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07/12/2012

On The Road to Yellowstone National Park

We got an early start today on the road to Old Faithful - less people; more wildlife!  We were not disappointed!  Barely 30 minutes on the road and we happened upon a herd of  bison. 

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                                                    It was awe-inspiring.


 

 

The biggest clue that animals are approaching - traffic stops!  Good thing, or I would have never gotten this shot!

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We continued south, passing the Lower and Upper Geyser Basins.  To see the steam rising from the ground in so many places, so often is almost erie. In fact, there are more geysers at Yellowstone than anywhere in the world!

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Of course the most well known geyser in the world is Old Faithful - conveniently, its eruptions are on a schedule!  During our visit Old Faithful was blowing off steam every 90 minutes or so.

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 We hiked a couple of miles, taking in the sights (and smells) of the many other geysers and sulphur basins in the area.  

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We decided to take the scenic loop back to our lodge.  The Continental Divide crossed the road several times - total tourist photo op!

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Once again, the incredible scenery is worth the drive!  The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone offers one of the most beautiful waterfalls we have seen - complete with a rainbow! 

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The only thing missing - more wildlife - be careful what you wish for.....


  

This is one gapers block I can live with!  More Yellowstone tomorrow!

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