Although there are several campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, we were not able to find a big enough site to accommodate us (remember all those mature folk? They are ruthless!), so we ended up in a National Forest campground just outside the Park in the town of West Yellowstone
. This became our base for the next 10 days. Yellowstone became U.S.A's first national park back in 1871 with good reason; incredible mountains, grasslands, canyons, rivers, wildlife and geothermal sites. In fact, Yellowstone is cradled in a dormant super volcano and boasts 60% of the world's active geothermal sites. Hot springs, fumeroles, geysers and mud pots are located throughout the park, as the magma is only 3 miles below the earth's crust in some places! The features are breath taking and a wee bit unnerving as we traveled past bubbling water and steam vents. You probably are aware of Old Faithful, the geyser that erupts every 90 minutes or so, but she is only one of hundreds of beautiful sights. Many of the walks/trails that we went on led us through landscapes filled with wild bison, elk, pronghorn deer, mule deer and incredible topography. We were able to see almost all of the park that was accessible by road, and one of the highlights was getting up at 6am to drive out to Lamar Valley to view grizzly bears, wolves and ravens feed off a bison carcass. Far enough to be safe, but close enough to see through binoculars or scope!
Yellowstone is steeped in history and vast, dramatic and different ecosystems - we hope our pictures give you some idea of how incredible this place is - even with all the people there are areas of solitude that remain timeless. However, we need to move on in order to check out other places before the cold and snow detour us! Next stop..........well, you will just have to wait and see!!
In our slightly naive way of thinking we erroneously figured that now that summer was officially over, all the tourists would have gone home (except for us of course!) and we would be able to explore the sights in peace and solitude. Wrong!!!!!! Seems that at this time of the year all the retired folk come out to tour their country and we are, well, really out of place!! Many of the well-heeled baby boomers and 70-somethings hop into their huge fifth wheels/motorhomes and take to the highways and biways. Once we got over the trauma and shock of so many people still about, we decided to go with the flow and see the sights......s..l..o..w..l..y. For those of you who know us, this was a big change of gears for us, but not a bad thing!