Y is for Yellowstone National Park

Okay, major confession here.  I kind of alluded to it in my C is for California post, but I didn’t say it straight out. I’ve never been to a proper National Park.  (Gasp!!!!!!) I know, living in the United States, and never having been, whatsa matta you?

Well, a few things – I haven’t the first clue how to camp properly.  I am a city girl for the most part, but very drawn to nature. I just don’t know quite how to live without the comforts of the modern era.  Like literally, don’t know how. I’ll ask people, so how do I do this? I don’t know what a camp toilet, or camp stove look like or how to work them. The little monkey has asked to go camping for a while and it’s one experience I really would like to help her have. I know there are compromises (glamping and such) but I really want to just learn how to pitch a tent that’s not a pop up, make a fire and go back a few years.

So this leads me, naturally, to Yellowstone National Park…it’s not the closest National Park, but it’s probably one of the more beautiful with all of its natural geysers and pools.

I mean seriously…the picture-taking opportunities!


I would love to explore this place with my family.  I’ll likely start off a little smaller, perhaps heading to Joshua Tree since it’s right in our backyard (well, closer than Yellowstone anyway) and we all would get a kick out of seeing the stars…especially the Man.


Have any of you been to Yellowstone or Joshua Tree?


For more on the A to Z Challenge, please go HERE. We’ve only got one more to go and that’s Z!

Stay tuned during the month of April to see what other subjects I want to explore…I’ll return to my senses on May 1.

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. One day I’d like to go to Yellowstone myself. Your picture reminds me of the hot springs out in Iceland. I saw that, and it was certainly an experience. There’s a geyser that goes off every ten minutes or so. Quite an attention whore. But yeah, I remember how awesome the crystal blue water looked, and I just had to dip my hand in it. Would some magic sea creature swim up and eat my arm? Eh, probably not. It was nice and warm! Like when you try to dip someone’s fingers in warm water while they’re sleeping. Well, maybe not quite like that, but it was nice.

    I always did think it was creepy just how nasty Yellowstone sounds, in terms of it being a big volcano that can end all of us. If anything, it’s probably worth seeing on that note 🙂

  2. Been to both … Joshua Tree is unique and would provide plenty of imaginary things for the monkey to describe … Yellowstone is MAGNIFICENT … in every way you thought it would be … sadly, though, the drought and fires in our western states has really depleted the forests … and two of my favorites closer to California are Zion and Bryce in Utah … but don’t forget Yosemite … wherever you go, enjoy and breathe the really fresh air!!

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