Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yellowstone Pictures, Pt. II

I’m over on the east coast, doing some family visits, and thought I’d use the occasion to post some photos from this past summer/fall, that have heretofore been unpublished. This first set is from a trip to Yellowstone – there are a few more pictures here.P1240403

The entrance sign near West Yellowstone, WY. (Which has an incredible 4th of July fireworks show!)


Mud pots! (I bet that’d make a great face mask… not that I advise trying!)


The view overlooking one of the geyser boardwalks. It was really comforting to think about so many people enjoying and learning about geology!


Spasm Geyser.


Near Prismatic Spring. (I overheard a private tour guide saying that the best viewpoint for Prismatic Spring was actually the parking lot for Fairy Falls, but we didn’t get a chance to check out that tip.)


Sunset Lake.


The Old Faithful Inn’s interior is spectacular! (And the ice-cream is very good also.)


Old Faithful Geyser.


Avoca Spring, possibly.


Hint: Madison campground has no showers - which means that you can frequently get a site without a reservation!

Another hint: Getting a back-country hiking/camping permit is pretty easy, but watching the Bear Country Camping video does take some time. As does buying the required bear spray and ropes for hanging food. Oh, and they like it if you research trails in advance, instead of showing up the day of and asking for whatever slots are open. We got a permit, but by the time we got to the trailhead, realized we couldn’t get to camp before sunset, when the bears come out to rummage through your groceries, and the rangers require you to be off the trails.

Another hint: advance planning is probably a good idea when visiting a major tourist attraction! We had a good time, but that would have made it a great time.


(Another note for unprepared/impromptu travellers: if want to hike the Grand Canyon, but lack the permit/reservations, you can sometimes get cancellations the morning of! My family’s actually had that work out twice. You definitely want to be in sufficient physical condition, however!)


Gaelyn said...

Haven't been to Yellowstone in forever, beautiful. It is nice to see people interested, and maybe even learning, in geology. All NP sites should be researched a bit ahead, especially for accommodations and backcountry. True about Grand Canyon, sometimes the day of or next permits are available, but ya shouldn't count on it.

Silver Fox said...

Nice series of roadtrip posts. :)

Stephina Suzzane said...

Your description of the Yellowstone trip is urging me to plan my visit to that destination. That's looking a nice place worthy of visiting. Flights to Bangkok