Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and take a photographic journey with us as we tour Yellowstone National Park!
|Cool mornings = steamy views|
|Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River|
on our third anniversary as nomads, September 10th!
|It is a serious workout down and back up the stairs to view the Lower Falls!|
|Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.|
|Porcelain Basin at Norris Geyser Basin.|
|Colorful reflections at Porcelain Basin.|
|Coyotes at play.|
|Grizzly seen from the road during our first Bear Jam.|
We hiked Pelican Valley one day with new friends Howard and Lauren of Nosh Bus fame. Known as one of the best grizzly sighting areas in the park, we were not disappointed!
|A bison lies right on our trail in Pelican Valley...we had to make a big detour around this large fellow!|
|Lisa, Hans, Lauren and Howard....with our road block in the background!|
|Grizzly at 300 yards in Pelican Valley!|
We got to watch this guy for a good long time, so exciting!
|Sandhill Cranes in Pelican Valley.|
|At West Thumb Geyser Basin there are geysers right on the edge of Yellowstone Lake.|
|Seeing stars at West Thumb Geyser Basin.|
Short loop drives off the main highway always gave us neat surprises. Gull Point Drive gave us an opportunity to walk along Yellowstone Lake where I saw a bald eagle fly off then we noticed this large eagle whom we tracked as it worked at a fish carcass. I believe it is an immature bald eagle.
|Picking up a fish head.|
|What a handsome fellow!|
|The colors and textures at each geyser are mesmerizing!|
|This raven beauty was having a lot of fun hanging around the geysers near Old Faithful.|
The crowds at the most popular sights really start to get overwhelming by 11am so on one long driving day we took Fountain Flat Drive in search of a short hike away from the masses.
|A Bison Jam slowed our progress down Fountain Flat Drive where we saw these crazy people getting way too close to the wildlife. They were surprised when we told them that four people had been gored this summer by standing within six feet of bison!|
|Once we parked at the end of Fountain Flat Drive in no time at all we were all alone on an unnamed trail.|
|Lots of bubbling sounds coming from this mud pot.|
|Hans' view down inside the mud pot.|
|This peaceful area had us captivated for a good long time.|
|We found all sorts of wonderful things on this completely unmarked, trail!|
|A lighting strike fire broke out in the middle of the park one day during our stay.|
Each afternoon the smoke cloud would grow ominous, each morning it had receded.
|On Firehole Canyon Drive we discovered a swimming hole!|
Though we were not prepared to swim it sure looked like a great place to take a dip!
|These two young girls jumped into this scary looking rapids over and over.|
|This was a very unique find on the the easy Storm Point Trail...a bat!|
We're off to the Tetons today...with a few days of rain in the forecast...perhaps we'll get snow on the mountains!