Monday, June 18, 2007

Yellowstone Post #1

Finally, after being home for 3 1/2 days, I'm ready to blog about our trip. I don't know what it is about traveling, but it always takes me a few days to recover. I guess I'm getting old. No need to comment on that factoid, please.

Not having been to Yellowstone National Park for about 25 years, I didn't remember much. My parents took me for a day trip, and all I remembered about it were the mud pots and the colored pools. Oh and a chipmunk eating a cheeto like corn on the cob. Pretty pathetic, huh? So, I wisely ask Tom if he wouldn't be in charge of our sightseeing itinerary.

Obviously, Yellowstone is famous for its geysers, particularly Old Faithful. That was our first destination.

We had a hotel in West Yellowstone, Montana, and entered the park through the West gate. It wasn't long until we saw a small herd of buffalo. We stopped and took more photos than necessary, because we didn't realize how ubiquitous bison are in Yellowstone. We saw at least three more herds, each larger in size than the previous one, before we got to geyser basin.

Awwww! Isn't that calf cute? The cow is shedding her winter fur, hence the spring frumpy look.

A pair of cows with calves. I wouldn't want to get too close to those horns, would you?

Notice the exceptionally happy looks on these faces? That's because we're only one hour into our first day. We're not exhausted yet.

This was taken on the road to geyser basin. There were at least 100 animals + calves in this herd.

A little side trip to see beautiful Firehole Falls. I absolutely love waterfalls.

And a bonus! A pair of elk cows and their calves were grazing downstream from the falls.

Ok - that's enough for today. I'm gonna break it up into short posts instead of one gargantuan thing that nobody wants to read. Tomorrow - the geysers!

7 comments:

Gracie said...

Great pictures!

Pat said...

Wow way cool! Can't wait for more info and pictures

Christine said...

Wow! The animals in the T-shirts were the coolest!

peacekeeper said...

Keep it coming...this is good stuff. glad you had such a memorable time. hehe see you later.

Christina said...

Fun stuff! I liked those babies. They were pretty cute.

jen said...

What a fun trip!!!! I have never been to Yellowstone and now feel inspired to do so. :)

Lisa said...

It is great, but it is MUCH driving. We put over 1000 miles on the van, and more than 400 of that was INSIDE the park!

Because of this, I wouldn't recommend this for younglings that have a hard time sitting in the car for long periods of time. Or parents that get impatient with younglings that have a hard time sitting in the car for long periods of time.