is a beautiful spot anytime of the year. But it is particularly
nice under 6" of snow. This snow fall was October 5. Next day
the sun came out and the snow was gone very quickly. But there
will be more. Lots more.
Mtn. Moran as seen at Oxbow Bend
is one of several mountain peaks in Grand Teton National Park. This park is
located North of Jackson Hole and leads into the South end of Yellowstone.
There is one admission
for both parks. There is plenty of hiking, horseback riding or rafting the
Snake River. The scenery is great.
Here's a fall view nearby.
The Beartooth Highway
is a spectacular drive. These wildflowers greeted us on our drive
in July of 2009. It is steep and winding with many great
Here's a mountain view.
And here's a view of Beartooth Lake.
This is US 212 and it is closed in the winter. The 67 mile
drive from the northeast entrance to Yellowstone to Red Lodge, Mt
takes about 3 hours. And yes, I know this highway is in Montana.
is probably Yellowstone's most noted attraction. It erupts about every 90 minutes.
While watching this display, I was accompanied by one of the parks bison. I could
not shake this fellow. He followed me all over the area.
Norris Geyser Basin
is loaded with geothermal wonders. I expected a T. Rex to jump out of the woods
at any moment! You can walk around this area on the board walk. DON'T step off
the walk! The surface here is very thin and brittle, so one can fall through it
into the 200° water. Ouch!
Another geyser pops off. It is viewed from a wooden deck and walkway
and always gererates a lot of ooohs and aaaahs from the crowd; just like fireworks.
This one is a regular too. Some of them only erupt every
200 years or more. I don't think I'll wait.
Mamouth Hot Springs was originally the headquarters for the cavalry who
were in charge of the park before the inception of the Park Service. This shot
is over polarized but you can still get the idea. This is mostly calcium deposits
containing various amounts of iron. There is frequently a large herd of elk
hangin' out here.
Hot springs such as this are scattered all around the park. They may look
inviting, but a serious scalding awaits the person foolish enough to place a
body part into one.
on the Yellowstone River is pretty spectacular, like most of the stuff in the
park. There is a metal stairway that you can walk down and get a close-up view of
the falls. But remember, the return trip is a killer!! Here is another shot.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as seen from Artist's Point. This spot
is popular and is located a little north of the falls. This spot is particularly
colorful after a rain.
Tower Falls is located in the northern end of the park. It is in the Tower-
Roosevelt Area. We stayed in a cabin at the Roosevelt Lodge and had a great time
sitting on the lodge porch in the evening shooting the breeze with folks from
around the country. A couple of black bears even showed up in the parking lot for
Moose can be found through out Yellowstone and Teton. This cow and calf were at Canyon Village amoung the cabins as we were leaving.
Buffalo and elk are even more common. Wolves are not so often seen. But we got lucky and actually saw two this day.