It’s our last day in Yellowstone National Park! We switched activities today and one group went cross country skiing and the other group went to Mammoth Hot Springs and hiked to the Upper Terraces. It was colder than we had anticipated today because of a the morning showers, but luckily the sun came out and the temperature didn’t drop too much. It was in the mid-50s the day prior and many of us were definitely sweating as we cruised up to the Tower Falls in our skiis. Today, the second group had a cooler experience, making it a little easier hopefully given the amount of activity that the cross country skiing required. We all found out just how challenging cross country skiing is these past two days. Many of us compared it to being on the elliptical machine for three to four hours. Going down hill was a huge blessing, as you might imagine!
While one group went to the Tower Falls on skis, the other group hiked to the Mammoth Hot Springs. The walk around the geysers was really interesting. The group that hiked got to go to the cave today that emits Carbon Dioxide – watch out! Predators often cruise by this location looking for food, hoping that a creature may have fallen into or ventured to closely to the cave and suffocated because of the dangerous gases. We happened to find some animal bones near the cave site today that proved this theory. Scary stuff! Lucky for us, the cave was frozen over, but we certainly kept our distance.
All in all – we had a great final day in Yellowstone. The group that hiked did one final walk to an Indian circle and discussed the importance of our time here in Yellowstone and what it meant for each one of us. Also, both groups stopped today in the town of Gardiner, Montana to do a little shopping and pick up a souvenir or two. I think some people purchased some ice cream too ; ) Overall, this has been an amazing experience that I’m sure none of us will ever forget. We talked a lot about preservation today, giving back to the national parks that surround us, and returning to the park some day. Tonight we are gathered at the boys cabin for our final meal, taking turns to decide what the guys will be singing for their final lip synching performance and playing cards. We’ll wake up late tomorrow, pack and then head out for Bozeman to get on a plane heading home to Atlanta!
See you soon Pace family! We can’t wait to share all of our adventures with you in person.
Signing out from Montana …