Thursday, June 18, 2009

Another Side Of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone offers more distinctly different views for visitors to the park. The Yellowstone River makes two dramatic drops on its journey north, at the Upper and Lower Falls, before it flows into the canyon.

The Upper Falls are the smaller of the two at 109 feet.

At 308 feet high, the Lower Falls are almost twice the height of Niagara Falls.

Visitors like us have been drawn by these breathtaking vistas since 1846 when Jim Bridger, possibly the first white man to see them, first arrived on the scene.

Around Yellowstone Lake the scenery makes yet another abrubt change. The waters here are tranquil and serene with snow-capped mountains in the distance. Don't be fooled, however. The falls are just a short distance away.

In a matter of ten minutes we went from being at about 8500 feet above sea level with snow falling to around 6000 feet and 63 degrees. The weather here is as variable as the landscape. Showers blow up quickly and can dissipate just as fast. It is truly fascinating.

We had planned to hike out to Natural Bridge, a rock formation carved out by erosion, but the trail was closed due to danger of bears. Yikes! Those plans quickly changed. May the bears enjoy their time at Natural Bridge. We were happy to let them have that trail all to themselves.

After a few stops for more geysers, mud pots, hot springs, and buffalo sightings we headed out of the park for a strategic visit to DQ. Every geyser gazer loves a treat now and then.

We will return to YNP for the last time on Saturday as we make our way south to Grand Teton National Park. What a week this has been!

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