Sunday, July 26, 2015

Yellowstone Park for the Eleventh Day

One of the first things we got to see upon our arrival at Yellowstone Park was a female elk resting on the grass. If you look closely, you can see her near the water in the center of the photo. She was very large!

Lots of waterfalls and rivers running through the park.

One of the coolest things we got to see were the geysers, boiling mud pots, pools of boiling water that stink of sulphuric acid.

This was one of the pools of boiling water. It was so clear and blue! 

Romy said it looks as if someone had painted the ground orange, it was so bright.

Jack and I were very impressed.

Here, Noah stands in front of a vat of boiling mud. I believe it was called Paint Pot, because the mud is an off white color and looks to be the consistency of paint. It just slowly bubbles as it boils.

This next photo is of a sort of vent, that is very loud. It sounds like the air is under pressure, and being pushed out. You can hear water boiling just under the surface of the earth.

This is a geyser much like Old Faithful. Just smaller and constant.

We did get to see a bison laying near the road. This crazy, stupid woman got out of her car and stood right in front of it, where the road meets earth in this photo. She had to get a better photo. Not worth the risk. I real online a couple of days after we had been there that another woman had been gored by a bison while turning her back to it, trying to get a selfie with it. We stayed in the car to get the photos of the animals.

Old Faithful! We arrived just in time to see it go off. 

Here we are with Old Faithful in the back ground.

On the way out of the park we got to drive around the lake. It was beautiful! There were small geysers on the edges of the lake in random spots. I think the only other animals we saw were a few birds and a couple of squirrels. While in the park, we crossed over the Wyoming state line. So, we had a long drive in Wyoming that night to get to our hotel. Along the way, we went over a mountain pass in Big Horn National Park. The road was long and winding, and it was dark so I was forced to drive slowly. Good thing I did!  There were several heard of deer, rabbits, goats, free range cows, and even a rattle snake coiled in the middle of the road. Even after we came down from the mountain, we continued to see deer next to the highway for the rest of our journey. I have never seen so many deer in my entire life. G and I figured there were probably at least 50 that we actually saw.

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