of Mummy’s prawns (they call them shrimp here) and lots of Daddy’s beef.  At the end we all got a fortune cookie.

On the way home we went to look for more animals and we found a bald eagle.

 

Tesco

Goldilocks and the 3 bears!

Today when we stopped I realised I had my shoes on the wrong feet and my trousers on back to front. Mummy said that was typical Martha and took a picture.

We went to the Lower Falls again but the road is open now so I saw it from the other side. We walked down a very big, steep hill and got to stand right next to the waterfall. It was amazing.

We went to look at more Geysers at Mammoth and we saw a black bear on the way. It was a long way away but we could see it on mummy’s camera. There were some Bison in the road and it was a traffic jam.

The geysers at Mammoth were cool. It was like being on another planet.

We saw some Elk lying in a field.

We walked down another big hill and Mummy and Eliza saw some bear hair. Daddy and I saw a ground squirrel. Daddy said it was a chipmunk but I said it was a ground squirrel. Daddy didn’t believe me until I showed him my book. I was right!

We stopped again to look at the view and saw a man with a spotting scope. We asked what he was looking at and there was some pronghorn on the cliff and they had just had a baby.

We stopped at the north entrance. It’s called the Roosevelt entrance. We stopped at the 45th parallel. This is half way between the equator and the North Pole. It was by a cool river with lots of rapids.

There were lots of nice views today because we did the upper ring road where there are less people. It was a long day and Mummy said you see lots of wildlife as it gets to the evening. Then we saw 2 coyote more Elk and a grizzly bear with 2 cubs. It was amazing and then best bit so far. I was so excited!

Geyser girls!

Today we went to look at Geysers on the West side of Yellowstone.  We went to look at Old Faithful again and did a very long walk around all the other Geysers around there.  I saw lots of different poo so I took pictures of lots of it so I could check what animal did it.  You aren’t allowed to go off the paths in case the ground is on fire but some animals had and we saw their tracks on the ground.  The Geysers were lots of different colours like a rainbow.  We went to look at a waterfall and we all had a picture.  I don’t want to write any more tonight because I’m very tired.

Oh and I took a picture of a Bison and it stated to do a poo so I checked the camera and I took a picture of it.

Each night we upload the pictures from Martha’s camera and there are lots of funny videos she has taken of herself whilst sitting in the back of the car.  Unfortunately at the moment our wifi signal isn’t strong enough to upload video but we hope to add some later on in the trip.

Dinosaur Grrrr!

Today we went to the Museum of the Rockies. It was brilliant because we got to look at dinosaurs and crocodiles. There was a crocodile part with real crocodiles, an olden days part, a dinosaurs part and a geology part. I went in the gift shop and bought some pretty rocks, one was a crystal, one a peacock stone and one a geode. Eliza bought some dinosaur shaped rocks. We went into the planetarium to watch a programme about space and time and gravity. My favourite part of the museum was when I got my rocks.

After that we went to a cool cafe that had a bison head on the wall. I had soup and some homemade bread and I got a cake to take with me.

We drove back to West Yellowstone and we are staying in a new wooden cabin. It has a toilet and shower, not like the other one. We have sent Daddy out for Cheesy Pizza and we are playing outside.

On our way here we stopped because Daddy thought he saw a bear but it was just a monument. We also stopped to see people white water rafting on the rapids. I really want to have a go but Mummy and Daddy said we’ll have to see as the rivers are really high with all the snow melting and going into them. They said I might have to go on a gentle river but I told them I would be fine on the river we saw the grown ups on.

West Yellowstone is at about 2000m above sea level and almost exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole. The coldest it’s ever been here is -54 degrees Celsius.

 

Old Faithful (Daddy’s new nickname!)

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We left Cody to go to Bozeman today but we decided to go through Yellowstone rather than the boring way.  First we went to a big waterfall it was very epic. It’s called The Lower Falls and the place we watched it from is called Artists point. We couldn’t go to the other side of the waterfall as they are digging up the road. Eliza thought this was very funny as they dig up the road in Peppa Pig and she keeps doing the voice where it says ‘we’re digging up the road’ ‘it will take as long as it takes’. She does this in a funny voice like Mr Bull.

On our way around we saw lots of animals. Lots more Bison, a fox but mummy couldn’t get a picture before it ran away, a bird of Prey (we need to look it up in a book) and big horn sheep.

We saw lots of geysers and stopped at old faithful in case it was about to go off. We got there just in time and saw it explode. A geyser works from under the ground water is on hot rocks. The rocks get hot from the volcanos lava. When it gets too hot lots of water and steam shoots out of the little hole like a big fountain.  On our way back to the car Mummy said to let go of her hand as I was messing about and she had Eliza on her back. I said to Daddy ‘can I hold your hand Old Faithful’ and everyone laughed very hard. So Mummy said that can be Daddy’s new nickname.

We stopped at the continental divide. The continent is split in half like a cake and if you pour water on one side it runs to the Pacific Ocean and the other to the Gulf of Mexico. In Yellowstone there is a bit of the divide that goes in a bit of a circle and the water flows around and then goes out in the opposite side.

We’ve moved into another state now called Montana and it’s really nice with lots of mountains. Mummy is going to tell you about it.

Oh I forgot. I’ve been having big waffles for breakfast with lots of syrup on them and they are very yummy.

Montana facts from Mummy

  • Montana is at the top of America and shares a border with Canada.
  • The highest point is Granite peak 3905m.
  • The animal of Montana is the Grizzly Bear.
  • It’s slogan is ‘Big Sky Country’.
  • Montana has the largest migratory Elk herd in America.
  • Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.
  • The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman gained fame through the work of its chief paleontologist, Jack Horner. Horner was the prototype for the character Dr. Alan Grant in the best selling novel/movie, “Jurassic Park.”
  • Just south of Billings, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops made their last stand. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument features the Plains Indians and United States military involved in the historic battle.
  • Montana’s name comes from the Spanish word mountain.
  • The most visited place in Montana is Glacier National Park, known as the crown jewel of the continent. It lies along Montana’s northern border and adjoins Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, forming the world’s first International Peace Park.

Old Faithful has a webcam where you can watch it live. Here’s the link! https://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldfaithfulstreaming.html

A day at the museum

First we went to a cafe and had a croissant and a milk. Then we went shopping buying Mummy’s cowboy boots for her Birthday. Before Mummy showed me her cowboy boots Eliza and I were playing with the horses and Daddy kept getting grumpy at me. I was just playing and he kept saying because (big elephants can always understand small elephants) I had too many toys out.

We went to the museum when it was the museum time and I kept wandering off. The museum is called Buffalo Bill Centre of the West. It had lots of statues for me to take pictures of. It had lots of different parts. There was a cool projector that put a picture of Bill Cody onto smoke. It had a big bear and a bison and an old car. We saw a bird of prey display and there was a red tail, a bald eagle and a saw-whet owl.

After that we went back to the cafe and bought some small toy figures. I got animals that live in Yellowstone and Eliza got cowboys and Indians. We came back to our log cabin for a picnic dinner and then went to get an ice cream. At the ice cream shop there was a seat like a saddle that I sat on and we had a big ice cream dipped in chocolate. On the way home we played with my frisbee and I ran through the sprinklers and got soaking wet.

It’s a really hot day today and I took lots of photos and we bought some postcards.

Thank you to everyone reading this love Martha xxxx

Cheyenne to Casper

 

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Today we went from Cheyenne to Casper.  It was 178 miles. I sat in the back and took lots of pictures out of the window.  I found lots of snow and bear poo and lots of places for them to live in caves. I needed the toilet so we stopped for a rest and it was raining really hard.  Mummy took me and we both got soaking wet.  It was really hard.  When we got there we went to an outdoors shop called Sportsmans Warehouse. I bought a map and compass so I can learn to map read.  There were lots of big animals heads all around the shop and lots of bears and lions too.  Mummy explained they were dead and stuffed like teddy bears and it is called taxidermy.

Alison’s cat has the same name like Casper it’s amazing. The hotel has a pool but it’s outside so we can’t go in it.  Not even a water baby like me.  I’ve been tired today. Eliza was sleepy too.

Last night we crossed the state border from Colorado to Wyoming.  Cheyenne is the largest town in Wyoming and Casper the second largest.  Although the largest town it has a similar number of people as Leigh! Wyoming so far has been quite flat and empty, wide open prairie on a high plateau.  At times you can see the Mountains up to the West and they look stunning covered in snow.  

We had a classic Martha moment in the Sportsman shop today! We lost Daddy looking at fishing rods whilst we were looking at bow and arrows.  I said to Martha, right lets go and find Daddy.  She walked off and sniffed a chair near by.  I asked her what she was doing and she said she was picking up his scent! I think we may have been overdoing the wildlife programmes but I’m still laughing writing this now and thinking about it.

Some facts about Wyoming

  • Wyoming is slightly bigger in area than the UK
  • It has a population of 680000 about the same as the city of Glasgow
  • Wyoming was the first state to give women the vote
  • Wyoming produces 3 million tons of coal a week
  • The red desert in the south of the state drains neither to the East or the West.  The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the desert without normal drainage
  • Wyoming has an official state dinosaur which is the Triceratops
  • During the 1880s Cheyenne was the wealthiest city in the country and possibly the world due to the booming cattle industry and the gold rush
  • The average height of elevation is 2042m twice the height Scarfell Pike
  • The lowest point in Wyoming is a similar height to the highest point in England