Yellowstone National Park
08.14.2010 - 08.14.2010 64 °F
Today we took a 9 hours bus tour through the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park. There are 2 loops through the Park; one lower and one upper. To do both would take probably 24 hours of driving. To see everything you need 5-7 days of nothing but going from one site to the other. This is not counting the number of times you stop to see and take pictures of the different wildlife you come upon.
Yellowstone took me aback. I didi not expect to se the different landscapes that I saw. When I thought of Yelllowstone I thought about geysers and hotsprings, mudholes. But it is so much more. Yellowstone contains all the things I mentioned plus waterfalls, a hugh lake, rivers, hills and mountains, and so many different wildlife. They have mule deers, elk, moose, wolfs, coyotes, bears (both grizzley and black) and bison (buffalo). We were very fortunate to see a Grizzley bear just about a mile from entering Yellowstone Park. Unfortunately, I t happen so fast we were not ready to take pictures and did not get a picture of this beautiful large creature that just was ambling along the edge of the woods. We did see elks, both male and female, including a couple of young ones and we saw mule deers and plenty of buffalos. It is really wonderful to see the wildlife in their natural habitat just enjoyinng the day as we were.
We also saw "Old Faithful". This geyser spews water and steam from 105' up to 180'. Today we think it reached a height of 130'. It was quite impressive. It spews about every hour and half. I would guess that the time we saw it there was at 500-750 people gathered around the geyser waiting as we were for the spectacular view. The geyser at first teases you with little spurts follow by a rest period and then all of sudden starts spewing. It lasted for around 5 minutes.
But, as I said earlier, Yellowstone national has so much more to offer the tourist. Several rivers run through it, but the most popular is Yellowstone River which starts its journey at the Yellowstone Lake and eventually ends in the Gulf of Mexico. The river contains some very beautiful waterfalls and then carved out a canyon that rivals the Grand Canyon. What a sight. Pictures are great but to see it in person in the only way to appreciate the beauty of it all.
There is camping and lodges to stay during the season but the prices are high at reservations go very fast.
All in all this was a great day for us. We saw so many things. The weather was a bit cool, but the sun was shinning and the tour guide was excellent, so the day was definitely enjoyed by both of us. I will post a few of the pictures we took today.