Wyoming, A Dream Come True
It was my greatest goal to come and visit Wyoming. My closest friend and her family live in one of the touristy spots in the state. She has been constantly nagging and asking on when I’m going to visit her in Jackson Hole. As you may know, getting to Wyoming is expensive. It is either you fly to Jackson Hole Airport which the airline price costs like flying out to Mexico or drive which will be hours and tiring. Since I am a traveler, I don’t care as long as I will meet my close friend again and I’ll get to discover Wyoming, which is a dream come true.
When I was putting up my itinerary for my Keeping Me Sane trip, the highlight was to visit Wyoming. Thus, I got a lot of stopovers but mostly they were within the Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole. Here are the places I have visited.
1.Excelsoir Geyser Crater. It is formerly known as Excelsoir Geyser and is a dormant fountain-type geyser in Midway Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The geyser was once the largest geyser in the world when it was active back in the 1880s. Some of its fountain-type eruptions reached as high as 300 feet high and wide.
Within the Midway Geyser Basin were another attractions such as Grand Prismatic Spring, Opal Pool and Turquoise Pool. The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the country and the third largest in the world. Opal Pool is another hot spring in the Midway Geyser Basin, though it is an active hot spring but it is considered a fountain-type geyser. Turquoise Pool is also a hot spring like the Opal Pool with temperature ranging from 142 to 160 °F.
2.Biscuit Basin. It is named for the unusual biscuit-lake deposits formerly surrounding Sapphire Pool. In 1959 following the Hebgen Lake earthquake, Sapphire Pool erupted and the biscuits were blown away making other notable colorful features in the basin which are Black Opal Spring, Shell Spring, Jewel Geyser, Avoca Spring, and Mustard Spring.
These colorful features can be accessed thru the Biscuit Basin Loop which is 2/3 of a mile lollipop-loop hike. Even though the boardwalk is short but it offers plenty of hydrothermal features. It so happened when I got there, one of the geyser is having a fountain like eruptions. It was amazing.
3.Old Faithful. It is a cone geyser and is the first geyser in the park to receive a name. It is a highly predictable geothermal feature and has erupted 44 to 125 minutes since 2000. The geyser and the nearby Old Faithful Inn are part of the Old Faithful Historic District.
Watching the Old Faithful geyser erupt is a Yellowstone National Park tradition. People from all over the world traveled just to see the Old Faithful flaunts its boiling and exploding beauty. ‘The park’s wildlife and scenery might be as well-known today, but it was the unique thermal features like the Old Faithful geyser that inspired the establishment of Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872’ per Yellowstone National Park.
5.West Thumb Geyser Basin. It is a small colorful geyser in the same park that also features scenic lake views. In the geyser basin location, it offers different and amazing attractions such as the Abyss Pool, and the Fishing Cone.
The most famous attraction in the geyser basin is the abyss pool. It is a hot spring with impressive deepness. Meanwhile, the Fishing Cone is also a hot spring. Per the expedition history, a gentleman was fishing and a trout swung ashore and accidentally fell into the spring. It came to the top of the spring, dead and got boiled. From that time on, tourists caught fishes and cooked them on the hook.
6.Colter Bay Visitor Center. It is located in the Grand Teton National Park. The center offers trip planning, weather, permits, and camping information. Rangers lead a variety of programs throughout the day including a hike to Swan Lake, a lakeshore stroll, a tipi demonstration, Indian arts and culture.
Colter Bay Visitor Center provides a great view of Jackson Lake. It has information and maps, exhibits and auditorium. It is a visitor center where travelers can get the supplies they needed for camping or staying in the Grand Teton National Park.
7.Jenny Lake Visitor Center. It is one of the visitor centers in Grand Teton National Park. The center is open from May to September and offers maps and guides to visitors which are led by rangers and also provides camping information.
Jenny Lake Visitor Center has trip planning and guests can also do boating tours with scenic cruises and even rent boats. Just follow the ‘boat dock’ signs since it is located in the South Jenny Lake area. Reservations are not required.
I got hungry and few miles from Jenny Lake Visitor Center, I went to a famous restaurant in the area with an amazing view. It was the Signal Mountain Lodge with their popular restaurants, Trapper Grill and Peaks Restaurant.
Signal Mountain Lodge has a rustic accommodations in a seasonal lodge featuring restaurants, bar/ lounge and a lake/ marina. It has the best view of the sunset in the area.
8.Rock Springs Historical Museum. It offers a unique look back at the history of Rock Springs starting with the building itself. It tells the story of coal mining history, the primarily centered around the railroad, and outlaw past. It is located in the old city hall downtown.
Rock Springs Historical Museum has also display on local antiques and artifacts. The building museum is a 19th century building that was used to be the city hall. I just took a photo of the building’s façade since I didn’t have enough time to tour around the museum.
Wyoming was indeed a dream come true for me. For a nature lover like me, it was heaven. I can definitely live there but not during winter season though. I would say that Wyoming is one of the top states to visit in the United States. If you want a retreat and be close with nature, Wyoming should be your top choice.
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