We had to cut our time short in Yellowstone National Park because we spent too long exploring the Grand Tetons (post coming soon), but even with a few hours, we were rather impressed with what we saw. When we first arrived, after a scenic journey on a two-lane highway trailing from one park to the next, we pulled into a grocery store for a snack and a coffee…but encountered a road block: a bull elk.
Then, we went to watch Old Faithful spew steaming hot water from a hole in the Earth…with hundreds of other tourists. She was faithful, spewing on the hour (give or take 10 minutes in her old age), every hour. We caught the show just before a thunder and lightening storm lit up the sky behind her like fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Next, we ventured further north to find the Grand Prismatic hot springs – several blue lagoons gurgling with boiling, turquoise water amidst nature’s perfect backdrop. They did not disappoint.
With over 300 geysers and 10,000 thermal features, it’s no wonder the world’s first national park remains one of the best. One afternoon is certainly not enough. I’m hoping to return in the next few months for a camping adventure at one of the 12 campgrounds inside the park.
Have you ever been to Yellowstone? What’s your favorite national park, worldwide?
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