This trip was literally the best trip I ever had in my life! And trust me, I have gone to a lot of trips in my life. Now let’s start! Our trip started in our home in Cupertino, CA.We had everything we could possibly need such as Food/Snacks, Water , pillows, electric toothbrushes, clothes, my iPad, phones, books, a portable DVD player, DVD discs, sunscreen, swimming clothes, goggles, audiobooks, toys to play with, and many other necessary items. It was about to start! The one week trip to Yellowstone! and several other places on the way. Now we were about to start at 8:07 sharp. It started off as a ten-hour drive. We started to get bored as the first two hours passed. Then we remembered we had a portable DVD player and DVD discs! The movies we watched were Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief and Kubo and The Two Strings.
Now we are in Nevada. We stopped at a gas pump to refill our tank with gasoline. My brother and I needed to go to the restroom so we went to the convenience store. The guy who ran the store was at the counter. We also used the store’s bathroom. We notice that the store carry huge varieties of fireworks. On asking the store guy told us that people take fireworks and light them up at a lake nearby. It was the culture of the people there. Now we were on the road again. We spotted a metal bridge up ahead.
We also spotted the bridge had a shady spot next to a river. We sat down in a cool spot next to the icy river. We sat down near the riverbank. We put our boiling feet into the icy river and then we were as cool as a glacier. There was a gentle breeze though I was glad to be away from the scorching sun! After about five minutes we got back in the car and we continued across the long highway to call it a day at Wendover, UTAH. We stayed at our hotel for the night. But before we went to sleep we found out we were locked out of our car! We had left both of our car keys in the car! We had to call roadside service around 11pm. They used their trick to open the car and gave the keys to us. Then after all that drama, we went to sleep.
Now we are about to go to the Great Salt Lake of Utah. After 2 hours of drive, we reached the Great salt lake. The lake was stunning but same time stinky because of salt. We came to know that this lake has 2nd largest salt content in the worls which is 25%.
We were walking towards the great salt lake when we accidentally stepped into some liquid salt which by the way was very smelly and definitely very gross! Then we took some pictures near the lake and also visited the marine drive of great salt lake. Once done, we headed for salt-lake city downtown. We visited temple square and state capital building of Utah.
Both the places were amazing looking. We went inside the capital building and we saw the House Of Representatives and we saw the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court looked so royal. It had three mirrors on the sides, a huge red velvet chair behind a table which had a thing which looked like a hammer. On either side of it, there were smaller red velvet chairs. On the opposite side, there were wooden seats separated into two groups of benches which were also separated by row! In the House Of Representatives, there were many seats up in the front which were also made of red velvet. We started our journey once again.
Now we are visiting Independence Rock in Wyoming. When we saw the rock we saw many names of historical migration people and dates of when they came there. Many travelers stopped here during the gold rush time. One mark showed as old as 1849. And when we were going back I heard rattlesnakes! I told my family to back up slowly. Then we took some pictures near the sign which said Independence Rock Wyoming.
After that we quickly hit the road again for our hotel. We reached our hotel in Casper, Wyoming. It was called LaQuinta. We went to the hotel swimming pool and Jacuzzi to relax after our tiring journey. In the Jacuzzi, the water was very warm and the bubbles kept making a sizzling noise. It was so much fun. After that, we went back to our hotel room and slept after having our dinner.
In the morning we hit the road again after having a heavvvvvyyyy breakfast of waffles and fruits. Now we started for South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. It took us 3hours to reach mount rushmore entrance.
We started in the visitor center where we got a map to use. The weather was warm and my dad purchased ice-creamfor us. It was a perfect time to eat ice-cream named after US presidents. I had George-washington ice-cream and my brother had Roosevelt ice-cream. Later we went to the grand view terrace of the mount rushmore and trek a bit.
From there we followed the map to the Presidential Trail where we saw the carved faces of the four faces on Mount Rushmore, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson. It was really awesome! We also saw some real Native American Tents at the junior exploration area. There we learned a bit about Native American tribes and how they hunted bison and what they did with them.We also felt real bison skin. We saw that its horns were used as a cup holder and its tail as a fly swatter. From there we went to the sculptor’s studio. We saw a mini version of Mount Rushmore and learned more about the people who sculpted it, Lincoln Borglum and his father Gutzon Borglum. From there we took the Nature Trail Back to the parking lots and we hit the road again!
Next, we went to an amazing place called Bear Country. Turns out, this place was a drive thru. We too out our binoculars from the car boot space. There were so many animals such as Bears, Elk, Arctic Wolves, and much more! It was amazing to see so many animals roaming at the same place. We saw bears sleeping which reminded of my brother who sleeps exactly like one of the bear(holding other bear arm with mouth wide open :-)) . Then we went to a gift shop where we bought a shirt and a bear claw good luck charm. I kept asking myself if it was real or if it wasn’t. It really was a sight to see!
From there we went fora long drive to our next hotel near to yellowstone. The place was called Basin in Wyoming state. We were glad we could stop though because we were so tired and it was 11:00! We stayed at one of the cabin hotel for only one night as usual.
At ten o’clock sharp we checked out of the cabins and then we hit the road again! Next, we were about to go to Yellowstone National Park.
There was so much nature there! Yellowstone had a variety of things. It had from volcanoes to geysers. visited mud volcano, Norris geysers, tower falls, and many other places with so much flora and fauna.
When we were driving we saw a bison. I was literally right next to it with my open window .
It was making a lot of small grunting noises. We saw deer next. There were some deer sleeping while some were prancing around or eating grass. We also saw an otter sliding around in the river. It was one of the most amazing days of my life. We were sad to leave but we had to get to our new hotel in Montana.
That next day after we went to Yellowstone we went to stay at an amazing place called “Yellowstone Under Canvas” Tents.
It was really fun there! In the morning we played by the river, rested in hammocks, and best of all we drank amazing hot chocolate! It tasted so delicious! In the river, the water was freezing cold that after we kept our legs in it for ten seconds we ran a lap and jumped into the hammock. We decided to explore more of the area and played the games setup in the complex. We also cooked marshmallows under the campfire and ate with chocolate-biscuit sandwich together. We has our dinner at an Italian restaurant in city and came back after buying some souvenirs. It got tiring and I felt like going back to tent. I was the first one who came inside the tent. Then I jumped into bed. In the night we were so drowsy that we couldn’t do anything but sleep.
The next day we went to Yellowstone again but it wasn’t as nearly as fun as it was the day before.We went to the Old Faithful Geyser next. It started raining and we were hungry for our lunch. There we saw a restaurant. We ordered food and ate some grilled cheese sandwiches with some fries since we were very hungry. We finished and went into a visitor center and got a notebook to complete! It was called the Junior Ranger Program Notebook. We had complete certain activities to get a Junior Ranger Badge. We finished these activities and got our badges.
Next, we checked out a room which told us about geysers and volcanoes. The pictures also showed how their flow works and how they are alike and different. Next, we went to see the Old Faithful Geyser. We read a brief article about it and we took some pictures. Next, we saw a custodian. It was then I remembered, I really wanted to see a wolf. So I asked him where I could find one. He told me he had been working at Yellowstone for 29 years and he saw his first wolf last year! I was so shocked of my chances of finding a wolf, I nearly fell. He then told me that if you are really lucky you might find one. Then he also told me they are usually found near the northeast side of Yellowstone. Sadly, we did not have enough time to go and search for a wolf ;since we were at the northwest side of Yellowstone.
Then we drove back to the Under-Canvas Tents again. That day after we went to Yellowstone we went to the tents again.This is the map which shows our trip in Yellowstone
We started our journey after saying goodbye to tents and yellowstone. Next, we went to Idaho Falls which was 5hours drive. There we saw a huge waterfall and a dam. In the top part of the waterfall, we saw some ducks. We read a sign about it and it said the dam was made to help produce electricity for the city and that is exactly what it does. We saw many fake animals made out of wood so we took pictures with them.
Next, we went to the twin falls in Idaho. There we saw another waterfall which was even bigger than the last one.This is known as “Shoshone Falls” which is called mini-Niagara falls.Since it was in a canyon we had to be careful because we had a high chance of falling. From there we went to Shari’s. It was an American restaurant. We had some pies,Idaho baked potatos and then we were full. We also took some pictures in front of a sign which says, Idaho Falls. From there we hit the road again for Reno. We reached our hotel at Circus-circus and called it a day.
Circus Circus had an arcade for kids and a casino for adults. We went to the arcade and played there for a bit of time! . For lunch we had an Indian buffet which was very popular spot in Reno. Next, we went to a park in Reno by the riverside . We saw a concert in the park and had some lemonade and ice-cream. We also played by the riverside! for a long time. In the evening we also watched a movie in the park which was very rare to watch in the US. This movie was only released at three places in the US, Los Angeles, New York, and Reno! and was a nominee for oscars for best animated movie. Well, actually the Reno people snuck in a bit and got the movie! The name of that movie was “My Life As Zucchini” . We really enjoyed the movie under the stars.
Next morning , we were about to go to North Lake Tahoe! After driving for 1 hour we reached king’s beach at Lake Tahoe. We changed in our swim dress and swam in the lake ! The water was very cold but after a while it got warm. It was so fun there! We built sand castles and buried ourselves in the sand. In the water, we did jumps from the deck and practiced some strokes we knew! When we came out of the beach we had pizza and ice cream! They both were delicious! We hit the road for one last time! We played games on the four hour trip and we arrived back to our home …”Sweet Home” 🙂 .