Yellowstone National Park: Part 2

The next day we went back to Yellowstone and took a different route through the park. This time we went south from Mammoth Hot Springs. We ran into a little road construction and had to wait for our turn to go through the single lane that was still open. It was a little frustrating until you realize this: Summer is the only time of year the park has to make improvements to roads, campsites, observation decks and lookouts, trails, etc. It just so happens to coincide with the peak tourist season. It can’t be helped, so, if you visit, please be patient.

We traveled south and saw beautiful landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, a geyser and other thermal features, Sheepeater Cliff, and Norris Geyser Basin. We saw some animals, of course! Then we took the road that headed east towards Canyon Village and saw the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. From there we headed north towards Tower Fall (which we had seen the day before) to head back to the RV.

The distances on roads in the park may not be very far (18, 21, 12, and 19 miles, etc.), but it takes longer than normal to traverse them for several reasons: slow traffic, stopping to get out and enjoy views, stopping to see animals (you KNOW where those spots are because there are A LOT people pulled over and usually a park ranger there, too), and very curvy roads that are only two lanes and narrow. The speed limit in the park is 45 mph unless lower speeds are posted, and, believe me, if a lower speed is posted, there is a very good reason!

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here is your “picture overload” for the day.

When you enter at the North Entrance, you travel about 4-5 miles before you arrive at Mammoth Hot Springs and a huge Visitors Center. Look at ALL the elk that were in that area to greet us on our second day in the park!

I have NO idea what these little creatures are called, but they sure were cute. A momma and two babies were climbing all over the rocks and eating something.

Look at these snow banks along the side of the road! The snow takes longer to melt the higher the altitude.

Look closely and you will see some tracks that a snowboarder or two left.

Another brown bear today!

As we left the park, we saw several mountain goats grazing on this VERY STEEP slope. It may not look steep, but, trust me, it was.

Well, another exciting day at Yellowstone Park. Stayed tuned for more Yellowstone adventures.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

Yellowstone National Park: Part 1

The other day we went for our first ever visit to Yellowstone National Park. I have wanted to come here FOR. EV. ER! I must say right now – IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! (CAUTION: Expect to be subjected to PICTURE overload!)

We entered at the North Entrance just after the town of Gardiner, MT. Since we purchased our Senior Citizen National Park Pass several years ago, we got in for free. (SIDE NOTE: If you are age 62 or older and are a U.S. citizen, you NEED to get this pass. It gets the pass holder in free and “occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle OR one motorcycle OR pass holder and three persons, age 16 or older, where per person fees are charged.” The pass is $80 per person [technically only one of you needs the pass; your spouse wouldn’t necessarily need to buy one because they can get in free with you]. It’s a pretty sweet deal!)

There are no words to describe the natural beauty in Yellowstone National Park. Here is what we saw the first day: Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, white horned owl with two babies (couldn’t get a good picture), elk, bison, a black bear, a brown bear, and MANY BEAUTIFUL streams and landscapes! I am going to let the pictures “do the talking.”

How appropriate to be greeted by two elk grazing right by the sign as we entered the park!

Now, this would be a fun park in which to take a trail ride!

There is a small black bear in the center of this picture. He is standing on a log in front of the tree on the right.

Here is a better picture of the black bear.

Oooooo! A brown bear! I couldn’t tell if it was a grizzly bear or not.


Yeah…..some of the roads are very curvy and, well, really high up (like straight down drop offs!).

Stayed tuned for more about Yellowstone National Park.

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!

Betty

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