Thursday, July 08, 2010

On the road: Yellowstone National Park



We made it! We entered Yellowstone National Park at the northern entrance in Montana. Our first stop was Yellowstone Fort, where the elk really do hang out in the middle of the lawn.


Next up, the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, which were absolutely beautiful.


It's easy to forget that you're on top of an enormous volcano while admiring the wildflowers surrounding Yellowstone River...


The boys were less interested in the geology of the park than I expected, but very interested in the wildlife. And yes, it really is the land where the buffalo -- ahem, bison -- roam right down the street.


The very steamy, and pretty blue Emerald Spring...


We arrived at Steamboat Geyser just in time for a park ranger lecture, and an eruption of steam and boiling water...


Fun facts about Yellowstone...
  • Between one and three thousand earthquakes occur in the park each year.
  • Half of the world's geothermal features are found in Yellowstone.
  • The park's more than 300 geysers make up two-thirds of all those found on Earth.
More scenery, and bison. These dudes are huge. Don't get too close! (Close-ups were all taken through the car window.)


The 308-foot drop of the Lower Falls...


Which flow through the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone...


Lake Yellowstone seems to go on forever...


But our visit to Yellowstone National Park was all too short. We could have soaked up its abundant natural beauty for many more days. The boys were really hoping we'd see a grizzly bear... and finally, we did!

As we were leaving the park, we drove right by one, and stopped to watch him for a while.


How blessed we are that our nation's leaders thought to preserve this incredible piece of God's creation for future generations to enjoy before it was too late!

8 comments:

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Fabulous photos, but I can't wait til you are home!

Iris said...

WOW! That BIson is huge, and LOL, it's as if it's leading the tourist's (cars) to their next destination!
YAY!!! I get to see you guy's on saturday! I'm sure my Bro is happy! little Analease and I have been doing our own thing (I and A show) each week, she even made her own blog! Hopefully she can post on it on saturday when everyone come's over!
I think I've done enough rambling and I don't like typing for long,
So Bye! See you on saturday!
~Iris

mandi said...

***GASP!***
you're at yellowstone! those pictures are fantastic- i've never seen yellowstone lake, or the terraces. so amazing!
and the grizzly...yikes! i have a major irrational fear of bears. i'm glad you guys got to see one from a safe distance! : )

Jill said...

I just have to say that I really enjoyed these pictures. Amazing!!

Christina said...

Okay, I am totally jealous. We sooo have to make it to Yellowstone sometime. We will drool over the pictures when you get home!

Rana said...

Your pictures of Yellowstone are breathtaking. I can't wait till we go next summer.

Jocelyn said...

Wow very cool. How was I-90 BTW? plenty of good places to stop with ammenities? :) (ie built for tourists? :)

Lori said...

enjoying all your vacation pics .. we will never forget our trip to SD and yellowstone/grand teton. so gorgeous! you're making me want to go back! :^)

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