Yellowstone park - NOTHING like it!!!!!!

Trip Start Jun 04, 2000
Trip End Jun 18, 2000

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Campground in Gardiner

Flag of United States  , Montana
Thursday, July 6, 2000

Still heading north-east and still in Wyoming, we drove past Yellowstone Lake until we reached Yellowstone National Park and bought a 7-day pass which entitled us to pass in and out as often as we wanted. What a place, the scenery varying from pine forested mountain sides and meadows where black and grizzly bears can often be seen, to marshy area which the moose inhabit. Words cannot describe this place. It is immense and breath-takingly beautiful.



















 From time to time you would come upon a traffic jam, but it is either a ‘bear jam’, a ‘moose jam’ or a ‘buffalo jam’, so you just join them and try hard to see what everybody is looking at. Our first sighting was a black bear a couple of hundred yards in amongst the trees, not a great sighting, but nevertheless very exciting. In the days to follow we saw another black bear with two cubs and a moose with her baby much, much closer and that was something very special.





 We camped this time at Gardiner for two nights just on the outskirts of Yellowstone Park. That was very special too as a herd of elk just wandered in and out of the camping ground all the time and the view was spectacular way up high overlooking the Yellowstone River with the ever present mountains as a backdrop.









 Each day we drove back into the Park and visited different areas of interest. As well as the variety of landscapes I have mentioned there are many mud pots and thermal hot springs and geysers, the most famous being Old Faithful which erupts every 70 minutes and yes, we saw it shooting water some hundreds of feet up into the air.We drove around the rim of the Grand Canyon and viewed it from many aspects even, some off us, walking right down in the bottom of the canyon, several thousand feet below and viewing the waterfalls which fall an incredible distance.






  Whilst at Old Faithful we saw an enormous buffalo just lying on the ground right in the middle of the car park - just think that only a few days later we read that a man had been gored by one. He looked so peaceful and quite harmless.


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