Back from Vacation In Yellowstone and Mt Rushmore 2008

by Ron Haynes

What a great vacation! We drove a little over 4,700 miles to visit Yellowstone National Park and Mt Rushmore National Memorial. If you EVER get the chance to go, take it!

Four Thousand Seven HUNDRED miles? Yes, we spent just under $800 in fuel but considering that I had 5 people to transport and the cheapest airline tickets I could find were $600 each and I would still have to rent a car and drive another 1,200 miles or so, it was much cheaper to drive than fly.

My wife prepared all sorts of activities for the kids and we really enjoyed our 12 days together!

We went whitewater rafting down the Gallatin River using Montana Whitewater

Montana Whitewater

Montana Whitewater

Montana Whitewater

And we also went horseback riding in the Montana wilderness. It was spectacular!

Family

Ron on Horseback

Family Picture

We spent a LOT of time in Yellowstone and we saw more beauty than I ever imagined.

Yellowstone Falls

Yellowstone Valley

The views were spectacular. Words cannot express and pictures just cannot capture the sheer beauty and majesty of Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Mountain

Yellowstone Arch

Yellowstone Valley

Yellowstone Rainbow

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone Whitewater

Yellowstone Peace

Yellowstone Rushing Falls

Nez Pierce Creek

Montana Lake

Montana Mountain

Hayden Valley

Tower Falls

Yellowstone Falls

We also saw a great deal of wildlife. Though we didn’t capture everything we saw on the camera, we saw black bears, grizzly bear, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, whitetail deer, eagles, osprey, buffalo, bull and cow elk, ground squirrels, and yellow bellied marmots. We tried to find wolves and moose but we will have to give that a shot next time…yes, we ARE going back!

Black Bear with Cub

Cow Elk with Calf

Buffalo

Mammouth Hot Springs Elk in median

Elk in Mirror

Elk Calf

Elk

Deer

Yellowstone Black Bear

Did you know there are more thermal features in the Yellowstone caldera than in the rest of the entire world combined?

Thermal feature

Thermal feature

Thermal feature

Thermal feature

Thermal feature

Thermal feature

Thermal feature

Finally, we spent the Fourth of July in Rapid City, South Dakota and were able to see Mount Rushmore and the city of Deadwood. Deadwood was an old cowboy town and it is mostly famous as the place where Wild Bill Hickok met his untimely death by being shot from behind.

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore

The kids panned for gold with Johnny One Feather!

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore

Then we went on to Deadwood.

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore

All in all it was the most wonderful vacation we have ever taken as a family. We are already planning to return!

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 987 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.