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2013 Roadtrip: Yellowstone NP

I wish we could’ve done more in Yellowstone, but due to a bit of bad luck we had even more limited time.  There was too much to see in a day.  My NP book recommends a week just to see everything, not even get into the backcountry.

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We’re in Yellowstone! …Almost.  Due to a car fire, they closed the entrance for 2 hours, just as we arrived.

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At least the scenery was nice.

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Our first real excitement at Yellowstone, Old Faithful.  We arrived minutes before it went off.

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The Yellowstone lodge was picturesque.

DSC01009-edit-sm We explored around the various geysers for a bit, but I’ve been asking to see some bison, so we left in search of the wildlife.

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Despite seeing, and missing a prime photo-op near Old Faithful, we caught a lone bison while we were approaching the Canyon.

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I don’t know why I was so intrigued by bison, but you must admit they look pretty cool.  Aggressive though, so we kept our distance.

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Yellowstone Canyon blew me away.

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And then a rainbow appeared.

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Still looking for bison, we followed a tip from Catherine’s friends Cathy & Phil.

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Next up, drive to Mammoth Hot Springs

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Forest fires are evident all over over, a natural part of regeneration.

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The northern part of the park changed to open grassland.

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Mammoth Hot Springs has a space-like quality, though it was somewhat dry.

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Finally we headed north, leaving through the Yellowstone arch, and stopping to enjoy some local pizza.

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