We are catching up on a backlog of posts from the past few months. We visited Yellowstone and Lake Tahoe in August, 2014, prior to hiking the John Muir Trail. Here are some shots of Yellowstone.
Yellowstone National Park is to many the quintessential American Park. The wildlife, stunning scenery, and seemingly geologic wizardry draw millions of people each summer to see buffalo, bears, wolves, rivers, waterfalls, and of course Old Faithful. Ravi and I did a 50K nordic ski race in West Yellowstone a couple winters ago but neither of us had spent much time in the park besides a very cold snow coach tour (which by the way we highly recommend if you visit in the winter). We were expecting the weather to be warmer as we visited toward the end of August on our way back out West, but it was cold and rainy! We still enjoyed our time and were lucky to see abundant wildlife; moose, bear, a lone wolf, buffalo, and elk. The benefit of the chilly weather was that we could both meander around the bubbling springs, fumaroles, mud pots, and geysers while the dogs relaxed in the car.