(Thomas Moran was here)
(I wouldn't recommend taking these stairs the first day)
Too much time has passed for me to adequately describe the wonderousness of Yellowstone. It would take hours upon hours to describe all the geological features, from thermal pools to the famous geysers. Then there's the wildlife and the wildflowers which will have to be another post.
The best I can do now is to choose the best pics from the batch. It was amazing, and I hope you have been, or plan to go. Travel tips are too numerous to share at this time (while I am up to my ears in planning the school year) but if you ever go, email me and I will gladly share more with you.
The air is cool and dry, there a few mosquitoes (unless you hike in the woods). This national park has it all: mountains, rivers, lakes, canyons, waterfalls,and animals, all sitting within a flattened super volcano.
Volunteers, known as Geyser Gazers, sit around all day waiting for water to spout. They record the data and notify the nearest ranger. Identified by their large hats, rain jackets, and padded bleacher seat cushions, some also have PhDs in geology, or certainly could.
Tourists there were international and all had fancy cameras. One guy was hauling around the largest lens I've ever seen in my life. This place is a photographer's paradise. I did the best I could to capture the beauty, color, and variety on display. But the gift shops - they sell the photographs taken by the long lens guys.