Category: national parks

The Boiling River

I am finally writing about our favorite parts of our trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. Here is the first place we loved.

When researching the things I wanted to see in Yellowstone, I did what every girl in her twenties would do: I searched Pinterest for every pin even remotely related to Yellowstone. Of course, I created a board to gather all my pins and spent way more time than I’d like to admit searching and reading all the blog posts about the coolest spots and best things to do with a family in the park. Through my search, I found a lot of pictures of people swimming in hot springs in this place called the Boiling River. I knew this was one place I really wanted to explore.

north entranceThe Boiling River is actually part of the Gardiner River. This river is located almost at the North Entrance of the park. Just a little past Fort Yellowstone (If you are coming from the south). There is a little parking area, which will most likely be full of tons of cars, many have to park on the other side of the road or anywhere they can find. It is pretty well packed for a hot springs in the middle of the summer. Once you park, there is a half-mile trail that you must hike to get to the pool, but it is pretty easy and well-maintained.

boiling river1So, How does it work? How are you able to swim in the scalding hot water? Well, at part of the Gardiner River, the boiling hot water from the Boiling River flows into the freezing cold Gardiner River. The water mixes to create a nice hot bath area. Now, don’t be fooled. There are spots where the rushing cold water will get you, while other spots will shoot out really hot water. So, be careful. Rocks have been strategically placed to give a nice wading area. So, the fast rushing river doesn’t take you downstream. Be sure to wear water shoes (those rocks hurt) and don’t put your head underwater (there are signs everywhere telling you not to do this, even though many didn’t listen) since you could get sick from the exposure.

IMG_4604 IMG_4594We enjoyed the nice warm water. Although, I think I would enjoy it more in the fall or spring, when it isn’t too hot outside. But hey, who would ever turn down a chance to swim in a hot spring in Yellowstone?

gone cruisin’

Here are the first batch of pictures from our cruise to the Caribbean.
DSC_0002I loved watching the water crash against the side of the ship and the path that the ship left in its tracks.
DSC_0059imageHe loved the balcony and hanging out with Grammy and Papa in their stateroom.DSC_0084Our huge cruise ship waiting in St. Thomas. DSC_0102On our crazy boat ride to St. John’s island. DSC_0116Trunk Bay, the ocean we swam in, is named one of the three top beaches in the world. And you could see why. Ash was able to get his passport stamped at his first national park: US Virgin Islands. DSC_0147Someone had their first swim in the ocean . . . and only the best beaches for this little guy. DSC_0190image (1)Someone got to ride the carousel for the first time on the cruise ship.DSC_0029and he loved playing around with all our family . . . especially since he was the center of attention. DSC_0065