Buffalo, Hot Springs, and Geysers O My!

We just returned from Yellowstone National Park where we spent five days (our longest stint yet) on our fifth trip to the Park.  How shall I convey to you the magnificence of that place?

Shall I start with its history?  And tell you it became the world’s first National Park in 1872, when the U.S. Congress set aside 2.2 million acres of forest, grassland and water to be preserved “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” where “timber, mineral deposits, natural curiosities, or wonders” would be kept “in their natural condition.”

Or I could show you the buffalo, North America’s largest land mammal, roaming freely in Yellowstone’s valleys, as they have since prehistoric times;

sometimes up close and personal.

But why stop there when I can impress you with the deepest and bluest hot springs, bubbling up from the depths of the earth, superheated by the magma chambers miles below.

And the geysers! – no doubt you’ve heard of them – the largest concentration in the world are in Yellowstone – geysers that erupt when pressure builds and the earth’s plumbing can no longer contain the heated water, like Riverside Geyser below.

Yes.  I will share all of that with you and more –  but not now – for I need time to unpack the memories and sift through the (hundreds of) photos to show you the beauty that is Yellowstone National Park.

I’ll break it down in coming posts the way the Park does by region, and share the magic of Yellowstone Lake and West Thumb Geyser Basin,  Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin,  Hayden Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and much, much more!

So put on your walking shoes and come along for the Tour as I guide you through Yellowstone National Park!

~  Susanne

22 Comments on “Buffalo, Hot Springs, and Geysers O My!

  1. I look forward to your narrative. Steve and I went 2 years ago for the second time. This time we took the motorcycle… slow and easy. Couldn’t get enough!

  2. I was there just once but have never forgotten it. We did see a lot of dumb people getting out of their cars to take pictures “ up close and personal” to animals.

  3. Yellowstone is such a stunning place to visit. I’ve been there 4 times and it never gets old. It has been interesting to watch things evolve and change over the years. 🙂

  4. It looks like you had a fantastic time! I loooove walking around volcanic areas, so I am totally sure I’d love to visit Yellowstone. I just need to organise it and actually make it there!!

  5. I look forward to seeing more of your photos. It’s been several years since I visited Yellowstone, but it was an awesome place.

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