Day two in Yellowstone we explored the Norris geyser basin. To say you have to see it to believe it, is an understatement. This unearthly place is filled with geysers, basins, and bubbling mudpots of multiple colors and sizes. The noise of the wind and geysers, hot springs, and basins was haunting. The smell and heat coming from the area was unreal. Ava loved just looking over the the entire area for above, she said it looked like the moon and mars mixed. Owen loved waiting to see vixen geyser explode and that some of the basins were stinky. We highly recommend taking the time to walk the back basin trail. Every basin and geyser is so much different then the next. Vixen geyser is predictable and often so you can get up close and personal to her exploding performance. A few from our group actually got sprayed a little and were surprised to feel that the water was cold. The emerald and basin were jaw dropping. The colors were so vibrant. Hot, bubbling, smelly, vibrant, geysers, hot springs, and basins all in one location. Standing by a geyser you really get a sense of how small and fragile we are. Standing on a caldera of a super volcano will do that to you. My two favorites on back basin trail were Echinus Geyser and Emerald Spring. We hit this area before lunch time and did not have a crowd issue. Next we went to Canyon village for ice cream (obviously ) and to pick up the scientist jr ranger books. This is where the crowds were cray cray. Could have been the time of day or that the sights to see here are all in a very close area. We started at Lower falls and hiked to get a better view. It was stunning and a moderate hike with elevation changes. Inspiration point and uncle Toms trail were closed so we headed to the South rim and saw a black bear along the way a little of the road grazing in a meadow! We went to Artists point which is another must stop. The view down the canyon is iconic. The Yellowstone Grand Canyon is amazing and Artists point gives you a spectacular view of it. Highly recommend making that spot and take the time to sit and stare at the beauty and colors of the canyon.