Last month, we took a short trip to Yellowstone and had a wonderful time visiting this unique area. All the while we were there, I kept thinking what it must have been like for the explorers who discovered this place. The scenery and weather were wonderful, and we especially enjoyed the wildlife. I just had to share a few of Dick's photos. Here is the lower falls of the Yellowstone River. In some spots the river is very placid and in others it rages downstream.
Lower Yellowstone Falls
We purposely avoided Old Faithful and went instead to the Norris Geyser Basin which isn't as crowded. Steamboat Geyser was very active that day; the sign said that it erupts every 4 days or 3 months....not real predictable!
We also saw lots of bubbling pools with many signs that warned visitors to remain on the paths as the ground is very unstable and the water is boiling hot.
This was an intriquing sign, at least to me.
We also had great fun watching the elk and bison. One day the elk were lounging at the lodge and post office at Mammoth Springs, but this photo was taken as we were leaving the park to come home. Only later did we notice the rather large collar on the mama elk.
We also saw 5-6 wolves running free across a meadow, thanks to a ranger's spotting scope. Later that same day, we had to wait for several bison to amble across the road. Fortunately, no one seems to speed through this park! We also saw antelope and coyotes as well as a few interesting birds.
Why'd the bison cross the road?
Many summers ago when Dick worked in the Wyoming oil fields, he discovered Dead Indian Pass and Sunlight Basin. He's wanted to return there again to see if it's still as beautiful as he remembered. It is and is also much more easily accessible. Isn't that an interesting metal sculpture?
Gosh, just looking at these photos makes me want to go back again for a second look!