It’s autumn… it’s typically the rainy season (which is good, because we need the water)… and that means it’s time…
…to head south and jump in the RV for another kind of adventure. First stop is Yellowstone National Park. We planned for five days to explore just a little bit of the nearly 3500 square miles in our nation’s first National Park.
Yellowstone is known for a wide variety of geothermal features as well as wildlife. Where to begin? Well, some of the wildlife isn’t all that hard to find. It’s important to remember: DO NOT honk your horn.
Bison are iconic residents in the park, but it’s important to remember that they are wild animals… very very large wild animals, so don’t get too close. Thank goodness for long lenses.
You might notice the snow in the background – it was cold and it continued to flurry and snow on us now and then through the day, but the fall color…
…and the beautiful scenery in the Lamar Valley was worth a little cold. The wildlife was too!
We almost didn’t see this coyote – it was so camouflaged in the brush, but the motion gave it away.
We explored the Lamar Valley late in the afternoon hoping to see more wildlife – particularly bears and wolves, but we had to “settle” for sublime scenery.
No first day in Yellowstone would be complete without some geothermal action so we spent some time around Mammoth Hot Springs.
The stark landscape contrasts with the bizarre colors caused by heat-loving bacteria in the pools.
Some of the bacteria form thread-like strands that collect together to form mats.
The cold temps made prolific steam as the hot spring water hit the air. Mammoth Hot Springs is pretty mellow, as geothermal features go, with pools overflowing into more colorful pools. Around other parts of the park the geothermal action is a bit more lively. Take a look:
Stay tuned… there’s a lot more of Yellowstone to show you.