28 July 2005

Yellowstone Round One

Here we go….catching up. Our first day trip into Yellowstone was of course beautiful. It was different for us this year. Bill and I decided that last year when we went with the guys, that was our year to be there, it was new and incredible, with Bison and wildlife everywhere. This year was still amazing, but it had a different feel to it and the wildlife was hiding a bit. We saw a lot of Elk, but the Bison were hiding a little bit, except for the one that almost rammed the truck, but that’s another story for another day.

The first trip through the park took us to Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. Old Faithful was as it always is, it’s the thing that brings people to Yellowstone, but once you’ve seen all the other features, it seems a bit uneventful. Bill and I walked the trail through the Upper Geyser Basin and saw so many incredible features. We hit the trail at exactly the right time and saw a lot of the geysers going off that only go off every few days, or once a day. We had no idea what time these went off, we were just lucky. At the end of the Upper Geyser Basin trail before it gets into another trail is Morning Glory Pool , this is one of the pools that you see in post cards. The pools are beautiful, and to see them in a picture is not the same as being there. The steam coming off the pools is hot and choking and smells of sulfur. The water in a lot of the pools is hot enough to boil the skin off your bones. It really is a humbling experience, and amazing to see animal tracks in the areas that look like another planet that is inhospitable to life, and yet life abounds. Set amid the green of the mountains and the blue of the rivers and lakes, are boiling cauldrons of volcanic activity.

Yellowstone doesn’t just hold the worlds most volcanic activity and geothermal features in one place in the entire world, it also has some beautiful waterfalls. Gibbon Falls is only one example of the falls in Yellowstone, in another post I’ll show pics of the upper and lower falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but that was another day, so it will be another post.

After exploring the geyser basins we drove out to West Yellowstone to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Village to see the wolves. This first day to the wolves was a bit uneventful, we got there during a hot part of the day and the wolves were all lazy bones in the shade. It was nice to see them and to know that they are still doing well.

That concludes the first day in Yellowstone National Park, stay tuned for the next installment that will be coming the next time I have time to write it.


PS – We are currently in Pennsylvania…I have a TON of catching up to do.