Trip to Yellow Stone.
“Anticipation is one of the greater pleasures of love, travel, painting. Knowing that something exciting is going to happen and more or less how, gives vitality. So you set yourself for it.” Robert Genn (artist).
Today after two months of waiting for this day I arrive at Seattle on July 10th 2015, to join the trip which my niece Shilpa and her husband Praveen have been planning. Her mom Manisha has just come from India and I will have a good company.
My host’s family had just returned from a camping trip during July 4th weekend. Now again they are ready for the next trip to Yellow Stone National Park.
Figure 4Manisha in front of LaQuinta Inn
As soon as I change into night gown, brush and paste in my hand once in the bathroom, I splash cold water on my face. It is so invigorating and refreshing. I complete my evening prayer. Later Manisha joins me doing the prayer
Having had a
good night’s sleep I make our morning tea for both of us. Tea is like a
healing balm to my soul and mind. Then
morning shower and prayer we go to the lobby for breakfast. So many different types of cereals, and also
scrambled egg and bacon, inside the hot pot and slices of bread
We do a quick tour of the front yard for some time when we return Praveen and Aarav are having breakfast at the lobby. Trisha and Shilpa are still inside their room getting ready. Once everyone is ready we are again on our journey toward our destination. Arriving around 4pm we check in “Yellow Stone Lodge where we have our booking.
immediately venture out toward Grizzly
& Wolf Discovery Center just in time
to see the live show of the bears’ food hunting. They would be out soon to let
them look for the food hidden by the kids in the allotted areas under the heavy
weights of rocks and logs of wood. Not to waste any more time Praveen gets our
tickets for the entry which were valid for two days (next day included). As we enter inside, visitors are already
lining up with cameras in hand Standing
on the upper deck, we could see a group
of kids already busy hiding foods. After
they finish their tasks the kids are directed to march out of the area. Five energetic bears come out running and
each trying to get their share of food as much as they can. The way they pick up the heavy logs and rocks
and throwing aside to get the hidden food amazes the spectators. They leave no
stone unturned till they finish all the rations. Once their search is over they
loiter and play around until they are directed to go toward their comfort zone
provided as natural surroundings.
Visitors happily proceed toward the museum where one could read
information and writings about the local habitat and also see display of
Once we are inside the museum, six year old Trishaa, goes straight to the receptionist and asks, “Can my brother and I sign up for the next day’s program?”
“Yes, sure” Receptionist gives assurance to the bubbling girl. Their names are entered and enrolled for the next day’s activities.