Sunday, October 29, 2017

Yellowstone

We went to Yellowstone last week.  What a magnificent wonder of the world!

It had snowed the week before, but the weather was sunny and in the 50's so good weather for being outdoors.  Behind us is Kepler Cascades but we're blocking the view.  It's a very impressive 200 foot drop!

You can see the warning sign and a Raven to the left.  The ravens with their huge beaks were everywhere.  We started to think they were following us!


Of course we had to see Old Faithful and it's so convenient they predict the eruptions correctly.  It looks like all steam but you can see the water gushing upward in person.

The geothermal activity is amazing and produces these caverns of gorgeous hot water in many shades of blues and aquas.  You can see how thin the crust of land is over the edges and there are warning signs everywhere to stay on the specially built boardwalks.

This one is more greenish blue.  The colors are the result of different thermal loving bacteria.

It's amazing to see the boiling water rushing down into the lakes and rivers.
In one area of the park are the sulfur hot spots.  Very smelly.
The boiling mud pots.

It looks very deep!

Is desolate around the hot craters.  

You feel almost as if you're in another world.  You can see Yellowstone Lake in the background.

The board walk.  There are about 20 Hot Spots around the world (which are places where to magma comes up into a cavernous area close to the earth's crust).  Yellowstone has more geysers than anywhere else on earth.
Of course the wildlife is impressive.  Here's an Elk doe. 


And right up close.  There are many warning signs that remind that although the bison look content and gentle, they can run 35 miles an hour and be vicious.
We didn't see any bears in the wild, but across the street from where we stayed, was a Wolf and Grizzly Refuge for rescued animals of would otherwise be destroyed.


Did you know there was a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone?


And there's this great canyon rim trail that offers sweeping views and great exercise!



The rock perched on that pinnacle is really a large boulder and seems to defy gravity.  Much more impressive in person.

There is an osprey nest atop those finger pinnacles.


The Lower Falls, largest falls in Yellowstone at 304 feet.


You can hike down to the top of the lower falls and even with this guard rail I was scared to get close to the edge!


The view from the Lower Falls
The Grand Tetons from the Hiway
Thanks for visiting with me!  Hope I got my facts straight.  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

6 comments:

Jenny said...

Such an amazing place!! And so wonderful to see the native animals in their element.

QuiltShopGal said...

Looks like you had wonderful weather while visiting Yellowstone. Definitely one of my favorite places to go, but it has been several years since we've been. Your post inspired me to not let it go so long before we go back. And, I'll probably go this time of year. Beautiful.

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KaHolly said...

What an awesome trip! I’d love to do, someday. We’re there many tourists this time of year?

Barb Neiwert said...

Living in southern Idaho, Yellowstone is in our backyard and easy to get to for us. Such a treasure! And you picked the absolute best time of the year to go - most of the tourists have gone away, lol! And lucky for you, you got to visit between snow storms!

grammajudyb said...

I think Fall is the best time to visit Yellowstone too. We haven't been in a while, should remedy that next year. We live in NE Wyoming, so really no excuse! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Annie said...

Thanks for the beautiful photos! They bring back memories of the one time I've been to Yellowstone. It's too bad you can't also provide the smell of the water!