We pick back up in Yellowstone Park, probably the greatest national park in the entirety of this country. Around every corner lay a new exciting view, around every bend lay a new vista.
As I think I may have mentioned before, Yellowstone truly has it all: the mountains, the valleys, the forests, the plains. Even on a cloudy day, it's beautiful.
|Dad with camera at the ready... sporting that America jacket|
|out here, you're truly on your own... no traffic, no cars, just silence and nature|
|the infamous one-way dirt road|
Upon reentering the park, the daylight was beginning to get sparse and we didn't have much time left. However, as we passed back through the gates to Yellowstone, passing through the main headquarters, there was one more thing yet to see before daylight ran out: Mammoth Hot Springs. The pictures here truly do not do it justice, as it is the largest hot springs in the country. Normally, there are many vibrant colors all around the springs, but since there was less water during this time (it was fall instead of spring) the effect was lessened, and also the sun was absent more or less, contributing to a (slightly) less spectacular sight. From the top of the hot springs, you can see down the valley into the depths of Montana, mountain ranges flanking both sides, the town of Gardiner, MT, basically the gateway "city" to the park.
|the view from the top -- you can see the buildings of headquarters of the park in the distance|
|you can see some colors, but normally this is much more colorful and active because of the melted snow in the spring!|
|yours truly standing on one of the boardwalks around mammoth hot springs|
|dad admiring the geyser basin|