I decided to combine the Geysers+Hot Springs post with the Wildlife post…you can thank me later. This will be my last Yellowstone post! If you missed them, here’s the Grand Teton National Park recap and the Yellowstone Part 1 recap.
The names of geysers/springs are given when known; toward the end of our trip, we had to conserve the number of pictures we took and couldn’t take pictures of the signs so I have no idea what they are now that I look back on them. But they’re still pretty, which is basically all that matters, right?
Norris Geyser Basin
Blue Mud Steam Vent
We’re really cool.
West Thumb Geyser Basin
You really can’t beat that backdrop.
Upper Geyser Basin
Old Faithful erupting! We saw 5 eruptions in one day because we always seemed to be there just when it erupted…
Morning Glory Pool
Old Faithful with the sun setting in the background. Too perfect.
Midway Geyser Basin
Excelsior Geyser Crater
Grand Prismatic Spring, from the side. Though this is one of my favorite pictures, it’s slightly more impressive when viewed overhead…
Like so. (Source)
Wildlife – Bison
A herd of bison just chillin’ in Hayden Valley
A single bison in the Mud Volcano Area
A bison in the Upper Geyser Basin with a face decoration (that small branch seemed to be stuck in its hair)
Oh, you know, just getting within 5 feet of a bison, no big deal. Picture taken with absolutely no zoom. Was in the car, window rolled down, about to pee my pants from a combination of (1) fear and (2) excitement.
One of the bison that lived in the same area as our hotel
The second bison that seemed to live in the same area as our hotel
One of the two bison that lives in the same area as our hotel taking a dust bath at dusk
These two bison were actually the reason I never went for a run in the mornings while we were in Yellowstone–I was afraid I’d stumble upon one (or both!) while they were out doing their thing and I’d be scared s***less and I’d probably do everything wrong and then end up getting mauled. They can run faster than me, after all.
Wildlife – Other
Momma elk and baby elk, crossing the road
Male elk, just doin’ his thang
Another male elk
Aaaand another one. This was nearer to the end of our trip, and we were getting so desperate to see a moose that I managed to convince myself that this was a moose. Until a few hours later, when I took a closer look at the guide. You have no idea how disappointed I was.
An osprey and its nest, nestled in the Grand Canyon
The tail end of a black bear that was just minding its own business until some really dumb, disrespectful people decided to chase after it. Seriously, people?
And probably my favorite picture (besides the mountains) of the entire trip…
I have never seen a sky that gorgeous. (From the Old Faithful area, when we were waiting to watch it erupt one last time.)
And with that, my recaps of our trip are done. Just going through all of these pictures make me so nostalgic–everything about Grand Teton and Yellowstone was absolutely amazing, from the mountains, the scenery, the geysers, and animals (almost) completely undisturbed in their natural habitat–everything. I’d even wager to say that it’s more magical of a place than Disney World. And that’s saying a lot, considering how much I love Disney World.
Have you ever seen geysers or hot springs?