There's so much to see in Yellowstone, and only part of the park is open at this time of year. Really, things don't get into full swing here until mid May. But we're only passing through and wouldn't have had enough time to see anything more anyhow.
This was our first time in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. It's one of those places that you kind of dream about visiting at some point in your life. Mountains, and wildlife, and the great outdoors...and of course Old Faithful, that famous geyser that blows off steam and water on a regular basis.
It had been snowing fairly hard when we left our overnight spot at West Yellowstone airport at around 9:30am. And the weather didn't get much better as we experienced a mix of wet snow, rain, and sleet pretty much the whole day.
A buffalo having a cold drink on the airport road as we left our overnight spot.
The town of West Yellowstone is actually in Montana, but it borders Yellowstone Park and the state of Wyoming. So as we left town, it was only a few minutes and we were in the park itself. There's a $25 entrance fee that's valid for 7 days. But we have the National Parks annual pass and happily used that to waive the entrance fee.
There are a lot of turnoffs from the main two lane road where you can take a break and enjoy the scenery.
Too bad that we didn't have any blue sky all day.
Ruth in Yellowstone National Park.
Considering that we were only in the park for one day, we were pretty lucky in the bird and wildlife department. As you'll see further on...and in the next blog post later today. We even saw a grizzly bear mom with last year's cub!
Some type of heron?
We're so glad that we're here in the off season though. The crowds during summer must be nuts. In fact, we can imagine that it would be so busy at times that it wouldn't be enjoyable. We're thinking that the perfect time to come back here would be in early October.
Driving through another wet snow squall.
We were a bit cold, but this water wasn't. It's actually close to boiling temperature!
As the thermal water changes course over the years it kills off any vegetation.
We spent a lot of time yesterday exploring some of the park's more than 6,000 thermal water vents. It's so amazing how this boiling water bubbles and steams it's way to the earths surface, with some of the system's underground plumbing regularly building up enough pressure to erupt into geysers.
Ruth spotted this osprey having his breakfast!
"You lookin' at me?" Yes, because you're having a bad hair day! Too funny.
Between the cloudy sky and the steam, we couldn't see very much sometimes!
Walking the boardwalk in the rain.
A pretty blue bird.
The leftover mineral deposits from the thermal waters is really pretty.
Steam coming from the ground.
More mineral deposits.
Fortunately, not many people.
Okay, we're about half way through...check in later today for part two where you'll see Old Faithful, grizzly bears, and bighorn sheep!
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