By: Tyler Lindner, Girl Scout from Norwich, NY

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Let’s start off by saying that this was definitely one of the best experiences of my life!

The first day of my Wyoming Wildlife Wonders was great. I instantly became friends with three of the girls in my cabin and we all hung out quite a bit for the rest of the week. Don’t worry, we also hung out with other people too! I remember the first night we played this game where there were people swinging a jump rope and one person had to get through per rotation. When it was my turn to go through, I decided it would be great to trip over the rope and done one of those “Superman” falls. Needless to say, my elbows and knees were pretty scratched up.

Then came the second day and of course even with my burning elbows I was excited as ever! We went on a long hike through the woods at Teton Science Schools (TSS) that day. We made many stops just to sit and enjoy nature. It was so relaxing. Eventually we hiked to the top of a massive hill. I was so out of breath when I got to the top, but it was so worth it because the view was incredible!

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Day three, we went to Grand Teton National Park. We hiked to the top of String Lake (I think that was what it was called at least) and canoed back down. Canoeing was one of the few things I didn’t love about this trip, but I’m still glad I tried it. After all, you never know until you try it! The lake was so pretty and I got tons of pictures. I actually learned just how much I loved photography on this trip. I’ve always liked the idea of it, but I never really got into it and on this trip I took so many pictures that I’m actually really proud of.

On day four we finally got to go to Yellowstone, the thing I had been looking forward to the most! The first thing we saw at Yellowstone was Old Faithful. It erupted right when we got there so we had lots of extra time to walk around in groups and look at the surrounding geysers, hot springs, and etc. The eruption was so cool and lasted for around 10 minutes. After Old Faithful we headed to the Grand Prismatic, which was one of my favorite things on the trip. It was so colorful and the water that wasn’t colored different shades of red and orange was the prettiest blue ever. My olnly complaint is that I wish there was a raised platform so I could’ve got some better pictures.

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The fifth day we woke up at 5:15 a.m. so we had a better chance of seeing some of the animals in Yellowstone like wolves, bears, and foxes. We ended up seeing a ton of bison, pronghorns, elk, a fox, and much more. Then we went on another hike. It was my least favorite out of the multitude of hikes we had done but it was still beautiful. The view on the top was really cool and you could see a ton of Yellowstone. Then we went to a wolves and bear exhibit to see some animals up close. It was cool but as cool as seeing that in the wild and, of course, before we left we all had to play on the playground because we are 5-year-olds at heart.

The next day was the last full day because the next morning we had to leave. I couldn’t believe it was already coming to an end. On the last day we saw the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and I got some really good photos and then we had to drive three hours back to TSS.

When we got back we had a goodbye party. We all made skits of inside jokes that had happened that week and made fun of our counselors. At the end we all sobbed our eyes out because it was the last time we got to see each other since half of us were leaving for the airport at one time and the other half at another time. It was really sad. The group had become like another family.

All in all, Wyoming was an experience to last a lifetime and I will never forget it!

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