By: Amy Engblom, International Student Adviser, A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU, Special Correspondent to the A.C.E. Blog
One good day! 33 of us went on a bus from Bozeman, Montana to see one of the world’s most amazing geological locations with students from a number of countries including Saudi Arabia, Brazil, China, Korea, Japan, and Ecuador. Our bus driver, Mel, has spent the last four years working at Yellow Stone National Park and helped guide us through a wonderful day!
“Can we get closer to the waterfall?” asked Mubarak. We were at Artist Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. So then, we decided to go to a place called the, “Brink”, to see the rushing water up close. We had already made a few stops, including the famous Geyser Basin to see Old Faithful shoot steam 30m into the air and the Fountain Paint Pots to hear bubbling mud. Weary, but eager, we walked down the path at the “Brink”. It was here that our group found a special fellowship as we climbed the rocks and took photographs. The spray of the waterfall was in the air.
We ended our day at Mammoth Hot Springs, arriving in the early evening sunlight. Some students took videos of the elk herd in the nearby grass, others looked in the gift shop, and some enjoyed huckleberry ice cream. It was a trip worth repeating. Yellowstone National Park is about a 1.5 hour drive from Bozeman where our Language Institute is located. It was a full day on and off the bus, but the sites and scenery make it so worthwhile.