Yellowstone National Park

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The gate to Yellowstone

A trip to Yellowstone requires more than just a half day drive like I did, and I'm sure there are better blogs solely about the area. On the day I was there the flags were at half mast since a park ranger in another state died fighting a fire. From the entrance, I followed the road in a counterclockwise direction, stopping frequently along the way. It got frustrating, since I knew I only had a short time there, but there was always something compelling you to pull over and stop. It was hours before I even got to Old Faithful. That's an incredible geyser. Steam comes out while it is dormant. When it does blow, there is no fanfare, no music, no rumbling of any time, just a quiet blast of water. It's amazing that after so many years, it still sticks to its schedule.

Old Faithful!
It makes you realize that something's out there. But even after Old Faithful, I was just at the halfway point of Yellowstone, and continued to drive. It must be illegal to drive boats on the lake since I didn't see any. And when the sun is setting is when you can see most of the wildlife. Once it was dark, I still wasn't out of the park, and came upon their version of the Grand Canyon, and after that I had made the full circle. There is plenty of wildlife out there. More than a fair share of moose and buffalo, plus wolves, elk, everything but bear. On my entire 10,000 mile road trip, I never saw a bear, not even in a national park that was once famous for them.  I have a video of Old Faithful posted.

 

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The gate to Yellowstone
The gate to Yellowstone
Old Faithful!
A firefighter died so the flag was…
A firefighter died so the flag wa…
moose hanging out
moose hanging out
aside from mounatin peaks, there a…
aside from mounatin peaks, there …
these little streams have hot spri…
these little streams have hot spr…
a hot spring
a hot spring
hot spring
hot spring
the sky
the sky
hot air came out of this little ho…
hot air came out of this little h…
A geyser by Old Faithful
A geyser by Old Faithful
Lily pads at the continental divide
Lily pads at the continental divide
Buffalo
Buffalo
steam port
steam port
hot mud
hot mud
sunset
sunset
sunset is a good time to see the w…
sunset is a good time to see the …
He got very close to my car
He got very close to my car
their mini canyon
their mini canyon