Our first day in Yellowstone National Park
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We rented a Chevy Trailblazer and drove from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, about an hour and a half drive. It was absolutely beautiful drive. Had a liitle rain and that was about it. We are staying in the Gray Wolf Inn. We have a nice room with a complete kitchen, livingroom, bath, and bedroom. Very nice, but we are only staying one night here.
After checking in we headed into the Park. It was a little overcast but the sun came out here and there. Our goal was to head to Old Faithful. Of course you get side tracked taking so many pictures. We saw buffalo, elk, and some geeese. We hit Old Faithful just right. As we were walking up to see it, the geyser went off. WOW!!!! It was loud and rumbled a lot.
Yellowstone National Park, set aside by the U.S. Congress as a national park on March 1, 1872, is located mostly in the U.S. state of Wyoming, though it also extends into Montana and Idaho. The park was the first of its kind, and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular areas in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant.
Aboriginal Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years. The region was bypassed during the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s. Aside from visits by mountain men during the early to mid-1800s, organized exploration did not begin until the late 1860s.
Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles (8,983 km²), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on he continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano; it has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years.
Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Grizzlies, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park. Forest fires occur in the park each year; in the large forest fires of 1988, nearly one third of the park burned. Yellowstone has numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing. Paved roads provide close access to the major geothermal areas as well as some of the lakes and waterfalls. During the winter, visitors often access the park by way of guided tours that use either snow coaches or snowmobile.