Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day 6 - Yellowstone

After a long day of driving and sightseeing in South Dakota, we arrived in Billings, MT to meet our 3rd couch surfing host, Jeremy. He was not the usual host for this couch, he just so happened to be house sitting for the woman that offered the couch to us. Jeremy worked in her vet office and was house sitting for her while she was away couch surfing through Europe. Jeremy was 18 years old and was graduating from high school the next day and then joining the Air Force. We had a very pleasant but basic stay there but we met Cap'n the 3rd legged cat. Sweet cat, purred the entire time we were there. We left the next morning after some breakfast at Cracker Barrel and were off to drive through the rest of Montana (keep in mind we were at exit 450, so we had a long way to go).

All along we had made plans to make a pit stop to see Yellowstone National Park. Little did we know, the type of time commitment Yellowstone would take. Now, I knew Yellowstone was big, but didn't realize just how big it really was. It was pretty much the most breathtaking landscape I had ever seen. While the entire park had not opened just yet, we still were able to see the hot springs, some geysers, canyons, waterfalls, and even bison. This should definitely be on your bucket list of things to see in America. For the little amount of time we spent there in comparison to others, we did manage to see quite a bit of the park. I can see how people can easily spend a week there, there's so much to see, and so many beautiful trails to hike.

After leaving Yellowstone, we finished our drive through Montana and Idaho leaving us in Spokane, WA for the night. Our host, Kimberly, in Spokane had a little kitty (name TBD). Kim was a student at Spokane Community College studying Biology with an emphasis in Botany. She had spent a lot of time travelling and couch surfing through Indonesia and Australia. Kim was our final Couch Surfing host of the trip, and we can say that we have had nothing but positive experiences with Couch Surfing and we are still alive and we have met great and interesting people that we would have never met otherwise.

Day 6 marked our final day to Seattle. Read Rae's blog for her reactions on arriving to the final destination of the road trip.


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