Monday, April 29, 2013

"Y" is for Yellowstone

My husband, Jim, and I traveled this great country of ours for SEVEN years in our RV. We saw many wonderful sights, visited famous and not so famous cities, and wandered through many a National Park. I have blogged through all our travels. I've stumbled upon the "Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013". I decided to jump on board this crazy train and share with all of you places I have seen in my travels.

Day 25 "Blogging from A-Z Challenge"!

is for Yellowstone National Park

One of the must see's in anyone's travel wishlist! We ventured out to Yellowstone in the month of MAY, and there was still snow on the ground. In fact, the campground had about 15 inches of snow and just shoveled out spots for the trailers. Although the park is open 24 hours a day/365 days a year, and the North and South entrances are open, this doesn't mean you can actually drive everywhere, because many roads within the park are closed due to snow. So it is advisable to always check the website before venturing out to the park.    Luckily we were able to get to more than half of the park; the rest of the roads were closed.

First of all, you must prepare yourself that you will see buffalo. Lots of them. Well, at least we did.

Walking the streets.

They would stop traffic quite often.

Sometimes singly. 

Sometimes in a herd.

I was very glad that we were in a big, high truck. Although the animals didn't bother us (if we didn't bother them), these guys were pretty big.

Here is a very short clip of them walking past our truck. I hated the fact that the people tried to hurry the buffalo along!

To see them in their natural habitat? Priceless!

Of course, buffalo aren't the only wildlife you will see. You might see a bear. We didn't. But YOU might! We DID see lots of elk.

You will be happy to know that elk look both ways before crossing the street!

The scenery? Outstanding, of course! Judge for yourself!

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

A powerful waterfall!

Old Faithful! Thar she blows!

There are many areas to walk to see (and smell) the hot springs and geysers. The colors can be beautiful.

There is so much to see in Yellowstone. I would love to go back in warmer weather so we could see what we missed. You never know what you will find there! Like this, for instance. It's the skull and spine of a buffalo. Just lying there in the grass. The circle of life. Wild. Fascinating. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Brian Miller said...

wow. the canyon and!!!! amazing nature...seeing the buffalo is really cool as well...i have seen a few bear up close...eep

Valerie said...

Amazing pictures, Pat. Loved seeing the canyon and those buffalo walking along the road. What a wonderful sight.

JoJo said...

we saw the exit signs on I-90 when we were on our trip east, but we were just crushing it to get back so we had no time to veer off unfortunately. I shot pics of the mountains from the car window. I wish we could have gone though. Kinda scary to think that Yellowstone is a ginormous caldera.

Adam said...

so beautiful

Eva Gallant said...

We made it to Yellowstone back in 2009. It was amazing!

Liz said...

Snow in May? I really should get out of Southern California.

DesertHen said...

I have seen part of Yellowstone and would love to go back to see more! Love your pics!