Yellowstone National Park – August 2014

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.

DSC06812

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
I don't remember the names of all the pools, geysers, etc!  But they sure are pretty.
I don’t remember the names of all the pools, geysers, etc! But they sure are pretty.

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.

DSC06693

Yellowstone is actually quite high with an average elevation of 8,000 ft but the rolling mountains make it appear much lower.
Yellowstone is actually quite high with an average elevation of 8,000 ft but the rolling mountains make it appear much lower.
The cloudy weather made for some spectacular scenery.
The cloudy weather made for some spectacular scenery.
One of the many geothermal features,
One of the many geothermal features,

DSC06703

DSC06696 DSC06736 DSC06734 DSC06725 DSC06723

DSC06812

This feature, Dragon's Breath Cave, is named after the roaring sound  coming from the cave.
This feature, Dragon’s Breath Cave, is named after the roaring sound coming from the cave.

DSC06804

Boiling water.  Part of the intrigue of the geothermal features are the unique sounds they make. It's not all about their looks!
Boiling water. Part of the intrigue of the geothermal features are the unique sounds they make. It’s not all about their looks!
The Yellowstone River winds it's way through the canyons, drops, and curves making for epic waterfalls.
The Yellowstone River winds it’s way through the canyons, drops, and curves making for epic waterfalls.

DSC06817

Lone moose with about 20 tourists taking photos from the road.
Lone moose with about 20 tourists taking photos from the road.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s