Yellowstone National Park: Word to the wise

Allow me to start off by saying; YES, altitude sickness is a real thing! There Lily and I were packing our day bag, pumped about tomorrows adventures. While Fred sat reading the hotels binder of knowledge out loud, when a passage about altitude sickness and how to avoid it came up. After reading the material, we stupidly laughed and read on about the wonderful shops and restaurants in West Yellowstone, Montana. Little did I know that a short day later, I’d be the butt of the joke! For those of you who do not know what altitude sickness is. Let me explain. Altitude sickness occurs when you don’t get enough oxygen from the air. This causes symptoms such as a headache, loss of appetite, and in my case a serve stomach ache. Most often altitude sickness occurs when you quickly climb from lower altitudes to 8,000 ft or higher. Yellowstone ranges in altitude from approximately 7,000 feet to over 9,000 feet above sea level. Luckily we were able to seek lower altitudes back at our hotel. Where I was able to rest up for the night, while being able to slowly adjust to the change in altitude.

From our family to yours: It’s worth spending a little bit of time looking into altitude sickness and how to prevent it, prior to visiting!IMG_1278 (2).JPGPlease be mindful that Yellowstone is a wild place, and the wildlife CAN BE and ARE unpredictable! Every year there are WAY to many incidents of visitors who turned their back to pose for that once in a lifetime photo. You know the ones, where you’re up close and personal with your subject matter. Well heed my advice and DON’T! Bison and bears are territorial and every year they wind up mauling or goring people to death! As we sadly learned, just days before we arrived, two children were attacked and died. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and those lost! Animal attacks are tragic and serious events that are 100% PREVENTABLE! Don’t be a statistic and KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!

From our family to yours: Leave the selfie stick at home and opt for long lenses instead and maintain at least 25 yards from wildlife!

All our best and safe travels!

Jenny, Fred and Lily

 

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