We took another easy morning today and decided to refresh ourselves with a real shower and then washed the bedding and towels. I know, living on the edge, right? By the time we were ready, it was 1pm and I decided we needed to take a lunch break from all our “hard work” before we did anything else. It was pretty late by the time we entered the park.
Today we focused on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, visiting both the North and South rims. Frankly, I don’t like the name as it implies it somehow compares to the real Grand Canyon and it doesn’t by any means; it should have just been called Yellowstone Canyon, but I digress. There are two large waterfalls in the canyon, simply titled the Lower and Upper Falls. They have trails that lead to the base of the falls to get a really good idea of how immense and powerful they are. One of the trails on the South rim is called Uncle Tom’s Trail and has 328 stairs leading down to an overlook on the cliff-side. The majority of the steps are made of steel grating which you can see completely through and I can only imagine how people afraid of heights would hate walking down them. We took the whole thing down and got some really nice views of the falls. It was a beast to climb back up, but definitely worth it and honestly the best view out of all the places to look at the falls.
We saw a lot of wildlife today, way more than previous days. We had multiple buffalo right next to the van, saw a lot of elk, squirrels, chipmunks, pikas (they look like mice), bald eagles, and other birds. We’ve yet to see a bear, a moose, or a wolf.
We ran out of water today for the first time since day four when we filled up in Fargo at a park. Although I bought a 10 gallon tank, it seems to only hold about 8 gallons. I know this because twice now I have filled it up one gallon at a time using a water jug. But I think that’s pretty good cause it means we’re only using about a gallon a day between two people. Granted, almost every time we stop somewhere that has a water fountain, we fill up all the water bottles to avoid using as much of the van water as possible. We’re basically using the sink in the van to get water for cooking, to do dishes, and to brush teeth. It’s definitely an adjustment trying to conserve water as much as possible. Even at only a gallon per day, I still feel like we use a lot of water for the little amount we do with it.