Friday, May 27, 2011

If You Ever Visit Yellowstone...

Born on this day: Rachel Carson, Chris Colfer, Joseph Fiennes, Harlan Ellison, Lou Gossett, Jr., Dashiell Hammett, Tony Hillerman, Vincent Price

One of my favorite quotes: A journey is a person in itself, no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us. - John Steinbeck

Now that we're at the time of year when many people are heading out on vacations, I want to talk a bit about Yellowstone National Park. I've recently spoken to several people who are visiting there for the first time, and having been there many times myself, I wanted to share some of the best about Yellowstone (and yes, these are images from our vacation. That's me looking at the sign in the fifth image).  

It's truly one of the most amazing places I've ever been. That's why we keep going back. In Yellowstone, there are forests and mountains, lakes and streams.

You'll see waterfalls, thermal pools, geysers and bubbling mud pots.

The sulfurous smell of the thermal areas may take some getting used to, but I tend to like it. Maybe because I've been there so often and I'm fascinated by the fact that the ongoing thermal activity means that the landscape and geyser activity changes every time I'm there. Geysers that were once active become less active, others begin to bubble more. Trails have to be moved to accommodate the changes. Plus, there's something very beautiful in all this raw activity and the fact that Yellowstone is home to so much wildlife.

It's a good place to relax, to kayak or canoe, to stay at the lodge or in a campground, even to visit a nice restaurant or take a tour with a guide in a yellow touring car. 

(My apologies for the dates on the photos. These were from a vacation we took and I didn't want to crop the images).

Here's a video (not mine) that depicts even more of the majesty of the this unusual place:

So, what's on your vacation wish list?

Best Wishes,


Mary Preston said...

The pictures are magnificent. I would love to visit. We have a lot of National Parks in Australia, very different though to the USA due to the native trees & wildlife.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, Australia is on our list of "places we must see." I've always wanted to go there.