On the drive home from Seattle, we swung south a bit and through Yellowstone National Park. It's weird that this is someplace that neither of us has ever really had a huge desire to go, for no discernable reason. Just not somewhere that really inspired either of us. And it is Amazing! You should all go. Right Now! Just incredible. The landscapes are some of the craziest things I've ever seen.

We were only there for a couple days, so we didn't get to see everything. We started out up in the North end of the park at Mammoth Hot Springs. This area has los of different "Terraces" that have built up due to the activity of the springs constantly depositing new calcium carbonate. The colors that can be seen in the active areas of the springs are caused by different types of bacteria that live in the water.

We stopped and saw the petrified tree. There used to be more of them, but people kept taking parts of them as souvenirs, so they built a fence around this last one. Then we went to "The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone" formed by the Yellowstone River. It's not quite as grand as the actual Grand Canyon, but it was beautiful none the less, and it has some pretty spectacular waterfalls.
Then it was off to Norris Geyser Basin, which is just crazy. It's a huge area full of boiling mud, steam vents - some of which make very strange noises indeed - hot springs, and, yes, geysers. One of the geysers - I believe it's the Steamboat Geyser - is the tallest Geyser in the world, although it doesn't erupt to its full height very often.

An what trip to Yellowstone would be complete without sitting around to watch Old Faithful?

On our way out, we stopped for lunch at a pizzeria in Grand Teton National Park, but the weather was pretty grim, so we didn't do too much else there. Maybe next time.

Thanks for looking

Jim

Posted on 11-01-2006

 

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